Renewal Alliance Style

Part of “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” each year includes: attended National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in DC

It is a key part of summer for me for more than a decade. I can actually track milestones in my career against the backdrop of the Alliance conference. Here are the major reasons I keep going:

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With the Eldest Boy

My eldest son is Hamish. He turns 11 this December. Generally speaking he is a remarkable kid, full of compassion; helping to care for his three younger siblings (without asking – and even changing diapers); helping me grill and smoke meat; phenomenal at baseball and okay at hockey (citizenship requirement); loves science and math; and, known to still sneak in a cuddle with his dad when no one is looking.

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70:20:10 The Street Outreach Investment

Street outreach is often (wrongly) measured by the number of contacts made or the number of new people found and encountered.

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Yoda was Wrong

That title ^ may be considered blasphemy.  It pains me to write it. And it is true.

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Crazy Sh!t Volume 2, 2016

And now for everyone’s favourite blog each quarter, the crazy shit I get asked and hear…

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Don’t Confuse Experience with Expertise or Evidence

In May, I was speaking at a Summit in Pensacola, Florida. A large group had gathered from Northwest Florida to hear about the state’s work in ending homelessness and practices in ending homelessness. I love these sorts of engagements, especially when I am given half a day to walk people through the critical details rather than just hitting the high points as I may do in a keynote or media interview.

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Performance Management & Ending Homelessness Amongst Veterans

On the OrgCode Facebook page I recently posted an article from militarytimes.com about how the goal to end homelessness amongst veterans came up short. By their account, there was a one-third reduction in homelessness amongst veterans since the start of the plan that was put forth by Veterans Affairs. I thought this would be a great opportunity to go over some of the basics of performance management and how it relates to ending homelessness. I will use the experience of the VA to demonstrate some teachable points.

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Dizzy in the Spin Room

Making a difference in ending homelessness? Prove it. Don’t spin it.

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I’ll Never Bring You Flowers

Maybe I was who Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand were singing about in “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers“.

I think giving someone flowers is pretty messed up. Sure, they are pretty to look at. But what does it say about us when we give a person something that is dying and tell them that it is beautiful?

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From Bone Dry to Downright Soggy: Variations in Alcohol Policy in Shelters

When shelters are considering their policies regarding alcohol use it is not as binary as dry or wet. There are variations in between. With each of the variations come considerations that impact either the program participant or the staff within the shelter – or both! So, I put together this handy table to guide you through four variations of alcohol policies and the considerations that come with each.

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