As you may know, a steering committee comprising housing and service providers, state agencies and funding organizations is overseeing an effort to accelerate our mutual work to reduce homelessness and stabilize vulnerable populations. The specific purpose is to build on existing efforts by developing a system for facilitating service-connected affordable housing options, building local capacity, determining costs and identifying available and needed resources. The Committee has engaged the Corporation for Supportive Housing, which has assisted cities and states across the country with similar projects. CSH is currently gathering information through interviews, facilitated meetings and an online survey as part of its assessment of current efforts and challenges encountered by experts in the field. The feedback it receives will greatly inform its recommended “roadmap” for ending homelessness. As Co-Chairs of the Roadmap Steering Committee, we hope you will take the time to complete this survey and share it with your colleagues and networks. We are especially interested in getting input from tenants, program participants and Vermonters with lived experience of homelessness. The survey will remain open until August 29th. Your responses will be confidential and aggregated by staff at CSH. Angus Chaney Director of Housing Vermont Agency of Human Services Jen Hollar Director of Policy Vermont Housing and Conservation Board PS – It’s hard to see from the front of the survey, but CSH has wired it in the background such that if you check the radio button for tenant/consumer/lived experience it jumps you ahead to questions that are more relevant for — and accessible to — non-practitioners. It’s set up that in most cases lay people should be able to complete it themselves if they have some familiarity and access to computers.
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