Field Notes: We’re Rolling out Resources for Retooling Transitional Housing

written by Kay Moshier McDivitt
August 28, 2013

If you heard any of us from the Center for Capacity Building talk about retooling transitional housing in the past year, you might remember us saying "Coming soon - Alliance “Toolkit” for retooling transitional housing.” Well, soon is finally here and last week we rolled out the first resources for retooling transitional housing

To improve homeless assistance, many transitional housing providers are retooling their programs to models that help people move more quickly into permanent housing, while providing the support they need to remain stably housed. Retooling can take many forms, including shortening the amount of time people stay in transitional housing, converting to a rapid re-housing program, or providing permanent housing.

Over the past year, I have spent time talking to these communities and providers who have retooled their transitional housing programs, and have shared lessons learned from these conversations through webinarsblogs and videos. This week's release of the toolkit is bringing those resources together in one place to help you find information the can help your retooling process. 

Included in the toolkit is a retooling checklist that can help organizations think through the planning process for retooling. And this is just the beginning. We plan to add a section on community examples, and will be providing more webinars on specific aspects of retooling. As we gather more examples, we will continue to add tools to the toolkit.

This is where you come in. If you have retooled your transitional housing program and have resources and tools that helped you in the process, let us know.  If there is something we are missing or something that you want to learn more about, let us know. We want your feedback.  And as we hear from you, our toolkit will grow. So keep checking back. You never know what ideas you might find that can help you plan for the retooling process.