We can never have too much data and get too much input from families and providers. Please read the text from an email sent by Emily Cohen from One Family Inc regarding a survey and upcoming training that they are facilitating with the ICHH and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. We encourage you/staff/families to complete the survey as the data will benefit the family homelessness community. Thank you for considering. LH
Dear EA and HomeBASE Partners,
I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to let you know about an exciting upcoming event One Family and the ICHH will be hosting. In September the National Alliance to End Homelessness will be coming to Massachusetts to conduct a Mass specific Performance Improvement Clinic for the family homelessness and housing community. The goal of the clinic is to help our community of practice prepare for up-coming changes in shelter, prevention and re-housing programs that will result from the FY 13 state budget process as well as from the implementation of the HEARTH Act. The 1.5 day clinic will focus solely on family homelessness and will include topics such as:
- Implementation of a targeted homelessness prevention program
- How to get to shorter shelter stays for families
- How to re-house family with a $4,000 or $6,000 benefit (depending on what comes out of the final FY 13 budget)
- Family stabilization
For the clinic the Alliance is preparing a customized and data driven curriculum for our community of practice. The Alliance will be utilizing DHCD data as well as provider and consumer survey data to inform curriculum development. While we recognize that not everyone will be able to attend the clinic we hope to have as many voices inform the clinic as possible. One way to include many perspectives is by filling out provider and consumer surveys. We are asking EA and HomeBASE providers to help us out with this by asking their front line and program management staff to complete the online providers’ survey – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Massachusetts_Service_Provider_Survey . It would be wonderful if we could get 2 or 3 provider survey responses from each EA shelter and HomeBASE agency by July 9, 2012. Of course more survey responses are always welcome!
Additionally we hope you can assist us in gather consumer input by asking families in EA shelters or HomeBASE programs to complete the consumer survey. Attached is a hard copy of the survey which you can print, fill out and email back to me or if it’s easier families can access the consumer survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Massachusetts_Consumer_Survey. Of course the more family input we get the better, but we are hoping that we can get input from at least 2 or 3 families per program. These surveys are also due by July 9th. We recognize that this survey is only provided in English, we have asked for the survey in other languages but the Alliance is unable to provide that at this time.
Please note that both surveys are confidential and will go directly to the Alliance (not One Family or any individual program). The Alliance will make the aggregated survey responses available to the community but no identifiers will be distributed.
Please let me know if you think your team and families will be able to complete these surveys and if you have any questions.
Thank you for your assistance!
Associate Director for Policy and Advocacy
One Family, Inc.
186 South St. 4th Floor
Boston MA 02111
(617)423-0504 X 205