Newsletter | December 2021

With Gratitude

It is important to have times during the year when we stop and reflect on what makes our lives special. At Urban Vision Alliance, we take pause to give thanks to the people in our communities who are committed to creating broad-reaching solutions. UVA expresses our gratitude for your support, your collaboration and partnership, your thought leadership and expertise, your efforts every day, your compassion and humanity, your philanthropy. We value each and every one of you, and wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.

UVA Launch!

We are thrilled to announce that on January 27th we are publicly announcing UVA and the Alliance at the Beyond Homeless screening. This documentary focuses on homelessness in San Francisco, and we are featured, along with our Alliance Partner, The Salvation Army, as a new approach to eliminating street homelessness. To help us with this effort, we have engaged MSR Communications to ensure the launch has a broad reach and showcases the Alliance and our collective solution. More details to come!

UVA Virtual Meetup

We are hosting our last meetup of the year on Thursday, December 9th at 5pm PST. We will focus on our new technology strategy, and will provide our vision for the UVA collective impact platform. Reserve your spot today!

UVA is on Social Media!

Check out our UVA video and follow Urban Vision Alliance on YouTubeTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Instagram and Facebook are coming soon.

Our Fortune Favors the Bold fundraising campaign is in mid-stride, and we are grateful for those who have given at many levels. We are not yet where we want to be, but we are developing more relationships and making progress every week.

Join Urban Vision Alliance’s Founders Circle, like the individuals and organizations who have already given, by making a donation of any size to help us reach our vision to eliminate street homelessness. We will recognize you on our website for supporting us during this important proof-of-concept phase for the organization.

Partner Spotlight

Poverty Stoplight (soon to be Thrive Lights) helps their clients to develop individual and holistic plans to assist participants to emerge from poverty and homelessness. The programs involve intense data collection which, in turn, enables clients to use real-time data to measure program impact and participant outcomes. The Poverty Stoplight, designed by Fundación Paraguaya, seeks to activate the potential of individuals to eliminate poverty. It is a framework, method, digital platform, and movement that improves the participants’ conscientization of their situation while simultaneously providing clients with information and tools to support participants in affecting changes in the systems in which they live. The Poverty Stoplight measurement tool begins with a self-survey of 50 indicators of multidimensional poverty defined by text and visuals in three levels: extreme poverty (marked as red), poverty (marked as yellow), and no poverty (marked as green). Participants complete the survey to identify their personal level of poverty in their local context. Using the results of the survey, both the participant and the implementing organization are able to identify sustainable ways to change the participant’s situation identified by the survey.

“The work we do is dependent upon paradigm shifting organizations such as Urban Vision Alliance. UVA is in a unique position to harness relationships across sectors that are critical to their collective impact methodology. Poverty Stoplight is proud to be in partnership with UVA as they represent the future of a collective impact approach that will activate thriving by solving for the dismal homelessness challenges we face in the U.S. — Stanley I.Onuoha, Business Development Director, Poverty Stoplight USA

In the News

San Francisco opened the Interfaith Winter Shelter program on November 21 to provide additional shelter capacity for people experiencing homelessness during the winter. The opening of Interfaith Winter Shelter builds on Mayor Breed’s Homelessness Recovery Plan and commitment to creating more housing and shelter for homeless residents as San Francisco emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Progress on Mayor Breed’s Homelessness Recovery Plan can be found here.

In addition to her Homelessness Recovery Plan, Mayor Breed announced in October that the City is moving forward with establishing a Vehicle Triage Center (VTC) at the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area’s (SRA) Park Boat Launch Parking Lot. Once opened, the Candlestick VTC will include up to 150 parking spaces for up to 177 people, 24/7 staffing and security, bathrooms, mobile shower facilities, and potable water.



To increase our reach, Urban Vision Alliance has joined Benevity, which gives us access to support from 700+ of the world’s most iconic brands and their 20 million people, through giving, volunteering and grantmaking. If you are a nonprofit raising funds, you should check out Benevity.

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