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Community Advisory Network Developing Onslow County
CAN-DO is a community-wide collaboration to identify and assess the needs in Onslow County. Comprised of stakeholders representing public, private, and non-profit stakeholders, CAN-DO’s comprehensive and diverse membership is the leading partnership to address community issues.
Formerly known as the Homeless Coalition, in December 2010, the Board of the United Way of Onslow County voted to house the Coalition as an advisory board. In order to attract additional stakeholders, expand our scope and banish existing negative stereotypes towards homeless, the Homeless Coalition is now known as CAN-DO: Community Advisory Network Developing Onslow.
Rebranded under the name CAN-DO, the partnership will seek access to available grants for planning and gathering data, and prevention and intervention strategies.
The collaboration with the United Way allows for greater leveraging of resources under its 501(c)3 status, greater visibility and adds validity and credibility to the coalition.
The CAN-DO Advisory Board is open to the public and generally meets the first Friday of the month at 8:00am at Northwoods United Methodist Church.
Solutions for Stability: Opening Doors. Restoring Hope.
The CAN-DO Advisory Board has created a strategic framework based on national best practices in addition to selecting an initial target population. These best practices, as identified in Opening Doors, the federal plan to end homelessness, have served as the backbone during a four-month strategic planning process to create a local, actionable plan. Supported with guidance from the NC Coalition to End Homelessness and backed by local data gathered during the annual HUD-mandated Point-In-Time Count, the CAN-DO membership has identified the initial focus of the plan to address at-risk and imminently homeless children and families. The group believes that by focusing on a specific, target population, success can be defined and tracked clearly from the beginning with the hope of creating a local model that can be duplicated in the future to address additional populations, such as homeless veterans.