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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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Seattle’s Homeless State of Emergency One Year Later

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Have you heard that a number of governments have declared homeless states of emergency about a year ago?  Hawaii, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, have all declared states of emergency in order to loosen up funds or bypass ordinances to address the increases in homelessness they are experiencing. Seattle Weekly published a story reviewing what has happened since Seattle’s mayor declared the state of emergency….

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New Report Slams Federal Homelessness Policy for Endangering Families and Children

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A new report by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness emphasizes the importance of solving homelessness among families and children to prevent future cases of chronic homelessness.  The report, entitled, “Are We Creating Chronic Homelessness?” examines current federal policy and its emphasis on chronically homeless individuals and impact on homeless families. For the last ten years, government agencies and communities have been forced into flawed…

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Talk Straight

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The behavior “talk straight” speaks to our willingness and ability to be honest and tell the truth in ways that enhances positive communication, improves and strengthens relationships and extends and builds trust. This behavior is the fruit of integrity and demonstrates one of our core values at Solutions for Change: integrity of purpose. We value honest, open and courageous speech which is given in a bold…

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Public Funding and the Need to Close the Funding Gap

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Late last month, Solutions for Change management team and Board of Directors were faced with a decision for a second time this year to either accept public funding from government sources with contingencies or decline the federal monies because the requirements associated with acceptance were not consistent with our values and principles that Solutions was built on. As a Board, we elected to decline taking the…

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Nonprofit says emergency shelter closing By Teri Figueroa | 4:31 p.m. Aug. 9, 2016

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VISTA — A North County nonprofit that serves homeless families says it will close its emergency shelter Monday rather than comply with federal funding regulations that forbid it from drug testing residents. Solutions for Change President and CEO Chris Megison said the agency can’t afford to keep operating the 5,000-square-foot temporary emergency shelter on East Vista Way, after forgoing about $90,000 in federal money that helped…

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Solutions for Change not Closing

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Dear Friends, Some media reports have circulated that Solutions for Change is closing. I want to assure you that this is not the case. Only Solution’s intake and access center – our shelter – is at risk due to new federal regulations. This will impact 14 homeless families and 24 children. Solutions for Change has created a model that permanently solves family homelessness. We address the…

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Vista’s Solutions Farms Showcases Aquaponics at 2016 MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego Wine Social- OsideNews.com

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San Diego County CA— Representatives from Solutions for Change and Solutions Farms, based in Vista, will be explaining the benefits of their aquaponic farm – the largest in California – at the 2016 MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego Wine Social on July 27 at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla. Solutions Farms is a unique aquaponic farm where nutrient-rich water from fish culture is…

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Housing First Regulations Threaten Solutions for Change Programs

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Organization to close its Family Shelter On August 15, 2016 due to Housing First regulations Contact Person: Alyssa Enwright– 619-259-7712 (Alyssa@behmedia.com) Vista, CA: Due to federal and state law changes that require compliance with new homeless regulations, Solutions for Change will no longer remain eligible for funding for its emergency family shelter that has served the northern San Diego region since 2000. The shelter has 14…

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