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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.

How Many Temporary and Permanent Housing Beds for Homeless Persons Are There in California? What Is the Bed Coverage Rate in Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)?

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 20, 2019

–– 137,292 temporary and permanent beds were reported by Continuums of Care in 2019– –Approximately one-third were temporary beds and two-thirds permanent– — Bed Coverage Rate Is Approximately Three-fourths– This report focuses on the total number of beds in California for the following temporary types of housing, which include emergency shelter, safe haven, and transitional…

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Map of central California Continuums of Care

Central California and 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count Results

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 11, 2019

–U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will post official results in the fall–  –Recent Homeless Count Reports Reveal an Estimated 20% Increase in the Number of Homeless Persons Counted in Central California in 2019–  –Regional Convening in Central Valley Next Month and Working Groups will be Appointed– While we await the official homeless count…

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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.

A State-wide Strategy for Ending Chronic Homelessness Is Emerging

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 13, 2019

–Recent Legislation and Associated Funding Related to Locating and Developing Permanent Supportive Housing is Key to Formulation and Implementation– –Finding Space to Solve Chronic Homelessness is Critical— –Leveraging State with Federal and Local Public and Private Funding is Crucial- Recent California legislation has enacted several new laws and created several new funding sources regarding the…

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California Counties and Cities Have a Unique Opportunity to Collaborate to End First-Time Homeless Experiences of Adults and Children

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 7, 2019

–Recent homeless count data collected by several Southern California counties and cities revealed one-third to two-thirds of households counted were experiencing homelessness for the first-time, which is likely true for many other counties and cities throughout the state—  (Exact percentages for Southern California counties and cities are listed in table below) Through the Permanent Local…

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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.

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 Colletti, PhD and Sofia Herrera, PhD Hub for Urban Initiatives Homeless and Housing Strategies for California November 2018 As we await the release of the…

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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 for CoCs to best use HMIS to accomplish the ultimate goal of ending homelessness in their jurisdictions. The strategy emphasizes data quality and accuracy, system-level…

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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.