Use Homeless Risk Reduction

The Homeless Risk Reduction solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you understand where regular reports of homeless activity may originate in your community and actively monitor regular reports of homelessness so assistance can be offered to individuals in need.

In this topic, you’ll learn how to use the solution by assuming the role of a user and performing the workflows below.

Report homeless activity

In this workflow, you will assume the role of a member of public safety staff in your community that is reporting the location of homeless individuals and encampments in a community.

Follow these steps to report homeless activity.

  1. In a browser, go to the Homeless Activity Reporter  survey.
  2. In the Homeless Activity Reporter , provide the following information:

    ParameterValue
    Activity ObservedIndividual
    Details

    Type Observed new individual in the park with a tent and dog.

    Observed On

    Select a date

    Photo

    Add a photo

    Would you like to be contacted for more information?

    Select Yes

    Your Name

    Type you name

    Phone Number

    Type you phone number

    Email

    Type your email address

    Observed at

    Type Central Park Naperville, IL

  3. Click Submit.
Note:

While using the app in the field, you can use the Survey123 mobile app to use your current location from your mobile device GPS.

Manage homeless reports

Health and human services personnel, public safety, and nonprofit organizations can use  Homeless Activity Manager and  Homeless Activity Dashboard to monitor, verify and assign homeless reports to agencies responsible for resolving health and safety concerns, or providing aid to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

In this workflow you’ll assume the role of staff from a health and human service agency that would like to manage reports of homeless individuals and encampments in the community.

  1. In a browser, go to the Homeless Activity Manager.

    The Homeless Activity Manager shows a list of all reports that were made.

  2. In the table, highlight the first record in the table. Verify this is the record you just submitted via the Homeless Activity Reporter .
  3. In the dialog in the lower left click the Edit record icon.
  4. If necessary, change the Status to Submitted.
  5. In the Assigned To field select Health and Human Services.
    Note:

    In many cases, individual follow up may be needed to further document and add to ensure you are capturing an accurate representation of Homelessness in your community.

  6. Scroll down if necessary and click Save.
Note:

If you would like to automate this process more, you can automatically send emails to individuals that are assigned. Refer to the Survey 123 Webhooks document to learn more. document to learn more.

Visualize homelessness

In this workflow, you’ll assume the role of staff from a health and human service agency that would like to view the current state of homeless activity in your community.

  1. In a browser, go to the Homeless Activity Dashboard app.
  2. In the left under Type, check Individual. Explore the various filtering capabilities.
  3. In the left under Date Observed, choose Last 7 days.
    Note:

    You should be able to see the report you submitted in the first workflow.

  4. Close the dashboard when you are done exploring the Homeless Reports.

Identify risk of homelessness

The Homeless Risk Reduction ArcGIS Pro project can be used by data analysts to learn which areas in their community are at risk for generating homelessness, and how to prioritize site intervention programs. It leverages authoritative data and uses indicators such as unemployment rate, rental prices, public assistance, health insurance coverage, minority population and number of veterans to compute a vulnerability to homelessness layer. The resulting risk surface is then used to prioritize intervention program siting. The results of this tool can be used as a foundation for public education and awareness campaigns, operational improvements, and policy discussions across an entire community.

Identify areas at risk

In this workflow, you’ll assume the role of staff from a health and human service agency that would like to evaluate data to guide policy discussions.

  1. Open the Homeless Risk Reduction ArcGIS Pro project and sign in using your ArcGIS Online organizational account.
  2. On the View tab, in the Windows group, click Catalog, and click Catalog Pane.
  3. In the Catalog pane, expand Tasks and double-click on the Homeless Risk Reduction task.
  4. Open the Identify areas at risk of generating homelessness task.

    This task contains steps to help you define the homeless risk criteria.

  5. In the Add risk factor point data step, select the following information.
    • In the Target Features parameter, select Census Naperville.
    • In the Join Features parameter, select Census Naperville.
    • In the Output Feature Class parameter, browse to Databases to open the HomelessnessRiskReduction.gdb. and type JoinedAssaults for the feature class in the Name text box.
  6. Click Run
  7. Click Next Step.
  8. Click the Contents tab.
  9. Right-click on the output layer from the Spatial Join tool and choose Attribute Table.
  10. Right-click on Join_Count and choose Fields.
  11. Change Join_Count field name and field alias to AssaultCount.
  12. Delete the TARGET_FID field the tool created.
  13. On the Fields tab, in the Changes group, click Save.
  14. Close the attribute table and fields table
  15. Click the Tasks tab.
  16. Click Next Step to continue.
  17. In the Add key demographic data step, fill out the information below.
    • In the Input Features parameter, click the drop-down and choose JoinedAssaults.
    • In the Output Feature Class parameter, browse to Databases to open the HomelessRiskReduction.gdb and type EnrichedDemographicData for the feature class in the Name text box.
  18. Click Save.
  19. To add additional variables, click the + button and browse to your variable of interest.
  20. Click OK. Repeat this step to add the remaining variables.
  21. Click the Remove variables button.
  22. Click Run.
  23. Click Next Step.
  24. In the Create homeless risk surface step, fill out the information below.
    • In the Input Features parameter, click the drop-down menu and select EnrichedDemographicData, or your own data set.
    • In the Output Feature Class parameter, browse to Databases to open HomelessnessRiskReduction.gdb and type HomelessnessRiskSurface for the feature class in the Name text box.
  25. Click Save.
  26. In the Risk Factors (High Value), click the drop-down menu and choose all your high to low ranking variables.
  27. In the Risk Factors (Low Value), click the drop-down menu and choose all your low to high ranking variables.
  28. Click Run.
    Note:

    The AssaultCount field was created in a previous step after performing the join.

    Based upon the factors you specified, you will see a new Risk layer appear that ranks the polygons from high to low. You can run the previous task multiple times ranking values differently. In many cases you may want to provide more inputs for data you are tracking in addition to assaults, such as known individuals that your organization has perhaps been assisting, or areas of renting issues.

  29. Click the Prioritize prevention program locations task.
  30. In Program Design step, fill out the information below.
    • In the Input Features parameter, click the drop-down and choose HomelessnessRiskSurface.
    • In the Output Feature Class parameter, browse to Databases to open HomelessRiskReduction.gdb and type VulnerableSurvivorsPrograms for the feature class in the Name text box.
  31. Click Save.
  32. In the Contributing factors parameter, click the drop-down menu and choose AssaultCount and ACS HHs w/Public Assist Income:Percent.
  33. Type Assist Vulnerable Survivors in the Program Name text box.
  34. Type a value in the Number of Results text box.
  35. Click Run.

    Repeat the above for any other programs. Use the output from your previous run as the Input Features.

  36. Click Next Step.

    The result is prioritized locations where a new program could be placed such as a woman’s shelter.

    Note:

    The next step will allow you to finalize the program rankings. You may have many specific programs you would like to act upon. Prioritizing will help you better focus your efforts.

  37. Share the map as a web layer.

    This will allow others in your organization to see the prioritized risk factors.