Poverty

Community Solutions

Taking an innovative, real-time data approach to ending homelessness

Across the U.S., around 17 out of every 10,000 people is experiencing homelessness. Community Solutions aims to help every one of those individuals into stability.

Partnership start date: 2017

Total funding committed: $1,508,890

Sustainable Development Goals:

  • No Poverty (1)
  • Reduced Inequalities (10)

Region: United States

Website: https://community.solutions

What They Do
Community Solutions’ model starts and ends with the individual. Together with cities and organizations that work on homelessness, Community Solutions builds out a “by-name list,” continually updated with real-time data, of every person living on the streets. This shared platform allows everyone working on homelessness to access up-to-date information on individuals’ needs and target their support accordingly.

What Our Partnership Does
Data is key to the process of understanding individuals’ circumstances and creating their paths out of homelessness. Through an initiative called Built for Zero, Community Solutions and their partner cities use Tableau to build out dashboards so agencies can respond to individuals' needs in real time while working toward the broader goal of reaching "functional zero" in chronic and veteran homelessness.

See the latest on Built for Zero

Community Solutions named a finalist in MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition

We're proud to share that our partner organization has been selected from a highly competitive pool as a finalist for the 2021 $100 million grant that will fund “single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time."

Read more from Community Solutions

Why we’re doubling down on our commitment to use data to end homelessness during COVID-19

Tableau Foundation and Community Solutions announced a new investment in training data experts to help end homelessness during the pandemic.

Tableau volunteers share their data skills to help end homelessness in Denver

Tableau employees worked on the ground with the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative on their data sets and how they use them for impact.

Tableau Foundation commits $1.3 million to Built for Zero

Community Solutions and Tableau Foundation set a goal of eliminating chronic and veteran homelessness in 50 U.S. Cities.

Learn about the Built for Zero model

Data's role in solving homelessness

How Built for Zero communities are integrating the use of real-time data into their efforts to move people into stable housing.

Doing good through tech

Live from SXSW, Community Solutions President Rosanne Haggerty discusses how the use of data has enabled cities across the U.S. to help people out of homelessness.

See Community Solutions' dashboards in action

Interact with the same data sets Community Solutions uses to deliver services in cities around the U.S.