First Twelve Months
In May 2018 concerned community stakeholders asked KConnect to bring people together to examine how the housing system is working, establish shared goals, and develop collaborative strategies to reach those goals with a focus on children, families, youth, and people of color. KConnect initiated its work in Fall 2018 and began a yearlong process to convene organizations, funders, and other stakeholders within the housing and homeless system.
Work Moving Forward
Within the Common Agenda and Roadmap a five-part approach was developed. One section of the framework focused on the creation of a backbone organization to lead the work, collect and analyze data, convene partners, and operationalize the Common Agenda and Roadmap.
Housing Stability Alliance and Action Teams are Created
Our movement was reorganized as the Housing Stability Alliance. The new organization included members from the first phase of work – the Design, Content, Context, Scout, and Communications Teams – and a new cross-sector of stakeholders.
CivicLab, a national institute dedicated to advancing the practice of civic and community collaboration, was brought into the work to train the Alliance on the critical elements of systems change. KConnect created a public, private, and philanthropic chair leadership team that includes: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, City of Grand Rapids; Mandy Bolter, Chair, Kent County Commission; Lynne Ferrell, Program Director, Frey Foundation; Christina Keller, President, and CEO, Cascade Engineering.
Housing Stability Alliance formed Action Teams around critical components of the Common Agenda and Roadmap. The teams developed content outside of the monthly Housing Stability Alliance meetings. They brought it back to the larger group monthly for affirmation and feedback.