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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…

H.R. 1511 Breaks Down Barriers to Help Homeless Children and Youth

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Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance conducted a legislative hearing on H.R. 1511, the “Homeless Children and Youth Act.” This is an important piece of legislation because it will amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to meet the needs of homeless children, youth, and families, and honor the assessments and priorities of local communities. The hearing highlighted the discrepancies between how homelessness is defined by different…

Inconsistent Reporting Cast Doubt on Lexington’s Reduction in Homelessness

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Lexington announced that the number of people experiencing homelessness has dropped to an all-time low. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky with a population of 318,449. The city has not experienced such a drop since 2005. Since 2014, the city has adopted HUD’s homelessness assistance policies, focusing its efforts and funding on providing permanent housing for their homeless population. The city created the Office of…

HR 5735 Moves Onto the Senate

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On Thursday, June 14, in a 230-173 vote, the House passed HR 5735, also known as the “THRIVE Act.” The THRIVE Act, sponsored by Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) is designed to support transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid addiction through Section 8 housing vouchers. This proposal would create a demonstration program to allocate 10,000 vouchers to provide individuals struggling with opioid addiction or substance abuse…


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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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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…

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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…

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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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