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.

A Substantial Number of Continuums of Care in California Counted Considerably More Persons Who Were Homeless in 2019 When Compared to Their 2017 Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 28, 2019

–Some CoCs have not yet publicly reported their count results– –Several CoCs counted between one-third and two-thirds more persons– –A few CoCs counted three-fourths or more persons — –Reported count results show a 23.7% collective increase as noted below– The map below uses color coding to show how many California Continuums of Care (CoCs) counted…

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The Role of Collaborative Applicants in Combating the Homelessness Crisis in California

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 13, 2019

–Click on the Link Below to See the list of California’s Collaborative Applicants— –Most are Counties, Some are Non-Profit Coalitions, and a Few are Cities– During this past decade, counties, cities, and community organizations have been directed to closely align as continuums of care (CoCs) to combat homelessness in California as the result of the…

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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.

Has Your California City and/or County Applied for Noncompetitive One-time Senate Bill 2 Planning Grant Funds?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 17, 2019

–Purpose of the funding is to streamline housing approvals, accelerate housing production, and facilitate housing affordability– –All 539 cities and counties are eligible to apply for their share of the $165 Million non-competitive funds through an over-the-counter process— —Only nine jurisdictions have been awarded so far— –Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through…

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California Continuums of Care, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), State of California, and Successful Placement in or Retention of Permanent Housing

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 24, 2019

California Continuums of Care, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), State of California, and Successful Placement in or Retention of Permanent Housing HUD and State of California increasingly require annual performance reports as a competitive element for homelessness related funding See Table 1 for percentage-based performance results for each California Continuum of Care…

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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.