In 2008, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Building Changes, Snohomish County launched a 20-month planning process to transform systems to better address the needs of families experiencing and at-risk of homelessness. The plan has been developed within the context of Snohomish County's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness developed by the Homeless Policy Task Force.
The Snohomish County initiative to be launched through this plan is known as Investing in Families and is intended to complement and supplement the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness with a road map for transforming systems for ending family homelessness.
The CSAC made the recommendation to fund family / civil legal and mental health services. These priorities were derived from the top identified needs of the 2006 Low-Income Needs Assessment and the Snohomish County Investing in Families Landscape Assessment. CSBG funds were used as part of the funding for the Investing in Families pilot project and funded three agencies.
These agencies were: