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.

The Number of Persons Counted by California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) as Chronically Homeless, Chronic Substance Users, and Severely Mentally Ill Continues to Increase Throughout the State

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 8, 2024

A 2023 to 2022 homeless count comparison of each subpopulation for the entire State, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California is detailed below Click here to see a regional…

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2023 California Homeless Count Results Released By HUD Reveal a Statewide Increase of Nearly 6% When Compared to 2022 Homeless Count Results

By Joe Colletti, PhD | December 18, 2023

A comparison by region reveals a decrease (2.1%) for Northern California CoCs an increase (4.3%) for Central California CoCs and an increase (10.8%) for Southern California CoCs.  A comparison by…

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2023 Homeless Count Results Reveal a Total Increase of 11% Among Three-Fourths of Continuums of Care (CoCs) That Counted 3,000 or More Persons in 2022

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 7, 2023

One-fourth of these CoCs have not yet publicly reported their 2023 results or did not Complete a Sheltered and Unsheltered Count in 2023 In 2022, 39 CoCs counted 3,000 or…

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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.

Proposed 2024 California Legislation Concerning Homelessness Continues to Advance

By Joe Colletti, PhD | February 19, 2024

Next legislative steps will involve required actions by policy, fiscal, and appropriations committees that may further advance bills into, or stop bills from, becoming law The final day for legislative…

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Proposed 2024 California Legislation Concerning Homelessness is Beginning to Advance

By Joe Colletti, PhD | January 22, 2024

Bills Introduced in January Reveal the Kind of Actions That Legislators Want to Become Law During the 2024 Legislative Session to Help Mitigate the Statewide Homelessness Crisis California legislation concerning…

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Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness Were Passed by the Legislature and Approved by the Governor in 2023 and Several Were Not

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 23, 2023

Governor Approved Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness During the 2023 California Legislative Session: What’s in the Legislation?  Also  Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness did not Make it Through the 2023…

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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.