Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Homeless Housing News via California Housing and Community Development Department

Greetings!

Here are the news articles that Google Alert has found for homeless housing that homeless activists should know about:

From HCD News, Feb 3rd
By Alicia Victoria Lozano [2-2-20] // "Without question, the primary driver is a lack of affordable housing," said Tommy Newman of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
 
By Dennis Wyatt [1-31-20] // Not everyone chooses shelter, even when it is available. We are in error if we devote all of our energy and resources to try and get the homeless like the woman and even her companion off the streets. It is much more pragmatic and effective at reducing homeless issues in the long run if we concentrate on preventing people from becoming homeless.
 
By Kevin Fagan [1-31-20] // Merry Potter surveyed the soggy mound of bags, blankets, pans and clothes laid out on a tarp around her. She had until the end of the day to stuff everything she needed into two 80-gallon plastic tubs, and then it was off to a tiny home a few miles from where she stood.
 

From HCD News, Jan 31st
By Reggie Ellis [1-29-20] // Tulare and Kings counties, where most of the homeless population lives in Visalia, had the highest percentage of homeless people who have lived on the streets without shelter for several years, according HUD's 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. 
 
[1-29-20] // Oakland: The new cabins bring the total number of cabin beds throughout the city to 232.
 
[1-29-20] // About 260 people who live in tents and makeshift shelters will be forced out. County leaders said about 60 of those homeless residents will be relocated to a temporary housing village at a juvenile justice center in East Santa Rosa. The other 200 people evicted from the encampment will need to find somewhere else to go.

From HCD News, Jan 29th
By Kris Reyes [1-27-20] // (Video/text) San Jose State has the highest rate of student homelessness in the CSU system, which has 53,000 homeless students overall. This comprehensive solution includes basic needs grants, expansion of a rapid re-housing and rental assistance program, emergency bed pilot program, and development of a below-market-rent mixed-use housing project.
 
By Sarah Ravani [1-27-20] // Oakland will shut down a large homeless encampment in front of a Home Depot store in the Fruitvale neighborhood next month and, starting Monday, move most of its residents into a new "safe RV parking" site. City officials will offer shelter beds or space at a community cabin site to others living in tents, cars or small, makeshift homes.
 
By Kevin Fagan [1-27-20] // Elester Shelton spent 20 years off and on in the streets of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley - sometimes housed, always poor even though he often worked as a roofer, always hoping for help. It wasn't until he landed at a homeless aid center in Oakland a year ago that things began to turn for him.
 
By Sarah Ravani [1-28-20] // Under the plan, Berkeley would give priority to RV dwellers with children, people who work or study in Berkeley, and former city residents. Those eligible could park in six city lots for up to three months but would have to leave during business hours. Social services will be provided.
 
By Will Schmitt [1-29-20] // The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to expand a lightly used safe parking program, potentially allowing people living in cars and RVs to park on certain pieces of public land or even on private residential property. The vote did not create a final expansion plan but will send city staff to the drawing board to craft a range of options the council will consider over the next several months as it writes a new budget.
 
By S. Kambhampati, S. Kannan, I. Lee, A. Roberson, D. Smith, L.I. Elebee, and J. Schleuss [1-29-20] // Animated data story illustrates Proposition HHH project costs, which exceed $1.2 billion. The HHH fund covers about 30% of building costs; developers raise the remaining funding elsewhere.
 
By Editorial Board [1-28-20] // Assemblyman Gatto says for years he has watched unsheltered homeless people intimidate others on the street and on public transportation. He believes their behavior constitutes "cries for help."

From HCD News, Jan 27th
By Jenna Chandler [1-24-20] // Camp residents are asking Mitch O'Farrell to relax enforcement of city rules that ban camping in public parks.
 
By Ryan Hagen [1-27-20] // For Kim Lindsey, the last straw came after she told a panhandler at a gas station that she didn't have any money to give him. "He said, 'Yes, you will give me something," Lindsey said. "He had two other men there, also vagrants. I felt unsafe, being a woman."
 
By David Benda [1-22-20] // Noah's Community Village applied to the BLM office in Redding to lease 30 acres on Middle Creek Road off Highway 299 west of Redding where it wants to build 180 tiny homes.
 
By Adam Brinklow [1-23-20] // The city council voted to plan for the opening of a city-managed homeless encampment of its own in the near future, hoping to maintain a safe and sanitary place for homeless relief even while assuring skeptical residents that it's only temporary.
 
By Emily Nonko [1-27-20] // San Francisco's approach exemplifies what civic leaders are waking up to: The homelessness crisis demands coordination among numerous city agencies, nonprofit and housing providers, and public entities, such as hospitals, that don't typically coordinate with one another.
 
[1023020] // LAHSA is accepting proposals for its 2020 Safe Parking Program.
 
[1-26-20] // "We were used to a comfortable life," Greiss said. "We lived in Santa Monica for four years, but our apartment had mold and we broke ties with our landlord. It was too quick to find another place."

From HCD News, Jan 24th
By Matt Levin [1-23-20] // Levin provides a description, cost, speed of implementation, and political/public support for multiple approaches to addressing homelessness.
By Don Thompson [1-22-20] // California is asking the Trump administration to provide surplus federal land that could be used to build housing for the homeless, mirroring a new state program.
By Noah Bierman and Benjamin Oreskes [1-23-20] // Garcetti said Thursday that he hopes to reach a preliminary agreement with the Trump administration on a joint plan to help combat the city's swelling homelessness crisis when he meets with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson on Friday.
By Heather Knight [1-24-20] // Until ground is broken in two years on an affordable housing development at the corner of Turk and Jones, how should this lot be used?
By Steve Scauzillo [1-22-20] // During appearances Tuesday, Jan. 21, before elected officials, law enforcement, service providers and educators in San Bernardino County, President Trump's homeless czar said California will fail to solve its homeless crisis unless it reverses its housing-first policy. California's homeless population is estimated at 151,278, the highest since 2007.

From HCD News, Jan 17th
By Tyler Silvy [1-15-20] // Crews are working to establish an emergency homeless shelter complete with individual units, a warming station and service hub, showers and even a dog run with kennels.
By Tyler Silvy [1-13-20] // The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to consider outdoor shelter and housing options that could offer alternative living space for 80 to 140 people. But the $999,000 home on Davis Street, alongside Highway 101 between 10th and 9th streets, won't be part of that package.
By Marissa Kendall [1-16-20] // Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off his ambitious homelessness agenda Thursday by deploying 15 trailers in Oakland that will house up to 70 unsheltered residents.
By Thomas Fuller [1-16-20] // Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Thursday that he would send an envoy to meet with administration officials and discuss ways to address the issue together. The state has identified more than 1,300 state-owned properties that could potentially be used to shelter homeless people, a list that includes state hospitals and buildings used by the state's Department of Veterans Affairs, the governor said.
By Emily Alpert Reyes [1-16-20] // Seven years ago, Los Angeles leaders decided to create a new, alternative system to handle minor violations of the Municipal Code such as drinking in public, riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or letting a dog run off leash. A skid row group is suing the city over the program.
By Natalie Hanson [1-16-20] // At least 70% of Oroville's high school students are considered socioeconomically-disadvantaged. In Chico, Between 400 and 500 children are categorized as housing insecure at any time during the Chico Unified School district's school year...
By Katy Grimes [1-16-20] // Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) and Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced this week that they have requested a statewide audit of homelessness spending in California. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will consider the request on February 26, 2020.
By Conor Dougherty [1-13-20] // Here is an interview with UCSF doctor Margot Kushel, who has spent the last twenty years researching the underlying causes and consequences of homelessness.
By Katherine Guimapang [1-13-20] // "Those affected [by homelessness] receive - without prerequisite - a small apartment and advice. 4 out of 5 affected people create the path to a stable life. It is cheaper for the state than homelessness."

From HCD News, Jan 15th
By Rachel Brown, Rob McMillan and Rob Hayes [1-15-20] // (Video/text) "We're bringing out medical units and tents that we use in post-disasters," he said. Fifty-eight trailers are currently available. Forty-two more will be soon. One hundred parcels of vacant state land is being transferred to local authorities for parking the trailers.
By Faith E. Pinho [1-14-20] // In an executive order addressing homelessness, Gov. Gavin Newsom last week ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to assess "fairgrounds in or near jurisdictions where a shelter crisis is currently in effect" to determine whether the state-owned properties could be viable venues for short-term shelters for people experiencing homelessness.
By Alissa Walker [1-13-20] // "Evacuating" 150,000 people to distant sites would be akin to internment camps, housing advocates say.
By Dakota Smith, Benjamin Oreskes, and Noah Bierman [1-13-20] // Trump officials are prepared to offer Los Angeles an array of resources, including emergency healthcare services and federal land. In return, L.A. would need to empower and utilize local law enforcement and reduce housing regulations to expedite affordable housing construction.
By Dominic Fracassa [1-15-20] // A vacant administrative building once used by City College of San Francisco may provide a 200-bed Navigation Center.
By Theresa Clift and Sophia Bollag [1-13-20] // A state task force is calling for a statewide measure to be placed on the November ballot that would require localities and the state to meet aggressive goals to house the homeless. Localities that fail to meet benchmarks could face court action.
By Don Thompson [1-13-20] // An advisory council appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom called Monday for California voters to consider a legally enforceable mandate to end homelessness, as the most populous state grapples with one of its most pressing and politically fraught problems.
By Kate Irby [1-14-20] // Washington, D.C.: Rep. Josh Harder (D-Turlock) wants to allow states to apply for emergency funding for homelessness crises in the same way they're granted funding for natural disasters like wildfires or hurricanes.
By Steve Lopez [1-15-20] // Reader solutions: "I just wanted to ask if you're aware of an abandoned and very large 5 floor LA city-owned property that is at 401 North Ave 19," Marty Bracciotti wrote to Steve Lopez just before Christmas. This past Sunday, Patricia McVerry of West L.A. emailed him of St. Vincent Medical Center's impending closure after roughly 150 years in business.
By Rob McMillan [1-13-20] // (Video/text) An empty lot north of downtown Riverside will soon be filled with 10 small cottages designated for the homeless. It's part of the city's ongoing effort to solve the problem of homelessness.
By Omar Perez [1-14-20] // The California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $461,261 through the 2019 Emergency Solutions Grants Program. 

From HCD News, Jan 13th
By Joe Mathews [1-12-20] // (Opinion) California's tendency to turn everything - from housing to health - into an investment, full of speculation, has made everything, even our booms, volatile and risky. The signature effect of the now-concluding decade of boom is, of course, homelessness.
By Nita Lelyveld [1-11-20] // Direct donations of clothing and gift cards for Subway or McDonald's help.
By Khristopher J. Brooks [1-13-20] // (Video/text) The six homeless women have less than five days to leave the house they have been squatting in since November.
By Sabrina Huang [1-6-20] // Improving and Maintaining Homeless Opportunity through Mentorship and Education, an organization at UCLA dedicated to mentoring elementary school students as they transition out of homelessness, is a testament to the pressing needs of homeless children in LA.
By Susie Steimle [1-6-20] // When children end up homeless, it's usually because someone in their life dropped the ball. Dr. Coco Auerswald of UC Berkeley says it's up to society to pick them up.
By Dominic Fracassa and Trisha Thadani [1-13-20] // The shared priority project is part of a broader effort to revamp the city's system of care as a shortage of mental health workers, drug treatment beds and stable housing hobbles its ability to help the most vulnerable. The project has built upon efforts by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to catalog the city's population of unhoused people and match them with services.

From HCD News, Jan 10th
By Don Thompson (AP) [1-8-20] // (Audio/text) A billion-dollar investment last year has yet to curtail California's growing homeless crisis, and with the state awash in revenue, Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to spend a billion more on programs aimed at getting people off the streets.
[1-9-20] // Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday directing agencies under his command to identify state land that could be used as temporary shelter locations for the homeless. ...The governor said the final portion of $650 million in emergency homeless aid to cities and counties approved in June was being released Wednesday after a final federal homelessness count. 
By Editorial Board [1-9-20] // There's been a lot of chatter about whether Gov. Gavin Newsom will keep his promise to appoint a state "czar" to deal with California's apocalyptic crisis of homelessness. So far, Newsom has refused - and perhaps we should all be fine with that.
By Kate Irby and Manuela Tobias [1-10-20] // In Fresno, before being appointed head of USICH, Robert Marbut Jr. left a lasting impression when he "embedded" in camps and recommended policies that some worried downplayed the importance of providing shelter to homeless people. Fresno rejected his major recommendations.
[1-10-20] // Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Brea) on Wednesday introduced assembly bill 1908, which would require the Department of Transportation to establish the Homeless Encampment and Litter Program on department property.
By Anna Maria Barry-Jester [1-10-20] // In sweeps, personal possessions, including medicines and necessary medical devices, are routinely thrown away.
By Andy Corbley [1-8-20] // Oakland: "There are the allegations that homeless people are dirty or don't keep the space clean," 37MLK resident Echeverría-Fenn said. "There's only one reason why we're clean and other encampments are dirty: we have actual access to trash facilities and we have access to running water that other encampments don't."
[1-10-20] // Modesto: James and Lynette Scott put up a tent behind their store, but they are taking it down on Friday after being cited by the city for their effort to try to control the homeless crisis on their property.
By Adam Brinklow [1-6-20] // Former California Assemblymember Mike Gatto wants to get tough on "quality-of-life" crimes while still being gentle with the people-often the homeless-most likely to be charged with them, with a new voter initiative that he hopes will land on the November ballot.
By Theresa Clift [1-9-20] // The city expects to receive roughly $14 million in state money - more than double what it got last year- and two large shelters are set to open in the spring. Meanwhile, nearly every City Council member has announced a proposal to help address the problem.

From HCD News, Jan 8th
By Doug Smithy [1-7-20] // More than 60% of the inmates with a mental illness in the Los Angeles County Jail would be eligible for diversion if there were more facilities capable of providing supportive care, according to a study released Tuesday.
By Alexei Koseff and Kevin Fagan [1-8-20] // Gov. Newsom intends to sign an executive order today which will open vacant state land to emergency shelters and create a fund to pay rent and build affordable housing for homeless people. The governor will propose to start the fund with $750 million in taxpayer money, which the Legislature would have to approve.
By Associated Press [1-8-20] // The governor also directed the state to provide 100 travel trailers and modular tent structures to cities and counties that meet certain criteria.
By John Myers and Doug Smith [1-8-20] // As part of his new state budget proposal, Gov. Gavin Newsom will ask lawmakers this week to allocate more than $1.4 billion to a variety of local and state-run efforts, with much of the money earmarked as subsidies for immediate housing and community healthcare services. Newsom also plans to embrace a permanent change to boost state funding for homelessness needs by way of a November statewide ballot measure to rework the rules of the tax on millionaires imposed by voters in 2004, money that now is directed to programs first aimed at mental health.
By Sophia Bollag [1-7-20] // (Video/text) Assemblywoman Luz Rivas on Monday introduced a bill to create an Office to End Homelessness run by a cabinet secretary for housing insecurity and homelessness who would report to the governor.
By Dominic Fracassa [1-7-20] // San Francisco is making 151 units in two residential hotels (ABC News) available for formerly homeless people, a more affordable and faster option than creating new units in a city where subsidized housing costs $700,000 a unit and takes five years to build. There are more than 8,000 people living without homes in San Francisco.
By Mike Luery [1-6-20] // (Video/text) "We've partly caused our own problems," Joy Gonzales said. "I'm not saying we haven't. We do drugs. We don't follow the rules. We're society's outcasts, but we do need some help. And we do need to see that Social Security is not enough money." Gonzalez lives on $961 a month.
By Anne Wernikoff [12-30-19] // This most recent submission of a year-long series in mental health care in California explores the possibilities of forced conservatorship for severely mentally ill people living on the streets-through the lens of one individual who developed a mental illness after a severe brain injury.
By Terence Chea and Juliet Williams (AP) [1-7-20] // "I want to thank Moms 4 Housing for taking that house and for demonstrating that nowhere, nowhere should there be a vacant house anywhere in California when we have the housing crisis that we have," said Democratic Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley. "And it was totally legitimate for those homeless moms to take over that house."
By Gary Warth [1-7-20] // A motel in South Bay will be renovated into an 82-room housing structure for formerly homeless people, run by Father Joe's Village. The organization's goal is to create 2,000 affordable housing units through construction and procurement of existing properties. Father Joe's breaks ground on a new 16-story, 407-unit housing project in two weeks.
By Doug Smith [1-7-20] // For months, the wooden frame rising at 88th and Vermont stood as a constant reminder of the unfulfilled promise of Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion bond for homeless housing that Los Angeles voters approved more than three years ago. On Monday, there was a grand opening.

