Community-Wide Strategic Planning Process Tackles Homelessness in the Greater Springfield Area | Top stories

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – The Heartland Continuum of Care is launching a community-wide strategic planning process to address homelessness in the Greater Springfield area.

In partnership with Homebase and LathanHarris, Inc., HCoC will implement an 18-month planning process to develop sustainable community consensus around the development of a strategic plan, a community education plan, and a implementation support.

The strategic planning process, totaling $160,000, is funded by the City of Springfield, Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Sangamon County, Springfield Housing Authority, SIU School of Medicine and United Way of Center of Illinois.

“Homelessness is a complex challenge, but it can be solved,” said HCoC coordinator Josh Sabo. “Together, we can create a community where the experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring. This process goes far beyond making a plan; it is about helping our community to unite around best practices and equitable action to ensure these homeless people have access to the housing and sources of support needed to end homelessness.

Homebase is a nationally recognized expert on homelessness and a qualified technical assistance provider with extensive experience in facilitating multi-sectoral strategic planning processes.

For more than 30 years, the California-based company has helped communities across the United States end homelessness and reduce poverty.

The organization works hand-in-hand with vendors and various stakeholders to identify barriers and resources, refine ideas, and design scalable, meaningful, long-term solutions.

LathanHarris, Inc. is located in Ward 3 in the City of Springfield and has extensive experience in developing and sustaining culturally appropriate initiatives and programs designed to improve the health and well-being of marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Public health, equity and LHI’s local expertise will help ensure this process involves the whole community. The announcement of the strategic planning process follows the Community Foundation’s rollout of the following 10 priority projects that local citizens have identified as essential to the well-being of all community members.

A draft of the strategic planning process will be released by the end of 2021.

Louisa R. Loomis