Housing@100%: Innovation 9
Strengthening Local Services
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “know your state and federal housing options” project
Rare is the urban or rural housing support program or agency that doesn’t get by without a lot of help and guidance from the state or federal government (or both). Knowing a bit about those relationships will be great background and possibly aid you with your own relationship to empower funding for local housing solutions.
Project 2: The “we need a state coalition to make great things happen” project
If we convene the right players at the county level and get to the point where 100% of children and their parents have access to safe, affordable housing, then the next step is to take that project statewide. So that’s the not-so-easy task: create a statewide network of advocates who believe that safe, stable and affordable housing is not a luxury, just what civilized governments ensure. A coalition will allow you to have the stron gest voice possible. You may find that local lawmakers, while sympathetic, do not see addressing housing disparities as the role of county or city government. Coalitions can counter this.
Your county and state network can educate local lawmakers about a new role for government: ensuring no child, student or parent is marginalized because they can’t afford stable housing that is close to vital services, schools and work. This coalition can work to elect candidates who will prioritize access to affordable housing. Also, technology can be used to connect everyone in the network with a shared vision, including goals, activities, data, communication and messaging, and evaluation processes.