Transatlantic Practice Exchange: Compiled Reports

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Other | December 15, 2014

Files: Compiled Transatlantic Practice Exchange Reports (PDF | 6,575 KB | 67 pages)

The Transatlantic Practice Exchange (the Exchange) provided an opportunity for UK and US professionals in the homeless assistance field to spend up to two weeks in the spring of 2014 with an organization ‘across the pond’ to learn about innovative interventions that were not being implemented in their home communities. The project was generously funded by the Oak Foundation and jointly coordinated by the National Alliance to End Homelessness and Homeless Link.

The participants from the US who were hosted in the UK and their organizations, cities, areas of focus and host placement organizations are listed below:

Adrienne Breidenstine (The Journey Home, Mayor’s Office of Human Services; Baltimore, Maryland):
-Topic: Hospital Discharge Strategies
-Host: Justlife; Brighton, England
Aubrey Patino (Avalon Housing; Ann Arbor, Michigan):
-Topic: The Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) approach
-Host: Cambridgeshire County Council; Cambridgeshire, England
Deanna Villanueva:
-Topic: The No Second Night Out program
-Host: St. Mungo’s Broadway; London, England
Elizabeth Eastlund (Rainbow Services; Los Angeles, California):
-Topic: Psychologically Informed Environments
-Host: Thames Reach; London, England
Megan Gibbard (King County Committee to End Homelessness; Seattle, Washington):
-Topic: Nightstop and Reconnect programs to address youth homelessness
-Host: Depaul UK; London, England

The participants from the UK who were hosted in the US and their organizations, cities, areas of focus and host placement organizations are listed below:

Jo Prestidge (Providence Row; London, England):
-Topic: Trauma Informed Care
-Host: Center for Urban Community Services, New York City, New York
Dorota Strzelecka (Two Saints Limited; Hampshire, England):
-Topic: Housing First for people with dual diagnosis
-Host: DESC; Seattle, Washington
Ben McDonnell (No Second Night Out; London, England):
-Topic: Permanent Supportive Housing
-Host: Supportive Housing Network of New York; New York City, New York
Mark Choonara (The Passage; London, England):
-Topic: Housing First and Housing Stabilization
-Host: HomeStart; Boston, Massachusetts
David Orton (SHP; London, England):
-Topic: Permanent Supportive Housing for people over 50
-Host: Hearth; Boston, Massachusetts

For insight into the innovative practices they learned about during their time abroad, check out:
Compiled reports
Informal travel blogs
PowerPoint slides

The Alliance is extremely thankful for the support of the Oak Foundation and the partnership with Homeless Link, which administered the Exchange. It is also thankful for the bright and dedicated US and UK practitioners and the generous and talented organizations that hosted them.

If you have questions about US participants’ experiences with the program or US host organizations, please contact Julie Klein (jklein@naeh.org). If you have questions about UK participants’ experiences with the program or UK host organizations, please contact Tasmin Maitland (tasmin.maitland@homelesslink.org.uk).