Is it possible to end chronic homelessness by 2017 in Fairfield County? ODFC, made up of key regional stakeholders, has developed a short list of indicators based on HEARTH outcome measures articulated in Opening Doors to do just that. By increasing the scope of collaboration and by strategically creating a “Collective Impact” infrastructure, goals to end chronic homelessness by 2017 and all types of homelessness by 2020 will become a reality.
Collective Impact, a term popularized by an article in the Stanford University Social Innovation Review, is characterized by a long term commitment by a group of individuals with shared goals and a common agenda for solving a specific problem. Actions are supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities and ongoing communication, led by an independent backbone organization. Click here and here for more information on Collective Impact.
Through the efforts of dedicated staff ODFC has adopted a common agenda that has been recognized nationally, and embraces the state-wide plan that has been incorporated regionally. Since 2014, SHW and CCEH have been working in partnership as the backbone organization to provide a supporting infrastructure required to end homelessness in Fairfield County, including administrative support, planning and managing technology and ongoing communication support.