Community Solutions, an organization recognized nationally and internationally for their work on the 100,000 Homes and Zero: 2016 Campaigns, is coming back to Burlington to help the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance develop and use a single, comprehensive, person-specific and real-time list of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness throughout Chittenden County. Over 60 community leaders and homeless agency staff will gather at Main Street Landing Gallery on April 5, 2017, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. to hear about this framework and to see how collective community action to house those people on the list can make a real impact on reducing homelessness in our community.
“With this list, we will be able to streamline consumer access to appropriate resources,” said Travis Poulin, Director of Chittenden Community Action and a co-chair of the Homeless Alliance. “We will also, for the first time, have near real time data on who and how many people are experiencing homelessness – who and how many people are becoming homeless or returning to homelessness each month, who and how many are becoming housed, who is not becoming housed and why not. This process will help our community provide more efficient, directed services to those most in need.”
“Homelessness is a complex and multi-faceted community issue, with significant costs to people’s lives and to public systems. With the information developed through this new effort, we can collectively make optimal use of our resources and focus on system improvement efforts with greater precision,” added Margaret Bozik of the Champlain Housing Trust and the other co-chair of the Alliance.
In recent years, Chittenden County has seen significant drops in the number of people experiencing homelessness. However, more work remains to be done – including streamlining access to resources, increasing the supply of affordable housing, and increasing access to rental subsidy and housing retention supports.
The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and government who support our vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County. Its mission is to end homelessness in Chittenden County by being a forum for gathering information, building consensus, coordinating efforts, and advocating the end of homelessness through prevention, early intervention, and remediation.