Reaching Home Campaign - Leadership and Structure
The Campaign was made up of a dynamic community of stakeholders drawing together around the singular mission of ending homelessness in Connecticut. With more than 200 partners across 120 organizations representing a variety of sectors the Reaching Home Campaign developed policies, elicited community support and resources to bring an end to homelessness in Connecticut.
The Reaching Home Campaign had five Workgroups in addition to a Coordinating Committee. The Workgroups helped drive creative and collaborative solutions to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.
The Coordinating Committee helped coordinate the Reaching Home Campaign and provides guidance to Reaching Home Workgroups. Additional functions included:
- Approving major policies
- Finalizing funding recommendations
- Assisting Workgroups with agenda and direction
- Coordinating information flow between Workgroups
- Disseminating information
- Setting legislative agendas and priorities for sessions
Reaching Home Workgroups
The Workgroups of the Campaign established and monitored project Task Groups and report back to the Coordinating Committee. Additional functions included:
- Determining workload and priorities
- Drafting legislative recommendations
- Raising issues to be addressed in a Task Group
- Identifying data needs
- Maintaining communication with the other Workgroups and Coordinating Committee
The Reaching Home Campaign had five Workgroups in addition to a Coordinating Committee:
Resources Workgroup - Making the best use of existing federal and state funding streams and the expansion of existing/pursuit of new resources to meet statewide goals.
Data/Accountability Workgroup - Making the best use of existing federal and state funding streams and the expansion of existing/pursuit of new resources to meet statewide goals.
CAN/Homeless Service Delivery System Workgroup - Aligning the Coordinated Access Networks (CANs) and continuing to improve our crisis response system, shorten length of stays and increase positive exits.
Prevention Workgroup - Preventing individuals and families from becoming homeless by partnering with and helping to drive change across multiple systems.
Sustainability Workgroup - Sustaining our successes by preventing those who have exited homelessness from becoming homeless again and sustaining permanent housing.
The Task Groups of the Campaign were time-limited groups focused on resolving a specific, established problem with a key set of deliverables and expected outcomes. Additional functions include:
- Identifying systems efficiencies and barriers
- Identifying funding needs and providing funding allocation recommendations
- Driving outcomes through established deliverables
- Delivering final recommendations to assigned Workgroup
- Members of the Task Groups can include Workgroup members and/or other relevant stakeholders with subject matter expertise.
A presentation that outlines the structure of the Reaching Home Campaign is available here.
Learn more about the Campaign by reading the Collective Impact and Workgroup Management Handbook.