HCHN Planning Council consumer representatives assure our ‘Feet are on the Problem’
Gregory Francis, Eva Ruiz, and Sheila Sebron help create services that were not there for them when they experienced homelessness.
Their footprints are on HCHN's most successful programs built over the past decade, like the Edward Thomas Medical Respite at Harborview Medical Center and the Mobile Medical Program
In 2017, each were key contributors to HCHN's new governance plan which will include a distinct community advisory board for consumers and front line providers to help plan and evaluate programs.
The community advisory board will combine 'what's worked historically' with new information from people who access HCHN services today.
- For Gregory, expanded drop-in and hygiene centers remain critical.
These spaces can meet both health and basic human needs for a sense of belonging, enjoyment, and hope.
- For Eva, connections to employment, education, and substance use services remain essential. These supports help people keep
their housing and feel empowered to change.
- For Sheila, our decisions must be guided by data. Data that comes from listening to consumers and other information from the community. This is how we will assure "our feet remain on the problem."
Sheila Sebron, Veteran advocate (l)
Eva Ruiz, community advocate (c)
Gregory Francis, co-chair and community advocate (r)