What is FAAN?

Florence Aliese Advancement Network (FAAN), LLC is a cluster of programs and services to end homelessness within the United States by reducing racial disparities within local homeless services delivery systems through creating life affirming programs and services that generate cultures of belonging and create beloved communities where all persons thrive regardless of race, ability, gender, and place of origin.

FAAN was inspired by my two grandmothers; Florence and Aliese, who with limited education and economic opportunities guided my family through the dark times of American history such as Jim Crow, the Depression, WWII, and the Civil Rights Movement. Through kitchen table chats, wisdom was passed down through stories that empowered me to pursue a combination of higher education and front-line experience in the ongoing pursuit of social and economic justice for urban communities of color.

At its core, Florence Aliese is a community development platform to discuss and share ideas on removing barriers to thriving for people experiencing homelessness, with a special interest in ending Black and Indigenous homelessness.

FAAN works with local government and private foundations to build capacity among actors and stakeholders within local homeless services delivery systems, elevate stories to educate policymakers and the general public on structural causes of homelessness, and create safe spaces for meaningful dialogue to overcome fears and stigmas that often prevent investments and community supports for homeless services.

Our vision is to transform city and rural spaces undergoing rapid urbanization into home-places where communities are nourished and residents can thrive. We work in the intersection of health, education, housing, economic development, faith, purpose, relationships, and belonging- cultural determinants of wellbeing – to foster holistic and beloved communities.

Our mission is simple: we are a private community advisement firm dedicated to ending homelessness through the creation of beloved communities utilizing the tools of community based research, program design and evaluation, community engagement, storytelling, and staff development.

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