IGH Online Community of Impact

A community of impact (CoI) is a group of people who work towards a shared passion or cause, and learn how to do the work better through interacting and sharing knowledge. IGH aims to create an online CoI for professionals working with people experiencing homelessness.

The IGH CoI connects members to a collaborative and dynamic global network of knowledge of what works in ending homelessness. The CoI involves the following activities: webinars, resource guides, and knowledge-sharing platforms.

Webinar Series: Effective homeless systems and programs

Our webinar series provides CoI members with a unique learning opportunity to engage with homeless experts on a curated list of topics. Each webinar centers on a key topic area with case studies and sessions led by subject matter experts. Topics for the webinars include effective prevention programs, Housing First, advocacy and government relations, measuring impact, gender and homelessness, reaching target populations, incorporating the voices of lived experience into programs, and spearheading system change.

Knowledge Sharing Platforms: Facilitated discussions on homelessness news and research

In order for members to have the space to engage and share with each other, IGH hosts discussions on several platforms, including Google Forums and the IGH Hub. IGH facilitates discussions around each month’s topic as well as promoting new streams of sharing based on recent news and research on homeless programs. As the CoI develops, members will increasingly drive the content and agenda based on their needs and interest.

Resource Guides: Evidenced-based research, best practices, and toolkits

As a supplement to webinars, CoI members receive a primer on each topic including: high-quality research, relevant tools, and best practices from global cities. The resource guide will also be available on IGH’s website.

A Global View: News and updates from fellow professionals

Receive updates on homelessness events, non-COI webinars, research, and data from around the world.

Community of Impact Webinar Resources

IGH Community of Impact Webinar Series

IGH launched our Community of Impact (CoI) to connect leaders and practitioners to a collaborative and dynamic global network of knowledge of what works in ending homelessness. COVID-19 has represented an enormous challenge as the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations especially people experiencing homelessness.

In our first Community of Impact Webinar, we were honored to have three speakers who discussed how data and coordinated responses allowed their communities to adopt quickly and effectively to COVID-19  in order to protect and house people experiencing homelessness. The three speakers were:

  • Jeremy Swain, UK Advisor for the United Kingdom Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Dr. Surashree Shome, Senior Manager at Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives
  • Molly Seeley, Special Projects Manager for the Institute of Global Homelessness

The video of the webinar can be found here. From Great Britain to Bengaluru, India, the speakers’ presentations had common themes in their presentations:

  • Strong leadership with multi-sector coordination including the formation of taskforces resulted in improved communication, collaborative action, and led to better outcomes, and 
  • disaggregated data allowed leaders to better understand the scope of the impact and design new initiatives that are more inclusive and better targeted to specific populations.

Read the complete blog post here.

  • United States: Community-level COVID-19 Homelessness Planning & Response Dashboard

    Researchers Dennis Culhane, Dan Treglia, Ken Steif, and Tom Byrne developed a COVID-19 homelessness planning and response dashboard to estimate the impact COVID-19 might have on communities. Their dashboard allows communities to estimate the size of their adult homeless population, the number of projected cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and necessary emergency capacity needed to accommodate their homeless population.

    Link: Community-level COVID-19 Homelessness Planning & Response Dashboard

  • United Kingdom: Centre for Homelessness Impact COVID-19 Index

    The COVID-19 Homelessness Index was developed by the Centre for Homelessness Impact to help better understand the risk exposure faced by people experiencing homelessness in England. The index was created by using public health data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and information on the number of people living in temporary accommodation to identify the risk to those experiencing homelessness and also helping decision-makers to better allocate resources to areas with high need. 

    Link: Centre for Homelessness Impact COVID-19 Index

  • United States: Health Care for the Homeless Comparative Data COVID-19 Dashboard

    The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has developed a comparative data dashboard to demonstrate the effects of COVID-19 on health centers that provide services to people experiencing homelessness. Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration is used to visualize data related to COVID-19 testing in both staff and patients, clinic closures, and racial disparities. 

    Link: Health Care for the Homeless Comparative Data COVID-19 Dashboard

  • Scotland’s Everyone Home Scotland Collective on COVID-19

    Everyone Home Scotland Collective on COVID-19 comprises over 20 groups working together to highlight the urgent need to secure housing for individuals experiencing homelessness that has been underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeking to protect and build upon gains achieved thus far, they released a plan for addressing homelessness post-pandemic that emphasizes increasing the social housing stock; preventing a return to pre-pandemic rough-sleeping levels; and eviction reform. 

    Link: Everyone Home Scotland Collective on COVID-19 Recovery Plan

  • Houston, United States’s Community-wide COVID-19 Housing Program (CCHP)

    The CCHP is a collaborative effort launched by the City of Houston, Harris County (TX), and the Coalition for the Homeless, the goal of which is to house 5,000 people experiencing homeless over the next two years. The $65 million plan will be targeted toward limiting the spread of COVID-19, housing people experiencing homelessness, and assisting people who may become homeless due to the economic effects of the virus. Interventions will include financial assistance to help people avoid shelters, rapid rehousing support, and assistance for people waiting for permanent supportive housing to become available.

    Link: Coalition for the Homeless CCHP Overview

  • 500 Lives 500 Homes

    Based in Brisbane, Australia, this campaign was the result of a partnership between 34 government and non-government organizations working in various social sectors who surpassed their goal of housing 500 households in a three-year period. Their data-driven, housing-first approach included compiling personalized data on each individual to be housed; assessment of individual needs using the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritisation Tool (VI-SPDAT); and providing support to individuals who needed it to maintain a stable residence.

    Links: 500 Lives 500 Homes Impact Statement 2014-2017

    Housing First: A roadmap to ending homelessness in Brisbane

  • A Way Home Canada

    A Way Home Canada is a collective impact group focused on ending youth homelessness. One of the cornerstones of their approach is pursuing change by way of data- and evidence-based innovation. Their work is informed by their affiliated Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Innovation Lab whose research agenda entails “leveraging data and technology to drive policy and practice.” They also assisted in the development of the Youth Assessment and Prioritization (YAP) Tool for intake purposes, which allows homelessness service providers to determine the best approach for case management.

    Links: Making the Shift Youth Homeless Innovation Lab

    A Way Home – Our Approach