Our Client Communities in the News Archive

San Diego County

March 3, 2017
Stacie Spector, appointed Senior Advisor for Housing Solutions by Mayor Kevin Falconer late last year, plans to build a long-term structure for ending homelessness in San Diego. In an interview with San Diego Magazine, she identified programs that have been successful in housing people living on the streets and what she thinks it will take to move more people from the streets to permanent housing.
February 13, 2017
The City of San Diego plans to spend $12.5 million from Community Development Block Grant funds to open an intake center that will serve as interim housing for households experiencing homelessness until they are places into permanent housing.

Seattle and King County

“$12 million to homelessness, 200 police officers, electric cars, more streetcar: What’s in the mayor’s budget for Capitol Hill,” Capitol Hill Seattle
September 27, 2016
To begin implementing his “Pathways Home” plan on ending homelessness in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray proposed $12 million in additional spending on homelessness. These strategies include creating shelter, diversion, and rapid rehousing capacity for currently unsheltered families; implementing best practices in homeless interventions (including rapid rehousing and diversion); supporting systems reconfiguration; maintaining existing shelter capacity; and responding to homeless encampments throughout the city.

“Mayor Murray promises more police, homelessness spending in new Seattle budget,” The Seattle Times
September 26, 2016
With a $12 million proposed increase in Seattle’s homeless budget, Seattle Mayor plans to change how “Seattle spends money to help people on the street, with more emphasis on permanent housing.” The new budget allows for more than $59 million in spending for homeless services.

“Seattle mayor proposes more spending on homelessness crisis,” KIRO7
September 26. 2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes an added $12 million in spending on homelessness, acknowledging that people are still sleeping on the street. “We must do better when so many lives are at stake,” he told KIRO7.

“3 key takeaways from Ed Murray’s new budget,” Crosscut
September 26, 2016
Among other key areas of spending, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed an additional $12 million towards reducing homelessness in Seattle. The dollars would go towards a new coordinated entry system and improved regional data capacity.

Editorial: “How Seattle can get every homeless person inside,” The Seattle Times
September 16, 2016
The Seattle Times editorial board responds to the Mayor’s new plan to reduce homelessness, which came at the same time as reports by Focus Strategies and Barbara Poppe.

“Consultants unveil plan to end unsheltered homelessness by 2017,” Real Change
September 14, 2016
Focus Strategies strategic report for the City of Seattle and King County says that the region’s shelter capacity is sufficient to shelter all homeless individuals and families over the course of a year. This would require a “data-driven, results-oriented mentality,” which would “require service providers to rethink the way they do business or lose out on public funding,” Real Change reports.

“New approach to homelessness is complex, but worth the effort,” The Seattle Times
September 11, 2016
Reports by Barbara Poppe and Focus Strategies prioritize using data to reduce homelessness in Seattle. Columnist Jerry Large says persistence, as well as coordination among more than 100 service providers will be necessary to see true reductions in homelessness.

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San Francisco

“Bay Area ballots bulge with measures to pay for homeless housing,” The San Francisco Chronicle 
September 3, 2016
Several measures on the November 8, 2016 ballot in the Bay Area would provide additional funding for affordable housing and other homeless services through tax increases. “San Francisco’s sales-tax ballot package, Propositions J and K, requires a simple majority for passage and would pump about $1.2 billion into homeless housing and services for the next 25 years.” Sales tax increases in San Mateo, Alameda, and Santa Clara Counties would also fund more affordable housing and service solutions for people experiencing homelessness.

“New SF head of homelessness already has a game plan in play,” The San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2016
Director of the new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Jeff Kositsky has made both long-term and short-term plans for addressing San Francisco’s high rates of homelessness. Some of these goals include adding additional units of supportive housing; providing additional subsidies for families and seniors; and expanding the city’s Homeless Outreach Team, which consists of representatives from a wide range of departments. including (but not limited) to the Police Department, Fire Department, and Department of Public Works.

“New Homeless Czar Jeff Kositsky Pens Chronicle Credo,” sfist
June 29, 2016
Jeff Kositsky, who was named San Francisco’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing director, said that in order to reduce homelessness, “we do not need to reinvent the wheel but rather bring together all that works into a local coordinated system to align our shelter and housing resources… Moving to a truly integrated navigation system will involve re-examining our entire organization to address homelessness. The cornerstone is the use of system-wide priorities and data to match people in crisis with the right housing intervention based on their needs.”

Valley of the Sun United Way

“My Turn: We can do more for the chronically homeless,” The Arizona Republic
August 21, 2016
Steve Evans, secretary of the Valley of the Sun United Way Board of Directors, says rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing is the way to end chronic homelessness in Phoenix.

“My Turn: The simple – but not so easy – solution to homelessness,” The Arizona Republic
July 30, 2016
Amy Schwabenlender, Vice President of Community Impact at Valley of the Sun United Way, explains the progress and successes, as well as the challenges associated with adopting a client-centered, Housing First orientation in the Phoenix-area.

“How a 30-hour layover turned to homelessness – and a new home,” The Arizona Republic
July 30, 2016
A Phoenix man describes his experience with homelessness, and the opportunity and newfound hope he was given through a rapid re-housing program partially funded by Valley of the Sun United Way.

Eureka and Humboldt County

“Eureka-County Housing Campaign Hits Goal Early, Helps 30 Homeless Find Homes,” The Lost Coast Outpost
September 15, 2016
Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services successfully housed 30 people, meeting their goal of housing 30 people in 60 days early and the Department expects these numbers to stay on the rise. The campaign was prompted by recommendations by Focus Strategies to adopt a housing first, data-driven approach to housing the area’s homeless population.

 “Community leaders look toward big-picture solutions for homelessness at Housing First Summit,” The Lost Coast Outpost
August 11, 2016
Humboldt County community leaders host a Housing First summit, following the adoption of a Housing First approach by the county and City of Eureka, as recommended by Focus Strategies.

“Housing 30 People in 60 Days: The Clock Starts Today,” The North Coast Journal
August 8,2016
The City of Eureka and Humboldt County launch their Housing First campaign, which includes plans to house 30 individuals experiencing homelessness over the course of 60 days. The campaign comes as a result of recommendations made by Focus Strategies in January.

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Berkeley

“Homelessness in Berkeley: An Overview,” Berkeleyside
June 29, 2016
Local, independent news site Berkeleyside published an overview of homelessness in Berkeley, including information and recommendations provided by Focus Strategies regarding the city’s homeless system. The article also features the city’s new housing project, The Hub, which serves as an entry point for homeless people seeking housing and other services.

Nashville

“Nashville needs cohesive system to help homeless, consultants say,” The Tennessean
November 6, 2015
Focus Strategies recommends right-sizing a cohesive homeless response system, in addition to removing barriers to program entry, investing in Rapid Re-Housing, and using HMIS system-wide in Nasvhille. The Tennessean interviews Principal Megan Kurteff Schatz regarding these recommendations.

60 Minutes: “100,000 Homes: Housing the homeless saves money?,” CBS
February 9, 2014
Anderson Cooper interviews formerly homeless individuals in Nashville who were moved into permanent housing with the help of Nashville’s 100,000 Homes Campaign. The segment highlights the cost effectiveness of rapid rehousing and permanent support housing.