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.

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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Black Women Dying Homeless in Los Angeles City and County

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Black women are unequivocally overrepresented among women dying while homeless in the County and City of Los Angeles A Black woman-centered trauma-informed care approach needs to be fully considered for…

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

By Joe Colletti, PhD

10% more persons were counted in 2020 when compared to 2019 which followed a previous 10% increase when the 2019 count is compared to 2018 In 2020, 11 of the…

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It is Time for the State of California, Counties, Cities, and Continuums of Care to Collectively Prepare to Solve Homelessness in a Post-Pandemic Era

By Joe Colletti, PhD

The Time Has Come to Design a Flexible Pool of Funds to Rapidly Respond to Homelessness Unlike Ever Before –See Recommendations for Next Steps Below– It is time to boost…

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It is Time for California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) and State of California to Mutually Advance Data Collection, Distribution, and Technology to Help Solve Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD

While We Await the Creation of a State-wide Homeless Data Integration System There are Decisions That 44 CoCs and State Can Make Together Now to Obtain Local, Regional and State-wide…

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The Importance of Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of California Continuums of Care (CoCs) in Solving Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Forging a closer partnership between CoCs and State, Counties, Cities, and Community Stakeholders is Imperative California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) encompass the entire state (see map); Each CoC has…

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