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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.

Policy

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.

Homeless person with his head down plus text Dying While Homeless and logo for the Hub for Urban Initiatives

Dying While Homeless: The Other Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 2, 2018

During the last 10 days of January in the United States, tens of thousands of persons participate in homeless counts across the country tallying the number of persons who are found living on the streets and in shelters. An increasing number of us have become more aware of the tally of homeless persons who die…

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Young man meeting with case worker - with text Ending Chronic Homelessness Requires Home-based Case Management

To End Chronic Homelessness in California We Need to Distinguish Permanent Supportive Housing from Affordable Housing

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 16, 2018

When someone says we need more affordable housing to end homelessness, it is often an unintended half-truth. National, state, and local policymakers and advocates regularly define affordable housing as a household not paying more than 30% of its total income for housing costs that include rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, and taxes. Policymakers and advocates…

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Legislation and Funding

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.

A State-wide Strategy for Ending Chronic Homelessness Is Emerging

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 13, 2019

–Recent Legislation and Associated Funding Related to Locating and Developing Permanent Supportive Housing is Key to Formulation and Implementation– –Finding Space to Solve Chronic Homelessness is Critical— –Leveraging State with Federal and Local Public and Private Funding is Crucial- Recent California legislation has enacted several new laws and created several new funding sources regarding the…

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California Counties and Cities Have a Unique Opportunity to Collaborate to End First-Time Homeless Experiences of Adults and Children

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 7, 2019

–Recent homeless count data collected by several Southern California counties and cities revealed one-third to two-thirds of households counted were experiencing homelessness for the first-time, which is likely true for many other counties and cities throughout the state—  (Exact percentages for Southern California counties and cities are listed in table below) Through the Permanent Local…

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Practices

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?  —99% or 908 of 917 Are Designated as Housing First— What will it take to reach 100%?  HUD will require the nine remaining projects to…

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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 included in the 2018 Continuum of Care Program application: “Does the CoC have a Move On strategy with affordable housing providers in its jurisdiction (e.g.,…

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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.