The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working towards ending homelessness and they are doing it in partnership with the Federal government, much like local homeless advocates have sought to work collaboratively with the Ocean County Freeholders.
No one group can eliminate homelessness in Ocean County alone. It takes a collaborative effort by business, government, community service and religious groups, and the homeless themselves. The Gates Foundation is doing it right and providing a model to work with.
"For the philanthropic sector, being part of this change process with partners at HUD and HHS means sitting alongside them and learning about where the greatest potentials for success really lie. It means challenging assumptions about what we think has worked in the past – and what some of us may be continuing to fund. It means aligning our energy, our resources, and our passion with the process of systems change.
"Changing the way we do business has the potential to improve outcomes for families who are homeless across each of our communities. Good stewardship of the resources that have been entrusted to us requires nothing less."
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