Addressing Affordable Housing & Homelessness

open-doors.jpgJoin JMU Civic in partnership with Open Doors to learn more about homelessness and what we can do to address it.

Read Harrisonburg's Comprehensive Housing Study to better understand housing needs through social determinents of health.

Learn about and get involved in Faith in Action's Housing Campaign.

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Meals for Open Doors

Sign-up here to help make and serve meals the week of November 13, 2021 at Open Doors. Our goal is to have all opportunities filled by November 1, 2021. Location: 677 Chicago Ave (formerly Red Front Grocery Store)

Open Doors is a shelter of last resort for anyone experiencing homelessness who may not qualify to stay at other shelters. Due to COVID-19, they have extra precautions this season. ALL guests must be screened daily by Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic prior to shelter entry.

Review the available opportunities here. Pay close attention to which day(s) you are signing up for (there are multiple options for multiple days)! If you are able, please consider signing up for more than one slot.  All volunteers on-site must be 18 years or older. Please share with other JMU friends/colleagues to encourage them to join us!

**All food should be dropped off ready to serve at 6:15 p.m. as we do not have access to an oven. Please drop off food in disposable/recyclable/donated dishes including serving utensils.**

We can't wait for you to join us for the week-Thank you!

Learn More

Despite some four decades of research into best practices and policies, homelessness has increased nationally and reached crisis levels in the United States. As a result of the pandemic, people are at an even greater risk of housing insecurity. In a new book, Ungoverned and Out of Sight, Dr. Charley Willison, a National Institutes of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard University Department of Health Care Policy, explores how strategic decentralization and delegation of homeless policy governance have created fragmented systems that make it challenging to address homelessness in the United States. Dr. Willison emphasizes improving participatory equity of persons experiencing homelessness or at risk to improve policy design and implementation. Dr. Willison also offers recommendations to improve homeless policy and governance systems.

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