The workshop was attended by over 50 professionals working to end homelessness from across the country who were eager to learn about the New Jersey research and who engaged in an interactive Q & A period with the audience.
Taiisa spoke about the importance of determining what housing and services activities have an impact in ending homelessness, using them in future planning to end homelessness, and how-to best structure the system.
During their presentations and the Q & A session with the audience that followed, Taiisa and Janel touched on the key themes and messages of:
The importance of engaging with key state agencies, health care partners, and planners and begin the conversation at the local and county levels,
This work can be helpful with hospital cost savings,
Data is very important in helping continuums of care (CoCs) and agencies in thinking about the homeless system and other systems and creating a variety of services
The importance of not getting stuck in the data or waiting for more data; data should not become an obstacle in the work to end homelessness and program development can be addressed while waiting for final reports
What New Jersey is seeing in the problem of homelessness is not that different than what other states are seeing or across New Jersey county by county
It is o.k. to try something new; not everything works the way you expect it to the first time around