Fargo, ND — In recognition of winning a 2017 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance the organization's charitable mission
Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons (FM Coalition) bridges myriad geo-political borders to find permanent solutions to homelessness. This remarkable coalition convenes nearly 70 partners across city, county and state lines, and multiple sectors to address systemic contributors to homelessness, including racism, poverty and service gaps. By intentionally and continuously identifying areas of need, the group drives collaborative solutions and improvements across systems of health, human services, education, employment and business.
The FM Coalition worked with local and regional partners to implement a groundbreaking “housing first” model that places people experiencing homelessness in permanent housing before addressing other needs. With regional partners, the coalition developed a multi-state model to fix fragmented services that present barriers for clients. This powerful new model provides coordinated entry, common eligibility determination, shared assessment of individual or family needs, prioritization based on vulnerability and advanced data sharing.
The breakthrough work of the FM Coalition has inspired and informed numerous communities from Colorado to Utah to transform services for the homeless.