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Six in Six - Week 3: Solve a Problem

For the past five years, I've worked for the NC Housing Coalition on the Carolina Homeless Information Network (CHIN) program. I've learned that in order to solve a problem, we must first understand it. Then, and only then, can we move forward with informed, calculated strategies designed to attack root causes of the problem at hand.

Homelessness is a complex, emotional, and challenging issue that can only be combated with compassion, tenacity, professionalism and knowledge. I do what I do because the people who serve those without a home deserve to have a resource that can answer their questions and help them to illustrate to others the challenges of finding a home for the homeless.

I do what I do because it’s not enough to tell the story of homelessness unless you can also support that story with facts and data. I do what I do because my role in administering the Homeless Management Information System in North Carolina allows me to assist those on the front lines in the battle against homelessness.

The data that homelessness service providers collect and we preserve in the CHIN network is ammunition against apathy and ignorance, and shows us the way to a North Carolina where no one is left without a place to call home.

I hope you'll make a contribution this holiday season to help us at the Coalition continue this work.

Happy Holidays!

Michael Tillman

Help Desk Manager
Carolina Homeless Information Network
North Carolina Housing Coalition

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