Stable housing is essential to well-being for all people. The experience of housing instability and homelessness is traumatic, and the barriers to equitable, stable, affordable housing are hardest for people who are systematically marginalized--especially those who have experienced racism and discrimination due to their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identities.
Working with individuals, families, and youth experiencing homelessness is at the heart of our work-and has been for more than 13 years. We are committed to ensuring equitable access to safe, stable, affordable housing and services for all.
C4 staff have led federal, state, regional, and local projects to identify and promote evidence-based and promising practices and provide training, technical assistance, and consultation to improve housing and homeless services throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Throughout all of our work to advance best practices and transform systems, we lead with equity. For example, C4 research documented what housing and homeless services providers have long known-while communities of color are overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness, tools used to assess housing needs do not ensure equity across diverse populations. We work closely with partners to deepen understanding of barriers to equity, design and re-design equitable coordinated entry systems, and implement strategies to drive changes that ensure racial equity and housing stability.
C4 is also a national Training and Technical Assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Regina Cannon, C4's Chief Equity and Impact Officer & Vice President of Housing Solutions, conceptualized and is co-leading the Coordinated Entry Equity Demonstration Project through HUD's Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). The goal of this initiative is to achieve racially equitable housing outcomes by centering the expertise of people of color who have experienced homelessness or housing instability.
Our team includes service providers, trainers, researchers, and people who have experienced homelessness, mental illness, substance use, and trauma. Our work is grounded in our experience providing outreach, shelter, housing, mental health and addiction services, health care, and Continuum of Care planning and implementation. People with diverse lived experiences are included in all aspects of our work to ensure real-world expertise is embedded in all we do.
We Can Help You
- Engage with and respond more effectively to individuals, families, and youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness
- Develop and implement strategic plans to end homelessness
- Examine data and redesign programs, policies, procedures, and systems to reduce homelessness
- Provide equitable, safe, responsive, and culturally competent services for diverse populations experiencing homelessness
- Learn about different dimensions of racism and develop skills for implementing racial equity strategies
- Design and re-design equitable coordinated entry systems
- Develop housing continuums that incorporate varied housing models and prioritize choice
- Design and implement prevention and diversion processes
- Provide evidence-based and promising practices that are integrated with housing including:
- Racial Equity
- Trauma-Informed Care
- Motivational Interviewing
- Housing First
- Housing Integrated with Services and Supports
- Recovery Housing
- Critical Time Intervention
- Outreach and Engagement
- Case Management
- Tenancy Support
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"The training was very informative and tailored to the work we do…the interaction with others in the same industry experiencing the same types of situations is always helpful." -Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris Counties
- Advancing Racial Equity in Housing & Homeless Services, Part 2: starts September 14, 2023
- Understanding Critical Time Intervention: starts October 23, 2023
- People with History of Homelessness Encouraged to Apply-video (4:53 minutes)
- Coordinated Entry Systems Racial Equity Analysis of Assessment Data (PDF)
- Race Equity and Homelessness-podcast series
- Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder-video recording of webinar sponsored by the Homeless & Housing Resource Center featuring C4's Ken Kraybill and Steven Samra (88:54 minutes)
- Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder: A Toolkit-developed by C4 staff in collaboration with the Homeless & Housing Resource Center (PDF)
- Boston Harm Reduction Toolkit-developed in collaboration with City of Boston Office of Recovery Services, RIZE Massachusetts, and C4 Innovations (PDF)
- Equity and Homelessness
- Equitable Coordinated Entry Systems
- SPARC: A C4 Racial Equity Initiative
- Recovery Housing
- PATH and Street Outreach
Learn more about our expertise and training and technical assistance approaches and offerings.