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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…

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…

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,…

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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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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Solutions for Change Takes Its Message to Capitol Hill

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In the effort to advance our vision of providing permanent solutions to family homelessness, Solutions for Change CEO Chris Megison and Director of Strategic Advancement Paul Webster, traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with influential members and staff of the Senate and House of Representatives.  The trip was in response to Congressman Darrell Issa’s (CA) invitation to Solutions for Change residents and graduates to deliver their…

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Rapid Re-Housing Study Emphasizes the Necessity of Work to End Poverty

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A new study by the Heartland Alliance shows that one of the main pillars of HUD’s homelessness assistance to families is woefully inadequate.  Integrating Rapid Re-Housing & Employment demonstrates that rapid re-housing falls short in preparing participants to maintain housing by failing to integrate employment training and education. Rapid re-housing provides short-term rental subsidies and optional case management services.  These services are similar to other Housing…

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Housing for the Chronically Homeless Faces Roadblocks In California

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The desire to build thousands of new apartments in Los Angeles for the chronically homeless is meeting stiff opposition. As projects become specific, the difficulties of building in a politically charged and heavily regulated market are becoming apparent. In Boyle Heights, property owners are objecting to construction of about 50 affordable housing apartments for the homeless and mentally ill.  The development is proposed next to a family…

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Can Los Angeles’ Housing for the Homeless Work?

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Los Angeles is acting on what homeless housing advocates have been demanding for years:  Build housing for the homeless.  They believe, consistent with federal and state homelessness policy, that the cure to homelessness is publicly provided housing. On March 7th, Los Angeles voters passed a quarter cent sales tax hike to fund housing for the homeless.  The tax increase is expected to generate $355 million a…

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