Solving Homelessness and Serving High Needs Populations

California has 12% of the nation’s population but more than one third of the nation’s homeless. Cities and counties urgently need solutions for preventing and addressing the homelessness crisis.

The California Policy Lab is working on a variety of projects with state and local agencies to develop and evaluate evidence-based homelessness prevention and intervention programs. CPL provides expertise in data integration, predictive analytics, screening tools, and program evaluation. We provide real-time insights on implementation and build empirical evidence for improved decision-making.

Example Projects

CPL is working with the City and the County of Los Angeles to analyze data to better understand the drivers of homelessness and who is most likely to need frequent, high cost services in the future. This research will help inform prevention strategies to keep people in their homes and improve outcomes for the most vulnerable people.

CPL is working with the ACCESS Sonoma County (Accessing Coordinated Care & Empowering Self-Sufficiency) initiative to help stabilize the well-being of Sonoma County’s highest-cost, highest-need population. We are helping the County integrate data across several departments, spot trends and patterns in utilization, and analyze interventions aimed at improving outcomes for the Sonoma’s most vulnerable few households.

The California Policy Lab hosted a conference that focused on strategies for better identifying and serving the high need, high cost population, highlighting initiatives being implemented across the country and the state. The conference was held at UC Berkeley on November 7, 2017.

CONFERENCE PAGE: Breaking the Cycle: Improving Outcomes for California’s High Need, High Cost Population

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