The Homeless and Our Residents Deserve Better

By: Tim Houchen July 28, 2017 I’m not going to deny that better choices could be made that would prevent people from becoming homeless. But, focusing on these causes alone is a much too narrow…


Ending Chronic Homelessness Saves Taxpayers Money

By: Tim Houchen July 28, 2017 According to federal definition as prescribed by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in order to be considered “chronically homeless,” a person must have a disability…





What is “Housing First?”

Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their…





R.I.P. Richard aka “Dirty Santa”

By: Tim Houchen December 21, 2016 This is a picture of a homeless guy named Richard about a week before he passed away at the Santa Ana civic center in 2014. I don’t think that…


OPIOID ABUSE AND HOMELESSNESS

The issue of opioid abuse has risen to a level of national crisis as the number of people abusing prescription drugs and heroin has dramatically risen, and the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths has tripled since…


HOMELESSNESS: A STATE OF EMERGENCY

In 2015, largely due to increases in their unsheltered homeless population, three communities, Seattle/King County, WA, Portland, OR, and the State of Hawaii officially declared a homelessness state of emergency (SOE); Los Angeles has also…