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Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Day Three, Wednesday

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Today the House of Representatives was the busiest we have seen so far.  Bells were ringing, people rushing, and votes were being cast.  We met with two influential members of Congress who fundamentally understand what we do at Solutions for Change as we fight dependency on government assistance.  It made me realize that this homeless problem is so much bigger than Vista or San Diego – Congressmen…

Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Tuesday, Day Two

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Today we met again with a number of Congressional staff.  We tromped from office to office and met some great people that seemed to really care about me and my friends working to overcome homelessness at Solutions for Change.  I’ve told my story so many times, and everyone seems to be genuinely interested and I hope that it helps and makes a positive impact.  One meeting we…

Amber Takes Capitol Hill – Monday, Day One

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After a red-eye flight, Chris, Paul, and I found our selves in Washington, DC.  Frankly, I never thought that what went on with senators and congressmen was the business of regular people like me.  “Who am I,” I thought, “to have these powerful people listen to me?”  But there I was, in the office of Senator Tim Scott (SC), the Chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees homelessness programs,…

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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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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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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