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.

The Need for HER (Homeless Emergency Response) Teams

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 2, 2022

As the number of females counted as homeless surges in California so must our (HER) homeless emergency response  HER Teams must be skilled at integrating a trauma-informed approach into their…

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Maximizing the Roles and Responsibilities of California’s Continuums of Care (CoCs)

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 2, 2022

Forging an unprecedented partnership between CoCs and State government, counties, cities, and community stakeholders is timely Recently approved and proposed legislation and budgeted funding provides State government with an opportunity…

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A Significant Majority of California’s Continuums of Care Requested and Received an Exception from HUD to Delay Their 2022 Homeless Count for One Month Because of Pandemic-Related Reasons

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 31, 2022

$800 million was recently allocated through Round 3 of the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevent Grant Program by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) to eligible applicants—continuums of care…

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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.

Recent Trailer Bill Reveals Details Regarding the Proposed $500 Million for the Encampment Resolution Funding Program

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 14, 2022

Governor’s FY 2022-23 constitutionally required balanced budget proposal by January 10 seeks to deploy a substantially expanded program for jurisdictions to invest in short- and long-term rehousing strategies for people…

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Governor Approved Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness During the 2021 Legislative Session: What’s in the Legislation?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 17, 2021

The 2021 Legislative Session concluded on September 10. The last day the Governor could act on legislation was October 10. The Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on January 3, 2022…

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Unprecedented Federal and State Funding Provides a Unique and Time-Sensitive Opportunity to Act Swiftly and Strategically to Prevent and End Local Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 27, 2021

Heeding to the State’s Call to Weave Its Soon to be Released Unprecedented Funding Together with Unprecedented Federal Funding Could Prevent and End Homelessness for Tens of Thousands of Persons…

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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.