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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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    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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    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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    Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

    November 12, 2019
    The Urban Institute published a research report on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The report, Maintaining Housing Stability: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative, highlights key lessons that were learned and outcomes that were achieved over the first three years of the program. Read the report... Read more about Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative