If you've been following me for any amount of time you already know I am a huge Virgin Mobile fanboy! In the past, Virgin Mobile in the U.S. and in Canada has supported Invisible People. It's probably not news to you that Virgin Mobile has taken on the cause of youth homelessness.
The truth is, if nonprofits actually had the support needed to do Housing First right, and to QUICKLY move people from street to home, we could drastically reduce homelessness and save lots of taxpayer money!
Poverty and homelessness is far too big for any one organization, yet many faith-based orgs want to play "Lone Ranger" and do their own thing. Truth is, they just don't want to change. I find it very refreshing Los Angeles Mission (and others) are willing to change to help more people.
Homeless services is starting to adapt the use and sharing of data. HUD has now even mandated all service providers use HMIS (Homeless Management Information Systems) as a requirement to funding! That's all great, but to make data really work we need policy and cultural changes!