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Governor Jerry Brown’s New Homelessness Budget Plan

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The California budget signed on June 27, 2018, includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s housing and homelessness crises. The Budget includes $5.1 billion that will be allocated to programs that aim to increase housing production. A one-time Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grant of $500 million will be used for cities, counties, and regional-planning organizations. This grant can only be used for emergency housing…

H.R. 1511 Breaks Down Barriers to Help Homeless Children and Youth

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Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance conducted a legislative hearing on H.R. 1511, the “Homeless Children and Youth Act.” This is an important piece of legislation because it will amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families, and honor the assessments and priorities of local communities. The hearing highlighted the discrepancies between how homelessness is defined by different…

Inconsistent Reporting Cast Doubt on Lexington’s Reduction in Homelessness

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Lexington announced that the number of people experiencing homelessness has dropped to an all-time low. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky with a population of 318,449. The city has not experienced such a drop since 2005. Since 2014, the city has adopted HUD’s homelessness assistance policies, focusing its efforts and funding on providing permanent housing for their homeless population. The city created the Office of…

HR 5735 Moves Onto the Senate

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On Thursday, June 14, in a 230-173 vote, the House passed HR 5735, also known as the “THRIVE Act.” The THRIVE Act, sponsored by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) is designed to support transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid addiction through Section 8 housing vouchers. This proposal would create a demonstration program to allocate 10,000 vouchers to provide individuals struggling with opioid addiction or substance abuse…


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Governor Jerry Brown’s New Homelessness Budget Plan

By | Featured, News, Uncategorized | No Comments

The California budget signed on June 27, 2018, includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s housing and homelessness crises. The Budget includes $5.1 billion that will be allocated to programs that aim to increase housing production. A one-time Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grant of $500 million will be used for cities, counties, and regional-planning organizations. This grant can only be used for emergency housing…

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H.R. 1511 Breaks Down Barriers to Help Homeless Children and Youth

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Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance conducted a legislative hearing on H.R. 1511, the “Homeless Children and Youth Act.” This is an important piece of legislation because it will amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families, and honor the assessments and priorities of local communities. The hearing highlighted the discrepancies between how homelessness is defined by different…

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Inconsistent Reporting Cast Doubt on Lexington’s Reduction in Homelessness

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Lexington announced that the number of people experiencing homelessness has dropped to an all-time low. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky with a population of 318,449. The city has not experienced such a drop since 2005. Since 2014, the city has adopted HUD’s homelessness assistance policies, focusing its efforts and funding on providing permanent housing for their homeless population. The city created the Office of…

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HR 5735 Moves Onto the Senate

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On Thursday, June 14, in a 230-173 vote, the House passed HR 5735, also known as the “THRIVE Act.” The THRIVE Act, sponsored by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) is designed to support transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid addiction through Section 8 housing vouchers. This proposal would create a demonstration program to allocate 10,000 vouchers to provide individuals struggling with opioid addiction or substance abuse…

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Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Go Uncounted in Arkansas

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As mentioned previously on this page, HUD’s definition of homelessness excludes children and youth who live in motels, couch surf, or double up with friends and relatives. The annual Point in Time (PIT) count of the homeless is incredibly influential, despite its inaccuracies, because the data dictates how much funding will go to homeless assistance grants. It influences which homeless prevention programs, in what regions receive…

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HUD Secretary Visits Our House

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National Coalition of Homelessness Solutions member, Our House, hosted HUD Secretary Ben Carson, last Tuesday as he made his rounds across the nation to find solutions to tackle homelessness. Our House, located in Little Rock, Arkansas empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. Executive Director…

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Solutions for Change Featured In the Coast News Group

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The Coast News Group released an article about Solution for Change’s decision to not adopt a Housing First Model. Housing First is an approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing without any requirements of sobriety, employment or workforce training, or case management. This approach, combined with state policies that normalize drug use, are efforts to reduce harm rather than prevent the loss of human potential. Solution for…

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National Coalition to End Family Homelessness Launches Website

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Last week, Solutions for Change and other organizations dedicated to solving homelessness launched their website.  The National Coalition for Homelessness Solutions is dedicated to making policy changes that support homeless families, children, and youth.  The site will be an important part of advocacy news, and other important information in the effort to solve family homelessness once and for all. The National Coalition for Homelessness Solutions is…

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Transitional Housing Is Essential In Solving Family Homelessness

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Rapid re-housing is a strategy that has become the dominant strategy for addressing family homelessness. Rapid re-housing aims to quickly house families through temporary rental assistance in market-rate housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a strong supporter of rapid re-housing and see it as the best use of limited resources. Providing a rental subsidy for six months or more is less expensive…

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Federal Judge Pushes County to House Homeless

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Have you heard that providing housing ends homelessness?  It’s a clever phrase, but it fails to take into account the real complexities of ending dependency, poverty, and establishing self sufficiency.  Add to that local and national politics, conflicting policy goals, and a real lack of understanding of what it takes to solve homelessness and it’s no wonder so many people are getting this issue wrong. One…

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