How We Work

Our problem solving process is rooted in five key principles:

  • Focus on the outliers - those people or neighborhoods most likely to fall through the cracks of existing social welfare programs to build better solutions for everyone

  • Set measurable, public, time-bound goals to build a sense of urgency and force key players to innovate

  • Engage the user - those trapped in poverty, along with frontline health and human services workers- to design more practical, better informed solutions

  • Optimize existing resources by using all available data to inform decisions about spending and community responses to need

  • Test and evaluate new ideas in short cycles to learn what works quickly and build on successful strategies

The Best Tools from Multiple Sectors

We work to end homelessness and ensure poverty never follows families beyond a single generation.

We think the way to achieve those goals is to help communities become better, more adaptive problem solvers so they can tackle complex challenges as they emerge. As teams learn to work differently and rethink their existing resources, they find that they can help far more people escape homelessness and poverty than they once knew.

Our Mission

We work to end homelessness and the conditions that create it. We do it by helping communities become better problem solvers, so they can fix the expensive, badly designed systems that our most vulnerable neighbors rely on every day.


The Swift Factory is a project of Community Solutions, which works to end homelessness and the conditions that create it.

© 2018 by Community Solutions