From HCD News, Jan 6th
By Colleen Shalby [1-3-20] // Devices that authorities say were made to look like explosives were discovered Thursday night in Venice at the site of a future homeless shelter that has been a long-standing point of contention.
By Krista Niemczyk [1-2-20] // (Opinion) "We need financial help for housing for at least six months or so," one survivor said when surveyed for our Growing the Seeds of Healing and Justice project. "Because of (domestic violence) I lost my job and left my house with nothing but my children. It's hard to find a job that fits my schedule since I (have) sole custody."
By Andy Krauss [1-2-20] // HUD says the homeless population increased in California by 21,306 people between 2018 and 2019, accounting for more than the entire national increase. That means roughly one in four homeless Americans live in California, according to CalMatters.
By Gary Warth [1-6-20] // About $3.8 million in federal dollars are being allocated to help veterans through San Diego County find housing and services that can lead to long-term recovery from homelessness.
By Luke Money, Faith E. Pinho, Hillary Davis and Priscella Vega [1-3-20] // Orange County elected officials and their staffers will say their cities are willing to do their "fair share" to address homelessness - or tout efforts that they say prove they're already doing it.
By Luke Money et al. [1-3-20] // This is the last article of Unsheltered, a five-part series examining homelessness in the cities of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. This part examines whether ending homelessness is a realistic goal.
By Gary Warth [1-5-20] // Homeless people who face a ticket or arrest by San Diego police officers are being offered a chance to have the infraction cleared if they agree to stay for 30 days in one of the city's large tented bridge shelters.


From HCD News,  Jan 3rd
By Camille von Kaenel [1-2-20] // The immediate shock of around 35,000 people becoming homeless overnight in an area with an existing housing shortage has mostly passed as many have been able to relocate. In its place has emerged a secondary, more chronic crisis as hundreds of lower-income, under-insured or non-property-owning residents continue to survive on the edge, in and out of homelessness, unable to start truly recovering from the hit of the disaster.
By Emily Deruy [1-2-20] // The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last week it was awarding the Oakland Housing Authority more than $2.8 million as part of a program to help families that rely on public assistance relocate if their homes are demolished or converted to other uses.
By Doug Smith [12-31-19] // In an effort to keep thousands of people with mental illness from becoming homeless, a coalition of L.A. County officials and homeless advocates is urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to put $500 million into his January budget proposal to shore up financially struggling board and care homes.
[12-23-19] // (Video/text) The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved proposals to provide housing for the 3,000 homeless people in the county, particularly the 210 people who have been camping along the Joe Rodota Trail in a county park in Santa Rosa.
[12-28-19] // Mabury Bridge Housing Community will serve as interim and transitional housing via tiny homes for homeless people in San Jose.
By Luke Money et al. [12-31-19] // Huntington Beach City Councilwoman Kim Carr said Surf City's task force - consisting of two full-time police officers, one program coordinator and four case managers - has "helped over 262 individuals get off the streets and reunited over 70 individuals with their families." And Part 3: Can Orange County Cities Find the Political Will to Fix Homelessness?
By Matt Tinoco [12-31-19] // In September, Bellflower became the first city outside of Orange County to voluntarily enter a judicial consent decree overseen by U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter.

From HCD News, Dec 27th
HOMELESSNESS
By Sam Levin [12-27-19] // In a state with the world's fifth largest economy, physical assaults and criminalization efforts have made 2019 a particularly grim year for the homeless.
By Kevin Fagan [12-26-19] // The Healing Well offers yoga, acupuncture, 12-step addiction recovery meetings, lunch, people to talk to-things that take the place of doing drugs, as one patron puts it.
By Mayde Gomez [12-24-19] // Stockton City leaders allocated $100k to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission and another $100k to the Stockton Shelter to help support another 50 beds at each location.
By Wilson Walker [12-26-19] // A pair of homeless Oakland mothers occupying a vacant home as a housing protest on Thursday was given another four days to make their case. The judge has tentatively ruled in favor of eviction.
By Marco della Cava [12-24-19] // East Palo Alto: "Before, the kids could never go outside the RV because of people fighting and doing drugs, but here they can ride their bikes around," said Morales, who, like many others here, preferred to speak in Spanish. "We are grateful."

From HCD News, Dec 23rd
HOMELESSNESS
By Adam Brinklow [12-19-19] // At no point was a solution ever on the horizon, though SF tried seemingly everything to get there.

From HCD News, Dec 18th
HOMELESSNESS
By Thomas Fuller and Josh Haner [12-17-19] // This photo essay portrays a third-world sprawling homeless encampment in Oakland where the journalists spent three months getting to know its residents.
By Jill Cowan [12-16-19] // A 2017 report by the city of Los Angeles on the state of toilets on Skid Row found that there were just nine public toilets available for its 1,964 homeless residents. By contrast, the United Nations' standard for refugee camps requires there to be one toilet for every 20 people.
By Joel John Roberts [12-17-19] // (Commentary) We certainly need to respond to homelessness like it is a natural disaster-by setting up enough temporary structures immediately to get people off the streets now...
By Cornell W. Barnard [12-17-19] // (Video/text) The moms and their children recently moved into a vacant home without permission from the owners, but are now using legal channels, asserting their right to live there. Mother Monique Walker pointed out, "There's four vacant homes for every one homeless person on the streets in Oakland. That's criminal to me during winter."
By Benjamin Oreskes [12-17-19] // The U.S. Supreme Court decision to not hear an appeal of the City of Boise vs. Martin limits cities' power to prevent people from sleeping in public places when there is no other shelter available.
By Lisa Halverstadt [12-16-19] // Two San Diego lawmakers have joined Gov. Gavin Newsom in urging the Trump administration to swiftly release homeless census data amid continued speculation about a possible federal crackdown on homelessness in the state.
By Melinda Meza [12-17-19] // (Video) Last year Stockton received no money from the state. This year, the governor's Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Fund is providing San Joaquin County $12 million to create mobile showers, navigation centers, expanded shelters, and affordable, permanent housing.
By Tyler Silvy [12-17-19] // Sonoma County supervisors stalled Tuesday in their bid to advance a solution to the growing homeless crisis on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa, postponing action on a set of shelter recommendations county staff hastily cobbled together early this week.
By Joe Goldeen [12-17-19] // Longtime unsheltered homeless residents liken it to a cat-and-mouse game. As soon as the cat leaves, the mice return.
By Kriston Capps [12-17-19] // As advocates and service providers brace for an executive order on homelessness, HUD Secretary Ben Carson heads to Houston.


