City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 10/21/2011

October 21, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

• Make A Difference Day Oct 22nd: The Lakewood Youth Council Celebration on October 17th was highlighted with the announcement that our city was named “One of the Nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance and ING for the fifth time. The takeover of Council Chambers was led by Youth Council member Olivia Whalen. Schools from across the district were represented by staff and students and a special “Hometown Hero” award was presented to Brian Rodenbeck, Clover Park High School Counselor, for his work not only in his school, but throughout the community. Awards for the Paint Your Wagon event were also given during the celebration. The Youth Council invited everyone in attendance to participate in Make a Difference Day which is Saturday, October 22nd. It begins with a Kick-Off Event/Food Drive in Council Chambers at 8:00am. Projects will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by noon.

• Public Records Officers conference in Lakewood: Over 300 participants attended the annual conference of the Washington Public Records Officers association at CPTC in Lakewood on October 20th. The theme was “Celebrating Open Gov’t”. Alice Bush, Lakewood City Clerk, is the association president; the city manager presented an introductory message to the conference.

• Human Services presents during Lakewood Police Department Sergeants’ Meeting: The City’s human services coordinator made a special presentation during the October 19th Police Department sergeants’ meeting on the many roles Human Services plays in Lakewood, and how Human Services can support the Police Department in their efforts to serve the community. The emphasis was on working with individuals who are homeless, struggling with mental illness or lacking access to basic needs.

• Team Lakewood participates in South Sound Breast Cancer Walk: On October 8th, Team Lakewood participated in the South Sounds Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5K walk/run in Tacoma. Thanks to the generous donations of City of Lakewood employees, friends, and family members, we were able to raise $1,332 for this worthy cause. Thank you for the support City of Lakewood and thank you to all who came out and participated!

• City’s Community Collaboration hosts informational forum: The City of Lakewood’s Community Collaboration hosted an informational forum on October 12th with special guest speakers representing the Department of Social and Health Services, Pierce County Community Connections and the Puyallup Homeless Coalition. The forum addressed the upcoming elimination of Disability Lifeline funding. Approximately 3,950 individuals in Pierce County have relied upon the $197 monthly cash allowance provided through Disability Lifeline funding. Once eliminated, clients will have access to hygiene and basic need items provided through local essential needs banks. In addition, some landlords may qualify to receive rental assistance in an effort to keep currently housed clients from becoming homeless. It is estimated fewer than 25% of those currently receiving benefits will qualify for housing supplements. Over 100 community members attended the forum including local Lakewood churches interested in identifying potential remedies to the increasing numbers of chronically homeless individuals in Lakewood.

• Human Services helps a Father in Need: The Human Services Coordinator received communication this week from the Tillicum Community Center about a single father and five-year old daughter sleeping in their car. The father was a victim of fraud and was left with no resources. He and his daughter were hungry and homeless. Human Services worked with partners Access Point 4 Housing (Associated Ministries) and The Rescue Mission (formerly Tacoma Rescue Mission) to help the father and daughter secure housing at The Rescue Mission’s Adams Square. With shelter housing secure, the daughter can now be enrolled and transported to school, and the father will receive supportive services to help him attain self-sufficiency.