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
- Nearly All of California’s Continuums of Care Will Use An App for Mobile Devices to Complete Their 2022 Unsheltered Homeless Count
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 tools for data integration and analytics Forty-two (42) of California’s 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) will conduct a 2022 unsheltered homeless count. Forty (40) of…
- Almost Half of California’s Continuums of Care Changed Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Software Vendors Between 2015 and 2021
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 Expanding HMIS Requirements to Guide Data-Driven Statewide Policy Decisions There was a significant shift in HMIS software vendors among California’s Continuums of Care (CoCs) during…
- Governor Approved Several Legislative Bills Concerning Homelessness During the 2021 Legislative Session: What’s in the Legislation?
The 2021 Legislative Session concluded on September 10. The last day the Governor could act on legislation was October 10. The Legislature is scheduled to reconvene on January 3, 2022 to further the next legislative session. Regarding homelessness, the approved 2021 legislation requires: Renaming the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to the California Interagency Council…
- Unprecedented Federal and State Funding Provides a Unique and Time-Sensitive Opportunity to Act Swiftly and Strategically to Prevent and End Local Homelessness
Heeding to the State’s Call to Weave Its Soon to be Released Unprecedented Funding Together with Unprecedented Federal Funding Could Prevent and End Homelessness for Tens of Thousands of Persons Statewide During the Next Few Years California, counties, cities, continuums of care, communities, coalitions, commissions, and committees have a chance to collaborate with and challenge…