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Human Services : Homeless Services

Solutions for Change

We're solving family homelessness.

two stars

79.52

722 West California Avenue Vista, CA 92083
tel: (760) 941-6545   Web Site
EIN: 33-0902617

Board Leadership
Leanne Abraham
Chairman

CEO
Chris Megison
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 79.52 two stars
  Financial 71.90 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Solutions for Change was founded in 1999 to transform lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. Our approach is unique, providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability. There are many solutions at Solutions for Change. Taken together, they are the pillars supporting a productive environment in which we build the futures of homeless families. Our solutions consist of Solutions University, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community. Every day, they combine to create successful, sustainable solutions for families and the San Diego communities in which they live.

Solutions for Change was founded in 1999 to transform lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. Our approach is unique, providing a complete and sustainable solution driven by accountability. There are many solutions at Solutions for Change. Taken together, they are the pillars supporting a productive environment in which we build the futures of homeless families. Our solutions consist of Solutions University, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community. Every day, they combine to create successful, sustainable solutions for families and the San Diego communities in which they live.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of financial literacy courses conducted
35
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

71.90

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 05/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
82.9%
  Administrative Expenses 9.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth -1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 95.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solutions for Change on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Solutions for Change on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solutions for Change (CA) 79.52 two stars
Community LINC (MO) 90.61 four stars
Sarah's Circle (IL) 98.23 four stars
The Bridge Fund of New York (NY) 88.29 three stars
Cross Roads House (NH) 92.98 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,503,790
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,059
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $300,000
Total Contributions $1,836,849
   Program Service Revenue $2,358,202
Total Primary Revenue $4,195,051
   Other Revenue $1,212,406
TOTAL REVENUE $5,407,457
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,824,468
   Administrative Expenses $375,044
   Fundraising Expenses $129,688
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,329,200
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,078,257
   
Net Assets $608,397

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 05/01/2019 79.52 two stars
2016-12 02/01/2019 74.35 two stars
2016-12 12/21/2018 73.65 two stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 72.95 two stars
2015-12 12/01/2017 71.62 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 33-0902617
Name in IRS Master File SOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE INC
NTEE Code P85
NTEE Classification Homeless Persons Centers, Services
NTEE Type Human Services - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 2000
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$137,515 4.13% Chris Megison President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$103,303 3.10% Tamera Megison Former Vice President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Solutions for Change (CA) 79.52 two stars
Family Promise (NJ) 99.95 four stars
ACCESS (OH) 87.89 three stars
Stewpot Community Services (MS) 91.15 four stars
Adopt-A-Family (FL) 95.55 four stars

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Official Charity Response

Joint Statement from President/CEO and Board Chair

We believe that our valued stakeholders deserve the utmost transparency, and that is why we are providing this statement. We appreciate that Charity Navigator recognizes (as evidenced by them allowing this Rating Response option) that there are extenuating circumstances that occasionally do not tell the whole story when evaluating a nonprofit organization.

Beginning in 2015 nonprofit homeless service provider organizations where noticed by public agencies that they would have to convert to a new government design, or be cut off from funding. Faced with a crisis of losing critical programmatic funding or abandoning our core values, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to voluntarily walk away from millions of dollars in state and federal funding. In 2016 we closed down parts of our programs and laid off 25% of our workforce. Flash forward to today (May 2019): we have reopened all of our programs, added two more thereby increasing the number of families served in our residential programs by 60% (from 120 to now 197), and rehired all of our positions plus 15%. We are positioning for a major national demonstration to prove that our drug free model is a viable option for our public to consider. As you can see for yourself here within the newly posted update (May 1, 2019) to our CN rating, our 2017 990 numbers reflect the beginning of overcoming these top down policies. This overcoming theme continued throughout 2018.

Here is what happened: In 2016 the California State Governor signed SB 1380 into law officially making California a “Housing First” state and establishing a Homeless Coordinating and Finance Council. This law requires that all state funding for homeless programs incorporate Housing First into their programs.

From our two-decade long experience of designing and running homeless programs for families we believe that Housing First is a one-size-fits all approach that penalizes programs that require sobriety and workforce training. It biases funding and programming away from vulnerable families and children experiencing homelessness and employs expensive and complex systems to triage and manage the homeless. While purporting to be evidenced based, Housing First believes that any comprehensive programming that requires accountability for behaviors, such as abstinence from heroin and methamphetamine's are ineffective in solving homelessness. It also denies the connection of poverty and addiction with homelessness. As evidence shows, addiction and homelessness are inextricably linked. Without critical services that address the root causes of homelessness families become trapped in deep poverty.

By not converting to Housing First we are able to keep all of our 240,000 square feet of real estate owned free of the negative impacts of drug use, including hard drugs like heroin and meth. Over 70% of the people served in our programs are recovering addicts who come to us desperate for a safe and drug free home for their children.

We encourage you to evaluate us based on the adherence to our vision and core values, our results and our current financial status which can be discerned from the great work and reporting of Charity Navigator and also further discovered on our website under the “Who We Are” section where you can access our most recent impact and financial reports. Thank you for digging deeper into Solutions for Change.

Serving to Solve, Chris Megison Cofounder, President/CEO and Leanne Abraham Board Chair

Charity Contact Info

Solutions for Change
722 West California Avenue
Vista, CA 92083
tel: (760) 941-6545
EIN: 33-0902617

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Board Leadership

Leanne Abraham
Chairman

CEO

Chris Megison
President and CEO

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