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Welcome to the updated Solve It! blog – Solutions for Change’s voice for solving homelessness. The Solve It! blog is intended to increase awareness for strategies that permanently solve homelessness. As the name implies, our desire is to solve homelessness by moving the once homeless from dependency to independence. In Solve It! we will celebrate families transforming out of homelessness and dependency and highlight public policies…

State Laws Contribute to Spike in Street Homelessness

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Over the last few years in California, urban street homelessness has dramatically increased and many are wondering why.  Discussions from law enforcement shed some light on the answer:  Two state laws have released thousands of prison inmates and reduced the threat of punishment for crimes like drug possession and petty theft. The issue started in 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prison crowding…

Crime Decrease Shows Impact of Solutions for Change

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An analysis of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department data of Solutions for Change’s permanent supportive housing campus demonstrates a significant decrease in crime cases, arrests, and calls for service. The data, spanning from 2010 to 2016 shows a total average decrease in law enforcement activity of more than 70 percent since Solutions for Change acquired ownership of the Vista Terrace apartments on Postal Way. In 2013, Solutions for…

Good Money After Bad Data

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Every year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides billions of dollars in funding to cities and counties to assist in efforts to house the homeless.  This year, HUD announced $1.95 billion for local efforts.  San Diego received $18.2 million to continue its efforts in the city and county. HUD gauges its success on the annual Point In Time Count, which enlists volunteers and…


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Welcome

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Welcome to the updated Solve It! blog – Solutions for Change’s voice for solving homelessness. The Solve It! blog is intended to increase awareness for strategies that permanently solve homelessness. As the name implies, our desire is to solve homelessness by moving the once homeless from dependency to independence. In Solve It! we will celebrate families transforming out of homelessness and dependency and highlight public policies…

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Rapid Re-housing Fails to Show Advantages Over Shelters

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Rapid Re-Housing is a homelessness prevention program that provides financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.  It attempts to help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. Rapid Re-Housing services are administered by local programs and municipal housing authorities.  Depending on the level of program funding, services and support can amount to first and last month rents,…

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Solutions for Change Featured At Forbes.Com

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It’s great to be recognized and even better to be recognized at the national level.  In January, Solutions for Change was featured in Forbes.com as an organization with the solution for homelessness.  Opportunity Lives wrote a profile for the Forbes blog of Solutions and our unique approach that transforms the lives of the homeless, renews communities, and engages in sustainable social entrepreneurship with our aquaponics farm. …

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State Laws Contribute to Spike in Street Homelessness

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Over the last few years in California, urban street homelessness has dramatically increased and many are wondering why.  Discussions from law enforcement shed some light on the answer:  Two state laws have released thousands of prison inmates and reduced the threat of punishment for crimes like drug possession and petty theft. The issue started in 2011 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s prison crowding…

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Crime Decrease Shows Impact of Solutions for Change

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An analysis of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department data of Solutions for Change’s permanent supportive housing campus demonstrates a significant decrease in crime cases, arrests, and calls for service. The data, spanning from 2010 to 2016 shows a total average decrease in law enforcement activity of more than 70 percent since Solutions for Change acquired ownership of the Vista Terrace apartments on Postal Way. In 2013, Solutions for…

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The Effectiveness of Housing First on the Number of Homeless

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Housing First promotes the notion that all that is needed to end homelessness is to provide every homeless person with a permanent home.  The problem with this reasoning is that it assumes that the homeless are a fixed set of people.  Research, however, indicates that people move in and out of homelessness.  For the most part, people experiencing homelessness are not homeless for long and new…

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Treatment and Recovery Are Not Optional in Solving Homelessness

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The current prevailing strategy for combating homelessness, “Housing First,” emphasizes immediate placement in permanent housing for all homeless individuals.  It seems simple – give a homeless person a home and they are no longer homeless. The Housing First philosophy, however, overlooks a startlingly simple fact: Virtually all homeless people were once housed. If just having a home were the solution, those living on the streets wouldn’t…

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Family Stability

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Ralph da Costa Nunez, President of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness has been a staunch critic of the current federal policy to combat homelessness.  In a recent post for the Huffington Post, de Costa Nunez rightly points out that “homelessness isn’t and never has been simply about housing; its about housing stability, a family’s ability to maintain a stable housing situation.” De Costa Nunez…

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I have met a lot of people who have dedicated their lives to ending homelessness.  But Andy Bales, the CEO of LA’s Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, is special.  He is a servant, an evangelist, a fighter, and simply loves the people of Skid Row. When I first met Andy,  I noticed that he remained seated when we shook hands. Then I noticed the heavy plastic…

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The Short Sightedness of ‘Housing First’ Solutions to Homelessness

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(Written by Dennis Bone for the Times of San Diego) Homelessness throughout the San Diego region is at epic proportions, despite the millions of dollars spent annually to address this issue. For years I have been reading about 5 and 10 year plans to end homelessness and they have all failed; and now a new approach called “housing first” is all the rage. As a pastor in…

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