2016 Homelessness Summit

Thank you for attending the 2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit!

The 2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit, held November 17 & 18 at City Hall as a joint effort between Heart of Missouri United Way, the City of Columbia and Boone County, was a huge success! We thank everyone for coming together in the spirit of collaboration.

In 2017, information and updates about the summit will be housed on a new website. A link to the new page will be posted here, so please check back often!

2016 Columbia-Boone County Homelessness Summit

Take the post-summit survey

Thank you for taking a moment to weigh in on this event, how we can best follow-up, and to improve community event planning efforts in the future. Not every question is required, so answer as you are able.

Click here to take the survey


Action planning overview

The Homelessness Summit Planning Committee has synthesized the community action planning session results from Day 2 of the summit. The planning process was organized around the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Goal Framework, which groups goals for addressing homelessness into the following categories:

  • Veterans

  • Chronically homeless

  • Families

  • Youth

  • Homelessness overall


Across categories, three broad strategic themes and corresponding action steps to reduce homelessness in Boone County have been identified as follows:

1. Increase access to affordable housing

  • Engage landlords
  • Increase number of affordable housing units

2. Transition to a housing-first model

  • Develop resources for strategic planning and implementation
  • Move resources toward implementation

3. Coordinate across systems

  • Conduct communtiy-based systems mapping to increase knowledge about system gaps and potential leverage points that were captured in action planning
  • Initiate a local Continuum of Care Task Force
  • Develop a coordinated entry system


Download the action planning data spreadsheet


                 VIDEO: Watch the Homelessness Summit         


City Channel video

Housing the Homeless: When Housing Comes First

Download the Homelessness Summit program

Media coverage of the Homelessness Summit


Columbia Daily Tribune: “Local officials tout housing-first model to reduce homelessness”

Columbia Missourian: “Columbia hopes to end homelessness with new initiative”