According to yesterday’s Republican, the recently replaced federal homelessness czar, Philip F. Mangano, is in the habit of praising Springfield’s approach to the problem, which emphasizes permanent solutions like supportive housing (which has been covered on this site). The article makes a point of mentioning that this approach is captured in a 10-year plan called “Housing First.”
Which reminds me of something I hear a lot: Springfield has plenty of impressive reports and plans, it’s the implementation that has proven to be so difficult. The next impressive report at risk of being undervalued thus is MassInc’s/UMass Dartmouth “Springfield 2030” report, due out in a few weeks. I’ve started a list of reports (with links to each) below. Send me more, and I’ll add them.
Reports and plans do need to do more to increase the chances that something happens as a result, but we also have to take advantage of all the analytic resources we can get.
- City of Springfield – “Homes within Reach: Springfield’s 10-year plan to end homelessness” (January 2007)
- Pioneer Valley Planning Commission – “Plan for Progress” (September 2004)
- Urban Land Institute – “Springfield: Strategics for a sustainable city” (May 2007)
- Regional Employment Board – FY09 Annual Workforce Development Plan (June 2008)
- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston – “Toward a More Prosperous Springfield”
- MassInc/UMass Dartmouth Urban Initiative – “Building for the Future: Foundations for a Springfield Comprehensive Growth Strategy” (June 2009)