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Understanding the Impact of Homelessness on Health and Wellbeing by Rhea Ford

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Image link:https://images.unsplash.com/photo-1546723827-61625e52043a?ixlib=rb-1.2.1&ixid=eyJhcHBfaWQiOjEyMDd9&auto=format&fit=crop&w=1650&q=80   In the United States, homelessness is an often-overlooked issue that has massive impacts on the health and wellbeing of families nationwide. David H. Crean (Board of Directors) wrote about the consequences of homelessness on the youth, demonstrated through a variety of studies. For instance, statistics show that homeless children are more likely to develop various physical and mental health-related problems. These in turn have…

Report on the Status of Solutions for Change Three Weeks Into COVID-19

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Dear Friends of Solutions for Change, You made something remarkable happen at a very scary and uncertain time that I want to share with you. The six hundred once homeless kids and their parents who live in one of the five different Solutions for Change campuses in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside are safe, healthy and they are, for the most part and in a strange sort…

Solutions Emergency Response

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A Message for Solutions for Change Friends, Clients and Supporters: Like organizations across the country, Solutions for Change is working to respond quickly and responsibly to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We wanted to send this note to each of you to answer some common questions about how we are responding to this unprecedented crisis. During these uncertain times, we are taking an abundance of caution and…


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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…

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Solutions 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 for…

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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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