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Webinar: The Inflow Pilot: Cross-system Collaborations to Drive Measurable Reductions into Homelessness

Monday, November 9, 2020 | 12:00 ET / 11:00 CT / 10:00 MT / 9:00 PT


We cannot end homelessness if we also do not understand and address the inflow of people into the homelessness system. Funders Together has heard an interest from our members to learn more about inflow work happening around the country. Funders Together is excited to share the work of one of our partners, Community Solutions, who is partnering with Built for Zero communities to develop and test replicable models to drive reductions in inflow in a diverse set of BfZ communities. 

During the two-year inflow pilot, Community Solutions will assist communities in creating a cross-system structure for reducing inflow that has power to intervene and is accountable for population wide reductions in homelessness. The pilot aims to equip communities with the data they need to achieve these reductions and generate an advocacy agenda. Running alongside the community teams will be a dynamic national team of cross sector organizations, clearing the path on obstacles and creating the glide path for scale.  

This work is based on the Zero Homelessness Inflow Pilot Community Solutions is piloting in Hartford, CT, which aims to reduce inflow into homelessness within a two zip code target area to zero within three years. Community Solutions collected data from local partner organizations along with qualitative interviews with individuals who had experienced homelessness within the neighborhood and identified four systems that individuals most frequently interact with prior to becoming homeless. These are experiencing an eviction, an informal displacement, interacting with the Department of Corrections, and being unable to access behavioral health services. With this information, Community Solutions and its partners co-developed a Theory of Change for how the system could be more accountable for the neighborhood’s most vulnerable residents. The neighborhood is now poised to begin testing interventions that will drive reductions in Inflow in November of 2020.

Join us in conversation with the Community Solutions team to hear how the pilot will provide communities the opportunity to build awareness and strengthen national and local policies that stabilize people safely in their homes, provide tools to advocate for funding streams that support local work to drive inflow reductions, and how they will co-design this system for learning, iteration and spread.


  • Beth Sandor, Principal and Co-Director, Built for Zero
  • Andi Broffman, Portfolio Lead, Catalytic Projects


Platform and Structure

This program will take place via Zoom Meetings and is scheduled to last 90 minutes. For the first 45 minutes, Community Solutions will present about their inflow pilot. The second half of the call will be structured as a discussion, and participants will be able to ask follow up questions and share their thoughts and feedback with the Community Solutions team.


How to Register

Please register for this webinar through the button below. Once confirmed, you’ll receive call-in information directly from Zoom, which will be resent the day before and day-of the program. If you have any questions about registration in the hour before this webinar, please contact Lauren Samblanet, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager.

Please note: Participation in our programming is limited to private funders, United Ways, corporate-giving programs, philanthropy-serving organizations, and members of Funders Together. If you have any questions about your eligibility to participate, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs.

November 09, 2020 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs ·

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  • Stephanie Chan
    published this page in Programming 2020-10-08 17:36:53 -0400

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Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

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