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Thurston County, Washington

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Public Health and Social Services

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 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. 

RHC Members

Carolyn Cox, Chair - City of Lacey Councilmember Carolina Mejia, Vice-Chair - Thurston County Commissioner
Dani Madrone - City of Olympia Councilmember Michael Althauser - City of Tumwater Councilmember
Brian Hess - City of Yelm Councilmember  
Talauna Reed - Chair of Affordable Housing Advisory Board (non-voting member) Tammie Smith - Chair of Homeless Services Advisory Board (non-voting member)


Regional Housing Council Updates


Logo - Regional Housing Council


Jurisdictions Homelessness Programs Websites:




Thurston County


Staff Contact Information

Tom Webster, Office of Housing & Homeless Prevention Manager

Keylee Marineau, Homeless Response Program Manager

Elisa Sparkman, Communications Specialist

Thurston County’s Coordinated Entry Shelter and Housing Hotline:

Advisory Boards to the Regional Housing Council

Thurston Affordable Housing Advisory Board to the RHC

The primary purpose of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Regional Housing Council (RHC) on priorities, funding and policies related to the expenditures of the combined county-wide and Olympia Home Fund, Federal HOME Investment Partnership, HB 1406, and HB 2060, and any other existing or future fund sources controlled by the RHC and which the RHC may deem appropriate.

Thurston Homeless Services Advisory Board to the RHC

The primary purpose of the Homeless Services Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Regional Housing Council (RHC) on priorities, funding and policies related to the expenditures of the Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG), Housing and Essential Needs (HEN), HB 2163, HB 1277, and Human Services Fund.  Additionally, the Homeless Services Advisory Board will make recommendations on any funding designated for homeless services by the RHC from the Thurston County Home Fund.

RHC Meeting Information

The RHC meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. and alternates between virtual and hybrid meetings that are in person with a virtual option.

The RHC accepts public comment at this meeting and encourages public participation.

Virtual meetings are held online through Zoom. Please register in advance if you plan to provide public comment. Register to attend online meeting.

Hybrid meetings are held in person at the Thurston County Boardroom at the Atrium, 3000 Pacific Avenue SE Olympia, WA 98501. To attend online through Zoom, please register in advance if you plan to provide public comment. Register to attend hybrid meeting online.


Watch past RHC meetings on YouTube.


Upcoming Meeting Schedule 

  • *12/13/2023 - Virtual
  • 01/24/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • 02/28/2024 - Virtual
  • 03/27/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • 04/24/2024 - Virtual
  • 05/22/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • 06/26/2024 - Virtual
  • 07/24/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • 08/28/2024 - Virtual
  • 09/25/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • 10/23/2024 - Virtual
  • *11/13/2024 - In person and Virtual
  • *12/11/2024 - Virtual

*Rescheduled due to holiday season.

Date Agendas Minutes
11/08/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes [Pending Approval]
10/25/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
09/27/2023 Meeting Agenda  Minutes
08/23/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
07/26/2023 Meeting Canceled  Canceled 
06/28/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
06/14/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
05/24/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
05/10/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
04/26/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
03/22/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
03/08/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
02/15/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
01/25/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
01/11/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes

Announcements & News Releases

Thurston Affordable Housing Advisory Board

The Affordable Housing Advisory Board will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Atrium in room 188. The Atrium is located at 3000 Pacific Avenue SE, Olympia WA 98501. Free parking is available on site.

Note: The December meeting has been rescheduled to December 14, 2023

Attend virtually on Zoom.

Date Agenda Minutes
11/16/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes (Pending approval)
10/19/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
09/21/2023 Canceled Canceled  
08/17/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes 
07/20/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
06/15/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
05/18/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
04/20/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
03/16/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes 

Homeless Services Advisory Board

The Homeless Services Advisory Board will meet on the third Monday of the month from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to be held at 3000 Pacific Ave - The Atrium in Room 188.

Attend virtually on Zoom.

Date Agenda Minutes
11/20/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes (Pending approval)
10/16/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
09/18/2023 Meeting Agenda  Minutes  
08/21/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
07/17/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
06/12/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
05/15/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
05/01/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
04/17/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes
03/20/2023 Meeting Agenda Minutes