A catalyst for nonprofits working to end homelessness

 
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We focus on scaling the Housing First model in the Pacific Northwest to ensure access to safe, reliable housing.


 
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The organizations we serve don't pay for our services

We work off of private donations, pro-bono, and low-bono funding. We think that gives us an advantage in autonomy and execution to focus on the problems we feel will deliver the most impact for the organizations we work with. Because we don't charge our nonprofit partners for our time, we get to focus on what we want to do together, regardless of that project or initiative's ability to get funding internally from leadership or grant funding.


Homelessness in Seattle and King County is a big problem that continues to grow

Last January, AllHome counted 12,000 individuals in King County without shelter, which is nearly 10% more than three years prior. During the same period, King County’s GDP rose by over $2 billion, or more than 13%. For more data on the state of homelessness in the greater Puget Sound region, King County runs a great dashboard [1].

The situation would be a lot worse if there weren’t already thousands of smart, dedicated people in government, non-profits, and private foundations working hard on solving the issue. This year, Seattle will spend $78 million on shelter, rental assistance, prevention and other services to people without homes. Still, we are losing ground every year and all the data suggests it’s about to get a lot worse. For example, McKinsey reports [2] that the demand for services has increased an average of 11% each year since 2014, but funding has only grown by an average of 2.4% per year.

Intuitively, the situation doesn’t make sense, so a lot of us are left wondering how this is possible. On the surface, the causes seem pretty simple. A growing lack of affordable housing means that there is another wave of people who are not yet homeless that are going to join the ranks soon. Increasing income disparity means that the economic boom isn’t floating all boats. A lack of mental health and addiction services creates a reinforcing downward spiral. Even if the causes are simple (and they may not be) the number of contributing factors and involved parties make finding workable solutions challenging. So, we decided to get involved and contribute in the best way we know how.

[1] Coordinating Board Dashboard All Homeless Households

[2]The economics of homelessness in Seattle and King County


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 What we can do for you

We believe the best way we can help is to use our skills to remove barriers for organizations and create systems change.

Our skills are in:

  • Strategy development

  • Research and assessment

  • UX and website design

  • Facilitation

  • Human-centered design

  • Leadership development

  • Metrics design

  • Curriculum development

  • Go to market planning and execution

  • Process design and improvements

  • Systems thinking

  • Policy analysis

  • Organizational management analysis


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