Policy Insights

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Half of California’s Continuums of Care Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors Between 2016 and 2022

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Continuums of Care and HMIS Software Vendors Need to Keep Pace with Expanding HMIS Requirements to Guide Data-Driven Statewide Policy Decisions There was a significant shift in HMIS software vendors…

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California’s Continuums of Care 2022 Homeless Counts Reveal a Total Homeless Count Increase

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Total Homeless Count Comparisons Table 1 compares the 2022 total unsheltered and sheltered homeless count to the 2019 and 2020 total homeless counts for each CoC and a collective total…

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California, Homelessness, Mortality Prevention, and the Other Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD

An unknown number of adults and children including infants die while homeless throughout California each year  Future state legislation and homelessness strategies should include more actions that focus on mortality…

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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

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

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

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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