22 Jul 2010

Report calls for collaborative leadership

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The U.S. Interagency Council on homelessness recently released the federal strategic plan to end homelessness. After hundreds of interviews and focus groups with stakeholders throughout the country, the Council’s first objective, as described in it’s report, is to strengthen collaborative leadership among and between governmental and private entities. On p. 34, the report states:
“Strong leadership is needed at federal, state, and local levels and across all sectors to
establish and implement action plans that achieve results for people experiencing chronic
homelessness, and for families, youth and children, including Veterans and their families.
Such plans should be locally driven, reflecting local conditions, since a one-size-fits-all plan
does not exist. Interdisciplinary, interagency, and intergovernmental action is required to
effectively create comprehensive responses to the complex problem of homelessness.”
Such is the work that is needed in the education realm, as well. Addressing the needs of students in homeless situations is a multi-level, multi-agency task.

Here’s the link to view the whole report: http://www.usich.gov/PDF/OpeningDoors_2010_FSPPreventEndHomeless.pdf

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