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.

Half of California’s Continuums of Care Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors Between 2016 and 2022

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 10, 2022

Continuums of Care and HMIS Software Vendors Need to Keep Pace with Expanding HMIS Requirements to Guide Data-Driven Statewide Policy Decisions There was a significant shift in HMIS software vendors…

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California’s Continuums of Care 2022 Homeless Counts Reveal a Total Homeless Count Increase

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 12, 2022

Total Homeless Count Comparisons Table 1 compares the 2022 total unsheltered and sheltered homeless count to the 2019 and 2020 total homeless counts for each CoC and a collective total…

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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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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 Approved Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness During the 2022 Legislative Session: What’s in the Legislation?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 24, 2022

The last day for each house to pass bills was August 31. The last day the Governor could approve legislation was September 30. The Legislature is scheduled to reconvene in…

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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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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.

California, Racial Disparities, and Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 22, 2018

What Did 41 California Continuums of Care Answer When Asked about Racial Disparities in the Provision or Outcome of Homeless Assistance? -68% indicated that there were racial disparities and selected…

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California Continuums of Care and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Vendors: Who They Are and Next Steps

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 7, 2018

The table below provides a breakdown of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) vendors for California Continuums of Care (CoCs). The table at the end of this report lists the…

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What is the Potential Impact of Recently Designated “DedicatedPlus” Project Beds on California’s Chronically Homeless Population?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 30, 2018

More Time on the Streets May Mean Less Available Beds for Those Left Languishing The table at the end of this report shows that last year California Continuums of Care…

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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.