Regional Hub Leader Schools

Regional Hub Leader schools play a critical role in advancing the goals of the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative and overall mission of the National Center. Each school will lead regional efforts to inform policymaking processes, support university-agency partnerships, and apply knowledge for practice and curriculum development. Strong and effective relationships with local and state agencies are at the core of efficient homeless service delivery. Bringing social work principles into agency partnerships will allow Regional Hub Leader schools to ensure that policies and programs are appropriate, effective, and data-driven, with robust internship opportunities for students.

Each Regional Hub Leader plan is unique to regional needs and includes goals specific to that school’s expertise. The six Regional Hub Leader schools are listed below with a brief description of their key priorities.

California State University, Long Beach

The California State University, Long Beach - School of Social Work is focusing on building and expanding community partnerships to create more homelessness-related internship opportunities for social work students. Additionally, they will be advancing Dr. Rashida Crutchfield's work examining best practices for displaced and food insecure college students and disseminating the results of her current study. Read more about Dr. Crutchfield's work here.

Hunter College

Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work is advancing the broad dissemination of Critical Time Intervention (CTI) through the school's Center for the Advancement of CTI (CACTI). The school plans to: 1) engage policymakers to support broad dissemination of Critical Time Intervention; 2) partner with provider and policy advocacy organizations in New York and nationally to adapt CTI for homeless families in rapid rehousing programs; 3) inform the broader social work community of CTI and identify supports to develop and disseminate a CTI training curriculum; and 4) build partnerships with local and state government agencies, as well as national provider and advocacy organizations, to systemize CTI adaptation and dissemination. Read more about CACTI here.

Indiana University

The Indiana University School of Social Work aims to mentor and support other social work programs across their region in addressing homelessness, related workforce development, and policymaking processes. This will involve: 1) surveying regional schools of social work on current efforts and activities related to homeless services, policies, and workforce development, and disseminating results to policymakers; 2) engaging regional schools of social work to share information and provide technical assistance in areas identified through the survey of schools; and 3) adapting the homelessness syllabus template (currently under development by the National Center) to a fully online course. Keep an eye on our blog for an upcoming spotlight on the school.

University of Maryland

The University of Maryland School of Social Work will: 1) expand its already robust selection of homelessness-specific field placements in and around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, broadening educational opportunities and the ability of the hub and its partner schools to support homeless services; 2) use data to track emerging trends in, causes of, and solutions to ending youth homelessness; and 3) advance new models of practice and policy, such as the Social Work Community Outreach Service and the Choice Neighborhoods Program, as an education partner to community schools and resource to social work programs. Keep an eye on our blog for an upcoming spotlight on the school.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California School of Social Work will draw on the strengths and expertise of its Homelessness, Housing and Social Environment research cluster to: 1) pursue new funds for homelessness research, mentoring, outreach, and homeless service partnerships; 2) lead and support collaborative homelessness research across schools of social work in the region; 3) create local collaboratives with policymakers and providers; and 4) disseminate homelessness-related knowledge and research through conferences and leadership positions to advance data-driven policies and programming. Read more about USC's Research Cluster on Homelessness, Housing, and Social Environment here.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work has multiple goals, which include emphasizing the relationship between healthcare and housing, utilizing an existing partnership with Austin’s Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) and the University’s new Dell Medical School. The school will also prioritize: 1) leveraging partnerships to influence Texas legislature policy initiatives; 2) broad dissemination of evidence-supported programs and practices through local continua of care and NASW Texas; and 3) continuing education, training, and credentialing of homelessness providers. You can read about some of UT Austin’s existing community partnerships here.