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UAlbany School of Social Welfare Plans National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

UAlbany's School of Social Welfare is developing a National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services, devoted to improving services and support for homeless individuals throughout the United States. Assistant Professor of Social Welfare Heather Larkin explains the center will be launched over the next year, using donor funding to partner with homeless agencies around the country with the goal of making a national impact. John Records will serve as a Public Service Professor and co-Principal Investigator to co-direct the Center with Larkin.

The Center will utilize the “Restorative Integral Support” (RIS) model (developed by Larkin and Records) to improve the effectiveness of homeless service agencies throughout the United States. It will provide training for agency directors to build more effective intervention and support programs. In addition, the center will educate and guide social service agencies personnel in best practices for the prevention of homelessness.

Larkin says UAlbany will initially workshop with four homeless service providers, offering webinars, and creating a website as one avenue for sharing information.  The Center idea stems from an existing partnership between the School and the Committee on the Shelterless of California.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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