Policy Insights

Get access to briefs, reports, fact sheets, and other timely commentary and analysis to help local stakeholders and decision-makers shape local policies for solving homelessness and increasing affordable housing in California.

Adhering to a Trauma-Informed Design and Care Approach Should be Included in California Legislation Concerning Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Requiring a Trauma-Informed Design and Care Approach Should be a Condition to Receiving Homelessness Funding Adhering to a Trauma-Informed Design and Care approach should be a legislative requirement for receiving…

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More than 80% of California’s 44 Continuums of Care Will Not Conduct a 2021 Point-in-Time Unsheltered Count Because of the Pandemic

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Unsheltered 2021 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count data will not be available for State legislative, funding, policy and planning purposes unlike past count data  All 44 California CoCs should be encouraged to…

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State of California’s Plans to Integrate a Wide-Range of Homelessness Data Sources Should Include Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Records of Persons Who Died Homeless

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Homelessness is much more than the absence of physical housing; it is a tension-filled, trauma-filled, and treacherous condition that too often results in injuries and fatalities. NOTE: Monday, December 21st,…

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

By Joe Colletti, PhD

  —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

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

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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