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.

California, Homelessness, Mortality Prevention, and the Other Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 1, 2022

An unknown number of adults and children including infants die while homeless throughout California each year  Future state legislation and homelessness strategies should include more actions that focus on mortality…

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An Increasing Number of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) are Implementing HUD Defined and Funded Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Rehousing Projects

By Joe Colletti, PhD | July 3, 2022

The Joint Component Project was Advanced by HUD As a “Promising Model” in 2017 Transitional Housing Projects Funded by HUD’s Annual CoC Program Competition Decreased by 60% During the Past…

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Nearly Two-Thirds or 28 of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) Have Publicly Reported Their Total 2022 Homeless Count to Date

By Joe Colletti, PhD | June 13, 2022

Remaining CoCs Will Publicly Report Their Count Results Later This Month or by the End of July In 2022, the 28 CoCs counted 74,788 persons as homeless In 2020, the…

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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.

What’s in the Governor’s 2022-23 May Revision Budget Regarding Homelessness?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 16, 2022

The Administration’s commitment to extend the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program at current levels ($1 billion) for additional years beyond FY 2022-23. An additional $150 million for Homekey in…

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Shaping a Statewide Strategy for Housing Persons Living and Languishing on the Streets with Severe Mental Health and Chronic Substance Abuse Issues

By Joe Colletti, PhD | March 14, 2022

A comparison of recent homeless count data reveals a 19% increase in the number of persons identified as severely mentally ill and a 72% increase in the number of chronic…

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Legislators Recently Introduced Several New Bills That Include Many New Actions to Help Reduce Statewide Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 26, 2022

These bills propose creating new state departments; convening a funder’s workgroup; new grant programs and funding sources; a focus on selected subpopulations; new reporting requirements; option to provide state funding…

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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.