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 Need for HER (Homeless Emergency Response) Teams

By Joe Colletti, PhD

As the number of females counted as homeless surges in California so must our (HER) homeless emergency response  HER Teams must be skilled at integrating a trauma-informed approach into their…

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Maximizing the Roles and Responsibilities of California’s Continuums of Care (CoCs)

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Forging an unprecedented partnership between CoCs and State government, counties, cities, and community stakeholders is timely Recently approved and proposed legislation and budgeted funding provides State government with an opportunity…

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A Significant Majority of California’s Continuums of Care Requested and Received an Exception from HUD to Delay Their 2022 Homeless Count for One Month Because of Pandemic-Related Reasons

By Joe Colletti, PhD

$800 million was recently allocated through Round 3 of the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevent Grant Program by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) to eligible applicants—continuums of care…

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Nearly All of California’s Continuums of Care Will Use An App for Mobile Devices to Complete Their 2022 Unsheltered Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD

CoCs are using technology to transform homeless count data collection CoCs can shape homeless count data into dynamic local databases over the coming years through the use of other technology…

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Almost Half of California’s Continuums of Care Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors Between 2015 and 2021

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Changes in HMIS Software Vendors Happened Prior to Significant State Changes in HMIS Program Data Reporting Requirements    Continuums of Care and HMIS Software Vendors Need to Keep Pace With…

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HUD is Incentivizing Continuums of Care (CoCs) to Conduct an Unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) Count in 2022 Through the Recently Released 2021 CoC Program Grant Application

By Joe Colletti, PhD

Nearly half of California’s 44 CoCs do not Conduct Unsheltered Counts during even number years 16 of 23 Northern California CoCs; 3 of 8 Central California CoCs; and 2 of…

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