Supportive Housing Works (SHW) is a nonprofit agency that applies a Collective Impact framework to deliver solutions to the region’s most pressing social problems. Focused on ending homelessness and creating housing opportunities for all community residents, SHW provides the leadership and backbone support that enables productive collaboration and drives systems change.
Since 2004, SHW has worked to align Fairfield County’s communities and resources to build a regional response to homelessness. By successfully leading the merger of four separate continuums of care (Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, Stamford/Greenwich) into a single homelessness response system known as Opening Doors Fairfield County (ODFC), SHW has achieved an unprecedented alignment of regional resources.
This highly effective and collaborative service delivery system has achieved remarkable results. Since 2015, ODFC has ended homelessness for Veterans and reduced chronic homelessness by 85% in Fairfield County. Additionally, through this strategic collaboration, the region has increased its receipt of federal funding for homelessness by $2.4 million (24%). ODFC is on target to end chronic homelessness in 2020 and youth and family homelessness by 2021.
SHW will continue to lead ODFC, one of the nation’s highest performing Continuums of Care, and has expanded its work into the Northwest Coordinated Access Network (NW CAN). SHW plans to provide the same level of backbone support to the regional effort to prevent and end homelessness across the northwest corridor.
SHW has also launched a new initiative, the Fairfield County Center for Housing Opportunity (FCCHO), to craft a regional response to the affordable housing crisis. Building on the success of ODFC and the strong regional partnership of its 125+ member organizations, FCCHO will work to advance our region’s future by preserving, protecting, and producing housing choice for all residents.