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    Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services

    June 28, 2017
    Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Human Services Department announced a request for proposals (RFP) for $30 million in funding for homelessness services. This is the first time the City has competitively bid its homeless services contracts in more than a decade.The results-driven contracting model identified in the RFP was developed through the City’s collaboration with the GPL. ... Read more about Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services

    How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

    May 15, 2017

    “What we’ve got to do is establish performance expectations and work very closely with the providers that we are investing in to make sure they’re successful.” Learn more from Jason Johnson, the Deputy Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, about the City’s efforts to improve outcomes of its homeless services using results-driven contracting and active contract management...

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    Press Release: Gov. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Hancock Focus on Improving Social Issues

    January 1, 2013
    Press Release: Gov. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Hancock Focus on Improving Social Issues
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/gov-hickenlooper-and-denver-mayor-hancock-focus-improving-socia-issues
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    Denver Post: Denver Homelessness Program Funded by Bank, Large Foundations, Among Others

    January 1, 2016
    Denver Post: Denver Homelessness Program Funded by Bank, Large Foundations, Among Others
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/denver-homelessness-program-funded-bank-large-foundations-among-others
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    The Denver Channel: Denver Using $8.6M Loan to Build Apartments for Chronically Homeless People

    January 1, 2016
    The Denver Channel: Denver Using $8.6M Loan to Build Apartments for Chronically Homeless People
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/denver-using-86m-loan-build-apartments-chronically-homeless-people
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    Video: Tackling Homelessness in Seattle

    March 29, 2017

    This new video discusses our What Works Cities project improving homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. By restructuring its contracts, setting up a system to track performance, and actively managing its contracts with service providers, Seattle is making progress in connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Watch the video here

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    We Are Commons: Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

    July 13, 2018

    "The city of Seattle, Washington has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Now, with clear incentives and data collection, employees have a path forward for helping the homeless." Journalist Rebecca Gale discusses the GPL’s What Works Cities project to improve homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. ...

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    HKS Magazine: Performance Specialists - The GPL Is on a Mission to Make Government Work Better

    September 28, 2018

    The GPL was profiled in the Harvard Kennedy School alumni magazine. The piece describes how the GPL grew from a small team pioneering Pay for Success to an organization of 45 undertaking projects to improve core government operations. Read the complete feature here, and download the PDF...

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    Urban Institute: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

    March 20, 2019

    The Urban Institute published a feature on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The feature explains how former Program Director Tyler Jaeckel and other stakeholders helped the City set up a social impact bond to build 160 new units of housing for the homeless and includes quotes from residents and photos of their new homes. Read the feature ...

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