From HCD News, Dec 16th
HOMELESSNESS
By Kevin Fagan [12-16-19] // Kat MacKay, who lives at the biggest homeless camp Sonoma County has ever seen, is tired of screams erupting around her at night. She's tired of the outbreaks of syphilis and stomach flu in the nearby tents, the stench of trash, the rats and mice chewing anything resembling food.
By Pete Williams [12-16-19] // By refusing to hear the case, the court leaves in place a lower court ruling that said Idaho's camping ban violated the Constitution.
By Justin Jones [12-2019] // I  became homeless at the age of 8 or 9 after my mom enrolled in a 90-day rehab program. My dad was a part of the problem and wasn't present after she took the steps to a better life.
By LA Times [12-13-19] // Los Angeles can move forward with plans to open a homeless shelter in Venice after a L.A. County Superior Court judge rejected a legal challenge to the project.
By Phil Matier [12-16-19] // Built at cost of $4 million, the 200-bed Embarcadero Navigation Center takes about up half of a 2.4-acre parking lot along the city's picturesque waterfront near Beale and Bryant streets.
By David Lightman [12-16-19] // Congress wants to spend about $2.8 billion in fiscal 2020, the 12-month period that began Oct. 1, on homeless assistance grants, the major funding source to help the homeless. Final votes are likely sometime this month on what would be about a 6% increase over last year.
By Ryan Hagen [12-14-19] // Riverside mayor Rusty Bailey has spent about 15 nights in an uninsulated structure since October to garner attention for the needs of those without homes in Riverside. He wants City Council to approve similar structures at tomorrow's meeting.
By Benjamin Oreskes [12-14-19] After a public outcry at a Lancaster City Council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris postponed a vote on a proposal to sharply restrict how charitable groups feed homeless people in public spaces.
By Sherilyn Adams and Jennifer Stojkovic [12-14-19] // Tech employees across the city put together gift kits of socks, underwear, hats, shirts and handwritten holiday cards for 300 young people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. The kits will be distributed by Larkin Street Youth Services.

From HCD News, Dec 11th
HOMELESSNESS
By Eve Garrow [12-10-19] // After she became homeless, Callie Rutter entered Bridges at Kraemer Place, an emergency shelter that promises to "connect participants to housing as quickly as possible." For her, however, the shelter has been a bridge to nowhere. Callie has lived in the converted warehouse shelter for almost a year.
[12-2019] // Key findings include the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness; these laws are rooted in prejudice, fear, and misunderstanding; criminalization is costly and ineffective as well as harmful and, often, illegal.
By Gary Warth [12-10-19] // San Diego's vehicle habitation law is mentioned in the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Law's 2019 Housing Not Handcuffs report, but the city was not listed among others as part of the report's "Hall of Shame." It also noted some progress around the country in trying to help homeless people off the street, and mentioned Clairemont Lutheran Church's plan to build affordable housing units on its parking lot.
By Associated Press [12-11-19] // Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a city council meeting Tuesday that she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing a ship for emergency housing...
By Trisha Thadani [12-10-19] // More than 1,700 people live in their vehicles in San Francisco, up 45% over the last two years.

From HCD News, Dec 9th
HOMELESSNESS
By Otis R. Taylor Jr. [12-9-19] // Look, we all really need to take a deep breath, because we can't afford to get sidetracked and lose sight of what's really at stake here: the lives of people trying to mentally and physically survive living on the street.
[12-8-19] // HomeAid, a non-profit provider of housing for the homeless in Northern California, is building six "Tiny Homes" at the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward to service residents participating in a California housing program.
By Will Schmitt and Tyler Silvy [12-7-19] // For 10 years, Patty Alden has lived in a small home near the Joe Rodota Trail, a Sonoma County park path on an old railroad line stretching more than 8 miles from Santa Rosa to Sebastopol. In recent months, more than 150 homeless people have set up camp along the trail not far from her house. One of the camp residents is her 40-year-old son.

From HCD News, Dec 6th
HOMELESSNESS
By David Wagner [12-6-19] // Research shows that prevention strategies in cities like Chicago and New York have been working. 
By Theresa Clift [12-5-19] // (Audio/text) The development, on city-owned land at Northgate Boulevard and Patio Avenue, south of Interstate 80, would open next winter at the earliest, Councilman Jeff Harris said.
By Margie Shafer [12-3-19] // (Audio) A potential safe transitional site has been identified in Menlo Park for the working poor and homeless living in their cars and RVs. They may park overnight and receive services, pending federal approval.
[12-5-19] // Gavin Newsom, asked President Donald Trump on Thursday to stop withholding federal housing vouchers that could benefit 50,000 homeless people.
By Emily Deruy [12-6-19] // Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed the Trump administration for bureaucratic delays. On Wednesday, Newsom said cities and counties can begin applying for a piece of the $650 million in emergency homeless aid set aside in the state budget. 
By Sammy Caiola [12-2-19] // Paula Lomazzi, executive director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, said when she was homeless it was "like a miracle when someone gave me a $5 bill, and also it was a miracle when someone would give me their leftover dinner from a restaurant." Caiola provides lots of other suggestions.
By Martin Wolk [12-5-19] // "Sixty percent of all gang members are essentially, effectively homeless," said Father Gregory Boyle, who is planning to add transitional housing near Homeboy headquarters.
By Emily Alpert Reyes [12-5-19] // Los Angeles city officials won a key battle Thursday over a pair of local laws meant to ease the way for more housing for homeless people, defeating a challenge from Fight Back, Venice! The group argued that the ordinances flouted state law and sought to overturn them.
By Sarah Ravani [11-4-19] // In its proposal to an Oakland City Council committee, city staff noted that "encampments in parks have a disproportionate impact on the entire community as these areas are no longer available for recreation."
By Anderson Cooper [12-1-19] // (Video/text) Cooper visits a tent city in the Seattle area and hears from some of America's more than 500,000 people who are experiencing homelessness.
By Benjamin Oreskes [12-4-19] // Robert Marbut, who has worked with Fresno and several other California cities and counties, would succeed Matthew Doherty as executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. He is also known for urging cities to stop "enabling" homeless people and is skeptical of the housing first model.

From HCD News, Dec 4th
HOMELESSNESS
By Trisha Thadani [12-3-19] // HealthRight 360's tie-dye-painted van is parked in the Tenderloin and offers treatment for wounds, rashes, and the common cold as well as preventive care such as TB testing and blood pressure checking.
[12-4-19] // "Tenderloin residents and businesses deserve clean and healthy sidewalks just like any other neighborhood," said Supervisor Matt Haney.
By Doug Smith and Benjamin Oreskes [12-2-19] // Peter Lynn announced Monday that he is stepping down as head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Lynn plans to continue working in the homeless field..."I think America, in general, provides really poor funding ... for mental health, substance use treatment," he said. "And I will say, people are really suffering for that."
By Adam Brinklow [12-2-19] // And the Bay Area's ten largest cities combined sport three empty homes for every two persons without one...
By Phil Matier [12-4-19] // San Francisco officials have declared the recent test run of keeping the city's Pit Stop public toilets open all night a success - and at about $28.50 per flush, it ought to be.

From the HCD News, Nov 27th
HOMELESSNESS
By Matt Tinoco [11-25-19] // "The reality is that we messed up. We should not have published the story without fully vetting the methodology first. That said, we are desperately in need of accurate numbers."
By Benjamin Oreskes and Doug Smith [11-26-19] // In all, 30 shelters are in some stage of development for a total of 2,300 new beds, including about 900 that the city plans to fund from other sources. But the unanticipated success of Garcetti's A Bridge Home program has put the city at odds with Los Angeles County over who should pay for it, leaving further expansion of the shelter program in doubt at time when residents have become frustrated by the explosion of homeless encampments.
By Noah Bierman [11-26-19] // Administration officials have floated a range of potential plans - including using police to clear skid row and other encampments, reducing regulations for building new housing, and increasing temporary shelter space by making federal facilities available or erecting temporary structures. Advocates and officials in California say they would welcome a truly cooperative effort with Washington.
By John Tozzi [11-5-19] // Under a law passed in 1986, people who need medical care can seek it in an emergency room, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. But that's where our country draws the line. We'll pay for a hospital bed but not for a home, even when the home would be cheaper in the [not so] long run.
By Joel Grover and Amy Corral [11-25-19] // Some prominent California politicians are now calling for the Golden State to emulate the Empire State, where only 6% of people experiencing homelessness live outdoors, compared to 75% in Los Angeles.

HOMELESSNESS
By Martin Macias, Jr. [11-22-19] // The mayors of Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles said at a housing policy summit Friday that curbing the state's homelessness and housing affordability crises requires legislative action making housing a right for all Californians.
By Theresa Clift [11-22-19] // This year, Sacramento County will not offer their winter sanctuary program that in the past has bused 100 homeless men and women to places of worship for shelter and medical care. Instead, the county will add services, 24 beds, and expanded hours at two River District shelters.
By Mark Noack [11-22-19] // Volunteers gathered voter signatures to block parking ban affecting homeless RV-dwellers.
By Michael Andersen [11-22-19] // The search for housing justice shouldn't ignore the empty luxury spaces we subsidize most.
By Cody Dulaney [11-25-19] // It's been more than a year since the San Diego City Council voted to provide 140 new housing units for homeless and disabled residents in each council district by 2021, but little has been done to meet that commitment.
[11-24-19] // A new statewide survey has found that most Californians are concerned about homelessness in their community and that a majority supports the concept of a law that would require local governments to build more shelters.

From the HCD News, Nov 18th
HOMELESSNESS
By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes [11-15-19] // Acknowledging Los Angeles's "state of emergency," three City Council members proposed on Friday to grant Mayor Garcetti emergency powers to rezone property and suspend city rules that block or delay approving new sites for housing, overnight parking areas, and public restrooms.
By Steve Lopez [11-17-19] // Part One: The residents. The trash, the fights, the drugs, the blaring music. For months, it was relentless, said one who lives in a Hollywood neighborhood surrounded by homeless encampments. ...The author found "not a lack of support from authorities but an inefficient response sabotaged by a lack of coordination and clear strategy."
By Steve Lopez [11-18-19] // Part Two: The homeless camp. Hollywood has long had a dark underbelly. Maybe the darkness, rather than the glitz, was always the bigger draw. Maybe there were always more people running from something rather than to something. But I have never seen it as ruptured as it is now, with thriving commerce and astonishing social collapse side by side.
By Jessica Flores [11-14-19] // Construction is getting underway on a new $34 million permanent supportive housing complex for homeless Angelenos on a vacant lot on the corner of Imperial Highway and Broadway Avenue in South LA.
By Nicholas Iovino [11-14-19] // A neighborhood group asked a state judge on Thursday to halt the ongoing construction of a 200-bed shelter in San Francisco, arguing the city failed to get required approval from a state commission that oversees public lands.
[11-14-19] // The owner of a building at 3061 Riverside Drive that's being used for office space is interested in leasing it to the city as a temporary shelter, Ryu's office said on Wednesday.

