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.

What’s in the California State Budget 2018-19 for Homelessness? It Contains the Largest Affordable Housing and Homelessness Budget to Date

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 1, 2018

The following table is from page 118 of the California State Budget 2018-19, which lists the programs and their budgeted funds as the “Homelessness Response in the 2018-19 Budget.” Also…

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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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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.

Family Homelessness Challenge Grants and Technical Assistance Program: $40 Million to be Awarded Through Two Rounds of Competitive Grants

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 2, 2021

As stated in AB 140,  The program shall give preference to proposals that promote rapid innovation, accelerate nascent programs, expand promising practices, and meet new demands and conditions for solutions…

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California’s Encampment Resolution Funding Program:

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 18, 2021

$50 Million to be Awarded to Resolve Homelessness In Encampments With 50 or More Dwellers Data and outcomes will be evaluated to assess efficacy of programs and identify scalable best…

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California’s $50 Million Encampment Focused Funding Strategy Needs a Focused Trauma-Informed Design and Care Strategy

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 5, 2021

A First-of-Its Kind Report States that Cities Spend Millions to Clear Encampments that Largely Shuffle Residents from One Site to Another  The Report also Calls for Research to Determine the…

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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.