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Kate Bristol, Ph.D.

Principal Associate

As Principal Associate, Kate is responsible for leading project management of Focus Strategies engagements, including tracking and managing project milestones, activities, budgets and related client communications. She provides expert subject matter expertise to Focus Strategies work with communities regarding homeless system assessment and planning efforts, including design and re-design of Coordinated Entry systems. She is also a primary author and editor of many Focus Strategies reports and other publications. She is our in-house resource on federal homeless funding streams, particularly the Continuum of Care (CoC). Kate has over 20 years of experience in the field of homeless systems planning, services for homeless people, and permanent supportive housing. Prior to joining Focus Strategies she worked as an independent consultant, providing technical assistance to local governments on CoC planning and other systems initiatives. She has also provided direct TA to recipients of HUD funding on CoC compliance and has worked in both local government and non-profit settings as a manager of supportive housing programs. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Architectural History, with a specialization in the history of city planning and housing policy.