How the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities is fighting to prevent homelessness

The Homeless Prevention Call Center for the City of Chicago, currently run by Catholic Charities of Chicago, has helped thousands of families stay off the streets. Knowing funding for public programs is never guaranteed, it wanted to prove its method was cost effective and impactful. In 2012, it approached Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) for assistance. The problem, the charity explained, is that the success of call centers is often measured by the number of calls, rather than the number of people successfully kept in their homes. Could LEO researchers measure the call center’s effectiveness rather than volume?

In the latest installment of Notre Dame and NBC's What Would You Fight For? video series, see how LEO is fighting to prevent homelessness.

Originally published by Notre Dame News at on October 16, 2020.