Philanthropic Investment in Shelter and Security


To provide the scope, cause, impact, and solutions of four social issues (housing insecurity, lack of education, destabilized or declining communities, and community violence and domestic violence) in order to identify ways for a corporation to create an impact in these areas in the form of philanthropic investment.

Early Findings

Housing Insecurity in the US

  • In January 2018, around 552,830 experienced homelessness on a single night in the United States. Out of the total homeless population, around 48.9% were whites while 39.8% were African Americans while 60.2% were males and 39.1% were females.
  • Half of all people in the United States that experienced homelessness in 2018 were in these five states: "California (24% or 129,972 people); New York (17% or 91,897 people); Florida (6% or 31,030 people); Texas (5% or 25,310 people); and Washington (4% or 22,304 people)."
  • California (68.9%), Oregon (61.7%), Nevada (56.2%), Hawaii (53.2%), and Washington (47.6%) were among the top 5 states that witnessed the highest rates of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in 2018. Around 129,972 people were homeless in Californa, of which, 89,543 were unsheltered.
  • Between 2007 and 2018, the number of homeless people surged in 12 states of the US, plus the District of Columbia. "The largest absolute and percentage increases were in New York (29,296 more people or 47%), Massachusetts (4,941 more people or 33%), and the District of Columbia (1,584 more people or 30%)."
  • However, New York, Texas, and Washington were the top US states among the 19 states that witnessed an increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness between 2017 and 2018.
  • Almost 10% of "severely burdened renters (those spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs)" in the United States couldn't "pay all or part of their rent", based on a 2017 survey.

Summary of the Initial Findings

  • In the initial research, we have covered some aspects from the scoping part of the housing insecurity issue in the US that include how many people are affected and statistics related to a change in percentage of people affected in the last five years and where did those increases/decreases occur.
  • We were unable to find many articles related to the information on the intersection of destabilized or declining communities and its correlation.

Proprietary Research Databases

In addition to this public search, we scanned our proprietary database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.

Proposed next steps:

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We can start by providing the scope, cause, impact, and solutions of one social issue, that is, housing insecurity in the United States. For scope, we provide the demographic information of people experiencing housing insecurity in the US that would include age, income level, race, and ethnicity. For causes, we provide 3-5 causes of housing insecurity in the US. For impacts, 2 short-term and 2 long-term impacts of housing insecurity in the US. For solutions, we can start by identifying 3-5 main ways that NGOs, communities, and governments are successfully intervening in communities to make things better.
We also propose research determining the intersection between housing insecurity and climate change and prove if there a correlation or causative relationship between the two. We would provide this research based on hard statistics or data points. The research focus would be global.