A Place to Call Home

Building on the successes of countries and cities across the world, the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) has partnered with key global strategic partners to launch A Place to Call Home, a global effort to support 150 cities to end street homelessness by 2030. The foundation for this effort is the pioneering work of a small group of cities working toward goals related to ending street homelessness by 2020. Their work will show what is possible, clearing the path for 25 more cities working to end street homelessness by 2025, then a final 120 cities to end street homelessness by 2030.

2020 Vanguard Cities

The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) launched the A Place to Call Home initiative in 2017 with key global strategic partners to begin pioneering work in 13 vanguard cities across 6 continents. Each city has made a commitment to significantly reduce or end street homelessness in reflection of their local context. IGH works directly with the vanguard cities on their strategy, measurement, and implementation—and in doing so, helps them make quantitative and qualitative steps toward their reduction goals.  Through its global network of homeless experts, IGH provides targeted technical assistance to address the challenges of ending street homelessness in each city.

MENU OF GOALS

End street homelessness in a neighborhood
or within a subpopulation

Targeted reduction in street homelessness of:
25%, 50%, or 75%

End street homelessness across the city

This work will show what is possible, clearing the path for 25 more cities working to end street homelessness by 2025, then a final 120 cities to end street homelessness by 2030. This deadline aligns with existing global targets, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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A Place to Call Home initiative is designed to support and uplift local expertise and innovation while reaping the benefits of both community and global exchange. In A Place to Call Home, IGH leverages the foundation of its work — supporting leadership, exchanging knowledge, creating a global infrastructure, and advocating for change — to make a meaningful impact on street homelessness in cities across the globe.