Homeless and Housing Strategies for California
Homeless and Housing Strategies for California is a companion website created by the Hub for Urban Initaives.
The primary purpose of the Homeless and Housing Strategies for California website is to closely examine the issues that are contributing to an unprecedented increase in the number of persons who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless in California; help counties, cities, and communities shape local policies for solving homelessness and increasing affordable housing including permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless; and assist you in helping other local stakeholders and decision-makers shape local policies by promoting the practices published there.
The 2017 Legislative Housing Package in California has injected a wide-range of new regulatory and financial resources to increase affordable housing, permanent supportive housing for homeless persons with disabling conditions, and supportive services including health, mental health, and substance abuse care. The Homeless and Housing Strategies for California website will help local governments and non-profit organizations maximize the impact of the resources available to them.
"Thank you for this. In Santa Cruz we're trying to establish at least two new Navigation Centers, and this guidance is valuable. Much appreciated!"
Homeless Service Coordinator at County of Santa Cruz
Our guidance focuses on three key areas for action:
- Policy, including opportunities to make the most of new legislation and funding
- Plans, especially strategic plans for CoCs
- Practices, both proven and promising, that CoCs can implement to improve outcomes
- Governor’s 2021-22 State Budget Proposal Provides $750 Million for a Second Round of Project Homekey Funding
First round Homekey funding was awarded to eligible applicants in approximately half of California’s 58 counties Second round Homekey funding would provide another opportunity for eligible applicants to receive funding in the other half of counties The Governor’s 2021-22 State Budget proposal to the Legislature includes $1.75 billion one-time funding to further the successful pace…
- 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
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, marks the 30th Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Legislative Actions Regarding State’s Homeless Data Integration System (HDIS) The State of California’s plans to integrate data…
- State of California Should Augment HUD’s $10 Million a Year to California’s CoCs to Operate Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) throughout entire state
Local Homeless Management Information Systems are crucial to the success of State of California’s Soon to Be Implemented Homeless Data Information System (HDIS) Annual state funding should augment HUD’s annual funds since state funding awards concerning homelessness require funded projects to participate in a local HMIS The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)…
- Local Public Entities in Approximately Half of California’s Counties Were Awarded Project Homekey Funds
—More than $800 million granted through seven rounds of awards– –See state-wide map noting awards below– California awarded funds to local public entities to purchase and rehabilitate housing, which included hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings, and other buildings and convert them into either interim or permanent housing including supportive housing. Local public entities, as defined…