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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…

Solutions for Change on National TV!

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Solutions for Change’s innovative Solutions Farms will be broadcast nationally, tomorrow morning Oct 7, 2017 on NBC. Local San Diego time 10:00 AM. A San Diego homeless nonprofit will be showcased as one of America’s most innovative nonprofits on the national reality show GIVE! Check your local listings - San Diego Channel 7 (Cox 1007). Here is a sneak preview!

Empowerment Summit – Transforming the Lives of the Hardest to Reach

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Solutions for Change is excited to host Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Clarence Carter, Director of the Office of Family Assistance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss and explore a new vision to address the region’s toughest social issues. While San Diego County struggles with poverty, homelessness, and employment challenges, our region has also developed innovative solutions to lift up the hardest to reach…

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…


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How Work Requirements, Drug-Free Environment Saved This Single Mom’s Life

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VISTA, CALIF.—It was two years ago when Amber Gann hit rock bottom. “My oldest daughter had told me, ‘You’re a drug addict, and I don’t want to be with you,’” Gann told The Daily Signal. Homeless, and also addicted to drugs and alcohol, Gann knew something had to change. In May 2016, Gann, 36, enrolled in Solutions for Change, a nonprofit serving homeless families that takes a holistic, family-friendly approach to homelessness. Unlike the federal government’s Housing First strategy for addressing homelessness, which prioritizes getting people sheltered before going after the root causes of why they’re homeless, Solutions for Change...
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Underreported: How This Nonprofit Is Solving Homelessness Without Federal Government Program Funding

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VISTA, CALIF.—Growing up, Teena Faison never imagined she’d find herself a single mom and homeless. “We didn’t wake up one day and go, ‘Hey, I just want to be homeless with my kids,’” she told The Daily Signal “No. There’s many, many contributing factors to that—lack of education, lack of resources, addiction.” At 34 years old, Faison decided to change her ways and go to Solutions for…

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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…

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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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