Our approach

The Best Tools from Multiple Sectors

Community Solutions helps communities adopt the best problem-solving tools from multiple sectors to end homelessness and the conditions that create it. We work upstream and downstream of homelessness by helping communities end it where it happens and improve the conditions of inequality that make it more likely to happen in the future, especially in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty. We are partnering with communities to build a new problem-solving infrastructure, rooted in real-time data and driven by human-centered design and constant improvement. The problem-solving skills and tools we teach enable meaningful collaboration, produce trustworthy information, highlight the value of local assets, and remind communities that problems like homelessness are both urgent and solvable.

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How We Work

Our problem solving process is rooted in five key principles:

Focus on the outliers - those people or neighborhoods most likely to fall through the cracks of existing social welfare programs- to build better solutions for everyone

Set measurable, public, timebound goals to build a sense of urgency and force key players to innovate

Engage the user - those trapped in poverty, along with frontline health and human services workers- to design more practical, better informed solutions

Optimize existing resources by using all available data to inform decisions about spending and community responses to need

Test and evaluate new ideas in short cycles to learn what works quickly and build on successful strategies