From the HCD News, Nov 13th
HOMELESSNESS
By Ruthie Snyder [11-3-19] // Snyder suggests many possibilities for housing people experiencing homelessness.
By Barnini Chakraborty [11-12-19] // This is the latest report in an ongoing series by Fox News on the severe homelessness crisis West Coast cities are enduring due to rampant drug addiction, skyrocketing housing prices, mental illness and, in many cases, misguided governmental policies.
By Melinda Meza [11-12-19] // (Video/text) About 450 people call an outdoor shelter under the 9th Street Bridge in Modesto home. The city has to close the shelter, which was designed to be temporary emergency shelter, as part of an agreement with the Tuolumne River Regional Park. The city of Modesto said there will be enough beds for the 450 homeless in various shelters.
By Joel Grover and Amy Corral [11-11-19] // (video/text) Untreated mental illness and drug addiction contribute to violent attacks by homeless people on passerby. Incidents increased 50% from 2017 to 2018 and are on track to continue rising.
By Will Heryford [11-11-19] // (Video) Three women who met at church have teamed up to provide hot showers for people experiencing homelessness in Lodi and Stockton. The service, called Showered with Love, has been an idea of Mary Jarrard's for a few years, but it was this past January when things started to become a reality.
By Elizabeth Roberts [11-4-19] // At least two burn victims were transported to area hospitals shortly after 5 p.m. today after a fire consumed a homeless encampment under the connecting ramp bridge from the westbound Crosstown Freeway to northbound Interstate 5 over Mormon Slough.
By Janice Bitters [11-12-19] // Days after Santa Clara County leaders approved nearly $1 million in funding to add 19 beds in San Jose for homeless women and families, Google has jumped in to double that money.

From HCD News, Nov 8th
HOMELESSNESS
By Adele Peters [11-6-19] // Many people living on the streets avoid shelters because of how unpleasant and undignified the conditions are. A new design would give people more privacy while they wait to find permanent housing.
By Diana Kruzman [11-6-19] // For thousands of women in Los Angeles mental illness, drug abuse and housing costs intersect with the challenges of pregnancy and raising children.
By Inyoung Kang [11-6-19] // Several readers in and near California raised a similar question. Data shows that most homeless people in California are, in fact, Californians...
By Doug Smith [11-6-19] // The news came in September: Long Beach Residential, a 49-bed home for adults who are mentally ill, was being sold. The residents of the converted apartment building, some of whom had lived there for decades, would have 60 days to move, an increasingly common scenario across the state.
By Doug Smith [11-6-19] // The details of the motion are still being worked out by county staff. But their recommendations are likely to include a mandate to improve data collection, to use unspent mental health funds from the state for maintenance of board-and-care homes and to advocate for increased state funding levels for them.
By Ryan Fish [11-6-19] // Santa Barbara County: Firefighters were able to douse Monday night's fire near the 101 Freeway in Goleta, but fires in and around homeless encampments remain a daily threat in California. Meanwhile, city leaders are planning how to spend funds carefully and efficiently to maximize assistance to those experiencing homelessness in Goleta.
By Kayla Epstein [11-7-19] // The new ordinance, passed at a contentious council meeting, makes it a misdemeanor for homeless people to camp or sleep on the streets if beds at established shelters are available.
By Michael Finch II [11-7-19] // As the ranks of the homeless rise throughout the region, and tent encampments spring up around the city, some advocates question whether swapping debt for community service alone is effective.

From HCD News, Aug 5th
HOMELESSNESS
By Matt Markovich [7-31-19] // San Francisco and Seattle share many commonalities. Two large west coast progressive cities facing a growing affordable housing crisis coupled with an increase homeless population with many of those suffering mental health and drug addiction issues.
By Otis R. Taylor [8-2-19] // Marcus Emery called me every few weeks to update me on his life - and to give me his new phone number.  ...The last time I saw him in June, we sat on couches in the living room of his apartment on MacArthur Boulevard in East Oakland. He gave me a goodbye hug.
By Vivian Ho // All around the Bay Area, they hide in plain sight, the vehicles doubling as shelters. Some, as Brown described, are easily recognizable - an overstuffed RV with so many items strapped to the sides that the wheels appear sunken down, a van with a taped-up window, a camper so antiquated that it doesn't seem operational.
By Steve Lopez // Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, both involved in homeless issues for years, have proposed a new approach, in which the state would establish a right to shelter and make sure there's a bed for every homeless person now camped on streets, riverbeds and parks.

From HCD News, Aug 2nd
HOMELESSNESS
By Heather Knight [8-2-19] // If a major earthquake struck San Francisco today and cast thousands of residents out onto the streets, would City Hall create endless task forces to study the problem? Call for hearings and reports? Create new positions to come up with plans - eventually? Let's hope not.
By Carla Hall [8-2-19] // (Op-Ed) I've rarely met a homeless person on the street who wanted to go to [a shelter]. But the homeless woman sitting on the sidewalk on an industrial stretch of Cotner Avenue in West L.A. was different.
By Lisa Fernandez [8-2-19] // President Donald Trump took time during a 90-minute rally in Cincinnati on Thursday to slam California for the number of homeless people living on the streets. 
By Benjamin Oreskes [8-1-19] // Across the country, L.A. isn't considered to be a failure. To the contrary, at last week's National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, D.C., attendees repeatedly held up the city, the county and the state as models of political will for getting people into housing.
By Evan Sernoffsky [7-31-19] // The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has agreed to lease a former jail to the city of Oakland for a mere $1 a year in a plan to convert the facility into housing for the city's ballooning homeless population, officials said Wednesday.
By Lindsey Holden [8-1-19] // The census counted 1,483 people experiencing homelessness, up nearly 32% from the 1,125 people counted in 2017, according to the results released on Thursday.

