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Building Effective Coalitions

Building Effective Coalitions

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This guidebook discusses how to begin structuring an effective community-wide coalition that will help continuums reach that next level of development. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop and manage a coalition. It covers what a coalition is, why it is important, and
how it may be organized and managed. The guidebook also focuses on how to build and organize a coalition’s membership, while recognizing that stakeholders’ roles and
responsibilities can and should vary widely.
This guidebook discusses how to begin structuring an effective community-wide coalition that will help continuums reach that next level of development. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop and manage a coalition. It covers what a coalition is, why it is important, and
how it may be organized and managed. The guidebook also focuses on how to build and organize a coalition’s membership, while recognizing that stakeholders’ roles and
responsibilities can and should vary widely.

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HUD’SHOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Building Effective Coalitions
MAY, 2009
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentOffice of Community Planning and Development
 
Acknowledgements
This guidance material was prepared by ICF International under Grant VAMV-001-004 for theU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning andDevelopment. This project was carried out in partnership with Advocates for Human Potential.All materials in this work are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied withoutpermission from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Citation of the source isappreciated. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee without the specificwritten authorization of the Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, Office of CommunityPlanning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
 
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BUILDING EFFECTIVE COALITIONS
Table of Contents
Introduction.................................................................................................................................1
 
Background .........................................................................................................................1
 
Purpose...............................................................................................................................1
 
Overview..............................................................................................................................2
 
Chapter 1: Understanding Coalitions ......................................................................................4
 
Introduction..........................................................................................................................4
 
What Is a Coalition? ............................................................................................................4
 
What Are the Benefits of a Coalition?..................................................................................4
 
What Makes a Coalition Successful? ..................................................................................6
 
Clear Expectations......................................................................................................6 
 
Strong Leadership.......................................................................................................6 
 
Adequate Staffing........................................................................................................7 
 
Overcoming Barriers to Building a Successful Coalition......................................................8
 
Chapter 2: Building a Community-wide Coalition.................................................................10
 
Introduction........................................................................................................................10
 
Forming a Community-wide Collaboration.........................................................................10
 
Formation..................................................................................................................10 
 
Management .............................................................................................................11
 
Evaluation..................................................................................................................11
 
Defining Levels of Agency Contact....................................................................................12
 
Re-defining a Continuum’s Goals and Objectives.............................................................14
 
Generating Community Support for a Community-wide Coalition.....................................15
 
Attachment 2.1: Evaluting Levels of Agency Contact.......................................................17
 
Attachment 2.2: Steps in a Planning a Collaborative Effort..............................................21
 
Chapter 3: Collaborating with Mainstream Agencies...........................................................22
 
Introduction........................................................................................................................22
 
Prevention .........................................................................................................................23
 
Entry or Re-entry into Mainstream Systems......................................................................24
 
Strategies ..........................................................................................................................24
 
Attachment 3.1: Sample Planning Process ......................................................................26
 
Chapter 4: Building a Coalition’s Membership.....................................................................27
 
Introduction........................................................................................................................27
 
Finding the Right Membership Balance.............................................................................27
 
Why a Diverse Group of Stakeholders Is Important..................................................27 
 

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