Our Client Communities in the News

King County

“Local homeless programs: performance targets for doing good?,” The Seattle Times
May 22, 2017
Seattle and King County providers that receive funding from All Home, the County’s lead agency on coordinated efforts to end homelessness, will soon be required to meet a number of housing-focused performance measures. The measures include: the rate at which people enter programs from literal homelessness, rate of bed utilization, length of client stay in programs, rate that clients exit programs to permanent housing, and the percent of clients who return to homelessness after exiting programs.

San Diego County

“San Diego Wants to Go From Cacophony to One Voice on Homelessness,” Voice of San Diego
May 22, 2017
In the midst of the City and County’s varied efforts to address homelessness in San Diego, a strategic, coordinated regional plan to reduce and eventually end homelessness locally is being developed that will bring together community groups, non-profits, and civic leaders. The Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) has hired Focus Strategies to create the plan, which will include building out permanent housing interventions and diversion.

“City Council votes to form committee to take up homelessness problem,” Fox 5
May 16, 2017
San Diego City Council voted unanimously to create a Selection Committee on Homelessness, which will provide an opportunity to review and consider city policies and procedures related to homelessness. The committee will also support a plan developed by the San Diego Housing Commission that will create an additional 500 housing units for the homeless, implement prevention and coordinated outreach programs.

“New San Diego city panel aims to tackle homelessness problem,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
May 15, 2017
San Diego City Council is looking to create a Select Committee on Homelessness “to explore potential solutions and increase transparency about what the city is already doing and what else is being considered.” Councilman Chris Ward will serve as chairman of the committee; Ward has already been involved in efforts to plan how the City and County will address homelessness and currently serves as a vice-chair to the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

“Lots of talk for homeless, verging on action,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
April 9, 2017
Columnist Dan McSwain of the Union-Tribune discusses building momentum around ending homelessness in San Diego County and the need for business, government, and non-profit leaders to come together around the issue. “Solving the crisis will require both kinds of leadership you see in business and government,” he writes.

“Bold action needed to address housing crisis, homelessness,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
March 10, 2017
Commentary by Nico Calvita, a professor for San Diego State University’s School of Public Affairs, highlights what other California cities are doing to house their homeless populations. He writes, “What is absolutely necessary [in San Diego] is the type of bold action that other localities in the state have already taken.”

San Mateo County

May 5, 2017
A report produced by nonprofit agencies California Housing Partnership Corp. and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California found that several Bay Area counties, including San Mateo County, would need more than 10,000 rental units in order to ensure that all low-income households have an affordable place to live.
“Comprehending homelessness: San Mateo County, national One Day Count this week helps officials gauge how to help,” The Daily Journal
January 23, 2017
In January, San Mateo County’s Human Services Agency conducted its One Day Homeless Count, which occurs every other year and is aimed at gathering data to inform policy decisions and other local homelessness planning.

Pierce County

“Tacoma’s homelessness crisis needs an emergency solution, mayor says,” The News Tribune
May 2, 2017
The Mayor of Tacoma said homelessness has reached a new “crisis” level and encouraged that government, private, and non-profit agencies come together to find solutions to address homelessness.

Orange County

“Nonprofits and city officials turn to cooperation in Orange County’s fight against homelessness,” Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2017
With homelessness on the rise in Orange County, local leaders shift their focus towards housing as a key to reducing homelessness. City and County officials are teaming up to find solutions locally and housing those most in need.

“Orange County Allocates $33 Million to Whole Person Care Program,” Voice of OC
March 15, 2017
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved additional funding for the Whole Person Care program, which assists in delivering crucial services and supports to people experiencing homelessness. Funding will allow for a program that alerts homeless crisis response system providers and stakeholders when an individual experiencing homelessness enters the emergency room, as well as additional outreach and coordination services for the population.

“Price tag of homelessness in Orange County is nearly $300 million, UCI study finds,” The Orange County Register
March 8, 2017
A study conducted by University of California, Irvine found that the Orange County would save around $42 million per year in law enforcement, healthcare, and other local expenses by placing chronically homeless households into stable, safe housing. This was the first study of its kind in Orange County. Its primary finding was that the County would save significantly if they were to invest in a housing first approach, moving people from the streets to permanent housing.

Metro Denver

“New HOPE For Homelessness And Affordable Housing In Metro Denver,” Colorado Public Radio
March 24, 2017
Will Connelly of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Erik Soliván talk about regional efforts to reduce and eventually end homelessness in Metro Denver. Connelly said his vision is that “all of the programs and all of the resources dedicated to homelessness [in Denver and the seven surrounding counties] are aligned and they share a set of common goals, and are working towards the main goal of getting every person, or every family, that’s experiencing homelessness in the region into housing… We need to make sure that each part of our homelessness system is housing focused…”

February 2017
The City and County of Denver, Colorado is working to preserve and develop income-restricted units throughout the city. There are 15 publicly-supported housing projects in the local pipeline, “slated to provide 943 units across the entire homeless to home ownership spectrum.”

San Francisco

“SF lawmaker seeks to speed up homeless housing,” SF Gate
April 12, 2017
San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting is seeking to quicken the process of constructing housing dedicated to people experiencing homeless through a proposed measure (AB932) that would “supply roofs quickly for the 7,000 people in the city with no long-term home.” San Francisco homeless program leaders and staff “enthusiastically endorse the measure,” which will be taken to the Legislature for its first hearing in late April.

“We need to support homeless solutions, even in our backyards,” The San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle writer David Talbot recognizes local efforts to promote creative housing solutions in unlikely neighborhoods for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco.

“Homeless czar argues for spending increase to advance SF beyond the ‘status quo,'” The San Francisco Examiner 
March 7, 2017
San Francisco’s director of the new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing plans to increase the Department’s spending significantly to include a new database to ensure coordination of services for people experiencing homelessness and other housing resources.

“SF’s new plan to get homeless families off the streets,” The San Francisco Chronicle
October 29, 2016
San Francisco’s new Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, alongside Focus Strategies, has developed new plans to house its homeless families using data-informed solutions and systems planning. Their goal is that by 2020, every family experiencing homelessness would be housed within 90 days.

Valley of the Sun United Way

“Can The Valley End Homelessness?,” KJZZ
September 28, 2016
Valley of the Sun United Way has adopted a Housing First approach to end homelessness, which utilizes harm reduction to enable individuals to stabilize before addressing other needs.  Bruce Liggett, Director of Maricopa County Human Services Department, and Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way’s Vice President of Community Impact, discuss efforts to reach functional zero in Maricopa County.

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