San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..

Doctor’s Orders: Provide Affordable Housing, and People’s Health Will Improve

A doctor listens to a man's heart beat at a clinic in Bieber, California on July 23, 2019. Photo by Anne Wernikoff for CalMatters

By: Leslie Teicholz and Leif Wellington Haase
October 1, 2019 —

Americans are less healthy than their peers in other developed countries. On most measures—chronic illness, maternal mortality, longevity—Americans lag their international counterparts despite leading the world in health care spending per capita by a wide margin.

For years, researchers have sought to explain this discrepancy by pointing not only to the absence of universal insurance coverage, which consistently leads to a healthier population, but also to social determinants such as education, transportation, and eating habits.

While these factors all contribute to the relatively poor health of Americans, choosing among them is a bit like identifying the culprit in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. If they’re all to blame, who’s accountable?

As in the murder mystery, there is no single answer. 

Increasingly, however, those who study, finance, and deliver health care are focusing on housing, a subject formerly absent from most health-related discussions. Among funders and physicians, a consensus is emerging that stable and affordable housing, though no panacea, must be the starting point for improving people’s overall health.

Rich Besser, the president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the country’s largest health foundation, took the unusual step of devoting his recent annual message entirely to the links between housing and health

Calling housing a “key part of the health equation,” his report pointed out that 1 in 10 households, and fully half of low-income renters, spend more than 50% of their income on rent or mortgages, leaving less for other essentials, including health care itself. An estimated 4.6 million asthma patients attribute their illness to damp or moldy housing, and approximately 6,300 Americans are evicted from their homes each day.

Eviction is particularly drastic in its effect on health. When people lose their homes, their health plummets, as they become much harder to treat. 

According to Mercy Housing, the national affordable-housing nonprofit, people who are chronically homeless have a life expectancy that is twenty-five years less than the general population. 

People living on the streets face constant physical and psychological stress. Managing chronic conditions such as diabetes or mental illness is challenging under any circumstances. Without a home, it’s all but impossible.

The health costs of homelessness are staggering. 

Destination: Home, a Bay Area organization working to reduce homelessness, analyzed 15 million public records that detailed the cost of services to 100,000 homeless people in Santa Clara county

Its researchers found that the county spent $520 million per year between 2007-2012 on this population. The single largest  component? Medical diagnoses and associated health care services. Roughly a quarter of the nation’s unsheltered homeless live in California. Los Angeles County alone is home to 55,000 homeless people.      

Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, the country’s biggest integrated health system, sees the connection between homelessness and health crises every day: of the 10 U.S. cities with the biggest homeless populations, six are in Kaiser’s service areas. 

Kaiser has put the housing crisis at the center of its reform efforts, pledging to invest up to $200 million in affordable and accessible housing in the Bay Area. The health care giant is working to find sustainable homes for 500 people with chronic illnesses now sleeping on the streets of Oakland. 

Sustainable housing is expensive, but not as expensive as emergency room visits.

Likewise, Sutter Health, a large non-profit health system based in Sacramento, has made recent major commitments to affordable housing

As a part of the Whole Person Care Pilot launched in 2016 by the California Department of Health Care Services, Sutter has given $2 million to Placer County to deliver care to those who are homeless and need complex medical and social services. This contribution is part of a broader Sutter initiative to combat homelessness; the health system says it has funded housing for more than 1,000 people over the past three years.

California is in the unenviable situation of confronting two huge, self-reinforcing crises: a very large homeless population and a dramatic shortage of housing. 

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the state has the lowest number of housing units per capita in the country and is near the lowest rung on any measure of housing affordability. 

And despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign pledge to add 3.5 million housing units by 2025, some recent indicators suggest housing is heading the wrong way. For instance, residential permits for new multi-family units, which are key to solving the state’s affordability crisis, sank 23%, annualized, in the first quarter of 2019.

The need for affordable housing scarcely requires more justification. But now that the state’s largest health care providers and reform advocates are backing affordable housing initiatives, it brings new momentum and ideas to debates in Sacramento. 

These include holding back gas tax revenue from cities that build too little housing, challenging restrictive zoning, making it harder to evict tenants, and curbing rent increases. 

While Senate Bill 50–which aims to change zoning restrictions near transit centers in order to encourage denser housing–has been stymied by local opposition, it points the way toward the kind of political response that will be needed if these twin crises are to be resolved.

This article courtesy of CALmatters


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