Report 2023-102.1 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2023-102.1: Homelessness in California: The State Must Do More to Assess the Cost‑Effectiveness of Its Homelessness Programs (Release Date: April 2024)

Recommendations to Interagency Council on Homelessness
Number Recommendation Status

To ensure that its 2024 update to its action plan aligns with the statutory goals that the Legislature has established, Cal ICH should clearly identify in that update the statutory goal or goals that each of the action plan's objectives addresses.


To promote transparency, accountability, and effective decision-making related to the State's efforts to address homelessness, Cal ICH should request that state agencies responsible for administering state-funded homelessness programs provide spending- and outcome-related information for people entering, experiencing, and exiting homelessness. By March 2025, Cal ICH should develop and publish on its website a scorecard—or similar instrument—on the homelessness programs that would enable the Legislature and other policymakers to better understand each program's specific costs and outcomes. Cal ICH should determine and request from the Legislature any necessary resources required for this effort.


To ensure that the State has consistent, accurate, and comparable data for all state-funded homelessness programs, by March 2025, Cal ICH should work with CoCs to implement standardized data requirements that programs must follow when entering information into HMIS. The requirements should establish expectations defining CoCs' responsibilities for ensuring data accuracy and reliability.

Recommendations to Legislature
Number Recommendation Status

To promote transparency, accountability, and effective decision-making related to the State's efforts to address homelessness, the Legislature should amend state law to require Cal ICH, by March 2025, to mandate reporting by state agencies of costs and outcomes of state homelessness programs. To implement such reporting, the Legislature should require Cal ICH to develop guidance establishing specifics on uniformity of data to be collected and how it is to be presented. The Legislature should require Cal ICH to annually compile and report this cost and outcome information publicly beginning in September 2025 and should provide resources for this effort, as necessary.

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