No one should be homeless. Ethically, practically, intuitively.
We would all be better off if every person without a home today, had one tomorrow. Better for those housed, better for our cities, more effective for social service, better for society.
The persistence of homelessness is a failure of our society – of awareness, determination, and coordination. We can begin addressing each of these problems by understanding the scope of the problem where we live, what is working elsewhere, and how we can help.
This community is a data collaborative for sharing open data and measures of housing and homelessness, in the US and around the world. This includes homeless counts and demographics, measures of housing security and unoccupied buildings, and metadata about active housing programs around the world, including evaluations of cost and efficacy of programs meant to fund affordable housing.