Regional Housing Council
About the Council

The Regional Housing Council (RHC) was created with the primary purpose to leverage resources and partnerships through policies and projects promoting equitable access to safe and affordable housing in Thurston County. The RHC will consider issues specifically related to funding a regional response to homelessness and affordable housing and how to better coordinate existing funding programs to implement the county's Five-Year Homeless Crisis Response Plan and increase affordable housing options.

Thurston County and the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Yelm (representing South county) formally adopted an interlocal agreement to formalize the RHC in February 2021. An elected official from each jurisdiction, supported by a designated alternate, serves as the voting member to the RHC. Senior leaders from jurisdictions as well as technical staff from the jurisdictions support the RHC. 

The RHC’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Making recommendations to regional elected and appointed leaders on funding decisions related to implementing the HCRP and expanding shelter and affordable housing.
  • Establishing an annual RHC work plan along with an annual budget.
  • Submitting an annual report to the governing body of each jurisdiction.
The RHC may also:
  • Monitor the HCRP and support actions necessary to implement the plan.
  • Identify and support projects, programs, and policies to increase shelter and affordable housing through the region.
  • Identify and support projects, programs, and policies to further the objectives of the HCRP and reduce the number of unsheltered individuals living in the region.
  • Identify and support construction and operation of supportive housing in the region.
  • Serve as a regional forum for developing and implementing policies, programs, and projects related to homelessness and affordable housing.
  • Develop communication protocols to assist local elected officials and the community in understanding the extent and nature of the homeless and housing crisis in the region.
Meetings

The RHC meets twice a month:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, all meetings are currently conducted remotely.   

The RHC encourages public participation and public comment. To provide comment during the RHC meeting, please register in advance at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rQ1C77MfSX2YrADOuOlUig

​RHC Members

  • Carolyn Cox, Chair - City of Lacey Councilmember
  • Carolina Mejia, Vice-Chair - Thurston County Commissioner
  • Jim Cooper - City of Olympia Councilmember
  • Michael Althauser - City of Tumwater Councilmember
  • Brian Hess - City of Yelm Councilmember - South County Representative

​RHC Guiding Documents

​Staff Contact Information

Tom Webster, Housing Program Manager

Keylee Marineau, Homeless Prevention and Affordable Housing Coordinator