By: Tim Houchen
March 22, 2021 —
The California State Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Tuesday March 23rd at 2 PM, and you can attend via Zoom after a short registration process. Register Here.
This meeting’s agenda includes:
· A vote to adopt HCFC’s first-ever action plan, which will inform the Council’s efforts over the next two years. This Action Plan orients the State’s efforts to drive purposeful, meaningful, and measurable progress toward preventing and ending homelessness in California.
· An update on recent regulation changes by the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, whose programs are used to finance affordable housing developments for low-income Californians.
· An overview of legislative bills of interest, which was deferred from February’s Council meeting due to time constraints.
· Updates from HCFC’s Deputy Secretary for Homelessness and State departments represented on the Council on recent and upcoming activities.
As always, this meeting is open to the public and comments will be welcome at various points throughout the meeting.
Additionally, on Friday, HCFC released two new resources for Homelessness Assistance Providers about COVID-19 vaccinations:
- Preparing to Vaccinate People Experiencing Homelessness Who Are Unsheltered offers important considerations in developing plans to vaccinate unsheltered individuals, who may be more difficult to reach.
- Lessons Learned: Planning and Implementing a Vaccine Strategy For People Experiencing Homelessness provides key takeaways from communities who have started to host vaccine events or pilots for people experiencing homelessness.
The Council was created in 2017 to oversee the implementation of “Housing First” policies, guidelines, and regulations to reduce the prevalence and duration of homelessness in California. The Council’s mission is to develop policies, identify resources, benefits, and services to prevent and work toward ending homelessness in California.
At least, that’s what it says in the brochure.
Housing First: It’s The Law in California!
Adherence to a Housing First approach is included in state legislation as a condition to receiving funding to solve homelessness. See Our Article!
More Info Re: Why Trauma Informed Design and Care Should Be Included in California Legislation.
See another article from Joe Colletti and the Hub For Urban Initiatives titled, “The Increasing Need for Trauma-informed Care Homeless Shelters” See The Article!
“SAMHSA’s Concept of Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach”
See The Report!
UC Irvine Law Review
Titled, “The De-Criminalization of Homelessness,” published in October 2019 contains an accurate and historical account of the criminalization of homelessness in Orange County and includes an elaborate explanation of the “housing first” model taken from an article written by Tim Houchen in 2019 that can be referenced on page 24 of this review.
See The Review!
More articles for you —
Creating Higher Standards For Design and Care For Homeless Shelters and Permanent Supportive Housing Facilities
Adhering to a Trauma-Informed Design and Care Approach Should be Included in California Legislation Concerning Homelessness
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