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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…

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…

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...

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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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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Talk Straight

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The behavior “talk straight” speaks to our willingness and ability to be honest and tell the truth in ways that enhances positive communication, improves and strengthens relationships and extends and builds trust. This behavior is the fruit of integrity and demonstrates one of our core values at Solutions for Change: integrity of purpose. We value honest, open and courageous speech which is given in a bold…

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Public Funding and the Need to Close the Funding Gap

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Late last month, Solutions for Change management team and Board of Directors were faced with a decision for a second time this year to either accept public funding from government sources with contingencies or decline the federal monies because the requirements associated with acceptance were not consistent with our values and principles that Solutions was built on. As a Board, we elected to decline taking the…

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Nonprofit says emergency shelter closing By Teri Figueroa | 4:31 p.m. Aug. 9, 2016

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VISTA — A North County nonprofit that serves homeless families says it will close its emergency shelter Monday rather than comply with federal funding regulations that forbid it from drug testing residents. Solutions for Change President and CEO Chris Megison said the agency can’t afford to keep operating the 5,000-square-foot temporary emergency shelter on East Vista Way, after forgoing about $90,000 in federal money that helped…

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Solutions for Change not Closing

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Dear Friends, Some media reports have circulated that Solutions for Change is closing. I want to assure you that this is not the case. Only Solution’s intake and access center – our shelter – is at risk due to new federal regulations. This will impact 14 homeless families and 24 children. Solutions for Change has created a model that permanently solves family homelessness. We address the…

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