Housing x Education Work High-Level Overview
The work of the Rocky Mountain Partnership is to work collectively to improve the economic and social mobility of the region by:
- Utilizing data to set shared targets and as a scorecard to measure progress
- Advocating for and aligning policies, and funding to remove barriers and accelerate progress
- Better coordinating and improving the work happening on the ground
Housing x Education was identified as a work area that is critical to the economic and social mobility of the region. This work is focused on:
- Improving educational outcomes for community members experiencing housing instability
- Increase access to affordable and sustainable housing for our most marginalized community members
See overviews below for a high level picture of the three areas the Partnership is doing work around Housing x Education. For a deeper dive, click the grey buttons, or the links to the left.
Coordination of Housing x Education Efforts
The intersectionality of housing, education, and workforce creates an immense opportunity for heightened coordination between cross-sector Partners.
Prior to COVID-19, work to better coordinate efforts of housing and education providers had begun, led by Peter LiFari, Maiker Housing Partners Executive Director and RMP Steering Committee Co-Chair, and Lisa Jansen Thompson, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC) Executive Director and RMP Partnership Accountability Network member.
The work the Partnership adopted this collective work area to build off of this work to improve critical housing and education data.
Policy and Advocacy Around Housing x Education
In order to achieve economic and social mobility for all community members, sustainable, systemic change will be required at all levels of the community, including local, state, and national policy. The Rocky Mountain Partnership is working to align local, state, and national policy and legislation to achieve their shared targets.
The Partnership has prioritized availability of affordable housing and emergency supports for housing insecurity as a policy priority for the 2022 legislative session.
Funding Alignment Around Housing x Education
True systems change requires policy, funding and resource alignment to yield the greatest impact towards the Partnership’s shared targets. They work to develop, execute, and scale action that will target public and private funding to spread and sustain practices that will support the economic and social mobility of the region.
The Partnership is has embarked on collective work to understand where public and private dollars are currently being allocated, identify gaps in funding, and work with youth and community members most impacted to develop a fiscal plan to close them.