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 Number of Persons Counted by California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) as Chronically Homeless, Chronic Substance Users, and Severely Mentally Ill Continues to Increase Throughout the State

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 8, 2024

A 2023 to 2022 homeless count comparison of each subpopulation for the entire State, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California is detailed below Click here to see a regional…

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2023 California Homeless Count Results Released By HUD Reveal a Statewide Increase of Nearly 6% When Compared to 2022 Homeless Count Results

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 18, 2023

A comparison by region reveals a decrease (2.1%) for Northern California CoCs an increase (4.3%) for Central California CoCs and an increase (10.8%) for Southern California CoCs.  A comparison by…

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2023 Homeless Count Results Reveal a Total Increase of 11% Among Three-Fourths of Continuums of Care (CoCs) That Counted 3,000 or More Persons in 2022

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 7, 2023

One-fourth of these CoCs have not yet publicly reported their 2023 results or did not Complete a Sheltered and Unsheltered Count in 2023 In 2022, 39 CoCs counted 3,000 or…

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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.

New Intent Bills Concerning Homelessness Were Recently Introduced by California Legislators

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 27, 2023

Intent bills initially include a statement of intent by legislators and very little other language. A common intent statement often begins with “This bill would state the intent of the…

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New Budget Trailer Bills Concerning Homelessness Were Recently Introduced by Assembly and Senate Budget Committees

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 20, 2023

New Budget Trailer Bills Concern the: Homeless Housing, Assistance, and Prevention Program Housing and Disability Advocacy Program Bringing Families Home Program Home Safe Program Trailer Bill Language is the implementing…

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2023 California Legislation Concerning Homelessness is Beginning to Take Shape

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 12, 2022

Several Bills Introduced Last Week Reveal the Kind of Actions That Legislators Want to Become Law During the 2023 Legislative Session to Further Help Mitigate the Statewide Homelessness Crisis California legislation…

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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.