Home Again: Only a Home Ends Homelessness
Statement of Principles

The Home Again team is deeply committed to fostering an important public dialogue around creating solutions for ending adult chronic homelessness and addressing all aspects of any proposed Home Again clustered housing. We also believe that now is the time to change the existing paradigm surrounding communications with the community to support productive dialogue. 

 

We hope that by adhering to the following principles we can limit the spread of misinformation, political grandstanding, and sometimes abusive speech while simultaneously providing the community with the factual information they need to understand the project.

 

  1. Public officials will be informed of potential project sites in a timely fashion and provided with  information about physical plans for the site (renovation, expansion, new construction, etc.), use of the site and what mechanism will be in place to quickly respond to community questions or concerns:
  2. Immediate neighbors should be notified of the potential site through either mail or individual conversations;
  3. Initial community  notification should be followed by small group meetings designed to provide a project overview, answer specific questions, respond to concerns and encourage productive dialogue; and
  4. All questions by neighbors, community members at large, elected officials, and members of the press should be responded to in a timely and fulsome fashion.

We believe that the large, public meetings that have been part of the public process in the past tend to be unproductive and counter to our goal of informing the public and creating greater understanding of a proposed project.  While we understand that not all members of the greater Worcester community will agree with this sentiment, we hope that our willingness to specifically discuss all issues with any individual or small group will reinforce our commitment to transparency and public dialogue.

 

In addition, we have created a comprehensive this website to serve as a clearing house for all information about our project.

 

Should any individual have questions that are not answered via the website, he or she should feel free to contact Deborah Ekstrom at Community Healthlink at (508) 860-1121 or dekstrom@communityhealthlink.org  to arrange an individual conversation or small group meeting.

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