Tipping Point’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative

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San Francisco is one of the most prosperous cities in the world, but many residents have not benefited from that prosperity. In 2017, San Francisco counted over 2,100 people who met the definition of chronic homelessness on a single night in January. In June 2017, Tipping Point Community (TPC) launched the Chronic Homelessness Initiative (CHI)—a $100 million initiative to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent over five years. CHI builds on work Tipping Point has been doing since 2005—funding the most effective poverty-fighting organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the largest private investment to address homelessness in San Francisco’s history.

CHI is a three-pronged strategy that emphasizes collaboration between local government, non-profit service providers and individuals with lived experience, and philanthropy to promote innovation and drive change. The Urban Institute is partnering with TPC to evaluate the effectiveness of CHI. The first goal of the evaluation is to understand CHI’s overall success in helping San Francisco halve chronic homelessness and make long-term improvements in the city’s systems for supporting its most vulnerable residents. Urban is also conducting evaluations of CHI programs, including the Moving-On Initiative, the Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool, the Homes for the Homeless Fund, the Rising Up Initiative, and the Social Security Insurance (SSI) Advocacy Program.

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