Downtown Streets Team Recognized as “Best Practices” Model for Ending Homelessness in California

League of California Cities and California State Association of Counties Report encourages communities to replicate innovative model locally

Downtown Streets Team (DST) has been recognized by the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Joint Homelessness Task Force as one of the top five “best practices” for providing innovative services and effective support to individuals in California experiencing homelessness.

To determine which programs operated most effectively and efficiently, the joint city-county task force – which includes elected officials, municipal housing and homeless leaders, and city and county attorneys – spent 18 months examining how counties and cities in California have responded to the homelessness crisis.

“Our homelessness task force spent more than a year looking at some of the best local programs that are helping people transition into supportive housing.” Said Darby Kernan, Deputy Executive Director for Legislative Affairs at the California State Association of Counties. “Downtown Streets Team is one of those programs that is helping people get off the streets and address the root cause of their homelessness, too.”

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“Homelessness is a complex, multi-faceted issue that we continually strive to address in a holistic manner,” said Downtown Streets Team CEO, Eileen Richardson. “Rather than design a program that targets one particular root cause of homelessness, our grassroots approach focuses on the many factors that can lead our neighbors into homelessness. We’re immensely honored to be recognized, and look forward to partnering with more communities in the future.”

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