CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS IN SAN FRANCISCO
There are approximately 2,100 people* experiencing chronic homelessness** on any given night in San Francisco. Since 2005, Tipping Point Community has raised over $150 million to find and fund effective poverty-fighting organizations in the Bay Area, but we know that direct services alone cannot solve our greatest challenges. Tipping Point’s $100 million pledge to cut chronic homelessness in San Francisco in half by 2022 marks the single largest private investment to address homelessness in city history. We believe that new policy approaches emphasizing collaboration between local government, the community, and philanthropy can promote innovation and drive impact.
OUR SYSTEMS CHANGE LENS
In 2017, Tipping Point launched an initiative to focus on the intersection of philanthropy, government, service providers and individuals living in poverty. We recognize that coordination among sectors is needed to create meaningful, long-term change, and that the voices of those we serve must be front and center. Each player has a critical role:
HOW OUR INITIATIVE WORKS
In partnership with the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, our initiative aims to reduce chronic homelessness by 50% within five years.
CREATE MORE HOUSING
Affordable housing is needed at all levels, but for the chronically homeless, more supportive housing (subsidized rent plus support services) is critical.
Intervention at key moments of opportunity—when public systems like child welfare, criminal justice and/or mental health interface with those most at risk of becoming chronically homeless.
OPTIMIZE THE PUBLIC SECTOR
Data sharing and coordination, technical assistance, outcomes tracking, and revenue maximization across sectors to promote targeted, quality services.
INVESTMENTS + PARTNERS
Moving On Initiative - $2,325,000 in funding committed to Brilliant Corners
Brilliant Corners works to ensure a successful transition for people in San Francisco who are ready to move out of permanent supportive housing. They coordinate with landlords and case managers to place individuals in apartments and connect them to services.
Medical Respite Center Expansion - $612,000 in funding committed to SF Department of Public Health
Assist with the expansion of San Francisco's medical respite center to provide beds for individuals with medical needs that prevent them from being successful in a shelter setting or who would otherwise be homeless upon discharge. Tipping Point funding contributed to a 66% increase in the center's capacity.
Tipping Point Fellows - $720,000 in funding committed to SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
Fund two fellows within HSH to lead new strategic initiatives in partnership with Tipping Point in order to align our goals and ensure transparency and accountability for our work. The fellows' scope includes the creation of a strategic plan for HSH and development of a strong coordinated entry system.
Technical Assistance Consulting
Provide ongoing technical assistance funding for consultants to support our partnership with City and County of San Francisco in the areas of data and accountability, strategic planning, and revenue maximization.
Tipping Point's seasoned policy team perform ground research, studying existing systems and best practices to identify investment opportunities. Proposed investments are collaboratively reviewed with partners, including the City and County of San Francisco, key housing and health leaders, nonprofit and private organizations, with an emphasis on incorporating the voice and experience of people experiencing homelessness.
Investments are evaluated for their effectiveness at expanding access to under-utilized funding resources, demonstrating replicable proofs of concept, creating movement in the system to right-size interventions and ensuring accountability. All final funding decisions are made by the Tipping Point Board, targeted toward improving smart finance, measurement and service delivery systems.
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*SOURCE: 2017 San Francisco Homeless Count & Survey
**An individual is deemed chronically homeless if he/she has lived on the streets for a year or more and has a disability.