In 2023 we are planning to expand beyond California, building on the incredible momentum we’ve created in California to our model in cities and regions across the county. When a community leader outside of California is interested in building a DignityMoves community in their region, our National Expansion Team (“NET”) will work closely with them through every step of the process. We will advise them on how to identify a viable parcel of land, coach them on how to approach elected officials and city departments, participate by zoom in discussions, and educate the partners on the importance of interim supportive housing models. Fundraising will be the responsibility of the local champion, but we will help them identify regional foundations and corporate donors through our growing network of funders.
The NET team will work with Gensler and other consultants to create site plans, draft budgets, and identify local contractors. A local project manager will oversee the project construction under the direction of the NET team. Our Supportive Services Excellence lead will advise on the supportive services program. Using the templates and tools already developed by DignityMoves for other projects, we will be able to advise on community engagement, share strategies for avoiding NIMBY resistance, and help identify government grant funding opportunities. The National Expansion Program will provide both open-source tools as well as a “human instruction manual” to empower local communities to replicate our model, while also maintaining brand and quality control.