31 Virginia Organizations Commit to Housing More Homeless Families

written by Kay Moshier McDivitt
October 16, 2013

Tomorrow is a big day in the state of Virginia. October 17, 2013 marks the launch the Virginia Rapid Re-Housing Challenge, the second phase of the Alliance’s learning collaborative initiative. In this challenge, 31 Virginia organizations have committed to rapidly re-housing more families for the next 100 days.

Since May, these organizations have been meeting in seven Virginia Learning Collaboratives to work toward the goal of build capacity in their rapid re-housing programs. In other words: they’ve been trying to figure out how they can help even more homeless families than they already do.

Since our initial meetings, these ambitious organizations have provided a lot of support and ideas to each other. They have also done a lot of work. They have reviewed all aspects of their programs, revised their policies and procedures, and re-written job descriptions.

Now the Collaboratives have set their own “collaborative goals” of how many families they plan to re-house, and each organization has committed to the number of families they will be responsible for.

Tomorrow the challenge begins. By working together, thinking creatively, and leveraging resources, these organizations are going to make sure that even more families move into housing and out of homelessness.

Over the next 100 days, you can follow their progress on twitter using the hashtag #housingchallenge. Our staff and participating organizations will be tweeting about their progress, lessons learned, and encouraging each other.

And look for future blog posts.  We will be sharing some of the new and creative ideas that organizations have implemented to increase their capacity to rapidly re-house even more families across Virginia.