Guiding principles are accepted or professed rules or methods that guide action and decisions. They are precepts that guide an organization throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or leadership.
NINA believes the following principles or precepts to be true and use them as guideposts for our organization, decisions, and actions:
- We will treat all people with dignity and respect.
- Everyone has a right to a safe place to sleep.
- We will involve those who have personal experience with homelessness throughout our work – in defining needs and solutions, planning, implementation and delivery, and continuous improvement.
- Members of the homeless community have different needs, motivations, and levels of capability.One size does not fit all. We will design solutions that encourage those who are willing and able to build capacity and move toward independence while still helping those who are not. We will meet our neighbors in need where they are, not where we think they ought to be.
- We will design solutions with stakeholder buy-in, support, and long-term sustainability in mind (e.g.,gathering input, start-up and ongoing funding, ownership, minimal cost structure, and revenue generation). We will:
- Keep solutions basic and simple.
- Design for early successes to generate momentum and maintain support.
- Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with key stakeholders (e.g., the homeless, non- profits, other NINA work groups, city, county, and the broader community).
- Consider the potential impact of everything we do on the broader community and those who may resist. We will take measures to mitigate potentially negative impacts whenever possible.
- Research and leverage best practices and tried-and-true models and solutions.
- Be creative and innovative in our approach to helping our neighbors in need.