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.

Comparing California’s 2019 Homeless Count Results to 2018 Results by Regions and Continuums of Care

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 14, 2020

–See California Continuums of Care (CoCs) Map Noting Increase or Decrease for Each CoC– –all 44 California CoCs had a collective increase of 16.4% (see Table 1)– –all 23 Northern California CoCs had a collective increase of 22.6% (see Table 2)– –all 8 Central California CoCs had a collective increase of 18.8% (see Table 3)–…

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Caveats When Comparing California’s 2018 and 2019 Homeless Count Results

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 5, 2020

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires continuums of care (CoCs) to complete an unsheltered and sheltered homeless count every other year, which occurs on odd-number years such as 2019. Completing an unsheltered count during an even number year is optional. HUD requires CoCs to complete a sheltered count every year. If…

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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.

No Place Like Home Program Update

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 2, 2018

An initial Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) will be issued by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) prior to November and will make awards by the end of the calendar year depending on voter approval of SB 1206 No Place Like Home Act of 2018. The initial NOFA will provide $200 million through…

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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.