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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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Closures of Adult Residential Care and Residential Care for the Elderly Facilities and the Unknown Impact on Homelessness in California: Problem will Likely be Exacerbated by COVID-19

By Joe Colletti, PhD

–More than 6,000 of these care facilities have closed throughout California since 2015 and the maximum number of individuals that could be cared for was more than 100,000– (see tables…

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Hundreds of Persons with HIV/AIDS Continue to Live on the Streets and in Shelters in California according to Recent Homeless Counts

By Joe Colletti, PhD
Map of California showing number of homeless persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2019 in each continuum of care

–The number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted as homeless in the United States in 2019 was half (50.4%) the number of persons with HIV/AIDS counted in 2005– –In contrast, the…

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