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Message from our Founding President and CEO

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At our recent Evening to Remember gala we took the opportunity to recognize a number of key individuals who, through their leadership and tireless effort, brought us through an incredible time in our history. In 2010 we were asked by a group of our top donors and supporters if we would share our model in other cities across North County. Our co-founders, senior management team and…

HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report Claims Reduction in Homeless Youth and Families

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Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) submits an Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. This report provides national estimates of homelessness based on two sources: Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Point-in-Time (PIT) counts. This single annual report not only serves as a final report to Congress; it sets the standard homelessness policy that will govern the entire nation. Here…

HUD Policies Exacerbate Children and Student Homelessness

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Homelessness in New York Public Schools is at a record high of 114,659 students, that’s an estimated one in 10 students. The number of students in temporary housing has increased from 69,244 children in 2010 to 114,659 students. Often, when social problems increase, politicians and advocates stress the need for more money.  The issue; however, is not a lack of resources, but a policy conflict regarding…

Solutions for Change: Voter Guide November 6, 2018

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This November, California voters will have the opportunity to make a difference and ensure that California remains a place where working families can thrive and give back to their community. Homelessness and affordable housing are some of the biggest challenges facing California. In fact, affordable housing, homelessness, and crime are the top three issues on people’s minds right now according to recent polls. The following state-wide…


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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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Denying the Obvious About California Homelessness

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In the movie The Jerk, Steve Martin plays Navin Johnson, a man who can’t seem to make sense of the obvious.  One famous scene depicts Navin as an old school gas station attendant targeted by a would-be assassin.  As bullets riddle nearby oil cans, Navin assumes that the assassin has a major grudge against cans.  “He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!” In the…

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HUD’s Inaccurate Count Affects Funding for Homeless Families and our Youth

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) lack of attention to youth homelessness has left children vulnerable and without the proper resources to assist them and break the cycle of poverty. For Fiscal Year 2019, $2.38 billion was provided to Homeless Assistance Grants (HAG), an increase of $133 million over the President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. But most of this money will never…

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More Proof that PIT Disadvantages Homeless Families

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ICPH recently released a policy commentary asking the question “Are We Really Counting America’s Homeless Families?”  The piece compared what we know about the “official” count of homelessness via HUD’s Point in Time Count and what we know from the Department of Education’s count of homeless children. The disparity is significant.  In San Diego, the HUD PIT counted 1,714 homeless people in families last year.  At…

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Fed Office Eyeing Solutions for Change as Model to Replicate

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A North County-based nonprofit that works with homeless families is among a handful of programs the federal government wants to hold up as a model of how to effectively address poverty and family homelessness. Clarence Carter, a Trump administration appointee who heads the Office of Family Assistance, said in a phone interview last week that Solutions for Change shares his focus on moving people permanently out…

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