Examining the Gaps in California’s Continuum of Care

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2008

Project Description/Abstract

In order to receive federal funding for homeless services, cities and counties must conduct annual point-in-time counts that provide an inventory of housing options and estimate the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in each region. These data are intended to assist communities in developing a Continuum of Care that moves homeless people from entry-level emergency services to transitional and eventually permanent housing. Without an accurate point-in-time count, funding requests are spurious and it is impossible to address gaps in service and the needs of the local homeless population. This project examines the point-in-time counts conducted in three California cities: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara, with the overall goal of identifying gaps in service.

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