More and more, nonprofits use social enterprise businesses to provide on-the-job training for the people they serve. Donor dollars finance wraparound services that supplement the income the businesses earn. Located in Los Angeles, Chrysalis is one of the leaders, having helped 60,000 people find and retain employment over three decades.
In Tacoma, Washington, more than 1,300 people are homeless. The city seeks to facilitate greater involvement in the faith community, but many questions persist, such as who pays the bill and is an adequate system of coordination of care in place.
Why are up-and-coming techies so entranced with thinking up new gadgets to respond to homelessness? They’re like small science projects. You can imagine them submitted for credit at school, or alternately for a venture capital grant in contest philanthropy.
For decades, we have seen one bright-eyed young thing after another come up with a social enterprise in the sphere of homelessness, get a bunch of press and then, presumably move on. Most of these ideas exist outside the realm of what most people would long for in their own housing and communities.