Vanguard Program

The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) launched the Vanguard Program: A Global Movement to End Homelessness in 2017 with key global strategic partners to begin pioneering work in 13 Vanguard Cities across 6 continents. Each city made a commitment to significantly reduce or end street homelessness in reflection of their local context.

The initiative is designed to support and uplift local expertise and innovation while reaping the benefits of both community and global exchange. In the Vanguard Program, 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.

In the program, IGH works with communities on their strategy, measurement, and program 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. IGH is expanding the Vanguard Program to work with new communities and regions who are leading on their homelessness strategies and programs. This Vanguard partnership further elevates each cities’ work by supporting plans to end homelessness, engaging stakeholders in coalition building, and sharing their work with an international network of stakeholders and researchers.

Vanguard Program Expression of Interest Form

We are opening the Vanguard Program to new cities and regions who wish to join the next cohort. If your city or region is interested in joining the Vanguard Program, please click on the Expression of Interest Form below.  If you have any questions, please email

Vanguard Program Expression of Interest Form


Vanguard Cities: International Comparative Study


Heriot-Watt’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) and GISS Bremen, have produced an Evaluation of the Institute of Global Homelessness ‘A Place to Call Home’ initiative which works with Vanguard Cities across the globe to set targets and support them in their efforts to end street homelessness.

Funded by the Oak Foundation this international comparative study explores the approaches of the first 13 vanguard cities in their efforts to tackle street homelessness.

The research found both successes and systematic failures and established a set of recommendations on what works and what does not in addressing street homelessness.

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2020 Vanguard Cities

These cities were part of first cohort with homelessness reduction goals for 2020.