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.

More than 80% of California’s 44 Continuums of Care Will Not Conduct a 2021 Point-in-Time Unsheltered Count Because of the Pandemic

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 25, 2021

Unsheltered 2021 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data will not be available for State legislative, funding, policy and planning purposes unlike past count data  All 44 California CoCs should be encouraged to…

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State of California’s Plans to Integrate a Wide-Range of Homelessness Data Sources Should Include Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Records of Persons Who Died Homeless

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 15, 2020

Homelessness is much more than the absence of physical housing; it is a tension-filled, trauma-filled, and treacherous condition that too often results in injuries and fatalities. NOTE: Monday, December 21st,…

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Homelessness Continues to Significantly Increase in California According to January 2020 Homeless Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 26, 2020

  —Count results are pre-pandemic— —HUD likely to release official count results by end of year— In 2020, 22 of the 44 California Continuums of Care (CoCs) conducted an unsheltered…

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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 Total Temporary and Permanent Supportive Beds for Homeless Persons Are There in California and How Many Are Participating in the Homeless Management Information System?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 26, 2018

Highlights:  There are at least 131,187 temporary and permanent beds; 70% of temporary and permanent beds are in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); Primary reasons why there is difficulty…

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Can We Finish the Job of Ending Homelessness Among Veterans in California?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 13, 2018

-Nearly Three-fourths of California Continuums of Care Recently Reported Not Having Sufficient Resources to Move Homeless Veterans into Permanent Housing Using a Housing First Approach- (see Table 2 below) Joe…

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How Many California Continuums of Care Recently Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 29, 2018

-11 or 27% of 41 recently changed HMIS software vendors- Joe Colletti, PhD October 2018 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently provided a Data Strategy…

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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.