The One Metric you Need to Measure

April 21

If you want to see whether you’re making an impact on ending homelessness, there’s only one metric you should care about.  It’s not how many people use your services.  It’s not even if people are getting housed. It’s whether they’re staying housed.   You need to measure something called Return to Homelessness (RTH). Your RTHRead More

Debunking 3 Common Myths about Open Source

January 30

Whether you’re already passionate about open source technology, or still clinging to proprietary software, there’s no denying that open source technology is behind some of the industry’s most powerful tools. “Sharing information is key in this era,” says Javier Celedon, Operations Director for CTA.  “Working collaboratively is how we succeed.” Despite its growing popularity, thereRead More

Harnessing a Hackathon! How Informatica (INFA) improved HOME.

December 14

On December 11-14, 2018, Informatica (INFA) hosted a hackathon.   INFA staff volunteered their time to make HOME- the app that empowers caseworkers to do mobile outreach and on the spot assessments- even more powerful. A hackathon puts brilliant minds in the same room and has them focus on a single issue.  In this case,Read More

Renewed Grant: More Communities get Better Software.

November 7

When you’re taking on some of the world’s most challenging social challenges, you need a strong alliance. Since 1991, we’ve been working with strong non-profits and local communities to end homelessness. Our work was recently recognized by Tableau Foundation.  They not only renewed our grant, they expanded it.  This will allow us to make anRead More

What if you could stop homelessness before it started?

October 23

CTA is part of the Data for Good movement.  We’re doing our part to help people turn their lives around. The solutions we create help organizations collaborate and safely remove the data siloes so people can get the help they need. Technology and its solutions can be an abstract issue. To see how technology canRead More

Using Data for Good: Gartner recognizes CTA in a growing movement.

September 18

There’s a huge movement afoot and we’re proud to be part of it. Gartner recently showcased CTA in their report about using data for good, showing how we help communities by developing dashboards that visualize and analyze data. If you’re working to end homelessness, it’s critical to know who needs help and which services makeRead More

CTA exists because we want to end homelessness and poverty. So what’s our impact?

August 22

We partner with communities like The Coalition of Homeless Service Providers in Monterey County, Skid Row Housing Trust in LA, United Way 211 Monterey, and more. These organizations help people escape homelessness and to help get or keep families in homes.   The California communities we work with face a double whammy: high cost ofRead More

What if your Goal is to change the world?

June 14

If you’re reading this blog, you’re someone who cares about social change. If you’re like the organizations we partner with,  you’re someone who thinks big and works hard.  You’re probably also slightly fascinated by technology and the doors it can open for you.  If so, you may enjoy this peek behind the scenes as CTARead More

Helping HSD in Santa Cruz “Bring Families Home” through data integration

May 31

Santa Cruz County Human Services Department (HSD) is using data integration to boost the impact of their program: “Bringing Families Home”.  By quickly identifying who needs assistance, they’ll connect low income families with state services. HSD also hopes to rapidly rehouse those who are homeless and to prevent those families on the edge from fallingRead More

Skid Row Housing Trust (Los Angeles)

April 19

“The Skid Row Housing Trust provides permanent supporting housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness.” The Trust offers more than 1800 homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness. The Trust provides integrated case management, mental health treatment,Read More

Considering Collaborating? Things to ask before you pair up.

April 11

No organization can end homelessness on its own. More and more, agencies are recognizing the need to collaborate.  It’s been shown that the more social service agencies coordinate, the more homeless and at-risk clients can access services and housing. It takes a team effort to change a life.  Luckily, these days you have access to open-source tools, data analytics, and other technological advancesRead More

Client-centric systems have better outcomes. Consider Coordinated Entry.

April 4

A centralized CARS (Coordinated Entry and Referral System) makes it possible for individuals and families to get the help they need no matter where they first encounter the system of care.    After filling out a survey, clients are directed to the services or housing intervention that best suits their needs.  No more multiple submissions of the same forms.  No more dishearteningRead More