Columbus OH Reduces Homelessness by 46%! Introducing the “Columbus Model”

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has highlighted the tremendous success that Columbus, OH has had with the re-engineering of their homeless service delivery programming. Their success is evident in their being able to reduce homelessness by 46% between 1997 to 2004! That, is outstanding. Article here.

The Columbus Model focuses on Four Major Components

  • Becoming a Data Driven System,
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation,
  • Quality Improvment, and
  • System Overview.
  • These four major components have been put together as a toolkit (with tools & samples) and may be adapted to fit our own communities. Continue reading


    Merrimack Valley Regional Network November 2010 Meeting Minutes

    Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

    November 15, 2010 – Meeting Minutes

    GLCAC, Lawrence

    In attendance: David McLane (YMCA), Walter Jabzanka (MHSA), Sandra Pereira (LTLC), Joe Nolan (Eliot), Patty Bergin (CTI), Susan Fink (City of Lawrence), Jim Barnes (City of Lawrence), Anne Malavich (LTLC), Derek Jones (LTLC), Avi Glaser (CTI), Patty Puglisi (CTI), Claire Corsini (DOC), Connie Murphy (CAI), Al Hanscom (Emmaus), Mary O’Brien (YWCA of Greater Lawrence), Ed Cameron, (CTI) and Kristin Ross-Sitcawich.


    Network Updates:

    1. RFR Update – The Network RFR has yet to be distributed as it is winding its way through DHCD’s legal department. We have no confirmation as to a specific date that the RFR will be made available on COMPASS.

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    LA Program Seeks to Re-House Their Chronic Homeless Population

    I was astounded to find, via this article, that LA contains 10% of our nations’ homeless population.

    Major kudos to the Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness for stepping to the forefront of developing a blueprint for LA’s Plan to End Homelessness, in spite of the sheer number of homeless individuals who reside on the streets of LA.

    Homelessness reduction is not just the job of providers. It is best addressed leveraging all aspects of the community (private business, non profit providers, faith based communities and residents alike). Housing First, as a model, has proven to be a successful “business plan” in decreasing our homeless population. Sheltering IS warehousing. Treatment provided for our most vulnerable neighbors should be provided where they are at, just as you and I expect to be treated where we are at. The expectation for service is no different for those with homes and those without. Please read the article from the LA Times below and click through to access all of the handy links they’d included in the original article.

    Program seeks to aid hard-core


    Plan drafted by a civic task force hopes to slash costs by

     getting the chronically homeless into housing. But

    Supervisor Antonovich calls the controversial approach

    ‘warehousing without healing.’

    Homeless project

    By Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer Continue reading

    South Shore Network Seeks a Network Coordinator

    South Shore Network to End Homelessness

    Network Coordinator

    Part-time contracted position


    Excellent opportunity to convene community partners around homeless initiatives. Highly organized self-starter who enjoys working with diverse partners is needed to coordinate this regional network. This is one of ten regional networks across the state that was launched in 2009 to bring together people from community agencies, government, faith groups, and businesses to implement regional strategies to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness in Brockton, Quincy, Plymouth and surrounding towns. The South Shore Network has gained statewide recognition for several innovative initiatives to match homeless families to the right local shelters for their needs, to rapidly rehouse homeless families and individuals, and to prevent households from becoming homeless.


    United Way of Greater Plymouth County convenes the network. Contractor will work 20 hours per week for six months with opportunity for the position to grow thereafter. Flexible schedule includes some hours and community meetings at United Way’s Brockton office. Qualifications include: excellent skills in organizing, meeting facilitation, writing, and communication. Some program reporting also needed. A strong interest in the mission of ending homelessness is essential.


    Dennis Carman, President and CEO will lead the hiring process. Resumes and cover letters may be submitted to:  Prior to applying, questions about the position and application process may also be directed to the current coordinator: Joyce Tavon, South Shore Network Coordinator, United Way of Greater Plymouth County,  


    60 Minutes Covers Homeless Veterans Stand Down

    I’ve read over the past several years about Stand Down events for our homeless Veterans and more recently, 60 Minutes did a piece on the San Diego Stand Down weekend.  I do hope you click through, watch and listen to it. Here is a link to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the origins of “Stand Down”.

    Also another interesting piece 60 Minutes did back in January of this year, “Why the VA Frustrates Veterans”

    The statistics are staggering and while the US Government is gearing up for the return of our soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a legitimate fear that we (as a country) are not prepared for their return.

    Many of our soldiers will return with some variation of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse issues, chronic health conditions and/or maimed.

    Couple the aforementioned issues with dim employment prospects & family dynamic issues and we’ve got ourselves a recipe for disaster, Commander.

    On the upswing, the US Government has made the expansion of resources to returning Veterans and homeless Veterans a priority with a Strategic Plan to End Homelessness for Vets in five years. With that, there is a massive funding package coming down to support this effort. Interestingly, one of the priorities is the creation of units of housing geared to homeless female veterans with children. Naturally, once would assume, with 14% of our enlisted personnel, being women they would be coming home with the same trauma issues that are men experience.

    The US Department of Veterans Affairs is in the process of a massive “culture” change whereby service to our Veterans is given where they are at, versus providing services exclusively within Veterans facilities. Obviously, this is the common sense approach…but then again, whoever said bureaucracy “always” make sense?