Thank you for attending the 2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit!

The 2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit, held November 17 & 18 at City Hall as a joint effort between Heart of Missouri United Way, the City of Columbia and Boone County, was a huge success! We thank everyone for coming together in the spirit of collaboration.


Take the post-summit survey

Thank you for taking a moment to weigh in on this event, how we can best follow-up, and to improve community event planning efforts in the future. Not every question is required, so answer as you are able.

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Action planning overview

The Homelessness Summit Planning Committee has synthesized the community action planning session results from Day 2 of the summit. The planning process was organized around the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness Goal Framework, which groups goals for addressing homelessness into the following categories:

  • Veterans
  • Chronically homeless
  • Families
  • Youth
  • Homelessness overall

Across categories, three broad strategic themes and corresponding action steps to reduce homelessness in Boone County have been identified as follows:

  1. Increase access to affordable housing
    • Engage landlords
    • Increase number of affordable housing units
  2. Transition to a housing-first model
    • Develop resources for strategic planning and implementation
    • Move resources toward implementation
  3. Coordinate across systems
    • Conduct community-based systems mapping to increase knowledge about system gaps and potential leverage points that were captured in action planning
    • Initiate a local Continuum of Care Task Force
    • Develop a coordinated entry system

VIDEO: Watch the Homelessness Summit

City Channel video


Media coverage of the Homelessness Summit

Columbia Daily Tribune: “Local officials tout housing-first model to reduce homelessnessopens in a new window

Columbia Missourian: “Columbia hopes to end homelessness with new initiativeopens in a new window