Research-To-Practice Brief

Chronic Homelessness Initiative: 2020 Progress Snapshot

Tipping Point Community, a nonprofit organization in the Bay Area, initiated the Chronic Homelessness Initiative (CHI) in 2017 (a $100 million private investment) with a goal of halving chronic homelessness in San Francisco within five years. CHI’s approach utilizes three strategies: increasing placements to permanent housing for persons experiencing homelessness, preventing persons from becoming chronically homeless, and changing systems that sustain homelessness and with which people experiencing chronic homelessness frequently interact. This brief evaluates CHI’s progress toward these goals in 2020 and identifies challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic created, including a decrease in permanent supportive housing unit placements and in agency and staff capacity to support the needs of persons with chronic homelessness. The brief also points to what steps CHI will take in 2021 and 2022 to meet the initial goals set in 2017. This evaluation is drawn from analysis of publicly available data from the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, data reported to Tipping Point from its grantees, and interviews with Tipping Point staff members, grantees, community advisory board members, and government and community partners.

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