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Affordable Housing & Homelessness Part 3: What Counties and Cities Can Do to Address the Homelessness Crisis

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
12 - 1 PM
Cost: $35
Credits Available: 1.0 AICP CM, 1.0 CML for city elected officials - see below


Registration closes Tuesday, August 13 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

MRSC’s Affordable Housing & Homelessness webinar series is looking at the multi-faceted approaches and challenges of addressing affordable housing and homelessness at the local government level. We explored regulatory and law enforcement options for homelessness in Part 1, while Part 2 addressed legal issues related to affordable housing and offered sample approaches from Port Townsend and Ellensburg. Part 3 in the series will focus back on the issue of local government actions related to homelessness.

Missed parts 1 and 2? You can still register to view them in our Archived Webinars.

Educational Objectives

This webinar will provide an informative overview of the homelessness crisis and offer two case studies about what local governments are doing to address it, including Skagit County’s efforts to address homelessness and Olympia’s work with temporary encampments.

Who Should Attend?

City and County managers/administrators, planners, attorneys, housing specialists, human services coordinators, and other local government staff who are grappling with the difficult and challenging issue of homelessness.


  • Kayla Schott-Bresler, Assistant Director, Skagit County Public Health. Before being promoted to Assistant Director, Kayla managed the Housing & Community Services programs for Skagit County Public Health, including oversight of homeless system design and funding. Prior to coming to Skagit County, she was the Policy Manager at the Housing Development Consortium, the lead affordable housing advocacy organization in King County.
  • Amy Buckler, Downtown Programs Manager, City of Olympia. As the Downtown Programs Manager Amy oversees a team that coordinates Olympia’s Downtown Strategy and implements vibrancy projects, parking strategies, and the city’s response to homelessness. Amy is currently staffing a process to develop a community-led homeless response plan that will determine how the city and its regional partners will respond to homelessness and its impacts on a long-term basis. She is the former staff liaison to the Olympia Planning Commission and Parking & Business Improvement Area Board (made up of downtown business owners).
  • Steve Butler, Policy Manager/Planning Consultant, MRSC (Moderator). Steve has been involved in most aspects of community planning for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors. Steve has served as president of statewide planning associations in both Washington and Maine, and was elected to the American Institute of Certified Planner’s College of Fellows in 2008.


  • 1.0 CM credits from the American Planning Association (course # 9180896)
  • Also eligible for 1.0 credit towards a Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC)

Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Tuesday, August 13. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.