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Secretaries of Veteran Affairs and HUD Announced they are Mobilizing (their) strength to do Everything in (their) power to end Veteran Homelessness and California Should Announce the Same

By Joe Colletti, PhD

California’s 44 Continuums of Care Should Echo the Announcement and do Everything in their Power to Finish Ending Veteran Homelessness in their Jurisdictions  Local Data Throughout California Reveals the Goal…

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All of California’s 44 Continuums of Care Should Conduct an Unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) Count and Survey in January 2022 to Help Understand the Impact of the Pandemic on Homelessness

By Joe Colletti, PhD

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Unsheltered Homelessness Needs to be Informed by 2022 State-wide, Regional, and Local Unsheltered PIT Counts.  HUD does not require CoCs to Conduct an…

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California’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding from HUD to Solve Homelessness Increased by 79% During the Past Decade

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Funding Increased Unevenly among the State’s 44 Continuums of Care  Some CoCs Experienced More Than a 100% Increase during the Past Decade And Others a Single Digit Increase or a…

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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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