UNITED WAY’S HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING INITIATIVE AND THE INTERAGENCY COUNCIL ON POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS
Ultimately, our work must be centered on the realities those experiencing homelessness are living right now. From there, what are the resources we already have? What do we need? How do we fill the gaps and fit resources together in a cohesive, impactful and sustainable way? -Cathy Aiken-Freeman, United Way ICPH Support Staff
Creating a new initiative allows United Way to partner with the City of Rome in providing a permanent home in City Hall for the Interagency Council on Poverty & Homelessness, a group comprised in part by leaders from local missions focused on sheltering and housing. Together with Rome City and Floyd County governments, we have funded a dedicated Support Staff position to lead the Council’s work. United Way provides 501(c)3 status, enabling the community to designate gifts to support the Council’s collaboratively defined priorities. United Way has earmarked funds to make this same commitment.
This new focus ensures stability, implementation, and accountability for the work of the Council. It gives our community the unique ability to financially support community-minded efforts to end homelessness without having to choose one vital mission at cost to another.
It drives collaborative solutions with the support needed to monitor and adjust priorities in real-time, according to changing needs and progress. It ensures the community as a whole receives regular, updated reporting and continued opportunities to engage and invest time, advocacy, and funding exactly where and when they are most needed.
A pilot program of the developing community plan is expected to be implemented by the end of 2020.