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1st State Streets 2 Homes Campaign Kicks-Off to House Delaware’s Most Vulnerably Homeless

posted Thu, May 10, 2012

Homeless Planning Council of Delaware, Connections Community Support Programs, Inc., Ministry of Caring, Sussex County, City of Dover, Delaware State Housing Authority, and the Department of Health and Social Services announces Delaware’s participation in the 100,000 Homes Campaign—a national, four-year program to house 100,000 vulnerable, homeless individuals and families by 2014.

“As a first step, Delaware has pledged to move 75 of the state’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families into permanent housing by July 30, 2013”, Susan Starrett, Executive Director of the Homeless Planning Council of Delaware said in a statement released today.

As part of the 100,000 Homes initiative, campaign partners are coordinating Delaware’s Registry Week, June 2 – 8th, when more than 300 volunteers will take to the State’s streets to survey and identify Delaware’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families. The information collected during Delaware’s Registry Week will be used to create a by-name registry that will serve to prioritize those homeless individuals who have been living on the streets the longest and quickly move them into permanent housing.

“By working together to efficiently move our neediest residents into permanent, supportive housing, we are provided with a tremendous opportunity to further the efforts of our Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness,” said Catherine Devaney McKay, CEO and Founder of Connections Community Support Program that provides nearly 600 formerly homeless persons with permanent housing in Delaware each night. “The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a platform that allows us to re-energize and engage those strategies with a community building initiative.”

“Delaware already has a rich service system and a long history of collaboration and coordination,” said Anas Ben Addi, Director of the Delaware State Housing Authority. “The collective efforts put forth during Delaware’s Registry Week will not only benefit those who are housed during the 100,000 Homes Campaign, but serves as a framework on which we will build as we work to prevent and end homelessness in Delaware.”

The Campaign relies on Delaware’s leading homeless service providers, as well as the public and private sectors, to commit resources including housing units, supportive services and supplies.

“It’s more costly to deal with the effects of homelessness through unnecessary incarceration and hospital stays, as well as extended shelter stays, than to place people in permanent housing,” said Secretary Rita Landgraf, Secretary of Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services. “Through initiatives like the 100,000 Homes Campaign and with the support of generous permanent supportive housing providers, we are improving the transparency and pathway to permanent housing—particularly for those who are most vulnerable.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.hpcdelaware.org/community/detail/destreets2homes as well as on Facebook www.facebook.com/DEStreetstoHomes and Twitter #DEStreetstoHome.

About the 1st State Streets 2 Homes Campaign
In August 2011, Delaware was one of the first states to join the 100,000 Homes Campaign. As we work on housing Delaware’s most vulnerable homeless persons, there is a lot of support that we need from the community. We are seeking over 300 volunteers statewide to conduct surveys with homeless individuals and families over the course of 3 mornings.

We are looking for sponsors for the Registry Week as well as for providing housing and move-in kits to persons needing homes. And we are looking for caring members of our community who want to help us to prevent and end homelessness in Delaware.

In order to sign-up as a volunteer for the Campaign, please visit our volunteer registration page at http://1ststatestreets2homes.wufoo.com/forms/1st-state-streets-2-homes-volunteer-registration/

In order to sign-up as a sponsor for the event, please visit our sponsorship page at http://1ststatestreets2homes.wufoo.com/forms/1st-state-streets-2-homes-sponsorship/

Sponsorships range from providing water and snacks to the volunteers and homeless persons, to paying for the survey to be completed, to providing Welcome Kits and Rental Assistance for persons to move into their permanent home.


About the 100,000 Homes Campaign
The 100,000 Homes Campaign, launched by Community Solutions, brings together change agents from across the country to find homes for 100,000 of the most vulnerable and long-term homeless individuals and families by July 2014. It is designed to fundamentally alter our response to homelessness by giving communities concrete tools and connecting the change agents with one another so no one has to innovate alone. To date, approximately 120 communities have joined the campaign and over 13,700 individuals have been permanently housed since late 2009.

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