Now we can track all required information for the grant and additional information more efficiently with the use of GIS, which enables us to allocate more resources to mitigate homelessness.
The data collected through Survey123 is visualized through a dashboard created using ArcGIS Dashboards that displays the information on a single screen. The dashboard provides city officials and policy makers a bird's-eye view of the number of individuals contacted during a specific time, services provided, reasons services are denied, and demographics of the population served.
The community development team integrated the form from Survey123 through ongoing training with the HEART outreach workers. HEART members quickly and successfully learned to utilize the survey to collect the information in real time out in the field.
Real-time data collection and visualization are part of a larger community initiative. The City of Modesto has been able to expedite community efforts to expand outreach for people experiencing homelessness with the location intelligence provided by GIS technology. This outreach is part of a larger effort that the City of Modesto has implemented called Camp2Home, which provides a six-step path to self-sufficiency for individuals experiencing homelessness and helps lead people to a life with stable housing.
"The goal of this new system is to have a better understanding of the needs of this vulnerable population and get them to the right resource to help them be successful. We continue to be diligent in analyzing the relevant data to help these individuals move off the streets and into shelters, employment, and then to permanent housing," stated Joe Lopez, Modesto's city manager. "The City of Modesto has been working diligently over the last four years to address homelessness in our community, and this is another important and vital tool that we can use to support these efforts better."
This initiative exemplifies how instrumental GIS and data visualization are to the City of Modesto in improving the community's efforts to address homelessness. For more information on how you can address the homelessness crisis in your community, visit go.esri.com/addressing-the-crisis.