Six partner schools serve as regional hub leaders. These schools play a critical role in advancing the goals of the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative and overall mission of the National Center. Each leads regional efforts to inform policymaking processes, support university-community partnerships, and apply knowledge for practice and curriculum development. Each regional hub leader plan is unique to regional needs and includes goals specific to that school’s expertise. The six regional hub leader schools are listed below with a brief description of their key priorities.
The California State University, Long Beach – School of Social Work is focused on building and expanding community partnerships to create more homelessness-related internship opportunities for social work students and establishing a network of social work schools throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Additionally, they are advancing Dr. Rashida Crutchfield’s work examining best practices for displaced and food insecure college students and disseminating the results of this research. Read more about the school’s regional hub leader activities here.
Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work is advancing the broad dissemination of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) through the school’s Center for the Advancement of CTI (CACTI). The school aims to: 1) engage policymakers to support broad dissemination of CTI; 2) partner with providers and policy advocacy organizations in New York and nationally to adapt CTI for homeless families in rapid rehousing programs; 3) inform the broader social work community of CTI and identify supports to develop and disseminate a CTI training curriculum; and 4) build partnerships with local and state government agencies, as well as national provider and advocacy organizations, to systemize CTI adaptation and dissemination. Read more about the school’s regional hub leader activities here.
Faculty contact(s): Dan Herman
The Indiana University School of Social Work aims to mentor and support other social work programs across their region in addressing homelessness, related workforce development, and policymaking processes. This will involve: 1) surveying regional schools of social work on current efforts and activities related to homeless services, policies, and workforce development, and disseminating results to policymakers; 2) engaging regional schools of social work to share information and provide technical assistance in areas identified through the survey of schools; and 3) developing an online course on homelessness. Read more about the school’s regional hub leader activities here.
Faculty contact(s): Robert Weiler
The University of Maryland School of Social Work will: 1) expand its already robust selection of homelessness-specific field placements in and around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, broadening educational opportunities and the ability of the hub and its partner schools to support homeless services; 2) use data to track emerging trends in, causes of, and solutions to ending youth homelessness; and 3) advance new models of practice and policy, such as the Social Work Community Outreach Service and the Choice Neighborhoods Program, as an education partner to community schools and resource to social work programs. Read about the school’s regional hub leader activities here.
Faculty contact(s): Samuel Little
The University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work draws on the strengths and expertise of its homelessness researchers to: 1) pursue new funds for homelessness research, mentoring, outreach, and homeless service partnerships; 2) lead and support collaborative homelessness research across schools of social work in the region; 3) create local collaboratives with policymakers and providers; and 4) disseminate homelessness-related knowledge and research through conferences and leadership positions to advance data-driven policies and programming. The school’s role as a regional hub leader has coalesced with Dr. Benjamin Henwood’s role as the national co-lead of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge to End Homelessness and the school’s own initiative in which the university has taken on homelessness as a “wicked problem”. Read more about the school’s regional hub leader activities here.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work emphasizes the relationship between healthcare and housing, utilizing an existing partnership with Austin’s Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) and the University’s new Dell Medical School. The school will also prioritize: 1) leveraging partnerships to influence Texas legislature policy initiatives; 2) broad dissemination of evidence-supported programs and practices through local continua of care and NASW Texas; and 3) continuing education, training, and credentialing of homelessness providers. Read more about the school’s leadership activities here.