The “Housing Safety Net” Team 

Developing “Housing Safety Nets” requires new protocols and practices for cross-sector collaboration at the federal, state and local level. In this new housing-focused framework,  assessing and responding to a family’s housing needs becomes a major focus of case management planning and services delivery.

Housing Interventions staff can be integrated into services delivery systems in many different ways, including the following examples:

  • within Student Services or Homeless Education programs at public schools

  • integrated into social work programs in healthcare settings

  • as a specific staff position within a child and family services organization 

Collaboration:  the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete  achieve a goal. 

Coordination:  the process of organizing people, groups or systems  so that they work together successfully.

Cross-sector: Relating to or affecting more than one group, area, or section. 

Multisectoral approach: a deliberate collaboration among various stakeholder groups (e.g., government, civil society, and private sector) and sectors (e.g., health, environment, and economy) to jointly achieve a policy outcome.

Partnering: establishing a long term win-win relationship based on mutual trust and teamwork, and on sharing of both risks and rewards.

multi-sector collaboration is the partnership that results when government, non-profit, private, and public organizations, community groups, and individual community members come together to solve problems that affect the whole community.