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West Virginia Selected to Join National Campaign to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness

West Virginia has been selected, along with 68 other U.S. communities, to  participate in Zero: 2016, a national campaign to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years. The Campaign is being spearheaded by Community Solutions, a national non‐profit based in New York City. The organization said it would work intensively with Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Huntington, Lewisburg, Martinsburg, Morgantown and Parkersburg, in collaboration with the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (WVCEH), to meet the federal goals set by President Obama to end veteran homelessness by Dec. 2015 and chronic homelessness by Dec. 2016. The initiative is a rigorous follow-­‐on  to the group’s successful 100,000 Homes Campaign, which announced in June that it had helped communities house 105,000 chronically homeless Americans in under four years.

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This is NOT easy work!!

I spent last week at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference and it was awesome to be surrounded by so many like-minded people committed to believing we can, and will, end homelessness. West Virginia is quite popular for our emerging methods of change, our involvement with 100,000 Homes, and our innovative uses of the VI-SPDAT in HMIS. I was on a high when I left DC, I was pumped to make some connections with the great speakers I heard, and was super excited to start planning. My mind was racing!...

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A couple of months back David Milch’s Deadwood turned 10 years old, and I, for one, was excited.  If you have spent any extended amount of time around me during the past decade chances are that at some point I have bored you with incessant rambling and raving about this show.  But don’t worry; I am not going to do that here.  It is not my intention to write an analysis of a TV series (no matter how phenomenal said TV series may be); I am here to write about ending homelessness, and, how we all can attain this goal through the systemic creation of community.  Just recently, Deadwood (or, more accurately, St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians) provided me with an interesting take on this very subject. 

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Killing them with Kindness?

Whenever I am talking to people about the need to prioritize the people most likely to die on the streets for housing, or if I get into a discussion about performance, data, and the need to limit rules and conditions for housing so we can get people off the streets, I usually get any number of responses, depending on the audience. Often, I get a “right on!” or the less enthusiastic “that makes sense”. But, when I look at the most frequent response I get, it would be something to the effect of, “Well, Zach, there are a lot of really good, kind, people out there in agencies doing their best”. By in large, I would agree that we have an absolute army of kind, concerned people helping homeless individuals and families the best way they know how. But often, I think we tend to confuse kindness and compassion with qualification and knowledge.

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Making The Grade

This is my first blog. Ever. I’m not ashamed to admit that don’t like to write, I’d rather look at graphs and bury myself in an excel spreadsheet all day than sit down and write something. So needless to say, when Zach told me to blog, eh some 3 months ago, I had a minor whining meltdown. “I don’t know what to say.” “I’m not creative.” “It will come off sounding like a term paper from college.” Therefore, I’m sure, by the time you’re reading this, it’s gone through no less than 3 or 4 revisions.

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