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Bi-Partisan Bill, the Homeless Children and Youth Act, Passes Key Committee

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H.R. 1511, the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HCYA), passed the Financial Services Committee with a 39-18 vote on Tuesday, July 24. The passage allows the bill to be considered by the entire House of Representatives. Though this legislation still has to go through the House and Senate for votes, this is a big step in bipartisanship. In rare display, the vote shows that lawmakers can…

California Law Requires All State Housing Programs To Adopt “Housing First”

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The public is starting to understand that the predominant federal strategy to end homelessness is failing. Providing every homeless person with a permanent home has not reduced the number of homelessness – particularly in places like New York, Seattle, and California – and is an expensive and unrealistic objective. In California, tent camps have increased the visibility of homelessness. San Francisco has built nearly 3,000 units…

A Better Way to Count Homeless Youth and Families

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The federal government’s “housing first,” approach has failed to end chronic homelessness today. In fact, their flawed economic logic may actually be sustaining chronic homelessness in the future. This downstream approach requires communities to maximize services for chronically homeless people, regardless of local circumstances, needs, and the potential to prevent chronic homelessness through other approaches. HUD needs to reexamine its policies, and realize that upstream approaches…

Governor Jerry Brown’s New Homelessness Budget Plan

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The California budget signed on June 27, 2018, includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s housing and homelessness crises. The Budget includes $5.1 billion that will be allocated to programs that aim to increase housing production. A one-time Homeless Emergency Aid Block Grant of $500 million will be used for cities, counties, and regional-planning organizations. This grant can only be used for emergency housing…


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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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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!
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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…

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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…

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