For more than two years KConnect has brought together cross-sector stakeholders and facilitated a process that built trust, explored data, and ultimately developed tools that led to a better understanding of the current state of housing insecurity in our community. This led to a movement that is called the Housing Stability Alliance. The Alliance is a group of nearly one hundred individuals and organizations from all sectors working together to improve outcomes for children and families dealing with housing insecurity. The final deliverable from the two-year process was a community plan, which we refer to as a Common Agenda and Roadmap, that laid out a framework to create an equitable housing system for everything with a targeted focus on Black and Latinx children and families who are disproportionately impacted by housing insecurity. A five-part approach was developed; one section of the framework focused on the creation of a backbone organization to lead the work, collect and analyze data, convene partners, and operationalize the Common Agenda and Roadmap.
With the release of the community plan in August 2020, KConnect completed the work that it had committed to accomplishing when agreeing to take on the project in 2018. The four co-chairs of the Housing Stability Alliance – Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Chair Mandy Bolter, Lynne Ferrell, and Christina Keller – committed to moving the Alliance forward. However, without a backbone organization focused solely on advancing the movement, it lost momentum. It was apparent that it was necessary to quickly get a backbone in place in order to keep the work moving forward. After a series of discussions, KConnect agreed to partner with the Alliance co-chairs to temporarily take the lead to create a nonprofit organization that will serve as a backbone for the Alliance work.
The role of KConnect is NOT to ultimately serve as the Alliance backbone. It is, however, serving as temporary support to launch the permanent backbone that will soon be its own entity. By the end of February, the new organization will be its own 501c3 with its own bank account, bylaws, and five-year budget. The co-chairs are also in the process of selecting members to sit on the Board of Trustees. Their first task will be the hiring of a full-time President to lead the organization. Until that time, KConnect’s President, Salvador Lopez, is acting as interim director. The new backbone will also be responsible for securing long-term funding; start-up funding was provided by the Frey Foundation.
KConnect anticipates being out of this work by January 2022. In the meantime, we will act as a content expert to help get the new organization off the ground.
There is a lot of work ahead, and we will keep you up-to-date on the latest developments. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Salvador Lopez at email@example.com. In the meantime, feel free to review this question and answer session that KConnect held on February 17, 2021.
Thank you for your continued support.