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San Rafael: How Uncommon Stakeholder Alliances Reduced Chronic Homelessness
Beckman, Sara L.
Publication date: 10/1/2022, pages 1-11

In early 2016, San Rafael, California, created a new position - Director of Homeless Planning and Outreach. The goal was to solve this complex social challenge, particularly when it came to the chronically unhoused. The new employee, and UC Berkeley Haas MBA grad, applied systems modeling to view this old problem in a new way. A variety of public and private organizations began collaborating, formed the Homeless Outreach Team, and achieved a decline in unsheltered homelessness. How might such disparate stakeholders work together in this disorganized system to bring positive change to people experiencing homelessness?

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