Monthly Archives: October 2013

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance – News & Events – Next Practices


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In October 2013, MHSA will partner with The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness and the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University to convene NEXT PRACTICES™ ROUND TABLE: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness.

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

This is known as "gettin er done" in the South!

 

It’s not "Best Practices" anymore it seems, its "Next Practices"!

See on www.mhsa.net

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Volunteers sew hope into sleeping bags


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Jody Lewis had just poked a needle and thread into layers of blankets, sewing what would become one of the sides of a sleeping bag to be donated to the homeless, when another volunteer handed her a blank card.

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

This whole enabling thing that street ministries & the faith community gets shackled with regarding making it "comfortable" for people to "remain" homeless needs some serious attention.

 

This article gets to the heart of it with this quote: “We’re not enabling people,” she said. “We’re sharing what we have. These are the basic needs of life: warmth, and staying clean.”

 

That said there is significant value in the conversion about what else we should, could & must be looking toward accomplishing to truly end people’s homelessness "together"!

 

There are a couple of books we recommend to get the dialog pumped up, we’ve shared them elsewhere, but here you go: "Toxic Charity" & "When Helping Hurts".

 

A lot of this discussion goes to the needy vs greedy topic, but we as people of faith can’t judge people on that basis. We must meet everyone where they are, volunteers & tjose we help. We can only work toward making them feel grateful for their blessings, no matter where they come from & work to help them see that giving back & being a volunteer themselves is a helpful & life-changing exercise.

 

Much more could be written but let’s get started on a meaningful discussion & get to what truly matters.

See on www.dispatch.com

Pay for Success: What It Will Take to Work | Stanford Social …


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Let’s critically assess the model and imagine greater possibilities by keeping it simple.

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

Here’s a keep it simple (KISS) approach to getting started with pay-for-success! 

 

Let’s see if this helps us get our arms around these types of projects & get going on funding some here in good ol’ Savannah!

See on www.ssireview.org

Evolving to outcomes: Meet the new Pay For Success US Activity Map


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SocialFinance.ca is a network of investors, enterprises, and enablers that are actively harnessing finance for social impact through community investment, microfinance, social enterprise, philanthropy, and responsible …

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

Now we actually have a tracking system for pay-for-success projects all over the country!

 

Where’s Georgia on this map? Well looky there, our next door neighbor SC is on the map! The Governor is actually supporting these projects AND getting help from the Harvard Kennedy School’s program to do it!!

 

Help is there for newcomers to get a project off the ground, let’s get to it Savannah & Georgia!

See on socialfinance.ca

Pay for Success: Department Awards Grants to New York and …


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The Department of Labor today announced nearly $24 million in Workforce Innovation Fund grants to pilot the Pay for Success program, a new model of financing social service programs to help federal, state and local …

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

Funding for Pay-for-success projects is actually happening! This one in New York is for workforce development!

 

"These grants will support programming that aims to increase employment and reduce recidivism among formerly incarcerated individuals."

 

Time to find these projects in Savannah eh?

See on www.doleta.gov

“Housing First” Approach is Saving Money and Providing Homes for …


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Housing First is currently endorsed by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) as a “best practice” for governments and service-agencies to use in their fight to end chronic homelessness.

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

Here’s the info on the endorsement of Housing First by the USICH!

 

We’ve been talking about this in posts for a while now & in emails to the CSAH (Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless) Board Chairman & others.

 

Now we see it in plain english from another source!

 

Our comments at the recent (10/17/13) Public Hearing at Savannah City Council encouraging Mayor & Council to consider creating a "homelessness rountable" or other designated forum for addressing homelessness & give it as much attention as they have other isues & model it possibly after the Business Rountable seems to be proper timing.

 

We look forward to a soon-to-be-scheduled meeting with the Mayor (& possibly City Manager) on the subject!

 

Give us your input & let us know if you’d like to be invovled along with the other stakeholders we expect to be at the table!

See on humaneexposures.com

Portland, Maine: A city that helps tourists more than its homeless, poor – Bangor Daily News


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Portland, Maine: A city that helps tourists more than its homeless, poor Bangor Daily News It seems the city of Portland in the past few years has been more eager to provide for a tourist carrying cash and credit cards than a person carrying the…

Marvin Heery‘s insight:

Do we see Savannah this way too?

 

Time to consider some balance & responsibility for who should be ending homelessness in our community too!

 

The concept of "free rides" was introduced during the Assessment Report presentation to City Council in a workshop a while back, time for the answers to be revealed!

See on bangordailynews.com