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“Connecting People to Homes, Hope and Opportunity.” Strategic Plan December 2015 – September 2020

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Table of Contents Executive Summary ...................................................................................... 3 Mission, Vision and Values .......................................................................... 7 5 Year Goals and Objectives ......................................................................... 9 Appendices ................................................................................................. 15

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Executive Summary Housing Opportunities of S.W. Washington (Housing Opportunities), formerly doing business as the Longview Housing Authority has recognized that to best leverage its decades of strength and success the agency must evolve to meet the increasing and changing housing needs in S.W. Washington. The Board and the staff have spent several months working together to review the lay of the land, better understand the changing and expanding needs of all of the communities served, and explore how best to adapt their work to support clients in achieving success – however that is determined for them.

The Housing Authority of the City of Longview, the official name of the agency, was chartered in 1975 by the City of Longview with the goal of providing safe and sanitary housing within the City for medium and low income people. At this time the six member Board of Directors is appointed by the Longview City Council. Over the past several years the agency has taken the lead in developing affordable housing in Cowlitz, Pacific, Wahkiakum, and Lewis counties to meet the growing need. Housing Opportunities has been providing staffing and development services in these critically underserved areas. A significant goal of this strategic planning process was to encourage the board and staff to work together to develop a plan that more accurately reflects how the agency is currently working, to address how to have the biggest impact, and to prioritize what is necessary to facilitate the change the agency is seeking.

This process incorporated an extensive information gathering process including over 100 interviews/surveys from across service areas and stakeholders, data gathering and review of the status of housing and homelessness in the counties served by the agency, and in-depth work with the board and staff on the future directions and priorities.

From this process two major themes emerged that will have a significant impact on how the organization will approach its work going forward.

1) Geography: The agency is now serving jurisdictions encompassing a broad area of SW Washington and far beyond the original boundaries of the City of Longview. This recognition was important to ensure the plan properly reflects all of the opportunities available to the agency and associated demands on staff and existing relationships. In addition to the

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City of Longview and Cowlitz County, the agency serves Lewis, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties. Each body of work the agency engages in will require balancing the needs and goals of these communities, as well as assessment of the capacity of staff. This acknowledgement led to: a. An agreement to change the name of the agency to better reflect its work and jurisdictions; b. The desire to develop a communications/marketing campaign to help rebrand the newly named agency; and c. Increasing participation of other community partners in the process.

2) Expansion of Services: An additional theme agreed upon in this planning process is a shared desire to not just focus on housing, but to creating systems and programs that will help constituents thrive. The agency is committed to leveraging existing programming and seeking additional funding and staff capacity to provide new and improved supportive services to clien