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

The dangers of dirty data

March 1

High impact organizations understand the benefit of data analytics when it comes to fighting homelessness. When you’re able to analyze clean data, you can discover trends in your community and measure the impact your services have.  Most critically, sharing data visually makes it possible to share your results with donors, politicians and the public. But,Read More

Two organizations try a new approach in ending homelessness.

January 3

Pilot Partnership combines forces to help more people access more resources. The Coalition of Homeless Service Providers, a group of private non-profit and public organizations working together in Monterey and San Benito counties to end homelessness, was already forward-thinking when it came to outreach. They’d integrated CTA’s HOME app into their toolkit so outreach workersRead More

Using technology to prevent water turn-off. CTA’s pilot program identifies and helps at-risk residents.

December 18

When most people think of Monterey County, they think of Carmel and Pebble Beach.  But for those who are trying to make a living, the day to day reality is not the picture of paradise you see in the tourist magazines. “Over 60% of families living in Monterey country are below self-sufficiency level and haveRead More

Funders are starting to demand better data. Are you ready?

November 8

When organizations deal with an issue as complex as homelessness, it’s challenging to collect and analyze your data. While cleaning up your data may not feel as urgent as cleaning up lives, it’s important to remember the huge impact that clean data has on your bigger goals.   Why clean data is becoming a mandateRead More

Vote for us on Storymakers!

November 7

Storymakers: A storytelling campaign sponsored by TechSoup and Adobe   How to vote: Click on the direct link Find CTA’s post (it will be located on the top left) Vote by sharing! Vote here Share this link with your peers!