Who we are and what we do today is deeply connected to where we come from. C4 Innovations (formerly Center for Social Innovation) began in 2006 with one project—the Homelessness Resource Center, a SAMHSA initiative dedicated to improving the lives of people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, substance use problems, co-occurring disorders, and trauma. Since then, C4 Innovations has expanded our focus to address other factors that contribute to health disparities, poverty, homelessness, and other forms of social injustice.
Our roots go back to the 1980’s and the pioneering work of our founder, Ellen L. Bassuk, MD, who first began documenting the causes and consequences of family homelessness and the best ways to respond. Dr. Bassuk has spent more than 35 years investigating connections among poverty, homelessness, trauma, and mental illness. Her commitment to improving lives by changing services and systems informs our work every day.