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Mobilizing the Private Sector

UVA was started in the private sector by people who could no longer tolerate the way our society treats people experiencing homelessness.

We knew something had to be done in the face of this humanitarian crisis, but we were told that this problem was too difficult to solve. We couldn’t find anyone who had a comprehensive plan, so we created our own.

After a closer look at the problem, we identified a clear strategy — bring together a broad set of leading local organizations, offering credible leadership, to jointly develop a comprehensive solution in partnership with homelessness providers, the public sector, and city residences.


      • We are putting individual agendas aside.

      • We are committing to the power of collective action.

      • We are enabling more collaboration and connection.

      • We are refusing to be apathetic or to accept the status quo.

UVA is a Community

It is a movement — a movement of people who believe that homelessness can be solved, and that communities already have the land and expertise to solve it. It is a movement of people who believe that we have a shared obligation to help our fellow citizens and to save our cities. We can’t sit back and wait for someone else to solve it — we all have to step up now.

We see a future where every city in our country has the infrastructure, coordination, and effective systems in place to successfully support our fellow citizens when they find themselves experiencing homelessness. That is why we started UVA and that is why we hope you will join us.

Our Vision

No one sleeping on the street.

Our Mission

To eliminate street homelessness by building broad private-public coalitions to cooperate on a single, citywide plan. 

Our Values


We share a moral obligation to our fellow humans to not ignore suffering in our midst. We are guided together by dignity, care and respect for our cause and for each other.


Our purpose is to bring good ideas and good people together. We value diverse expertise and we see the impactful potential of combined resources and expert alliances.


We learn from what has been tried before, but we question everything. We collect and distill information from every source and seek to find the right and best answer.


We know that street homelessness can be solved, that the system can be redesigned to be better and more cost-effective, and that people will get involved if we can show them a real vision and a tangible plan.


We acknowledge that progress takes work, but we are optimists through and through. We believe that going bigger is often better, and that challenges are nothing more than opportunities.

Ways to Join Us


Every dollar leads to positive impact.

Be an Ambassador

Use your connections for a cause.

Join the Alliance

We’re looking for companies that care.

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