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: $2,188,638
Region: United States
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.
Community Solutions and Built for Zero Awarded the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Grant
$100 million toward the data-driven fight to end homelessness in every community
We're proud to share that our partner organization was selected from a highly competitive pool as the winner of a $100 million grant to fund a “single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time." This investment affirms what we and Community Solutions know to be true: With the right data and a dedicated approach, homelessness is solvable.Read more