July 2, 2021

A Gap Analysis for Funding Homelessness Initiatives Across the Greater Puget Sound Region

Student Consulting Lab Partner: The Medina Foundation

The Medina Foundation is a private family foundation working to improve lives by funding human service organizations that provide direct support to Puget Sound residents. The purpose of this study was to assess how Medina can strategically allocate their funding towards homelessness initiatives so that they may make a more significant impact within their grantmaking region. This study sought to answer the following question: What criteria can the Medina Foundation use when assessing grant applications for homelessness initiatives? The student team assessed each county within the grantmaking region for level of need, history and level of funding, subpopulations living in homelessness, and intervention types most likely to make an impact as part of their research process.