Recap: Charrette Week in Bloomington

Throughout the week of April 22–26, community leaders and concerned citizens in the south central region of Indiana convened at City Hall for charrette week, an intensive planning process to develop a new strategy for preventing and ending homelessness in Bloomington and the surrounding counties. The process was coordinated by the South Central Housing Network (SCHN) in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Thanks to various outreach efforts, the discussions on Monday and Tuesday included a wide cross-section of Bloomington community members from social service agency leaders and government officials to concerned business-owners and individuals experiencing homelessness. Each day had a slate of topics for discussion with one hour set aside for a panel of experts to offer insights from past experiences and the following hour opened up for input from attendees. Notes from the second hour of each discussion are available on the SCHN website here: http://www.southcentralhousing.org/

At the end of the week, draft recommendations were presented to the public and the floor was opened again for community feedback on the plan. In the coming months, SCHN will work together with a variety of community entities to implement this new plan for better addressing issues of housing and homelessness in Region 10.

For more information, check out these articles from the Herald Times:

8-hour meeting weighs ideas on homelessness
Residents, community leaders seek solutions to homelessness
Findings from homelessness charrettes summarized, recommendations discussed