A collaborative team allows stakeholders with diverse experience to work together to drive change. In a Trauma-Informed Housing model, any group that is making decisions about a community should include members of the community, such as residents and frontline staff.
Why It’s Important:
Trauma-Informed Housing affects residents and staff. By incorporating diverse perspectives, we can develop a deeper understanding and generate more opportunities for trauma-informed practices in our communities.
What We Learned:
Value lived experience as a form of expertise. Recognize that the community, whether residents, frontline staff or broader community members, are experts in their own lives. Center their voices.
Recruit teams that have shared geography. Participants can flex their expertise and apply it to their own backyard.
Compensate people for their time. Time is valuable and costly. Appreciate people for showing up by compensating them.
Utilize team-based peer learning. This allows participants to learn, discuss and apply what they are learning about trauma-informed care in a trusted setting.