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Why the Government Can’t Solve Homelessness

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The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness.” It is a pretty typical piece of lazy journalism that blames the economy and apathetic government for increased homelessness. The article repeats the tired liberal saw that the economy is a fixed pie and when some people do well, other will do poorly. The Washington Post repeated this theme in its article “How…

Decoding the Vexing Homelessness Crisis – By Chris Megison

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It is very important to understand that the increase in homelessness and property crimes is happening by design, due to State of California’s legislative overreach that is handcuffing local cities. For nearly two decades I have been warning of the traps of symptom relief when it comes to dealing with the homeless issue. In fact, in 1999 we called ourselves Solutions for Change for this exact…

Introducing the Solutions Mobile App

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Solutions for Change is proud to announce the launch of our mobile app. The Solutions app is intended to engage our Solutions for Change community and provide real value for its users. What started off nearly twenty years ago in a small church, has become not only a transformational community helping almost a thousand parents and children every day but is influencing how we think and…

Los Angeles Still Trying to Build Its Way Out of Homelessness

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The second largest population of people experiencing homelessness is in Los Angeles.  L.A. county hosts some 50,000 people living on the streets. in 2016, the City and County both passed tax increased to build more housing for the homeless.  In addition to funding passed by the state of California,  L.A. is swimming in money for the homeless.  Despite billions of dollars of funding, L.A. is finding…


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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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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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