Broadening Perspectives. Inspiring Innovation. Advancing Solutions
Here at Homebase, we work tirelessly alongside our partners to address the root causes of homelessness and develop community-based solutions. Our work draws upon decades’ of research and experience informed by the latest innovations, and we want to make our resources, tools and expertise more available to everyone working to end homelessness. We’re all in this together, and we each have particular strengths to contribute to the collective effort.
Through Beyond Homelessness, we aim to inspire elevated, less-conventional thinking about the partnerships, processes, and system changes needed to truly move us all past the crisis of homelessness. Beyond Homelessness will highlight our current research and findings, provide guidance and resources for communities looking to dive more deeply into evidence-based and emerging practices and programs, and include connections to the important work and thought leadership taking place across sectors that directly impact the ability of our neighbors to secure and retain a safe and stable place to call home.
Driven by an expanding economy and slow rates of housing production, rents continue to rise even as per-household subsidies for people experiencing homelessness stagnate. The dominant refrain we hear from homeless housing and service providers is that there are too few affordable units available in any given community to adequately meet the needs of the homeless population.
This issue aims to provide Continuums of Care (CoCs) and their associated providers with baseline knowledge of the complex processes behind affordable housing development, as well as tools and resources to help identify potential affordable housing options, foster relationships with developers, and advocate for and support ongoing efforts to increase the amount of affordable housing. The issue also contains an interview with Homebase Founder and former Executive Director, Marty Fleetwood, about the process Homebase undertook to ensure a successful transition when she retired as Executive Director, and tips about planning for nonprofit leadership succession.
What's in a Name?
We chose “Beyond Homelessness” for two reasons.
The first is aspirational: We are thinking past the point of ending homelessness, envisioning a society where everyone has safe and stable housing – and equal access to health care, justice, education, economic security, and all of the determinants of well-being.
The second is practical: To turn our collective aspiration into reality, all of us working to end homelessness must expand our thinking and our efforts beyond the specific response to homelessness and into the complex network of systems and safety net resources whose combined limitations and failings contribute to the existence and persistence of large-scale homelessness. We must expand our perspectives and search for solutions outside of our own spheres to achieve the kind of innovation required to end homelessness.
We certainly did not coin the phrase “Beyond Homelessness,” but we strive to contribute to and inspire the type of elevated and innovative thinking its promise holds.