Planning and policy are the pillars of positive change.
Whatever your vision is, it needs a plan. Plans can be used to chart hope, define goals, clarify responsibilities, and lay out strategy. Simply put, a plan is a set of guidelines that will inform future decision-making. Without a plan, decisions are made without thought for the bigger picture. Policy is how resources are harnessed to achieve the outcomes that matter.
We believe that planning should be inclusive and empowering, so we’ve developed consultation techniques that actually work. We believe a plan should be accessible and have a long shelf life, so we create plans that are evidence-informed, written in clear language, and focus on positive change. And we believe that smartly-designed policies are crucial to organizational and community success, so we specialize in policy analysis and development that is grounded in best practice. Our work across North America brings us face-to-face with policies that work – and don’t – and we bring this knowledge to every project.
OrgCode Consulting, Inc. has created Plans to End Homelessness and Affordable Housing Strategies for many communities across North America. We have also been engaged by organizations to provide Strategic Planning as they go through transitional periods.
Our Planning & Policy Products
At OrgCode, we can help your community develop a comprehensive, realistic, and effective strategy to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing, whether over a five- or ten-year time frame.
Ending homelessness does not mean managing homelessness. Or reducing homelessness. It means developing an integrated system of housing and services that focus on permanent and stable housing outcomes. Creating such a system requires a plan. We will work with your community to identify system improvements that deliver the right intervention, to the person, at the right time. Recognizing that the only known cure for homelessness is housing, our plans emphasize Housing First approaches that create the shortest and straightest line from homelessness to stable housing.
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Our Planning & Policy Projects
Welcome Home is a volunteer-based program that provides companionship to individuals and families who have been housed by contracted Housing First agencies as part of Edmonton’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Volunteers engage in meaningful activities with program participants (e.g. going for coffee, attending a sporting event), providing companionship to reduce the loneliness and social isolation faced by many newly housed individuals. In 2011, OrgCode was contracted by Catholic Social Services in Edmonton, Alberta to assist with the development of a new program to improve housing retention for formerly homeless clients in Housing First programs. Welcome Home is the result.
The City of Kingston, as the Service Manager for the City and the County of Frontenac, had a Municipal Housing Strategy approved by Council in July 2011 but it did not include an official plan to address homelessness. Thus, in summer 2012, OrgCode Consulting, Inc. was retained to commence development on a local plan to end homelessness, which would be used to guide future funding and service orientation related to homelessness services. Concurrently, the Municipal Housing Strategy was updated to extend the projections to a ten-year horizon and to bring it into alignment with the homelessness strategies.
Leadership Academy on Ending Homelessness AKA #campiain Stonewall Resort, West Virginia October 25-27, 2016 In 2015, a historic gathering occurred at Stonewall Resort in West Virginia. 200 leaders in ending homelessness came together from Canada and the United States to build a network with other leaders that share the same passion, and learn new leadership tools and strategies. The evaluation of the event was overwhelming awesome. Our first cohort of leaders encouraged us to offer the program again, and sooner rather than later, for other leaders to have the opportunity to share, learn and grow. YOU ARE INVITED If you are dedicated to ending homelessness and want to improve your leadership chops while meeting other leaders in the same boat as you, this is the experience you have been waiting for. The Leadership Academy is NOT a conference. You are strategically placed with […]