6th Annual Opening New Doors Supportive Housing Institute in Los Angeles

CSH is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 6th annual Opening New Doors Supportive Housing Institute in Los Angeles

The Opening New Doors Supportive Housing Institute is a unique opportunity for housing and service providers at all levels of experience to hone their skills in the creation and operation of supportive housing serving individuals and families experiencing long-term or persistent homelessness.  It offers a chance for supportive housing professionals to draw on each other’s expertise and learn from peers and national experts as they plan actual supportive housing projects in the Los Angeles area. This year, special consideration is offered to projects that build or expand supportive housing for chronically homeless, ex-offenders, frequent users of emergency health services, and transition-age youth (TAY).  Interested participants are strongly encouraged to apply.

The OND Institute curriculum is targeted toward supportive housing “line staff,” which includes project managers, direct service providers, and on-site property managers.  Training will be comprised of a series of interactive learning seminars, teamwork exercises, peer sharing, individualized technical assistance, and the application of new skills to project creation.  Participants establish their own teams, set their own goals, and decide how best to use the array of institute offerings to increase organizational capacity to “Open New Doors” for homeless individuals and families struggling with multiple barriers to housing stability.  Opening New Doors participants will also receive priority access to CSH capacity-building grants and predevelopment financing for these projects.

The Opening New Doors Institute goals are simple:

  • Create sound projects that are ready to access public and private dollars;
  • Create strong project partnerships with staying power and the skills needed to develop and operate supportive housing; and
  • Significantly increase the number of units effectively serving individuals and families experiencing chronic homelessness.

2012 Opening New Doors Institute Calendar

September 14 – CSH Los Angeles Office

September 20 – Pepperdine University, Villa Graziadio
Defining Team Roles in Supportive Housing Development

September 21 – Pepperdine University, Villa Graziadio
Track 1 – Increasing Access and Removing Barriers, Main Room
Track 2 – Supportive Housing Development Financing, Computer Lab

 October 5 – Site Visits

October 18 – Pepperdine University, Villa Graziadio
Track 1 – Housing Retention & First Year Challenges, Main Room
Track 2 – Project Finance, Computer Lab

October 19 – Pepperdine University, Villa Graziadio
Service Plans and Operating Budget

November 8 – TBD
Getting People In- The Lease Up Process

November 9 – TBD
Building Community Support

November 30 – The Center at Cathedral Plaza
Mock Presentation, Peer Review and Feedback

December 14– The Center at Cathedral Plaza
Final Presentations to Funders and Reception

For information about the Institute please click here for the 2012 Opening New Doors Institute Brochure.

For questions regarding OND or to learn about project financing, capacity building grants, and technical assistance opportunities available through CSH-LA, please feel free to contact Maria Barahona at maria.barahona@csh.org or at 213-623-4342 ext. 11.
























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