The enduring path to ending homelessness is to fix the systemic problems that cause it: social inequalities of income, wealth, and opportunity, and the failures of the social safety net.
The Interagency Council is comprised of local governement, nonprofit & faith community leaders, and others working to improve the quality of life for all in our community. As of January 2022, UWRF specifically funds Interagency Council priorities, enabling our community to financially support Community Led, Community Based, Solution Focused efforts to end homelessness by addressing root causes and intervening before members of our community reach a shelter door.
What about identified gaps no one is addressing?
Good question! Gaps identified through the work of the council are addressed through United Way Pilot Programs. Teaming up with key stakeholders, United Way builds a solution focused response around the unaddressed issue, implements the response, and supports it until, ideally, a local provider is identified who can incorporate the program into their mission. This ensures we are addressing the service gap in a sustainable way. United Way moves to the next identified gap, and the next, as our community weaves a tighter, more reliable social safety net.
Pilot Programs that do not fit within another organization's mission may be incorporated into the mission of United Way, or hosted there until a better fit is found.
The Interagency Council encourages organizations and individuals to team up and identify 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.