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Solutions For Change Recognized for Employment Excellence

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The Office of Family Assistance of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Solutions for Change as an “Employer of Excellence.”  The Office identified Solutions for Change for its exceptional success in increasing employment for hard-to-serve-populations. Solutions for Change has created an innovative social enterprise that equips residents with skills and resources to get employed and become economically independent.  Solutions for Change…

Student and Child Homelessness Data Helps Count Homeless Families

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According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 549,928 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016.  This is an odd way to phrase how many people are homeless in America, but, according to HUD, it’s the best number they can provide. HUD relies on volunteers to count those living on the streets and other unsuitable places on a particular night in…

Truth in Numbers – Guest Post By Christopher Fay, Homestretch, Falls Church, VA

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Homelessness is inextricably linked to poverty and social isolation.  Unless we help the homeless person or family increase their income through training and education and help them establish healthy, reliable social networks to the point where they can afford housing, all of which take time – we are simply playing with the numbers to make ourselves look good. In an admirable effort to reduce and ultimately…

Solutions for Change – “At the Tip of The Spear”

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It’s no small claim to say that homelessness is the hot topic across the country.  And Solutions for Change is in the thick of it. Already this year, Solutions for Change has twice traveled to Washington, D.C. to promote our approach of permanently solving homelessness to Members of Congress.  We met with key Congressmen and their staff who sit on the committees that have legislative jurisdiction…


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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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New Study Demonstrates Effectiveness of Faith-Based Organizations on Homelessness

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Faith-based organizations provide services on par with or greater than many local governments.  So says a new study from Baylor University’s Institute for Studies in Religion.  The study demonstrates that faith-based organizations such  as churches, rescue missions, and organizations like the Salvation Army, are leading new effective practices addressing homelessness, poverty, unemployment, addiction, housing, domestic violence and incarceration.  The Baylor study suggests that faith-based organizations are…

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Solutions for Change Launches Online Petition to Change HUD Rule

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For thousands of individuals and families, recovery from addiction is the first step to getting healthy, returning to the workforce and getting back on their feet. Unfortunately, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, through its Housing First approach, penalizes programs for prioritizing sobriety and incentivizes the homeless to stay unemployed. Most programs that require sobriety and job training are losing federal funding. Instead, taxpayer subsidized permanent housing is being offered to active drug users while those seeking a supportive drug-free environment are denied services. Fortunately, Congress and the Administration are listening. They’re waking up to what’s been going on and are...
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Congressional Legislation Introduced to Help Homeless Children, Youth, and Families

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has forced a national priority for chronically homeless adults and program models most appropriate for them, regardless of local needs. The result has been fewer services for, and less attention to, families and youth. The children and youth that HUD policy ignores today become the chronically homeless adults of tomorrow. This week, the Homeless Children and Youth Act was…

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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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