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.

Map of California showing number of homeless persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2019 in each continuum of care

Hundreds of Persons with HIV/AIDS Continue to Live on the Streets and in Shelters in California according to Recent Homeless Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 24, 2020

Print PDF–The number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted as homeless in the United States in 2019 was half (50.4%) the number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2005– –In contrast,…

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Progress Towards Ending Homelessness among Veterans in California Has Slowed in Recent Years

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 9, 2020

Print PDF –After Significant Progress towards Ending Homelessness among Veterans in California throughout the Years 2011 – 2016, the Trend has Reversed during the Past Three Years According to Recent…

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The Persistence of Chronic Homelessness in California

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 27, 2020

Print PDF –As the number of permanent supportive housing beds has increased, so has the number of chronically homeless persons instead of decreasing– –See map below for the number of…

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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.

Spending a $100 Million to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 among Persons Experiencing Homelessness in California

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 6, 2020

Print PDF –Funds were awarded to California’s 13 largest cities, 44 continuums of care, and 58 counties which are noted in the tables below— –Evolving next steps are also noted…

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Reserving Homeless Housing, Assistance, & Prevention Program (HHAP) Funding for Morbidity/Mortality Prevention

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 18, 2019

Print PDF –Homeless persons left languishing on the streets with life-threatening and terminal illnesses Has become a burgeoning crisis throughout the State of California– –If each jurisdiction dedicated at least…

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Recent Legislation Continues to Shape a State-wide Strategy for Ending Chronic Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 4, 2019

Print PDF –Low Barrier Navigation Centers are now a “use by right” throughout California as noted below– –Finding Space to Solve Chronic Homelessness is Critical– –Leveraging State with Federal &…

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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

Print PDF 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…

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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

Print PDF 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…

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Man sleeping on sidewalk

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

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 30, 2018

Print PDF 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…

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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.