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.

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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More than 1,000 Women Died While Homeless on the Streets of Los Angeles County During the Past Five Years

By Joe Colletti, PhD | May 30, 2022

Each Mode of Death was Categorized as an Accident, Homicide, Natural Cause, or Suicide HER (Homeless Engagement Response) Street Outreach and Street Medicine Teams Need to Be Initiated, Increasingly Integrated,…

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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.

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.