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.

Map of California showing number of homeless persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2019 in each continuum of care

Hundreds of Persons with HIV/AIDS Continue to Live on the Streets and in Shelters in California according to Recent Homeless Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 24, 2020

Print PDF–The number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted as homeless in the United States in 2019 was half (50.4%) the number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2005– –In contrast,…

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Progress Towards Ending Homelessness among Veterans in California Has Slowed in Recent Years

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 9, 2020

Print PDF –After Significant Progress towards Ending Homelessness among Veterans in California throughout the Years 2011 – 2016, the Trend has Reversed during the Past Three Years According to Recent…

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The Persistence of Chronic Homelessness in California

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 27, 2020

Print PDF –As the number of permanent supportive housing beds has increased, so has the number of chronically homeless persons instead of decreasing– –See map below for the number of…

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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.

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

Print PDF –-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…

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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

Print PDF –-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…

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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

Print PDF –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…

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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

Print PDF 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…

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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

Print PDF -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,…

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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

Print PDF -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…

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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.