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.…

Focus on where you want to go not on what you fear

As a new employee here at Changing Homelessness I wasn’t sure what to expect during my first street count. Honestly, I was scared! The thought that rushed through my mind was an unfortunate encounter I had more than 10 years ago in the…

Giving Heals the Heart and Transforms Pain into Possibilities

If it hadn't been for my dad’s suicide, a teenage life riddled with domestic violence and my best friend dying of AIDS when we were 26, I would not have gone back to school at 35 with the pure intent to make a difference in the world. Going…

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…

How do you reduce homelessness? There really is a solution.

You move people off the street and into housing, but to do that you must bring together determined, like-minded people, set a bold goal and work together to reach it. After the successful 100,000 Homes Campaign launched in July of 2010, Community…