The stigma of homelessness is not unique to this region; however, every community can do more to debunk myths, minimize fears, and take responsibility for enacting effective solutions. When discussed regularly, conversations can be had in times of calm rather than in times of crisis or against deadlines. 

Communities should engage in regular, thoughtful dialogue on the topic of emergency housing and homelessness. Municipalities should address the topic in their regular update to their local comprehensive plan (Master Plan in New Hampshire, Town Plan in Vermont). Inclusive conversations in community spaces and schools will allow residents to share perspectives in a non-judgmental space and listen to others with an open mind. Stories from people with lived experience can humanize an experience that can feel distant to some. Emergency housing providers can build trust by sharing their own stories of accomplishment, failure, and adaptation