Our Client Communities in the News

San Diego County

“New Regional Leader Tasked With Unifying San Diego’s Homeless-Fighting Efforts,” Voice of San Diego 
June 22, 2017
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), San Diego’s lead agency responsible for coordinating efforts to reduce homelessness, announced that Gordon Walker, the former director of housing and community development for the State of Utah. Walker played a key role in significantly reducing chronic homelessness and overall homelessness in Utah through a Housing First approach, and hopes to bring the same type of success to San Diego.

“County homeless program aims to produce 1,000+ units, cut costs 75%,” The San Diego Union Tribune 
June 12, 2017
County Supervisor Ron Roberts and Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob stated that the County may be able to build around 1,000 new housing units for people experiencing homelessness through a $25 million program they hope the full board will endorse on June 20. Both called out the City and County’s quickly expanding homeless population. “I’ve never seen it worse than it is today,” Roberts said. “The biggest and most visible symptom of this issue is the expanding population of homeless on our streets throughout the entire county in San Diego and that includes families and seniors.”

“San Diego awarded $6M state grant to get chronic homeless off the street,” The Union Tribune
May 31, 2017
The City and County of San Diego received a $6 million State grant aimed at housing people with low-level criminal convictions and behavioral health issues who are experiencing homelessness. The pilot project will provide rapid re-housing (RRH), counseling and case management, behavioral health treatment, and job training to participants.

“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.

San Francisco 

“SF supervisor, mayor earmark more money for homeless youth,” The San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2017
The Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy revealed a proposal to earmark $1.54 million in additional funds to housing homeless and unstably housed youth. An estimated 20 percent of the city’s homeless population is made up of youth, according to the City.

“Ed Lee’s political rehab plan: Deal with homeless drug users,” The San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2017
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to spend an additional $30 million on homelessness to provide people with enhanced housing and mental health services. The plan will pay for an additional 40 new mental health beds, which would be housed at the San Francisco General Hospital, and a 24-hour drop-in and shower center planned for the Tenderloin.

“A rare opportunity for San Francisco,” The San Francisco Chronicle
May 25, 2017
San Francisco homeless czar Jeff Kositsky and Director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Olson Lee discuss opportunities for development of housing for people experiencing homelessness and chronic homelessness. These opportunities would take place under Title V of the 1987 federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which would allow underutilized federal properties to be prioritized for people experiencing homelessness, and No Place Like Home, a California program that “uses proceeds from the sale of bonds to help communities house chronically homeless and mentally ill individuals.”

“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.

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 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.”

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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