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  1. KConnect Seeking New President

    KConnect is seeking a passionate and entrepreneurial President. The President will be a visionary, dynamic leader who can further develop and lead the Backbone organization,…

  2. Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis: Part Two of Two

    Thank you for previously reading part one of this blog series. (If you haven’t, you can find it here) With these interviews, KConnect is examining…

  3. Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis: Part One of Two

    KConnect is emphasizing the role that equity – or the historical absence of equity – is playing in the crisis that is currently underway, and…

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Housing Security

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.

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