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Ending homelessness is a very difficult goal to reach. It will not be achieved by a single agency. That’s why MSHDA works with a wide network of partners to provide affordable housing options. These groups include public, private, for-profit, and non-profit originations.
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In September, the Community Building and Communications (CBC) workgroup finalized the plans for rolling out the Sharing Success and Partners in Success documents, which have information for partners in the Campaign to use when discussing the achievements of the Campaign. The workgroup is looking to 2012 as a year of a renewed focus on community-building. This past month, CBC also continued to work with the Training Workgroup on developing legislative outreach materials to add to the Toolkit on the Campaign’s Web site.
The Employment, Income Supports, and Supportive Services workgroup (EISSS) has decided to conclude its current work and to move forward as a special project workgroup that will attend to critical issues and topics as they arise.
The first issue that the workgroup will address will be to assist CSIG in the development of a response strategy to the legislative reforms to welfare that are expected to take effect in October. The group will meet regularly over the next several months to identify approaches that other states have taken to adjusting to welfare reform, giving service providers and clients timely and useful information about how changes will affect them and presenting possible approaches to lessening the impact on available resources.
The Housing Assistance and Models (HA&M) workgroup recently drafted a brief history of how Housing Resource Centers (HRCs) and Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARAs) evolved. In addition, the group has discussed the feasibility of suggested improvements for the Housing Locator tool.
The Planning, Implementation, and Measurement/Information Technology (PIMIT) workgroup focused on the following in September:
The Training workgroup recently established its 2012 activities:
The CQI coordinator training curriculum has been drafted and the group is working on revisions. The training will be offered in early 2012. The group has also crafted an orientation packet for regional representations. Portions of the toolkit were made available at the Homelessness Summit and the full toolkit will be posted on the CTEH Web site in November. Members of the training workgroup continue to reach out to regions to ask for examples of practices that could be replicated across the regions (i.e. trainings, communications, etc). Examples from the regions can be sent to Lisa Chapman, the workgroup’s chair (see above for her e-mail address).