You’re Invited to Hear Iain De Jong Speak

From our local Homelessness Task Force:

The greater Kansas City social service community is invited to attend the Homelessness Task Force’s quarterly meeting featuring guest speaker and consultant Iain De Jong, with the theme of Building a Common Agenda around Service Prioritization and Housing First.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
9–11 a.m. at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library

How is Greater Kansas City identifying the most vulnerable individuals, youth and families? How can we ensure they have the support they need to be successful? What are the national best practices for assessment, triage and prioritizing of services based on client need?

To answer these questions, the Homelessness Task Force will host Iain De Jong, a national consultant on homelessness system change, for a conversation around developing a service prioritization system and the Housing First philosophy. This system would help connect at-risk and homeless individuals to the organization that can best meet their needs for services and resources, and is required as part of the federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act.

Iain will give his full presentation at the quarterly meeting of the Homelessness Task Force. There will be limited time for Q&A. RSVP to (preferred, but not required).

Iain will also discuss four additional topics at meetings on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25. View the full schedule.

Iain De Jong is a passionate advocate for positive social change. Programs that he has designed, developed and/or provided leadership to have been awarded and acknowledged nationally and internationally. This includes acknowledgement by the UN’s World Habitat Awards for having created one of the eight best housing practices in the world, a national best practice by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and a gold Leadership award winner by Deloitte and IPAC as the best municipal program.

Several of us, myself included, from the MAAC office will be attending.  As our community continues to improve its housing system with coordinated intake, an exploration of Housing First as a housing model, the 100,000 Homes campaign, and a discussion around service prioritization, we look forward to incorporating the data needs of these changes into MAACLink.

The Task Force has also published good information sheets on these topics:

Coordinated Intake

Housing First

Service Priortization