What are the key takeaways?
- A program approach results in some good problems, but they are rarely coordinated and many people are still unserved. In contrast, systems change takes a holistic, coordinated approach and improves outcomes for the entire community.
- There are many reasons that homelessness has persisted in your community, despite your best efforts. Dig deeper as a group to develop a common understanding of the root causes of homelessness in your community and create a shared vision for the future.
- Be accountable for your actions. If you are not aware that you are part of the problem, then you cannot be part of the solution!
- Create a system that works for clients, not programs that work for providers or funders.
- People have to choose to be part of the systems change efforts in your community, even after you develop a common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for your future. Test for a commitment to change and move ahead with those who are ready to implement your new plan.
- Systems change requires continuous learning. It is not a static process and so you should always be looking to adjust or adapt your approach to serve those most in need in your community.
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