In May 2018 concerned community stakeholders asked KConnect to bring people together to examine how the housing system is working, establish shared goals, and develop collaborative strategies to reach those goals with a focus on children, families, youth, and people of color. KConnect initiated its work in Fall 2018, KConnect began a yearlong process to convene organizations, funders, and other stakeholders within the housing and homeless system. Together we will develop a comprehensive community plan specifically calling for equitable outcomes for children and families.
As you see in the visualization below, children, youth, and families are at the center of our work. However, while the work is focused on children and families in marginalized communities, we want the housing system to be more effective for everybody. Improvements for children, youth and families will also enhance the effectiveness of outcomes for veterans, chronically homeless, and other homeless adults.
The Design Team has identified the following Mission and Purpose Statement for their work:
Mission Statement: The mission is to increase access to affordable housing and decrease homelessness for families, children, and youth, with an intentional focus on eliminating racial disparities in Kent County.
Purpose Statement: The purpose of our work is to align and connect system-level interventions that address homelessness and increase access to housing. Strategies must be intentionally designed with the end user in mind and targeted to people of color.
A Design Team will be responsible for moving the work to completion and will serve as the primary synthesizer of information that is gathered and discussed.
The work will also be supported by four other teams:
The work will also be introduced for feedback at two Housing Accountability Partners Councils. Lastly, all of the work will be supported by KConnect’s regular cross-cutting teams: Data and Capacity, Equity and Inclusion, Policy and Advocacy, and Community Engagement.
Check back here frequently to review the communications regarding the Housing Security work, including work updates and event announcements.
Introduction Email to KConnect Network – Sent January 22, 2019
February Housing Security Update – Sent March 1, 2019
May Housing Security Update – Sent May 9, 2019