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.

HUD is Incentivizing Continuums of Care (CoCs) to Conduct an Unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) Count in 2022 Through the Recently Released 2021 CoC Program Grant Application

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 27, 2021

Nearly half of California’s 44 CoCs do not Conduct Unsheltered Counts during even number years 16 of 23 Northern California CoCs; 3 of 8 Central California CoCs; and 2 of…

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Dying Homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles County

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 31, 2021

The reality of Los Angeles County’s homelessness crisis is a body count  Nearly four persons a day died homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles County during 2020  Furthering the…

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Secretaries of Veteran Affairs and HUD Announced they are Mobilizing (their) strength to do Everything in (their) power to end Veteran Homelessness and California Should Announce the Same

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 25, 2021

California’s 44 Continuums of Care Should Echo the Announcement and do Everything in their Power to Finish Ending Veteran Homelessness in their Jurisdictions  Local Data Throughout California Reveals the Goal…

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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.

Governor’s 2021-22 State Budget Proposal Provides $750 Million for a Second Round of Project Homekey Funding

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 11, 2021

First round Homekey funding was awarded to eligible applicants in approximately half of California’s 58 counties  Second round Homekey funding would provide another opportunity for eligible applicants to receive funding…

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State of California Should Augment HUD’s $10 Million a Year to California’s CoCs to Operate Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) throughout entire state

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 7, 2020

Local Homeless Management Information Systems are crucial to the success of State of California’s Soon to Be Implemented Homeless Data Information System (HDIS)  Annual state funding should augment HUD’s annual…

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Local Public Entities in Approximately Half of California’s Counties Were Awarded Project Homekey Funds

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 9, 2020

—More than $800 million granted through seven rounds of awards–  –See state-wide map noting awards below– California awarded funds to local public entities to purchase and rehabilitate housing, which included…

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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.