Housing@100%: Innovation 2
Ensuring Full Support
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “who’s working on this?” project
Federal housing vouchers cover the whole country (and Habitat for Humanity is pretty ubiquitous as well), but often local communities are home to various programs and activist groups that also work on the issue. Maybe it’s a nonprofit land trust that builds homes, or a private charity that helps out with rent emergencies, or a group that lobbies against single family zoning. Your mission here is to make an inventory of those organizations and figure out what they’re doing. You may find the Family Promise program of interest as well.
Project 2: The “are we spending enough?” project
By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how your housing support system is doing and which areas may require improvement. Sometimes, it may be a matter of using existing budgets differently. More often, you will discover that the funding simply isn’t there to do a decent job so people don’t have to wait five months to be accepted into a subsidized housing program.