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.

Piecing Together the $500 Million California Homeless Emergency Aid Program

By Joe Colletti, PhD | June 27, 2018

-$500 Million Will Be Allocated to Cities and Counties throughout the State- 1. Purpose The purpose of the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), as noted in the proposed trailer bill…

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Defining and Designing Navigation Centers According to Current California Legislation

By Joe Colletti, PhD | June 24, 2018

California legislative leaders have recently passed several bills that were signed into law, which will provide hundreds of millions of dollars towards preventing and ending homelessness to jurisdictions throughout the…

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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…

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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.

Current California Legislation Concerning Homelessness: What Is Going to the Governor for Approval and What Is Not

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 8, 2020

What is going to the Governor is needed. What is not going to the Governor is also needed. The Legislature concluded the 2019-20 legislative session at midnight on August 31,…

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Spending $100 Million to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 among Persons Experiencing Homelessness in California

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 6, 2020

–Funds were awarded to California’s 13 largest cities, 44 continuums of care, and 58 counties which are noted in the tables below— –Evolving next steps are also noted below– On…

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Reserving Homeless Housing, Assistance, & Prevention Program (HHAP) Funding for Morbidity/Mortality Prevention

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 18, 2019

–Homeless persons left languishing on the streets with life-threatening and terminal illnesses Has become a burgeoning crisis throughout the State of California– –If each jurisdiction dedicated at least 10% of…

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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.