2/23/2016 06:45:18 am
I think it is important to know your audience, and know that each of your stakeholders will have different "hooks" that bring them around to supporting the Housing First Model.
Broadly, I have found success with the following approaches to various people:
-Morality, Values, Doing the right thing
-Housing as a Human Right
-The right to Self-Determination
It works best when you first listen to the values, concerns, and questions of the stakeholder with the goals of understanding their perspective and finding common ground. Once you have established the common ground, you can respond to their concerns and questions in light of their values and which of the above arguments best meets their particular needs.
Obviously you cannot respond to any of these concerns if you don't first create environments in which you can build relationships with stakeholders and hear from them. Agencies can host open houses, community meetings, informational sessions, block parties, etc. to welcome the community of stakeholders and create spaces for dialogue. Contact is the most potent antidote to stigma, as it is easier to criticize the "other" than your neighbor.
2/23/2016 06:45:40 am
I agree with HousingFirst1. We hold a "landlord breakfast" which brings landlords together to discuss our housing programs and how they can benefit the community. After the breakfast, our housing specialist will meet 1 on 1 with the landlords to share the benefits of the housing first model, highlighting the case management and landlord/tenant liaison piece that comes with housing our clients.
When working with clients we focus on harm reduction and ensure the clients are a part of their goal planning. We ensure that they have access to staff when needed and try and make them feel supported even when they are making decisions that are harmful.
Working with staff has a focus on how to keep individuals housed, looking at what the barriers are and assisting with creating dialogue when working with the challenges clients face.
2/23/2016 06:46:04 am
Our company has a Board of Directors that meets quarterly. As a non-for profit organization we are constantly in the field speaking to companies and individuals in the community about our program and the need for resources and financial assistance for our clients.
We attend community meetings and also have tables at events to share information about our program.
We have staff at our program that specifically work with the community and spread the word about our program and the needs of our program. We like to express not so much of what they can do for us, but what we can do for them in having the program that we have for Veterans; helping our Veterans and individuals to be independent again and have housing of their own.
2/23/2016 06:46:22 am
@HousingFirst3, I think it's so important to get out into the community to raise awareness about our work. Too often, people don't know that we're there or, if they do, they don't have a clear idea of what we're doing. But, I like the reframe of focusing on what we provide to our communities instead of just focusing on what we need from them. When people know about the good work we do, they're going to want to get involved and figure out how they can get involved. People want to make their communities better. We have to let them know about the opportunities to do it!
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