Registry Week Boot Camp – A First Hand Perspective

100,000 Homes communities “identify their homeless neighbors by name through an event called a Registry Week, the organizing backbone of the 100,000 Homes Campaign.”  During Registry Week, communities work to identify and survey their most vulnerable or at-risk homeless residents and prioritize them for permanent housing.

Melanie Wlson, LeSar Development Consultants; Craig Jones, Interfaith Community Services; Marha Ranson, Catholic Charities; Lila Fetherolf; Interfaith Community Services; and Megan Crooks, City of Oceanside participate in one of the hands on Boot Camp activities.

Melanie Wlson, LeSar Development Consultants; Craig Jones, Interfaith Community Services; Marha Ranson, Catholic Charities; Lila Fetherolf; Interfaith Community Services; and Megan Crooks, City of Oceanside participate in one of the hands on Boot Camp activities.

Representatives from the Downtown Campaign and North San Diego County were pleased to join communities from all over the country at the 100,000 Homes Campaign’s two day Registry Week Boot Camp in Irvine, CA on June 10-11, 2013. Linda Kauffman, the 100,000 Homes Facilitator and Jennifer LeSar, the Community Facilitator and Downtown Campaign Coordinator, led the two day session.

The Boot Camp prepared communities to host their own registry week, covering everything from how to build a strong team, to budgets and supplies, to how to report to 100,000 Homes Campaign. The ‘housing first’ model was emphasized throughout each of the exercises.

The Boot Camp included slide presentations, inspirational videos, and hands on activities. The ice breaker exercise was particularly emotional and motivational. Participants wrote down the five things that are most important to our identity on Post-it notes. One by one we tossed the cards away. We “lost our identity” the same way a person loses their identity when they become homeless. During one hands on activity, Campaign representatives collaborated with representatives from North County to build the tallest marshmallow structure of any of the communities. Through these exercises, we proved we can effectively use collaboration and the resources we have available to make a powerful impact. North County continued the momentum by mapping out their key players and current housing available to move forward on their own registry week. We areexcited to see their progress!