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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…

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…

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…

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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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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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…

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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…

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The Effectiveness of Housing First on the Number of Homeless

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Housing First promotes the notion that all that is needed to end homelessness is to provide every homeless person with a permanent home.  The problem with this reasoning is that it assumes that the homeless are a fixed set of people.  Research, however, indicates that people move in and out of homelessness.  For the most part, people experiencing homelessness are not homeless for long and new…

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Treatment and Recovery Are Not Optional in Solving Homelessness

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The current prevailing strategy for combating homelessness, “Housing First,” emphasizes immediate placement in permanent housing for all homeless individuals.  It seems simple – give a homeless person a home and they are no longer homeless. The Housing First philosophy, however, overlooks a startlingly simple fact: Virtually all homeless people were once housed. If just having a home were the solution, those living on the streets wouldn’t…

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Family Stability

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Ralph da Costa Nunez, President of the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness has been a staunch critic of the current federal policy to combat homelessness.  In a recent post for the Huffington Post, de Costa Nunez rightly points out that “homelessness isn’t and never has been simply about housing; its about housing stability, a family’s ability to maintain a stable housing situation.” De Costa Nunez…

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I have met a lot of people who have dedicated their lives to ending homelessness.  But Andy Bales, the CEO of LA’s Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, is special.  He is a servant, an evangelist, a fighter, and simply loves the people of Skid Row. When I first met Andy,  I noticed that he remained seated when we shook hands. Then I noticed the heavy plastic…

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The Short Sightedness of ‘Housing First’ Solutions to Homelessness

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(Written by Dennis Bone for the Times of San Diego) Homelessness throughout the San Diego region is at epic proportions, despite the millions of dollars spent annually to address this issue. For years I have been reading about 5 and 10 year plans to end homelessness and they have all failed; and now a new approach called “housing first” is all the rage. As a pastor in…

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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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