USA trip for homelessness managers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
The London Housing Foundation is funding a trip to the USA for six managers in London homelessness organisations.
The team from St Mungo’s Broadway will visit homelessness projects, and meet key political and community leaders in a bid to learn from services in the US.
Kirsty Telford, fundraising manager at St Mungo’s Broadway, explained why the team are going to Portland and San Francisco. “These are two cities with large homeless populations, but they take a very different approach. San Francisco has just launched a plan to end homelessness in ten years, and Portland has made rough sleeping illegal.
"Through meeting homeless people, and decision makers, we want to learn how they’re tackling the problems that can lead to rough sleeping and share ideas about how we work here in London.”
Jamie Hickling, who manages mental health services in Islington, added: “These cities have a reputation for innovative, specialist services, run by grass roots organisations, including projects for young people, women and people with a dual diagnosis. There is also significant academic work on homelessness in the areas at the University of Oregon, Berkeley, and Stanford Universities where we will be meeting researchers.”
The London Housing Foundation is a charitable trust that assists the agencies which serve the homelessness sector in the capital.
Margaret Malcolm, acting director at the LHF, said: “We know that we can learn a lot from other societies, and our personal development grants are used to send young managers from London to other countries so that we can learn from their good ideas.”