The Pipeline

Welcome to CSH's new blog, The Pipeline. This is where you'll find all things CSH -- from industry news and events, to local groundbreakings, to our thoughts on the latest supportive housing research.

HOPE (Homeless Outreach Programs for Entitlement) San Diego Expands Access to Benefits

HOPE (Homeless Outreach Programs for Entitlement) San Diego Expands Access to Benefits

April 1, 2014

Father Joe’s Villages and CSH are leading San Diego's efforts to implement a national best practice model focused on increasing access to SSI/SSDI for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are disability income benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that generally also provide either Medicaid and/or Medicare health insurance...

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San Diego Gas and Electric Supports CSH Trainings in San Diego

San Diego Gas and Electric Supports CSH Trainings in San Diego

April 1, 2014

SDG&E provided a check for $4,000 to CSH to provide training that increases the capacity of supportive housing providers in San Diego. The grant will help CSH promote tenant energy efficiency and conservation in developed and leased supportive housing. This grant also enables some of the most vulnerable in San Diego to manage and reduce their energy costs in new and innovate ways. Thanks SDG&E!

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Coordinated Access in Houston

Coordinated Access in Houston

March 28, 2014

Marian, a mother of four, began experiencing homelessness at age 25 after separating from her husband. They married when she was 14, and she spent seven years without permanent housing after the separation. Marian faced several barriers including a three-year battle with substance use and difficulties related to her physical health. In 2013, Marian entered an emergency shelter where she was assessed by a Coordinated Access (CA) Housing Assessor and...

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The Message is Clear:  We Must Integrate Housing and Health Care

The Message is Clear: We Must Integrate Housing and Health Care

March 26, 2014

Last week, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) hosted Dr.  Jeffrey Brenner from Camden Coalition for Health Providers in Camden, New Jersey to engage HUD, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and national advocates, including CSH staff, in a conversation regarding the costs of poorly delivered health care and the connection to affordable housing.   To view the entire event - http://youtu.be/PvttLkMAWF4 Dr. Brenner is...

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Florida – NY Peer to Peer on Supportive Housing for Child Welfare Involved Families

Florida – NY Peer to Peer on Supportive Housing for Child Welfare Involved Families

March 26, 2014

Florida’s Broward County HEART Alliance team participated in a peer-to-peer visit in NYC this week, including a visit to Palladia’s Fox Point in the Bronx, with the purpose of exploring strategies to realize supportive housing in Broward County, discussing best practices for operating scattered site programs, and discussing ways that the child welfare system and supportive housing providers can collaborate. The HEART Alliance is one of five grantees...

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CSH Charrette in Richmond

CSH Charrette in Richmond

March 26, 2014

Earlier this month, CSH facilitated a two-day Charrette on Coordinated Access in Richmond, Virginia. Contracting with Homeward, CSH coordinated weekly meetings with community leaders prior to the event, which informed Charrette topics. The result was a Charrette focused on solidifying the design of a Coordinated Access System and implementing that new system. The intensive discussion process included conversations around community goals, housing models...

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PHA Spotlight on San Diego County

PHA Spotlight on San Diego County

March 26, 2014

The San Diego County Department of Housing and Community Development has created a project-based assistance program to serve 225 homeless and special needs households within the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD). Their goal is to utilize project-based vouchers to address the unique challenges in housing special needs populations by pairing supportive services with housing. The most challenging aspect of implementing this program...

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More Great Results from Returning Home Ohio

More Great Results from Returning Home Ohio

March 20, 2014

Returning Home Ohio, a joint project of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and CSH, has received additional press on its positive outcomes reducing recidivism for persons who have a behavioral health disorder and who upon release from state prison are entering supportive housing. A follow up article published by HUD in Cityscape by the lead evaluator  from the Urban Institute, Jocelyn Fontaine, titled “The Role of Supportive...

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Ending Veteran Homelessness on Long Island – Guest Blog by Ralph Fasano

Ending Veteran Homelessness on Long Island – Guest Blog by Ralph Fasano

March 20, 2014

Ralph Fasano is the Executive Director, Concern for Independent Living In 2011 President Obama, Department of Defense Secretary Eric Shinseki and HUD Secretary  Shaun Donovan announced a five year plan to end veteran homelessness in the United States.  Halfway into this plan the results have been significant.  Veteran homelessness has been reduced by 17.2% The creation of permanent affordable housing with flexible services is an important component...

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CSH is Proud to Introduce Josephine Pufpaff

CSH is Proud to Introduce Josephine Pufpaff

March 19, 2014

CSH is proud to introduce the newest staff member of our Central Region team, Josephine Pufpaff, Senior Project Manager in the Minnesota office. Josephine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration at Temple University in Philadelphia and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Prior to joining CSH, she was the Director of Strategic Design and Evaluation at YouthLink, a non-profit...

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