Researching Shelter Standards in other Cities

Improving conditions at the emergency shelters in Madison is one of the many items OWH would like to accomplish.

I recently started researching shelter standards in other cities.  The following links are a start.

The first is a full outline of the shelter standards proposed by the Cleveland Homeless Congress.  The second is a selection of posts  from the blog Cleveland Homeless about the process of trying to get the shelter standards passed by the Cleveland City Council.

Shelter Standards proposed by the Cleveland Homeless Congress

ClevelandHomeless Blog: Posts on shelter standards.

Later I will be posting thoughts about how these models might apply to Madison and how to pursue such a campaign here.

For starters, shelter standards are one of the items that the Peoples Vision For Affordable Housing will be including on their 5 Year Vision For Affordable Housing they intend to submit to the Madison Common Council.  I am doing this research for the Peoples Vision as well as for OWH so this research will help inform the shelter standards proposal that will be part of the Peoples Vision.

If  shelter standards are something you want to work on advocating; your comments, tips, suggestions, and help in this matter will be appreciated and will  influence the final proposal of the Peoples Vision for Affordable Housing.

I also added links in the OWH blogroll to the ClevelandHomeless Blog and the Northeast Ohio Coalition of the Homeless.

Nate G

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About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.

Posted on January 8, 2010, in shelter standards. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Heidi Wegleitner

    Thanks for this post, Nate, and your work on this issue. I look forward to learning more as we move forward with the People’s Vision. The next meeting is on Thursday 1/28 at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Central Library. Hope to see some OWH folks there!

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