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Minnesota Launches Statewide Homelessness Response Plan

‘Crossroads to Justice’ provides a strategic, cross-agency roadmap to reducing the number of unhoused residents.

January 24, 2024 - Sahan Journal

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Austin Creates Homeless Strategy Office

The new office is dedicated to consolidating the city’s efforts to house unhoused residents.

November 23, 2023 - CBS Austin

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San Diego Camping Ban Set to Take Effect, but Details Remain Murky

The city plans to crack down on unhoused people camping on city property, but has yet to identify parks and school zones targeted for enforcement under the new ordinance.

July 17, 2023 - Voice of San Diego

Tents inhabited by unhoused people in a Washington, D.C. park

D.C. Homeless Sweeps Contradict White House Policy

Just months after the Biden administration released a blueprint for ending homelessness focused on ‘person-centered’ solutions, federal officials are forcefully displacing unhoused people in encampments around the District.

February 19, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Unhoused person sleeping on bench at bus stop on Baltimore street

Baltimore Sees Steep Drop in Unhoused Residents

The city exceeded its goals for providing housing and creating new affordable housing units in 2022.

February 17, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Group of tents and bins used by unhoused people in Washington, D.C. park with snow

Evaluating D.C.’s Plan to House Encampment Residents

One year into a pilot program to reduce encampments by offering housing and services to residents, almost three-quarters of participants have moved into housing.

October 18, 2022 - Axios

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$150 Million for L.A.’s Unhoused People Go Unspent

The city returned nearly $150 million in federal funding directed to providing shelter and supportive services to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

October 5, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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Did L.A.’s Supportive Housing Bond Fail?

Six years after Prop HHH was passed, the fund appears to be delivering on its housing construction goals in the 10-year timeline. But the measure is being routinely criticized on all sides.

August 11, 2022 - Shelterforce Magazine

Two people holding sign that says "house keys not handcuffs" during an anti-homelessness event in Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Tightens Restrictions on Encampments

During a city council meeting that had to pause while police cleared the room of activists opposing the measure, the council voted to ban public sleeping within 500 feet of schools, making one-fifth of city sidewalks off-limits to unhoused people.

August 9, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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A 'Tiny Home Village' Grows in Los Angeles

The complex can house over 200 people and will provide bathrooms and social services for people transitioning out of homelessness.

August 23, 2021 - The Eastsider LA

Homeless Encampment

Austin Selects Two Potential Sites for Sanctioned Encampments

The city plans to install temporary housing and facilities as part of its efforts to reduce homelessness and help people move into permanent housing.

July 29, 2021 - Urbanize Austin

A row of motels on a wide street in Fresno, California

Beleaguered Project Homekey Credited With Local Success

California's Project Homekey has been a boon for homelessness support services as well as the economic and living conditions on a corridor in Fresno known as Motel Drive.

July 11, 2021 - CALmatters

Downtown Los Angeles

Pre-Fab Tiny Home Village Takes Shape in L.A.

Along with communal showers and bathrooms, the village will also include laundry, storage facilities, and offices for social service providers.

April 19, 2021 - The Eastsider LA

Sixth Street, Austin

Austin Reallocates Police Funding to Homeless Housing and Services

The city is using the redistributed money to purchase hotels for permanent housing and provide supportive services.

February 8, 2021 - Curbed

Omaha Tiny Homes

Tiny House Movement Arrives in Omaha

A tiny house village has been approved for a location in Downtown Omaha. When complete, the new homes will provide stability and shelter for the formerly unhoused.

October 21, 2020 - Omaha World-Herald

Seattle Sailboats

Capital Gains Tax Under Consideration in Seattle

A proposed capital gains tax would invest $37 million per year in solving affordable housing and homelessness crises in Seattle.

June 28, 2020 - The Urbanist

Olympia, Washington

Tax on High Earners Proposed to Fund Homeless Services in Seattle's King County

The Washington State Legislature is proposing a type of tax that the city of Seattle tried, and failed, to implement a few years go.

February 3, 2020 - KUOW

Pacific Coast

Housing Litigation by California Attorney General Yields Results

A landmark state lawsuit will be settled if the Huntington Beach City Council approves an amended specific plan that increases housing. The lawsuit was enabled by 2017 legislation strengthening California's 50-year-old housing element law.

January 27, 2020 - Los Angeles Daily News

San Francisco

Amid Opposition, S.F. Homeless Navigation Center Completed

A new facility providing shelter and services to San Francisco’s homeless will open this month, even after a year of community pushback.

December 27, 2019 - Curbed San Francisco

Underpass Camp

Seattle Regional Homelessness Authority Plan Moves Forward, but Faces Controversy

A proposal for a regional entity to oversee homeless services in King County is running into jurisdictional conflicts.

December 20, 2019 - The Urbanist

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