Survival Service #2: Housing Supports New green housing design, local manufacturing technologies and community housing models are ensuring that all families have stable and safe homes.
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOUSING SUPPORT SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly housing support system? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is the system supposed to solve? Why don’t people just find housing by themselves without outside help?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the affordable housing access problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family-friendly housing support in its many forms.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Housing– becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art system of care in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent support and service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
How cities are ending homelessness: 74,400,000 States with the least homeless: 66,200,000
The root cause of homelessness: 1,590,000 How do teens become homeless: 25,300,000
How to build affordable housing: 147,000,000
How to get low income housing fast: 67,100,000
Affordable housing grants for nonprofits: 11,100,000
There has never been a better time to address our lack of affordable housing. With our search engines, we could spend months, reading about effective solutions in all areas of housing: building, design, zoning, creating intentional communities, going green, building tiny, and developing affordable housing with special services for our most vulnerable families and individuals.
Housing affordability is a challenge that has been with us for a long time, and there are many different strategies out there for addressing it. We point out that it is not in anybody’s interest to have lots of people spending half of their income on housing.
If teen Eric’s mom needs to leave a violent living situation, could she find affordable housing fast for all? Advances in home design and building can inform solutions.
Unstable housing puts a lot of families in an economic pressure cooker that can increase the likelihood of adverse childhood experiences and relegate them to substandard units in the worst neighborhoods, while making it all the harder to flee an abusive relationship. Lots of ideas exist for fixing this, and we seek to test out innovations to ensure no family is left homeless or in an unsafe housing situation.
Innovations focus on housing design, city planning and zoning, and tech to track the need of housing and its availability.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
IT STARTS WITH YOU
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