Entries by Monique Elton

7 Lessons I learned from Jacksonville’s Built for Zero Initiative

On April 26th, I attended the Built for Zero Learning Session about Veteran Homelessness at the Legends Center. It started with City Councilman Terrance Freeman welcoming everyone. The leaders from the Mayor’s Office, the Veterans Administration (VA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local agencies working to end homelessness also greeted session attendees. All in […]

The Top 3 Reasons We Love Our Volunteers

This month we recognize and thank community members who come alongside us as we strive to end homelessness. 1. Volunteers help make the work we do possible. As we move towards the goal of hitting functional zero, we can become overwhelmed by the work we need to do. Yet, when we stop to look around, […]

Thoughts from a New Board Member

The point-in-time count is an annual census of the homeless population of Northeast Florida taken on a single day.  Changing Homelessness takes this census with volunteers from the community in an effort to know every member of the homeless community by name.  I am a new member of the board of Changing Homelessness, and I […]

Functional zero is a pretty complex idea

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Community Solutions Built for Zero Learning Session in Detroit, Michigan, to participate in the Northeast Florida Continuum of Care’s (CoC) ongoing work addressing homelessness in our community. I was invited in my capacity as the Social Services Manager at Mission House, a small homeless day facility in […]

Using Data to Drive System Performance

In 2014 the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) introduced seven system-level performance measures. Why should you care? These measures will help communities create a complete picture of how well their services and programs are working together to achieve the goals of preventing and ending homelessness.  By understanding these System Performance Measures in Context, […]

Time to be Bold, Intentional and Strategic

Yesterday, I sat down to write this blog entry, which was supposed to be a summary of our Downtown Monthly Street Count initiative, and why it’s important.  But, then why I do what I do happened. More on that in a few paragraphs. Changing Homelessness has partnered with Downtown Vision, Inc., Friends of Hemming Park, […]