What to Expect from HomelessStrategy.com

The primary purpose of the Homeless and Housing Strategies for California website is to

  • closely examine the issues that are contributing to an unprecedented increase in the number of persons who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless in California;
  • help counties, cities, and communities shape local policies for solving homelessness and increasing affordable housing; and
  • assist you in helping other local stakeholders and decision-makers shape local policies by promoting the practices published here.

This site will continuously provide current information for visitors to use to help local stakeholders and decision-makers shape local policies to solve homelessness and increase affordable housing, including permanent supportive housing for homeless persons who are languishing on the streets.

As a visitor you will have access to briefs, reports, fact sheets, and other timely commentary and analyses that focus on the same or similar issues around homelessness and housing that you are facing in your community.

Partial 2024 California Homeless Count Results Reveal a Statewide Increase of 2%

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 15, 2024

Approximately Two-thirds (30) of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) Publicly Reported Their Total 2024 Homeless Count to Date The 30 CoCs counted 154,641 persons as sheltered and unsheltered in…

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Dying While Homeless is a Burgeoning Crisis in California That Necessitates Systemic Changes

By Joe Colletti, PhD | June 10, 2024

Infants and Fetuses are Among the Dead Assembly Bill 271 Authorizes Counties to Establish a Homeless Death Review Committee  National Health Care for the Homeless Council provides and promotes guidance…

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Continuums of Care Should Begin to Compare Homeless Count Data to American Community Survey Data to Help Reveal Race and Ethnicity Overrepresentation Among Homeless Populations in Cities in the Entire Geography That They Serve

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 22, 2024

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken action to ensure that Continuums of Care accomplish a comparative analysis of race and ethnicity distribution within the entire…

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This site also includes updates, commentary, and analysis concerning the numerous California Assembly and Senate bills recently signed into law. These bills provide a wide range of new regulatory resources designed to help create local solutions for local homelessness and lack of affordable housing, including permanent supportive housing.

These bills often provide funding resources to help implement local solutions for local homelessness based on evidence-based and best practices. Funding resources are also available to increase affordable housing development.

Proposed 2024 California Legislation Concerning Homelessness Continues to Advance

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 19, 2024

Next legislative steps will involve required actions by policy, fiscal, and appropriations committees that may further advance bills into, or stop bills from, becoming law The final day for legislative…

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Proposed 2024 California Legislation Concerning Homelessness is Beginning to Advance

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 22, 2024

Bills Introduced in January Reveal the Kind of Actions That Legislators Want to Become Law During the 2024 Legislative Session to Help Mitigate the Statewide Homelessness Crisis California legislation concerning…

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Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness Were Passed by the Legislature and Approved by the Governor in 2023 and Several Were Not

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 23, 2023

Governor Approved Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness During the 2023 California Legislative Session: What’s in the Legislation?  Also  Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness did not Make it Through the 2023…

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As a visitor you will also learn about how policies and plans are influencing and generating evidence-based, best, promising, and emerging practices through briefs, reports, fact sheets, and other timely commentary and analysis.

You will learn how various counties and cities are adopting and generating these practices in ways that solve issues unique to their jurisdictions. Issues involve chronic homelessness, criminalization of homelessness, episodic homelessness, and at-risk of homelessness. While the many issues currently contributing to homelessness may not be new for many visitors to the site, in-depth examinations into some of these issues may be.

How Many California Continuum of Care Projects Funded through the Federal Continuum of Care Program are Implementing a Housing First Approach?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 10, 2019

Homelessness, HUD, Housing First, and California Continuums of Care  How Many California Continuum of Care Projects Funded through the Federal Continuum of Care Program are Implementing a Housing First Approach? …

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How Many California Continuums of Care (CoCs) Have a Move On Strategy with Affordable Housing Providers in Their Jurisdictions?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 28, 2019

-68% of California CoCs Have a Move On Strategy- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asked each Continuum of Care (CoC) applicant the following question, which was…

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How Many California Continuums of Care Demonstrated the Ability to Reallocate Lower Performing Projects to Create New Higher Performing Projects Based on Performance Review of Existing Projects?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 3, 2018

-Table 1 Lists Those That Did and Those That Did Not- As part of the 2018 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development…

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A wide-range of solutions will be offered here. Some of them may be new to you. Some of them may not be. However, we believe that you will discover new facets to familiar ideas and read about innovations connected to these ideas of which you may not yet be aware.

You are encouraged to read the insights published here, review the posted comments from others, and provide your own comments.