From HCD News, July 31st
HOMELESSNESS
[7-31-19] // This photo essay shows 24 hours inside San Francisco's homelessness crisis.
By Heather Knight [7-30-19] // A new report from the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Legislative Analyst examines conservatorship. Despite the growing crisis on our streets, the number of conservatorship referrals in San Francisco plunged by almost 50% percent between 2012-13 and 2018-19.
By Emily Alpert Reyes [7-30-19] // The decision extends the L.A. regulations, which had expired at the beginning of July, until January. Under the rules, people cannot spend the night in their cars on residential streets, or live in their vehicles at any time within a block of a park, school, preschool or day care facility.
By Chris Nichols [7-30-19] // "You can't compel individuals to be held in a place where they don't want to be" unless they are a danger to themselves, said Curt Child, legislative director for the advocacy group Disability Rights of California.
[7-30-19] // When completed, this permanent housing development will consist of a series of 3 interlocking buildings. Two will consist of studios and one-bedroom units for a total of 57 apartments. The third will be dedicated to resident service spaces. 

From HCD News, July 22nd
HOMELESSNESS
By L.A. Times [7-21-19] // If adopted, this policy would compel cities and counties to build enough large shelters to accommodate any homeless person who asks to come indoors. Steinberg and Ridley-Thomas want to also require that homeless people be forced to accept shelter if offered. 

From HCD News, July 17th
HOMELESSNESS
By Mike Duffy [7-15-19] // Woodland was just awarded $5.3 million through the California Department of Housing and Community Development for a new proposal to build a five-acre campus on the outskirts of town complete with temporary housing, services and the opportunity to transition to permanent housing.
By Trisha Thadani [7-15-19] // A parking lot near the Balboa Park BART Station will be turned into a "triage lot," where people can park their vehicles overnight and access showers, bathrooms and services to help them find other housing options.
By Nicholas Iovino [7-12-19] // To temporarily resolve a federal lawsuit over homeless camp evictions, Santa Rosa and Sonoma County vowed not to remove people from encampments unless they are offered adequate shelter first. The agreement requires storing seized property up to 90 days, creating a process for filing complaints about shelter placements, and mandatory training for staff that interact with homeless people.
By Mario Ramirez [7-16-19] // (Text and video) The agreement will allow the county to enforce nuisance laws on county property by creating two zones -- one in which transients can be arrested immediately and another that requires that law enforcement first do outreach and try to move the transients into shelters, Orange County Supervisor Andrew Do said.
By Kurt Schauppner [7-17-19] // Kelly Schumacher from the Food for Life Ministry said many people just don't make enough money to rent homes in Twentynine Palms anymore. Potential tenants must show their income is three times a property's monthly rent before a landlord will consider them, she pointed out.
[7-16-19] // (Video and text) Pest control and public health experts are calling on Gov. Newsom to declare a public health emergency over what they say is a sharp rise in the state's rodent population. A new report says environmental factors are not to blame for the state's rat increase. Instead, the issue is "directly related" a spike in the homeless population and the elimination of effective rodent control methods under legislation such as AB 1788...
From HCD News, July 15th
HOMELESSNESS
By Stefanie Dazio [7-11-19] // Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets.
By James Brasuell [7-11-19] // An article and video by Lisa Halverstadt explain the differences in the kinds of homeless housing to counter the confusion that sometimes fuels community opposition to projects intended to assist homeless populations.
By Andrew O'Reilly [7-14-19] // "Most of Skid Row is already being carved up," Jerry Jones, the director of public policy at the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles, told Fox News. "We need to help those who live on Skid Row right now."
From HCD News, July 12th
HOMELESSNESS
By Heather Knight [7-9-19] // People in other countries, and even other U.S. cities, have a lower tolerance for the chaos and disorder of homelessness. European countries also tend to provide much more robust health care and have a safety net that catches people before they're so far gone that they're walking into busy streets in hospital gowns.

By Abbie Bennett [7-10-19] // "They feel like 'I can't tell them I'm homeless because I'll lose my child.' So they're afraid to come forward and have their children stripped from their arms."
By Robin McMillan [7-10-19] // From 2017 to 2018, nationwide numbers remained nearly flat and even dropped slightly statewide, but it jumped more than 13% in San Bernardino County last year.
By Eduardo Cuevas [7-10-19] // The city warned homeless residents of impending enforcement of the no camping policy and provided outreach services in advance. An accompanying homeless service referral handout distributed at the park, and also available on the city's website, says it was last updated September 2012, as of Wednesday.
By Daniel Montes [7-101-9] // (Video) Safe Embarcadero For All alleges in the suit that the city hastily approved the 200-bed center without seeking approval from the California State Lands Commission, which they say is required since the center would create housing on property owned by the Port of San Francisco.
By Trisha Thadani [7-11-19] // The Embarcadero Navigation Center site is being prepped for construction.

From HCD News, July 10th
HOMELESSNESS
By Kevin Fagan [7-8-19] // San Francisco now has 9,784 unhoused residents compared with the last biennial count taken in 2017 of 7,499.
By Nuala Sawyer [7-8-19] // Frontline workers from organizations ranging from Homeless Prenatal to Hospitality House praised the plan for a commission to better manage the department.
By Mary Meehan [7-4-19] // Charles Bowers leads me on a tour of camps made by homeless people in wooded corners of Fayette County, Kentucky, and there, slightly up the hill, is a patch of blue. A tent. He keeps his voice low to avoid startling those inside.
By Danny Romero and Jessica Dominguez [7-8-19] // "My camera allows me to define homelessness; people's pain and emotion. We're all connected, we all cry, we all feel all these different things," Pablo Unzueta said.
By Sarah Ravani [7-9-19] // The East Bay city is mulling over two different locations to build a site that will open in 2020 and house up to 45 people for up to six months with the intent of transferring them into permanent housing. Residents say a navigation center near their neighborhoods and schools could raise the risk that they or their children will become victims of crime.


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