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Homelessness in California
State Government and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Need to Strengthen Their Efforts to Address Homelessness

Report Number: 2017-112

Response to the Survey From —
Redding, Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, Plumas, Del Norte, Modoc, Sierra Counties CoC


HUD provides two lists of California Continuum of Care (CoC) key contacts: one for Northern California and one for Southern California.
You can find these lists at
  1. Enter the CoC number for which you are completing the survey.

  2. Enter the CoC name for which you are completing the survey.

    Redding, Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen, Plumas, Del Norte, Modoc, Sierra Counties CoC

  3. Enter the organization within the CoC that you represent.

    Shasta County Housing Authority

  4. What type of organization do you represent?.

  5. How many staff (full-time equivalents) does your organization employ?


  6. Does your organization provide homeless services directly for clients?

  7. Are you a direct recipient on your CoC's HUD application?
  8. Approximately what percentage of the funding your organization administers is from HUD for the CoC program?


  9. If not your organization, is there another organization in your CoC that administers the majority of homeless services funding?

  10. Does your CoC conduct an unsheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count annually? (Including those years not required by HUD)
  11. In which year did your CoC begin conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count?


  12. Why did your CoC decide to conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count?


  13. What funding sources do you use to conduct the annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check all that apply.)

    We don't have, nor use funding for the PIT; donations of food for meal event only

  14. How did your CoC facilitate the annual unsheltered PIT count?
    (For example, did you increase the number of volunteers, or find additional funding?)

    In 2017, the CoC did not have funding to support a CoC Coordinator, so the PIT planning and implementation was shaky at best. Volunteers were better tracked and increased. Who has the time to seek out additional PIT funding?

  15. Did your organization have any challenges in implementing an annual unsheltered PIT count?

    Lack of resources, lack of staffing capacity, funding, lack of volunteers (in certain counties), no one to take the lead (in certain counties) and the weather! It is evident in our cold weather counties, that a summer count would provide a more accurate count, than does a winter count.

  16. How has conducting an annual unsheltered PIT count affected your CoC's operations and/or outcomes? If you have any data or analyses, please share specific metrics.

    It hasn't yet

  17. Why does your CoC not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count? (Check * all that apply)


  18. Please elaborate on the reasons why your CoC does not conduct an annual unsheltered PIT count.

  19. What would cause your CoC to conduct an unsheltered PIT count in the years not required by HUD?

  20. What sources does your organization use to fund the HUD-required PIT count of unsheltered homeless? (Check all that apply)


    Donations of food, etc.

  21. How much did your CoC's 2017 PIT count cost?

    $12,000 for a consultant
  22. How many people did your CoC require to conduct its 2017 PIT count? (Staff, volunteers, and others)


  23. How many of those identified in Question 22 were volunteers?


  24. Does your CoC recruit volunteers for its unsheltered PIT count from organizations outside the homeless services community?

    Churches Service clubs Ministerial Associations Public officials Health Care entities

  25. Please share your perspective on the reasons your CoC's unsheltered homeless population in 2017 did or did not change from that in its previous unsheltered PIT count.

    There is a lack of housing across the north state and a significant demand for housing at rates higher than our programs subsidize. There are a portion of the homeless that could be housed, but they are on 2 year waiting lists...

  26. Has your CoC reallocated funding in the past?

  27. How often does your CoC reevaluate final priority rankings for the HUD CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), based on HUD priorities?

  28. How often does your CoC perform the following gap analyses?

    Housing gap analysis—annually

    Funding gap analysis—annually

    Service gap analysis—annually

    Other (please specify)—

  29. In what year did your CoC perform each of the following for the first time, or leave the row blank if it is not applicable.

    Housing gap analysis

    Funding gap analysis

    Service gap analysis

    Other (as you identified in question 27)

  30. Does your CoC employ specific strategies for identifying alternative funding for programs that are reallocated or do not receive HUD funding?

  31. Does your CoC have a strategic plan that integrates other publicly-funded programs that provide services, housing, and income supports to poor persons whether they are homeless or not (mainstream benefits and services)?

  32. Please provide a web address to your CoC's most recent strategic plan or email it as an attachment to

  33. When did your CoC complete its first strategic plan?

  34. How often does your CoC update its strategic plan?

  35. How has your strategic plan benefited your CoC?

  36. Why has your CoC not developed a strategic plan?

    It is a priority for 2018

  37. What grant-seeking or fundraising activities does your CoC engage in?

    Very limited; local foundation and public sector grants available through state resources

  38. Are there any strategies or unique actions your agency takes that have strengthened your CoC?

    In 2017, we hired a CoC Coordinator with funds from the McConnell Foundation. The coordinator has traveled, engaged and conducted outreach efforts to our large geographic region in an attempt to have the financially support the CoC admin, be part of the coordinated entry process, coordinate on solutions, etc.

  39. Please provide any information about these strategies or actions.
    Feel free to provide web addresses to any reports or email them as attachments to


  40. If you have any additional perspective or concerns, please provide this information in the space below.
    For example, if you would like to share additional information regarding homelessness, services, or funding.

    This CoC is seven counties and several hundred geographical miles wide. We have very few housing providers across the region and even less HUD funding for ESG or CoC programs. Our PPRN for CoC funding is right under $1M; however, we actually receive about $350,000. Trying to serve over 1100 homeless on the extremely limited funding is a huge feat. Not to mention, attempting to get a compliant CES process in place with three providers across seven counties. We need HUD to contact us in regard to funding and the CES compliance.

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