Bay Area Regional Data
Regional approaches are essential to addressing
the Bay Area’s homelessness crisis. Without a system
for sharing data across county lines, however, our local
systems and programs operate in jurisdictional silos, unable
to measure outcomes, understand trends, coordinate service
provision, or prevent duplication across county lines. Regional
data sharing is essential to achieving a true picture of
homelessness in the Bay Area and to identifying, implementing,
and tracking its solutions.
The Bay Area is well positioned to establish a system for regional
data sharing. Bay Area counties have invested significantly in
their respective Homeless Management Information Systems
(HMIS), with most counties using the same system (Clarity from
Bitfocus); regional data sharing software has been developed and refined with multi-HMIS warehouses implemented in various other regions nationally; and the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the urgency of a more coordinated, regional approach to homelessness and data.
In partnership with Tipping Point, the Bay Area Regional Working Group on Homelessness, and other stakeholders, Homebase has developed a framework
for next steps to create a Bay Area Regional Data Sharing System (RDSS).
View a recording of our February 25, 2021 Northern California Grantmakers webinar, featuring a panel discussion with Kerry Abbott, Director, Homeless Care and Coordination, Alameda County Health Services Agency; Debbie Koski, Senior Program Officer, Tipping Point; Cynthia Nagendra, Executive Director, UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative; and Vivian Wan, Chief Operating Officer, Abode Services.