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.
This site will also include 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 and funding resources designed to help create local solutions for local homelessness and lack of affordable housing, including permanent supportive housing.
As a visitor you will learn about the various plans that counties are putting together which are required by the State of California in order for counties to receive $200 million in noncompetitive funding and to be successful when applying for $1.8 billion in competitive funding. This $2 billion funding source is the No Place Like Home Program.
As a visitor you will also learn about other plans that counties and cities have recently completed or are in the process of completing. Plans include those that are being shaped by the California State Association of Counties and the League of California Cities.
As a visitor you will also learn about how policies and plans are influencing and generating evidence-based, best, promising, and next practices through briefs, reports, fact sheets, and other timely commentary and analysis. Not all such practices are one-size-fits-all.
You will learn how various counties and cities are adopting and generating these practices in ways that solve issues unique to their jurisdictions. These 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.
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.