While rates of homelessness have generally been decreasing since the financial crisis early in this century, unsheltered homelessness has increased by 22% since 2015. Community outreach efforts to serve people experiencing unsheltered homelessness are more urgent and necessary than ever before. Effective services and rapid connection to housing require evidence-based practices, community-wide strategies, and investment from all relevant stakeholders.
This three-part series is designed to highlight important knowledge and considerations that must happen across the community to improve outcomes. Each series section focuses on a different perspective, but all stakeholders, regardless of the role they play in the community, should be familiar with each aspect of effective street outreach - practice, systems, and business community considerations - to ensure that street outreach becomes the integral and effective part of the systemic response to homelessness that it must be to end unsheltered homelessness.
Each 60- to 90-minute long, self-paced series section is designed and led by Nate Fields. Nate has extensive professional expertise leading homeless outreach services and other efforts in the City of Baltimore and personal experience, which have combined to give him a wealth of knowledge about the services and system planning that are necessary to support people experiencing unsheltered homelessness to obtain permanent housing and achieve stability.
The series' sections include:
- Fueling Connections: Strategies for Homeless Outreach Workers
This section explores the core concepts, standards of care, and best practices that street outreach workers must embrace tobuild initial, supportive connections with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness that create pathways back into housing.
- A Community Approach to Homeless Outreach: Building a System-Level Strategy
As with all homelessness interventions, street outreach cannot really "move the needle" if it is not implemented as part of a systemic response to homelessness. This section describes the important role street outreach can and should play in the systemic response and actions outreach workers and systems leaders should take to make it so.
- Creating Partnerships on Homeless Outreach: The Unique Role of the Business Community
The role of the business community, especially in downtown areas, cannot be overstated when it comes to implementing effective street outreach across the homelessness system. This section offers insights into how businesses can support or hamper street outreach efforts and how outreach workers and homelessness system leaders can build sustainable and productive partnerships with businesses to improve the community response to homelessness.
- No prior knowledge of topic required to enroll in the program.
- The three series sections can be completed in 60 to 90 minutes, each.
- Can access the series from smartphone, tablet, and desktop.
- Users can access the series for 90 days after enrollment, after 90 days, users wil only be able to access content they have previously completed.
- Participants can receive a Certificate of Completion for completion of all three sections of the series if all requirements of the series are met. This course also uses Microcredential badges as part of the learning experience.
- This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886848305-8003) for 3 continuing education contact hours. CEU's will be provided up completion of the three-part Series.
Discounted Course/Refund Policies:
Refund Policy - for more information and/or to apply for a course refund please visit see our policy here.
Course Discount - The Alliance has limited funds available to offer free or reduced cost courses to people and organizations with limited financial flexibility. There is no guarantee a course will be free or reduced. Each request is evaluated individually and granted based on availability of resources. If you are currently experiencing homelessness or have experience homelessness within the last five years, your 501c3 organization's operating budget is less than $500K, or your 501c3 organization's operating budget is between $500K and $1M and would like to register five or more individuals, please see more information on how to apply for a discounted course(s) here.