Saturday, December 19, 2009

Learning from others

I was looking at the work done by those tackling other social issues that are, in fact, our issues as well.
Note: By his courage to relentlessly pursue what he believes in, Joe McCannon, Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), inspires me to challenge my own thinking. It's just so easy to find safety and comfort "inside the box" isn't it?
Here is a link to the 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness in our communities, published by United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. I find the diffuse leadership structure of particular interest. In addition, the "Cost Implications" (#5) seem very familiar.

The video below focuses on homelessness in California, specifically Ventura County. Unfortunately, Contra Costa County looks no better. Each year, an estimated 15,000 people experience homelessness in our County, and on any given night, more than 4,800 people are homeless. 23,861 calls were received by the Hotline last year from homeless families and individuals seeking shelter in our communities. You can find the link to Contra Costa County Homeless Services here.

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