Help Us Improve VI-SPDAT & SPDAT

We take the VI-SPDAT and SPDAT very seriously. Whether your community uses the VI-SPDAT (triage tool) and/or the SPDAT (assessment tool), we want to have your input as we go about making improvements to the next versions of the tools. Have your say through our survey which you can find here

Your input is vitally important. We will be looking at what you contribute along with what people with lived experience have to say, trainers have to say, the most current research has to say, and what experts in trauma, domestic violence, and anti-oppression have to say.

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Using an Intensive Case Management Approach with Rapid ReHousing Resources

The question comes up time and again – is it possible to serve people with higher acuity using Rapid Re-Housing?

The answer, simply, is yes. However, you need to use an Intensive Case Management approach. What does this mean practically speaking?

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Motivating Teams When the Results Aren't What You Wanted

Ann Oliva takes over the blog again this week and shares her thoughts on motivating your team when the results being achieved are not what you wanted.

This last year has been one that brought a lot of changes into my life – new work, new priorities, new partners.  But maybe most importantly I have had the privilege of having new types of conversations with people working on homelessness in communities around the country – and I have been overwhelmed by the acceptance and willingness of people to have me involved in their work.

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A Big Step Forward Ending Homelessness in Canada

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy was released today. It is the biggest overhaul of homelessness funding in Canada in the almost two decades that federal funding has been available for homelessness in the country. There is plenty to be excited about – a doubling of homelessness funding and an extension of the program to 10 years to name a couple.

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What Is An Acceptable Rate of Death?

For the last month I have been working on a data set to better understand unsheltered homelessness. Yes, I have been working on that when I should have been blogging. And returning emails. And other functions necessary for running a business (which I am reminded of from time to time that OrgCode is).

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5 Core Principles

In ending homelessness, we need to work with urgency but not with haste. We need to focus on that which we know, not that which we think. And regardless of whether we are operating a shelter, outreach program, day service, Rapid Re-Housing or Permanent Supportive Housing program – or any other program for that matter – we need to ensure we are aligned to the same 5 core principles of the work.

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Planned Disengagement

In time-limited housing support programs, when and how we end the housing support process requires careful thought.

Disengagement has a slew of other names in our sector. Graduation. Program exit. Program end. Service delivery conclusion. etc. I am going to go with disengagement, and in this blog, I am talking about planned, voluntary termination of time in a program because the program participant has been successful in the program. I am not talking about involuntary, unplanned ends of program involvement.

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Being Authentic in Ending Homelessness

This week I am channeling my inner Brene Brown and focusing on what it takes to be authentic. This has been top of mind for me lately. I went fishing Saturday, which is one of the activities I do that lends itself to being self-reflective. My grandfather once had a sign up in his house that said, "Fishing: a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other." Fishing is time to focus on whether or not I am being a jerk.

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A Move Towards Ohana Zones?

As communities struggle with outdoor homelessness, more and more are looking to Ohana Zones as they are called in Hawaii, sanctioned tent cities as they may be called elsewhere. In some communities these are strictly for single adults, while other communities consider these for families with children. Some have premade structures and tents, while other communities require people to bring their own tent or create their own structure. Some are service rich environments with professional staff onsite, while others allow the campers to self-govern. Some have running water and other amenities onsite, while others rely on bottled water and portable toilets. The truth is, there is so much variation it is difficult to provide a comprehensive outline of exactly what constitutes a sanctioned place such as these, other than to say government allowed, encouraged or created it.

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The size of the mountain you have to climb is secondary to the fact that there is a mountain in front of you at all.

I was asking around for blog ideas recently, and it turned into a venting session for many. Anecdotally, I know of many who are feeling overwhelmed these days, and know of three people that have quit or resigned in the last month. 

In life, and this work, the heaviest thing you will ever have to lift is your own spirits.

So you - yes you - person reading this blog, I want you to know that you matter and I want to say thanks.

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