Anonymous Donor’s Grant Helps Launch National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services at the School of Social Welfare

Homeless motehr and two childrenIn July 2013, the School of Social Welfare launched its National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services. Through funding from an anonymous donor, the Center will replicate the success of the innovative service model developed by School of Social Welfare Assistant Professor Heather Larkin and John Record, former executive director of the Petaluma, Calif.-based Committee on the Shelterless (COTS).

First implemented at COTS, Larkin and Records’ Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model led to a dramatic increase in COTS' ability to house homeless and chronically homeless adults. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration highlighted RIS, and the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community published a case study of its successful implementation.

Records, who retired as executive director of COTS on June 30, and Larkin will co-direct the new center.