Tackling Homelessness with Data: The City of Santa Rosa, CA

Like many communities across the United States, Santa Rosa, California has seen its population of homeless citizens increase in recent years. In 2016, there were more than 3,000 homeless people in Sonoma County, 1,900 of whom lived in Santa Rosa. …

“Public interest was high,” says Eric McHenry, Chief Information Officer for Santa Rosa. “The main questions were around what can we do for the people in need.”

“After viewing the data, [the police chief] realized it didn’t make sense to have a flat level of staff, so he’s shifting his officer staffing to peak times.”

  • 3 months to launch and use Citizen Connect to make data-driven steps towards reducing homelessness
  • 1,000s of fire and police calls tracked and tagged to support data-driven analysis of homelessness
  • Trend analysis, as well as interactive maps and charts, support daily decision making

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway beside bike lanes

“Just when you think you’ve seen everything in the transportation world, you encounter something different.”

“At 16 miles, the Cambridge guided busway is the longest one in the world. Bus speeds can reach up to 55 mph.”

 

Greater Victoria E&N alternative: Bring in the buses

This dual-purpose line has been in use in Europe since 1992.  Link to affordable housing (hoses, townhouses and condos) on Greater Victoria’s West Shore.