2014 Faith Forum on Homelessness and Domestic Violence
In January 2014 the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness co-hosted Phoenix Mayor's Faith Forum on homelessness and Domestic Violence, to connect communities of faith who want to serve homeless individuals with city experts and experienced peer organizations who can advise them on best practices.
The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness coordinates collaborative whitepapers as one of many tools in our advocacy and education efforts. We hope that these papers will serve as impetus to change agents and community leaders to call for systems change through the adoption of the policies and practices suggested herein. The publication of whitepapers is intended to inform policy makers, service professionals and advocates on strategies to end homelessness with existing mainstream housing resources.
Abundance and Prioritization of Existing Resources – this first whitepaper in a series of 3 whitepapers looking at innovations in housing and service delivery explores the abundance of Housing Choice Vouchers available in Arizona to serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness through a re-prioritization of turnover vouchers. This whitepaper emphasized the importance of making sure mainstream government resources are the last resort for individuals and families in need in order for these finite resources to have maximum impact in our communities.
Local Preferences in Housing Choice Voucher Programs – this second whitepaper explores the creation of local preferences for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Housing Choice Voucher programs. This paper demonstrates the alignment of such policies with federal, state and local guidelines. It lays out the mechanics for public housing authorities to implement these preferences and looks at examples of such strategies here in Arizona and across the country.
The final paper in this series, once finalized, will explore the importance of coupling client centered, wrap-around supportive services with the Housing Choice Voucher program for formerly homeless individuals and families. The Housing Choice Voucher program is a tremendous resource for ending homelessness in communities, but our public housing authority partners are not expected to solve this problem alone. The third whitepaper will focus on the role of "Navigators" in Project H3: Home, Health, Hope, and how this unique service delivery system integrates best practices from existing supportive services and natural support systems to improve outcomes using "housing first" and recovery principles.