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Families and Youth Experiencing Homelessness Go Uncounted in Arkansas

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As mentioned previously on this page, HUD’s definition of homelessness excludes children and youth who live in motels, couch surf, or double up with friends and relatives. The annual Point in Time (PIT) count of the homeless is incredibly influential, despite its inaccuracies, because the data dictates how much funding will go to homeless assistance grants. It influences which homeless prevention programs, in what regions receive…

HUD Secretary Visits Our House

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National Coalition of Homelessness Solutions member, Our House, hosted HUD Secretary Ben Carson, last Tuesday as he made his rounds across the nation to find solutions to tackle homelessness. Our House, located in Little Rock, Arkansas empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. Executive Director…

Solution for Change Featured In the Coast News Group

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The Coast News Group released an article about Solution for Change’s decision to not adopt a Housing First Model. Housing First is an approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing without any requirements of sobriety, employment or workforce training, or case management. This approach, combined with state policies that normalize drug use, are efforts to reduce harm rather than prevent the loss of human potential.   Solution…

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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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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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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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