Homeless Single Adult System

With the implementation of the Shelter Reconfiguration Plan complete, Bureau of <br/>Housing and Community Development (BHCD) recognized that a responsive public policy needs to address changing community circumstances and that the existing system could use some modifications. Further, Directors of organizations in the Homeless Single Adult System realized a need for increased collaboration and enhanced working relationships among their diverse programs. To accomplish this, they formed a“Revisioning Committee” in late 2000. <br/>“The system will collaboratively eradicate the institution of homelessness through the support of people in their efforts to have homes, income, and relationships.” <br/>Revisioning Committee, June, 2001 <br/>The Revisioning Committee began meeting in January 2001 with the goal of developing guiding principles for the Homeless Single Adult System, and determining, as a group, what direction the system should take. After several retreats and meetings, this committee developed a purpose statement and principles for the system. Beginning in August 2001, members of the Revisioning Committee began meeting with BHCD staff to develop concrete recommendations to support their vision for the system. This document focuses on the tangible, measurable changes the system will undergo in Fiscal Year 02-03 to take the homeless single adult system “to the next level” based on that process. Through this undertaking, BHCD and the Revisioning Committee determined that the single adult system works well, but could work more effectively and efficiently with some changes and enhancements. In this stage of the homeless system, it is important to focus on supporting what works, repairing what does not work so well, and move programs from the system that do not support the objectives this plan asserts. <br/>These objectives address housing placement and housing retention, including services that remove barriers from a homeless person’s ability to obtain and maintain housing. The system will continue to support programs that provide for basic needs for homeless people in the community, but that “safety net” is not where the system concentrates its energy. Reducing, even ending, the need for a safety net is the focus. The outcomes and funding outlined in this plan relate to this. (Authors)

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