What is the Grand Challenge?
Launched in 2016, the Grand Challenges for Social Work initiative sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare (AASWSW) represents a dynamic social agenda focused on solving this nation’s toughest problems. The grand challenge to end homelessness (GC2EH) was adopted as part of this initiative as a way to orient the social work profession and advance innovation and evidence-based solutions.
Why is the Grand Challenge to End Homelessness unique?
The goal of ending homelessness has been articulated and endorsed by numerous entities including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Veterans Administration, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Rather than replicating these efforts, the AASWSW GC2EH is focused on leveraging the science of social work to advance research, practice, and policy that complements current efforts to end homelessness.