Our Client Communities in the News

San Francisco

“New Navigation Center opens; nearby tent camps dwindle,” The San Francisco Chronicle
July 18, 2017
San Francisco’s newest Navigation Center opened in late June and the community is already seeing a reduction in the number of encampments and tents in the nearby neighborhoods. The Navigation Center hosts 120 beds and aims to connect people with housing and other voluntary services and supports.

“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.

Valley of the Sun United Way

“Phoenix’s Rapid Rehousing Helps Homeless Man End ‘Roughest 2 Years of My Life,'” Phoenix New Times
July 14, 2017
Two men served by Pheonix’s Rapid Rehousing 250 Program, which was evaluated by Focus Strategies and showed that the program was successfully housing and retaining around 73 percent of clients who were single adults experiencing homelessness, tell their stories to the Phoenix New Times. The program also has been achieving high cost effectiveness, at around $5,000 to $7,000 to house each person.

“Is Maricopa County program to rehouse homeless adults working?,” AZ Central  
June 29, 2017
On Tuesday June 27, Focus Strategies published an evaluation of the Pheonix’s Rapid Rehousing 250 Program for single adults; the report shows the early successes and challenges of the pilot program serving single adults experiencing homelessness, a group often seen as hard to house. The evaluation was commissioned by Valley of the Sun United Way, who also partially funded the rapid rehousing program for single adults.

“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.

San Mateo County

“Peninsula’s Job Growth Resulting In Crunch For Housing,” BisNow
July 14, 2017
Fast job growth in the Bay Area and San Mateo County has resulted in drastically increased demands on the community’s housing market, making it difficult for all segments of the population to attain affordable housing. The article reports that between 2012 and 2015, evictions due to the inability to pay rent “increased 59% while no-cause evictions rose 300% in the Peninsula… San Mateo County also lost 49% of non-subsidized affordable housing, which is naturally occurring housing that happens to be affordable, during this time period.”

 “Affordable housing drying up across Bay Area, report finds,” SFGate
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.

Seattle/King County

“A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday,” The Seattle Times
July 10, 2017
In early July, Seattle opened its first low-barrier homeless Navigation Center, which will connect people experiencing homelessness with supporting services and housing. Seattle officials have set a 60-day limit on how long each client may stay at the Center, with the potential for extensions on a case-by-case basis depending on how long it takes to connect the client to permanent housing.

“Seattle is revamping its approach to homeless programs,” MYNorthwest
June 28, 2017
Mayor Ed Murray announced that the City of Seattle will adopt a more coordinated, integrated approach to homeless services. “Katherine Lester, the director of the Human Services Department, says with a more integrated approach will be a focus on addressing racial disparities and prioritizing five specific goals: increasing the number of people being referred to permanent housing; reducing the average length of a stay in shelters; reducing the number of people who return to the streets; reducing the number of people becoming homeless; and better utilization of current shelters.”

“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 homeless efforts get $80M boost for various services,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 5, 2017
City and County officials announced a joint effort to house 3,000 people experiencing homelessness and improve other interventions to prevent homelessness in the next three years. The plan will utilize $79.7 million in federal and local funding – “about $61 million will go to create 500 housing units. Up to $30 million of that money will go to developers to create 300 of the new units.”

“Mayor taps former gang member as chief homeless adviser,” The San Diego Union-Tribune
July 1, 2017
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed Jonathan Herrera as the city’s liaison on homelessness. “My role is to ensure the city is an active and engaged partner in regional efforts,” Herrera said. “There’s a lot of great stuff going on — there’s no need to re-invent the wheel. I’m not someone coming in on a white horse with all the answers and all the solutions.”

“Renowned homelessness expert takes San Diego job,” The San Diego Union Tribune
June 23, 2017
San Diego’s new CEO of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH), Gordon Walker, hopes to rally homeless service providers and other key stakeholders around a Housing First approach to begin reducing homelessness in the County. “There’s a political will, there’s an opportunity,” Walker said. “One of the big things in this community is the actual recognition of the problem. Once that’s done, we basically need to work together and be united with the service providers and all the stakeholders.”

“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.”

State of Connecticut

“Homelessness fell 24% in three years. How did Connecticut do it?”, The CT Mirror 
June 21, 2017
Connecticut has seen significant decreases in homelessness over the past three consecutive years, a rate that has exceeded most other states, by making ending homelessness a top priority Statewide and locally. Additionally, the State has worked to coordinate efforts between local government and service providers, while also increasing the resources available for these efforts.

Pierce County

“Pierce County fights mental health crisis with mobile clinic,” K5
June 29, 2017
A new program piloted by Pierce County is helping people experiencing homelessness through a mobile mental and physical health clinic. The clinic, which will take the form of a mobile van, will cover many areas of the County that are currently under-served.

“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

“Orange County aims to house 60 to 75 Santa Ana riverbed homeless by year’s end,” The Orange County Register
July 21, 2017
An Orange County non-profit plans to begin housing some of the people living in and along the Santa Ana Riverbed, the County’s largest homeless encampment. The $720,000 pilot program will help people living along the Riverbed move into permanent housing.

“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.”

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