The Statewide Homelessness Landscape Assessment Study

In 2021, the California Legislature passed and Governor Newsom signed into law AB 140, tasking the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH) with assessing the current landscape of programs funded, implemented, and administered by state entities across California to provide a holistic understanding of the state’s homelessness response system that can guide policy decisions as the state works to prevent and end homelessness.

Informing California’s Historic Investments

In 2021, the state of California invested $12 billion over two years to support a range of services and housing for people at-risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, an amount ten times higher than any previous budget allocation in the state’s history. Concurrent with this investment is a commitment to innovation, research and pursuing solutions that work, which requires an understanding of current programs, how they work, and the impact that they are having.

Cal ICH is pleased to partner with the Terner Center for Housing Innovation and Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, and Abt Associates in carrying out this important work. Together, we aim to assess California’s homelessness response system across the state to a degree that has not been done to date.

“Governor Newsom and the California Legislature have provided unprecedented funding to support our cities, counties, continuums and providers in our collective effort to prevent and end homelessness in California.

“This partnership with the Terner Center builds on this investment and will enable us to gather critical information to aid the California Interagency Council on Homelessness, providers and policymakers in better understanding and addressing the issues facing people experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to build knowledge and advance solutions that more quickly get unhoused Californians into safe and supportive places that they can call home.”

- Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Secretary, California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, and Co-Chair of Cal ICH

“It is exciting to see the state invest meaningfully in programs designed to address homelessness in California. This study will make an important contribution to understanding how those resources are being spent and their impact at the local level.”

- Carolina Reid, Co-Principal Investigator, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

This assessment will cover the impact of state programs across all 44 Continuums of Care (CoCs) and all 58 counties in the state, in order to understand the ways state funding impacts communities across California.

Goals of the Assessment

The assessment will provide the state with evidence-based research that it can use to make decisions about the state’s funding and priorities on homelessness. The assessment is using a mixed-methods research approach, collecting both quantitative and qualitative data to provide a holistic understand of how state resources are being used.

Cal ICH and our research partners will collect and analyze information on state programs that served people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in fiscal years 2018/2019, 2019/2020, and 2020/2021. The study will include data on the services funded, the inventory created (such as permanent housing units and emergency shelter beds), as well as insights into how local homelessness service systems leverage funding and coordinate activities to more effectively serve people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Using data from Cal ICH’s Homeless Data Integration System (HDIS), the study will also investigate how many people were served, as well as their service patterns and outcomes.

Schedule

Data collection from state agencies and state funding recipients began in early 2022. Cal ICH will submit an interim report to the legislature in the summer of 2022, followed by a final report on all findings in December 2022.

Resources

Read a summary of the Statewide Homelessness Landscape Assessment Study

Watch the recording of the Study Launch

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