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Clark County seeks applicants for Community Action Advisory Board

Vancouver, WA – The Acting County Manager is seeking applicants for an opening on the Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB). The opening is for district one, roughly north of 78th Street between Interstate 5 and Lakeshore Avenue and north of 99th Street east of I-5.

The term is three years, starting Jan. 1. Applicants may not be county staff or board members of agencies receiving funds administered by the CAAB.

The nine member CAAB board makes recommendations regarding local government funding for basic and essential housing, health, and safety needs. The board also works to fund programs that remove obstacles to self-sufficiency for low-income communities, families and individuals.

Clark County encourages people with diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to apply.

Applicants must submit an application and resume to Rebecca Royce, Clark County Community Services, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application can be found on the Clark County Community Action Advisory Board webpage or requested from Rebecca Royce. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 20.

Congregational Car Camping Workshop in Clark County this Saturday

As a Clark County citizen, you no doubt are aware of the growing problem of homelessness in our County.  Many groups of people and organizations have stepped up to look for ways to address this in a variety of ways.  A number of people representing a wide spectrum of faith communities are committed to doing something concrete: providing a safe and legal place for homeless people with cars to park. People sleeping in their cars often feel unsafe, have no bathroom facilities, and have difficulties finding a legal place to safely park overnight.  In many communities across the nation, churches have joined together to provide safe overnight parking. 

This Saturday, October 10, Joe Ingram, Chairperson of the Interfaith Task Force to End Homelessness, King County, who has helped groups of faith communities in King and Kitsap counties provide car camping spaces, will  speak with faith communities in Clark County.  Congregation-based car camping as an option is hopefully a short-term solution which will enable the community to move toward more desirable long-term solutions to provide more adequate housing for this vulnerable segment of the population.

You are cordially invited to come to this workshop and learn more about this opportunity to work with other faith communities to improve the lives of homeless people in our community.

Saturday, October 10, 9AM1PM
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
12513 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98683

Please pass the word to others from faith-based groups!  We can do something to make an important and immediate difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens.