Mecklenburg County Community Support Services (CSS) in partnership with UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, produced the Housing & Homelessness Ecosystem of community organizations as a first step in what is envisioned as creating a culture of continuous improvement.
An Ecosystem describes a group of interconnected elements both individually and by their interrelationships in a defined area. The typical ecosystem is a feedback loop, wherein dependencies and other conditions stressing one group can stretch an entire system to the breaking point. Observing, defining, and quantifying the discrete elements; cataloging their interconnectedness; and standardizing the tools for studying and evaluating the system is the only way to ensure the system is fully maximized for efficiency and effectiveness.
The Housing & Homelessness Ecosystem provides standardized definitions; identifies roles and responsibilities across the continuum; quantifies housing capacities; and outlines funding sources.