About this project

People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.Dame Sheila McKechnie, SMK

This project was selected as a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards!

The intent of this work is to help overcome negative stigmas about people experiencing homelessness through education, bring transparency to the geolocated data that exists about the homelessness issue in the United States, and provide inspiration and solutions for city officials, organizations, and citizens to approach this challenge with hope. We seek to apply innovative visualization and communication techniques to the study of this population which is so often overlooked.

This project is sponsored by Sasaki through an internal research grant program. Begun in 2015, the work has drawn upon the expertise of our team of planners, designers, and software developers, combined with valuable insights from organizations who work with the homeless every day. We welcome your questions and comments at homelessness@sasaki.com.


  • Gretchen Keillor

    Research Lead

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    Ken Goulding

    Principal Sponsor

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    Patrick Murray

    Web Developer

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    Terri Dube

    Branding Strategy

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    Ryan Collier

    Brand Development

  • Special thanks also to Brie Hensold, Theresa O’Neil, Chris Horne, Marshall DeGarmo, Steven Peterson, Isabella Frontado, Zach Loudin, and Joanna Chow.



Learn the Facts of Homelessness in the U.S. With These Data Visualizations” Article by Adele Peters published in Fast Company (April 2017).

Homelessness data viz project uses interactive maps to inspire solutions” Article by Matt Petronzio published in Mashable (April 2017).

Mapping to Explain Homelessness in the U.S.” Article by James Brasuell published in Planetizen (April 2017).

Mapping America’s Intractable Homelessness Problem” Article by Tanvi Misra published in the Atlantic’s CityLab (April 2017).

Innovations in Addressing Homelessness” Article published in Sasaki’s Research and Ideas blog (March 2017).

Stories and Statistics: Understanding Homelessness in Our Parks and Cities” Presentation given in various venues through the National Recreation and Park Association: National Conference (September 2016), Innovation Lab (January 2017), Webinar (February 2017).

Can Data Have a Heart?” Article published in Parks and Recreation magazine (September 2016).