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Solutions For Change Recognized for Employment Excellence

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The Office of Family Assistance of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Solutions for Change as an “Employer of Excellence.”  The Office identified Solutions for Change for its exceptional success in increasing employment for hard-to-serve-populations. Solutions for Change has created an innovative social enterprise that equips residents with skills and resources to get employed and become economically independent.  Solutions for Change…

Student and Child Homelessness Data Helps Count Homeless Families

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 549,928 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016.  This is an odd way to phrase how many people are homeless in America, but, according to HUD, it’s the best number they can provide. HUD relies on volunteers to count those living on the streets and other unsuitable places on a particular night in…

Truth in Numbers – Guest Post By Christopher Fay, Homestretch, Falls Church, VA

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Homelessness is inextricably linked to poverty and social isolation.  Unless we help the homeless person or family increase their income through training and education and help them establish healthy, reliable social networks to the point where they can afford housing, all of which take time – we are simply playing with the numbers to make ourselves look good. In an admirable effort to reduce and ultimately…

Solutions for Change – “At the Tip of The Spear”

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It’s no small claim to say that homelessness is the hot topic across the country.  And Solutions for Change is in the thick of it. Already this year, Solutions for Change has twice traveled to Washington, D.C. to promote our approach of permanently solving homelessness to Members of Congress.  We met with key Congressmen and their staff who sit on the committees that have legislative jurisdiction…


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Solutions For Change Recognized for Employment Excellence

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The Office of Family Assistance of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Solutions for Change as an “Employer of Excellence.”  The Office identified Solutions for Change for its exceptional success in increasing employment for hard-to-serve-populations. Solutions for Change has created an innovative social enterprise that equips residents with skills and resources to get employed and become economically independent.  Solutions for Change…

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Student and Child Homelessness Data Helps Count Homeless Families

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 549,928 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016.  This is an odd way to phrase how many people are homeless in America, but, according to HUD, it’s the best number they can provide. HUD relies on volunteers to count those living on the streets and other unsuitable places on a particular night in…

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Truth in Numbers – Guest Post By Christopher Fay, Homestretch, Falls Church, VA

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Homelessness is inextricably linked to poverty and social isolation.  Unless we help the homeless person or family increase their income through training and education and help them establish healthy, reliable social networks to the point where they can afford housing, all of which take time – we are simply playing with the numbers to make ourselves look good. In an admirable effort to reduce and ultimately…

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Solutions for Change – “At the Tip of The Spear”

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It’s no small claim to say that homelessness is the hot topic across the country.  And Solutions for Change is in the thick of it. Already this year, Solutions for Change has twice traveled to Washington, D.C. to promote our approach of permanently solving homelessness to Members of Congress.  We met with key Congressmen and their staff who sit on the committees that have legislative jurisdiction…

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Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Day Three, Wednesday

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Today the House of Representatives was the busiest we have seen so far.  Bells were ringing, people rushing, and votes were being cast.  We met with two influential members of Congress who fundamentally understand what we do at Solutions for Change as we fight dependency on government assistance.  It made me realize that this homeless problem is so much bigger than Vista or San Diego – Congressmen…

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Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Tuesday, Day Two

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Today we met again with a number of Congressional staff.  We tromped from office to office and met some great people that seemed to really care about me and my friends working to overcome homelessness at Solutions for Change.  I’ve told my story so many times, and everyone seems to be genuinely interested and I hope that it helps and makes a positive impact.  One meeting we…

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Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Monday, Day One

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After a red-eye flight, Chris, Paul, and I found our selves in Washington, DC.  Frankly, I never thought that what went on with senators and congressmen was the business of regular people like me.  “Who am I,” I thought, “to have these powerful people listen to me?”  But there I was, in the office of Senator Tim Scott (SC), the Chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees homelessness programs,…

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How Work Requirements, Drug-Free Environment Saved This Single Mom’s Life

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VISTA, CALIF.—It was two years ago when Amber Gann hit rock bottom. “My oldest daughter had told me, ‘You’re a drug addict, and I don’t want to be with you,’” Gann told The Daily Signal. Homeless, and also addicted to drugs and alcohol, Gann knew something had to change. In May 2016, Gann, 36, enrolled in Solutions for Change, a nonprofit serving homeless families that takes a holistic, family-friendly approach to homelessness. Unlike the federal government’s Housing First strategy for addressing homelessness, which prioritizes getting people sheltered before going after the root causes of why they’re homeless, Solutions for Change...
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Underreported: How This Nonprofit Is Solving Homelessness Without Federal Government Program Funding

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VISTA, CALIF.—Growing up, Teena Faison never imagined she’d find herself a single mom and homeless. “We didn’t wake up one day and go, ‘Hey, I just want to be homeless with my kids,’” she told The Daily Signal “No. There’s many, many contributing factors to that—lack of education, lack of resources, addiction.” At 34 years old, Faison decided to change her ways and go to Solutions for…

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Point In Time Count Shows Increase in San Diego Street Homelessness – But What About Families?

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San Diego’s count of downtown chronic street homeless increased 27 percent, underscoring the failure of the region to provide solutions for homeless individuals.  The count also showed a double digit increase in Escondido. The annual Point in Time count is required of regions that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The methodology of the count is historically unreliable and its many flaws…

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