CSH is working in the Mid-Atlantic States in an attempt to break the institutional circuit for those cycling between jail, shelter, mental health, emergency health and other public systems.
With our partners, CSH has introduced and is implementing FUSE as a groundbreaking, structured, demonstration initiative with a goal to place 50 individuals into permanent supportive housing. FUSE has provided a national model for replication. Jurisdictions implementing or planning a FUSE program with modifications to fit local context include Richmond (VA), Baltimore (MD), Hennepin County (MN), Seattle (WA) and Hartford (CT).
Impact and Outcomes
- Housing Resources 25 sponsor-based housing vouchers provided by DCHA (scattered site); and service enhancement funding of $5,000 per unit for in-reach and support services from the RWJ Foundation
- Frequent User Service Enhancement (FUSE)
Intensive services during the critical time period from recruitment through stabilization in housing are provided through FUSE – a one-time payment of $5,000 in flexible service funding per tenant.
- Public-Private Collaboration
FUSE is funded with a blend of federal, state, local and private philanthropic resources. Monthly program oversight meetings include the nonprofit housing providers and advocates, government representatives, evaluators and CSH.
- Policy Implications
FUSE has provided a national model for replication. Jurisdictions implementing or planning a FUSE program with modifications to fit local context include Richmond (VA), Baltimore (MD), Hennepin County (MN), Seattle (WA) and Hartford (CT).
- Dedicated Transition Coordinator Position
FUSE-DC, in partnership with ULS, provided a dedicated position located at DOC to identify and refer FUSE clients from pre-release through community integration and housing placement.
- CSH provided a $10,000 planning grant to Homeward, a Continuum of Care agency in Richmond, VA. Homeward works toward the facilitation, planning and coordination of a potential Frequent User Service Enhancement Initiative (FUSE), targeting frequent users of the jail and shelter systems. CSH supported Homeward’s data-matching efforts, capacity for partnership development with system agencies and housing providers, resource and funding opportunities, and next steps for possible FUSE implementation in Richmond
DC-Department of Corrections (DOC), DC-Department of Mental Health (DMH), DC Housing Authority (DCHA) , Fire, Emergency, Medical Services (FEMS), Community Connections, Pathways to Housing DC, The Community Partnership (TCP), University Legal Services (ULS)
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Open Society Institute
- William S. Abell Foundation
- Justice Grants Administration