The Structure of the Housing Team and Its Functions

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PART THREE: The Structure of the Housing Team and Its Functions

Successful housing programs have three different types of positions:

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Service Orientation

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In this multi-part blog series we are examining the essential elements of successful housing programs that focus on ending homelessness. We pick up here in Part 2 looking at the Service Orientation that is necessary.

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Ensuring People Who Are Homeless Get the Right Housing Intervention and Supports to End Their Homelessness

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In this multi-part blog series we are examining the essential elements of successful housing programs that focus on ending homelessness. Our thanks to Scotti Coles with Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre for coming up with the suggestion. www.jphawc.ca

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Organizing Information as a System Instead of a Collection of Projects in an Effort to End Homelessness

In working with housing and homeless information throughout my career it has always been my mission to get people to think and act like a system instead of a collection of projects. Truth is, funders like to attach the word “Program” to a lot of the work that they do, and this orientation has led many communities to organize their services by funding source rather than by what the outcomes are that the funding is trying to achieve. Across various funding programs there can be comparable, complimentary outcomes that are intended. So let’s take a closer look at how to organize information as a system instead of a collection of projects – which ultimately means organizing our projects like a system too.

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The Importance of Mentoring

Yogi Berra once famously said of Bill Dickey, “Bill is learning me his experience.”

I have the great privilege of being a mentor to about a half dozen people throughout the US and Canada. Of all the many things I do, this is one of the most rewarding.

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Wellness & A Healthy Social Network

One of the themes that we weave through a lot of our work in Human Services is the importance of creating or recreating a healthy social network for individuals and families that have experienced considerable marginalization, poverty, homelessness and the like.

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Appropriately Using Assertive Engagement

So you have a client that has engaged in case management supports with your organization, but they never seem to be around or seem completely unengaged when you do meet. They have high acuity. They likely have several complex issues and have experienced long-term homelessness. Is the fact that they are rarely around or seem completely unengaged sufficient to “cut them loose”? Should your organization move on to another person who is more eager to actively participate in what you have to offer?

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Another Teaching Year Around the Corner

Can you imagine being a student of mine?

I am a thinker first and foremost. Over the years teaching in the Graduate Planning Programme at York University in Toronto students have been subject to my out-loud thinking about various social issues.

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Importance of Team Leader Training

This week we launched our re-vamped two-day Team Leader training program. Through the Introduction and 9 modules, we try to set the stage for excellence in program delivery. Through analysis and synthesis of the main currents of thought and practice in leadership and management across the public, private, non-profit and non-governmental sectors, the Team Leader training covers:

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National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference 2011 – aka #naeh11

My last tweet from the conference claimed that #naeh11 rocked harder than KISS on a stadium tour.

I stand behind that even as the days pass since the conference ended and reflection sets in and turns in part to wisdom. I think what made it rock for me this year was different than past conferences.

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