Letter (by Rick Bowers): Systems Approach to Solving Homelessness – August 6, 2021
Dear Commissioners, Mayors, and Councilors:
I’ve heard it said that homelessness is such a difficult complex problem to solve. That sentiment can be used to justify throwing up our collective hands in frustration… or it can be a rallying cry to empower us to action. I vote for empowerment. My wife, Nelle Moffett, and I have spent the last few years collecting, sorting, weeding, and archiving information from across the United States (and beyond) on the topic of solutions to homelessness… strategies that work, strategies that don’t work, and strategies still being tested. To me it just makes sense to learn from cities and counties that have actually driven homelessness to functional zero. And many jurisdictions have accomplished that goal. How? In a nutshell, success is built on a framework called a systems approach.