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.

Piecing Together the $500 Million California Homeless Emergency Aid Program

By Joe Colletti, PhD

-$500 Million Will Be Allocated to Cities and Counties throughout the State- 1. Purpose The purpose of the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), as noted in the proposed trailer bill…

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Defining and Designing Navigation Centers According to Current California Legislation

By Joe Colletti, PhD

California legislative leaders have recently passed several bills that were signed into law, which will provide hundreds of millions of dollars towards preventing and ending homelessness to jurisdictions throughout the…

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Dying While Homeless: The Other Homeless Count

By Joe Colletti, PhD
Homeless person with his head down plus text Dying While Homeless and logo for the Hub for Urban Initiatives

During the last 10 days of January in the United States, tens of thousands of persons participate in homeless counts across the country tallying the number of persons who are…

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To End Chronic Homelessness in California We Need to Distinguish Permanent Supportive Housing from Affordable Housing

By Joe Colletti, PhD
Young man meeting with case worker - with text Ending Chronic Homelessness Requires Home-based Case Management

When someone says we need more affordable housing to end homelessness, it is often an unintended half-truth. National, state, and local policymakers and advocates regularly define affordable housing as a…

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Are All Persons Sleeping in Vehicles Homeless and Should They Be Included in Homeless Counts?

By Joe Colletti, PhD
Line of RVs vans and trucks on street with text over image reading Homeless or Not

The lack of affordable housing has resulted in more persons living in vehicles according to recent media reports. As rents have increased, so has the number of persons who are…

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