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.

Homelessness Continues to Significantly Increase in California According to January 2020 Homeless Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD | October 26, 2020

  —Count results are pre-pandemic— —HUD likely to release official count results by end of year— In 2020, 22 of the 44 California Continuums of Care (CoCs) conducted an unsheltered…

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Recent Homelessness Data Reveals California’s Significant Shift Concerning Types of Temporary and Permanent Housing Beds

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 28, 2020

What Happened Emergency Shelter Beds Increased by Nearly 100% Transitional Housing Beds Decreased by Nearly 50% Permanent Supportive Housing Beds Increased by More than 50% Rapid Re-housing Beds More Than…

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The Increasing Need for Trauma-informed Care Shelters

By Joe Colletti, PhD | August 3, 2020

Merely Creating Conventional Shelters will Minimally Reduce the Number of Homeless Persons Who Are Languishing on the Streets It is time to realize that many homeless persons are not willing…

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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.

Local Public Entities in Approximately Half of California’s Counties Were Awarded Project Homekey Funds

By Joe Colletti, PhD | November 9, 2020

—More than $800 million granted through seven rounds of awards–  –See state-wide map noting awards below– California awarded funds to local public entities to purchase and rehabilitate housing, which included…

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Current California Legislation Concerning Homelessness: What Is Going to the Governor for Approval and What Is Not

By Joe Colletti, PhD | September 8, 2020

What is going to the Governor is needed. What is not going to the Governor is also needed. The Legislature concluded the 2019-20 legislative session at midnight on August 31,…

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

By Joe Colletti, PhD | April 6, 2020

–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 below– On…

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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.