Hi, it’s Katherine the VISTA, here. I get this question a lot, whether explicitly or implicitly. People know Housing 1000’s goal is to end homelessness in Santa Clara County–but how? We’re not a shelter, we’re not a housing development, we’re not a recovery program or a back-to-work program or anything else familiar to people when they think about “homelessness.”
“So how, exactly, does Housing 1000 line up housing?” you say.
Basically, we work with all of those different pieces–shelters, housing units, case management and policymakers–and coordinate all of our community resources to focus on ending chronic homelessness. For those who don’t work in public policy, though, that explanation might not be completely satisfying.
“So how do you line up housing?!” I hear you ask, a little exasperated. “Give me a concrete example!”
I can’t blame you–public policy is complex, and the task before us is daunting. Luckily, the 100,000 Homes Campaign wrote up a helpful section of their Playbook that details how to “line up the supply”–that is, how to actually find housing for chronically homeless individuals. Without further ado, here’s the gist of one of the most important things we’re working on behind the scenes: Guidelines on Lining Up the Supply
- Santa Clara County Supervisors Consider Voucher Program to Help Chronically Homeless (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
- Interview with Ky Le, Director of Homeless Systems for Santa Clara County (housing1000.wordpress.com)
- Santa Clara County supervisors to consider $1.35 million in vouchers to house 100 chronically homeless (mercurynews.com)
- Why Everybody is Obsessed with Housing First: A Primer (housing1000.wordpress.com)