Vanguard Network

What’s the Vanguard Network?

Throughout the world, there is a growing focus on ending homelessness. Members of the Vanguard Network will be at the forefront of the movement sharing innovations, best practices, and challenges with a group of committed leaders and practitioners. This sharing will build the evidence base of what works to end homelessness and inform international advocacy and policy, including reports and meetings with UN-Habitat. The Vanguard Network brings together homelessness practitioners, government leaders, people of lived experience, experts and researchers to power the knowledge exchange.

As a Vanguard Network member, you will receive:

Invitations to take part in meetings with fellow Vanguard Network members:

  • Knowledge Exchange Meetings and Policy Round Table Discussions on topics chosen by the Vanguard Cities
  • Sharing of new research/evidence through meetings and trainings base led by homelessness researchers and experts
  • Cohort calls focused on peer learning and sharing with attendees in a similar line of work, including calls with frontline workers, leadership, and government officials
  • Vanguard City Summit, an annual convening and workshop for all IGH’s Vanguard Cities
  • Other relevant IGH meetings and webinars including the Community of Impact

Engage with and contribute to:

  • International events including United Nations forums
  • IGH publications and case studies
  • Participation at critical moments in IGH’s advocacy campaigns
  • Opportunities to provide insight to IGH and UN-Habitat’s Global Homeless Data Initiative

Fill out the Vanguard Network Expression of Interest Form

Read the Vanguard Network Overview

Access the Vanguard Network Member Page


Who should join?

If you lead a homeless organization, work for a city, regional, or national government, have the lived experience of homelessness, or represent a lead agency working on homelessness, we encourage you to join the network by filling out the expression of interest form below. 

How do I join?

Please fill out the Expression of Interest Form with information about your work, and the city or area you represent. If you have any questions, please email