Much of our strategic plan for 2017-2021 focused on changes internally to strengthen communication within our collaborative as well as communication with other bodies and agencies in SJC. The end result was residents receiving services because both the frontline workers serving them know what is available in our county and residents know how to access these services.
The HSC also addressed the lack of housing in St. Joseph County by collaborating with municipalities, chambers of commerce, and agencies to develop a community master housing plan under the guidance of the South Michigan Planning Council. The plan was completed in 2021 and a workgroup formed.
Housing continues to be a priority. The newly formed St. Joseph County Housing Collaborative committee will start work on the county-wide housing plan. The HSC will also continue to build its network with community groups and marketing its resources website to agency workers and the public, county-wide.