Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. Changing Homeless and Mainstream Service Systems: Essential Approaches to Ending Homelessness. Mechanisms That Facilitate Implementation of Change Goals


As hard as it is for communities to come together at the conceptual level to agree on new goals and new responsibilities, it is considerably harder to bring the new vision into being. Over the years communities that adopted the goal of ending chronic homelessness have developed a variety of mechanisms for implementing change. We focus here on four types:

  • mechanisms that stimulate providers to bring their programs into line with the new goals;
  • mechanisms that match homeless people to the most appropriate services and programs;
  • funding mechanisms that help bring together the array of resources needed to develop and support homeless assistance programs and homeless people and support integration of mainstream and homeless systems; and
  • the role of a coordinator to bring it all together and make these and many other things happen.

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