Urbanful: Big data, big social good?

In New York City, a nonprofit data analytics firm called SumAll developed a tool that identifies people most at risk for eviction. Their algorithm wades through court records, shelter history and demographic information to help social workers determine which families and individuals are in particular danger of becoming homeless. Piloted in four Brooklyn districts last year, the program was able to reach 50 percent more residents than through traditional outreach methods,  saving approximately 65 families from eviction.

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