Title

Interagency Collaboration and the Homeless Population: Barriers, Supports, and Willingness to Change

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2014

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Ande Nesmith

Abstract

Homelessness is a growing clinical concern is social work and in any helping profession. As the number of homeless population grows, counties in Minnesota attempt to collaborate and problem solve possible solutions. Interagency collaborations is not unique to social work of to this population, yet many agonies collaborate with others on a large scale to formulate solutions to this epidemic. This study identifies 8 participants who were currently in an interagency collaboration for the homeless population. The focus was on the willingness of agencies to change to collaborate to benefit the homeless, barriers that arise, and supports or successes about collaborating. The outcome concluded that these individuals believe that everyone they know is willing to change. They agree that there are barriers that make serving this population a challenge. They identified that change is a good thing and most cautiously promoted the change. Finally, participants identified that it can be a challenge to measure what the collaboration is doing and if it is successful or not.

Keywords

homelessness, interagency, collaboration

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