Homeless council hires new leader

He worked to end homelessness at a legal clinic in D.C.

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian social issues & neighborhoods reporter

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Andy Silver, a former staff attorney at a Washington, D.C., legal clinic for the homeless, has been hired as the new executive director for the Council for the Homeless.

At the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Silver worked to end homelessness through policy advocacy as well as legal representation. According to a statement from the Council for the Homeless, Silver led a coalition of service providers, advocates and businesses that worked with the D.C. government to avert an $18 million shortfall in homeless services.

“Our board and staff are excited to work with Andy. He brings energy and drive to our mission to end homelessness in Clark County,” said Council board president Cheryl Pfaff. “Andy’s background in coalition building, legal advocacy and community mobilization will be assets to implementing the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Clark County. His knowledge of the relationship between federal policies and local opportunities will also serve us well.”

Silver is a graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University Law School. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in serving the homeless and people at risk of becoming homeless. He will make $60,500 a year as executive director of the Council for the Homeless, according to Pfaff.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the dedicated and passionate staff at the Council for the Homeless as we mobilize the community to end homelessness in Clark County,” he said. “Clark County has a long history of the type of collaboration between service providers, the faith community, and public officials that is necessary to implement permanent solutions to homelessness.”

The Council will hold a meet-and-greet for Silver at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Vancouver Housing Authority building, 2500 Main Street.

Silver replaces Craig Lyons, who led the Council for the Homeless from 2007 until late last year. The Council is a nonprofit organization created in 1989 by local governments and the Vancouver Housing Authority.