100K Homes Community Briefing to Be Held on October 29th

Organizers of the 100,000 Homes Campaign in Burlington are excited to share what they learned during the three day registry event that took place earlier this week at a community briefing next Wednesday, October 29 at 5 pm at Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington. They will have preliminary tallies of how many folks we registered, what they know about their housing needs, and will discuss their next steps. Seven Days profiled the 100,000 Homes Campaign in an article published this week. Below is an excerpt:

As an alternative, the 100,000 Homes initiative aims to collect nuanced information about the chronically homeless. Their goal is not necessarily numbers, but people’s stories, in order to assist the most vulnerable members of the homeless population. As part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, people get a score based on their confidential survey answers, which is used to gauge the likelihood that they’ll die on the streets. The goal is to use that information to house them, prioritizing the neediest. The resulting database is not public. The initiative falls under what’s called the Housing First model — which advocates providing shelter immediately, rather than requiring substance abuse, mental health or other treatment. According to the model’s proponents, it often costs less to subsidize apartments than to pay the medical expenses for those left out in the cold. After the surveys, organizers encourage cities to “cut through red tape” and find ways to house 2.5 percent of the chronically homeless each month. The campaign, which started four years ago, recently surpassed its goal of housing 100,000 people.

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