Dizzy in the Spin Room

Making a difference in ending homelessness? Prove it. Don’t spin it.

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I’ll Never Bring You Flowers

Maybe I was who Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand were singing about in “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers“.

I think giving someone flowers is pretty messed up. Sure, they are pretty to look at. But what does it say about us when we give a person something that is dying and tell them that it is beautiful?

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From Bone Dry to Downright Soggy: Variations in Alcohol Policy in Shelters

When shelters are considering their policies regarding alcohol use it is not as binary as dry or wet. There are variations in between. With each of the variations come considerations that impact either the program participant or the staff within the shelter – or both! So, I put together this handy table to guide you through four variations of alcohol policies and the considerations that come with each.

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3 Phases to Operationalize Homelessness to Housing

Let us make this as easy as possible for everyone to understand and operationalize the phases for Rapid ReHousing and any Housing First program.

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Transitions Suck

We don’t resist change. We resist transitions.

Change is exciting. There is the possibility of something new. There is the possibility to fix something that is not working. There is the possibility to make improvements. The reality is that when most people or organizations are presented with the possibility of change there is uninformed optimism.

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A Beggar SHOULD Be a Chooser

Beggars can’t be choosers.

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Random Notes of Encouragement

I was asked to write this blog by one of the recipients of a random note of encouragement. So I am, at her request. Thanks, A., for encouraging me to share with others simple things that can be done to help other people be awesome. 

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Never Ever Write a Blog About Tent Cities – Unless You Are Ready to be Hated

A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog about how to respond to a Tent City. As has been customary in my career, it was provocative and got people talking. I thought that was a good thing. If you want to read the blog again or scan through the comments (mostly negative) about my ideas, you can click here. Because one of the reasons I write a blog every week is to keep the conversation about issues going, I think it is great when people engage – positively or negatively.

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Change Sucks – Which is Why Support Must Come From a Place of Compassion and Empathy

Change sucks. Unless someone else is changing. And unless that change that the other person is making aligns to how you want them to change.

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Tent City: How to Respond Effectively

I cut my teeth in this industry responding to a very large tent city. Since that time I have been actively involved in resolving about a dozen of them, and every year that I have been consulting I have had to respond to various scales of smaller encampments that have not yet hit a threshold of what one might call a City. Consider them more of Tent Hamlets or Tent Villages. In all of my work – across all scales of people living in an organized or semi-organized manner outdoors – I have come to realize that some things work remarkably well and some things do not.

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