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.

Continuum of Care Letter of Support for VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Applications

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 9, 2019

“A strong letter of support (should) highlight how the applicant supports and participates in the CoC efforts” as noted in Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) A new SSVF NOFA has been published and provides funding opportunities for new applicants and existing grantees. Applications are due by February 22, 2019 at 4pm EST and the competition…

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Women Dying While Homeless in Los Angeles County – Part I: Trends

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 17, 2018

-3 deceased women per week were noted as “indigent – homeless” by the County of Los Angeles Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner in 2017- -In 2013, the total number of deaths among homeless women was 62, which rose to 146 in 2017 and represents an increase of more than 200% within the five-year period- Honor Homeless…

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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.

Within Our Reach: A State-wide Strategy to End Chronic Homelessness. Recent Legislation and Related Funding Have Created an Unprecedented Opportunity

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 7, 2019

–-Unprecedented Opportunity Provides California with a Unique Chance to Creatively Coordinate A Course of Action– –Recent Legislation and Related Funding Have Created an Extraordinary Opening That Can Be Collectively Clutched by State Officials, Counties, Cities, and Continuums of Care– Recent state legislation has made permanent supportive housing (PSH) a land use by right throughout California.…

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Is Your California City and/or County Ready to Receive Its Preliminary Permanent Local Housing Allocation?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 3, 2019

–-Release of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is expected in September for approximately $165 million in non-competitive allocations— —Click here to see your city and/or county preliminary permanent local housing allocation on pages 8ff– –applications will be accepted over-the-counter that may include qualified subrecipients– –Local commissions, coalitions, councils, continuums of care, and committees should…

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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.