The above vision was crowdsourced by attendees at two large meetings we held in the fall of 2017.
The county's safety net system is supported by both public and private dollars, but the financial structure is fragile. And people in need of services too often find themselves struggling to get the right help, at the right time, in the right place and in an empowering way.
It is this situation that led us to create the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative. This 10-year effort aims to improve the ability of the county's safety net system to weather uncertainty and better meet the needs of people across the county.
We will do this through grants and training for those organizations interested in strength and flexibility of the safety net. And because we believe it is important to talk with those most affected, we want to gather ideas from consumers, too.
Since 2016, we have been gathering input from nonprofits and others involved in the safety net system. We have found significant interest in our goal of a resilient safety net.
Working with local and national consultants, we created four Design Teams that met from March - August 2018 to brainstorm and hone ideas to improve the county's safety net system. We also hosted three Community of Practice meetings where a larger community of nonprofits, municipal leaders, school district officials, funders and county officials provided feedback to the Design Teams on their ideas. More
With Phase One complete, we moved into Phase Two during which we will implement the big ideas that emerged from the work of the Design Teams: a grant opportunity to pilot ideas through the Innovation Lab, a new capacity building training program, commissioned research projects, a communications and advocacy campaign about the safety net system and other opportunities to get involved in this work. More