CSH in the News - March & April 2013

Baltimore Sun, March 31
Outreach aids former inmates struggling to find housing, jobs
Akua Zenzele, a community supervision agent in Southeast Baltimore who works with parolees, knows the first few days after being released from incarceration are crucial for former inmates.
Many are paroled with few resources and nowhere to go. Some end up homeless, and without a way to meet basic needs; others wind up back in jail after committing new crimes just to get by. Zenzele, whose job is to monitor those on parole and probation, has seen the cycle play out before.
People are less likely to attend treatment programs or look for a job if they're worried where they're going to sleep that night, Kane said. And when people don't have housing, they tend to fall back on old patterns. Andy McMahon, with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, an organization that works to develop affordable housing options for vulnerable populations, called housing "a linchpin to all these other things that are important."

KCBD Channel 11, April 8
Permanent housing could be coming to Lubbock
Two non-profit organizations in Texas are looking for permanent solutions for Lubbock's homeless population. The Texas Homeless Network says Lubbock had around 350 people living on the streets at last count, a number that has remained constant over the past few years. Among those, they say about 80 people are chronically homeless, meaning they have lived on the streets for more than a year. Monday's symposium opened discussion about the options for funding a permanent housing project in Lubbock. Eric Samuels with the Texas Homeless Network and Dianna Grey the Director of the Texas Corporation for Supportive Housing Program addressed organizations and individuals in the Lubbock community who work with the homeless with their ideas

Indian Country, April 10
Accurate Homeless Counts Need Tribal Buy-In
The best way to accurately make a count of homelessness on American Indian tribal lands is to acknowledge tribal sovereignty and seek the assistance of key tribal members, according to a new report which supplies a toolkit for homeless counts. “Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands: a Toolkit” was written by the Washington, D.C.-based Housing Assistance Corp. (HAC) and CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), a New York City-based community development financial institution (CDFI).

Politics365, April 10
Game Changer: Kenneth Bacon
What Makes This Person a Game Changer:Kenneth Bacon has served as a director since November 2002. Mr. Bacon has been a partner at RailField Partners, a financial advisory and asset management firm, since his retirement from Fannie Mae in March 2012, where he had served as the Executive Vice President of the multifamily mortgage business since July 2005. From January 2005 to July 2005, he served as the interim Executive Vice President of Housing and Community Development. Mr. Bacon is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and a director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing

Herald Times Online, April 19
Meetings Next Week to Seek Ways to End, Prevent Homelessness
They are being organized by the Corporation for Supportive Housing in partnership with the all-volunteer South Central Housing Network.

SouthCoast Business Bulletin, April 19
RI Project Includes Support Services for Underserved
Federal, state and local officials celebrated the completion of a $2.24 million revitalization effort recently that created eight new affordable rental homes in Westerly. U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Town Manager Steven Hartford joined the WARM Center, Rhode Island Housing, HUD, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals and the Corporation for Supportive Housing in April for a ribbon cutting event.

Trib Today, April 23
Partnership to Help with Housing
The Warren YWCA and Beatitude House are collaborating as they work to help local women and children with planned permanent supportive housing. "We reached out to Beatitude House, Someplace Safe and the Trumbull Housing Collaborative and talked about the need for housing. It was pretty clear from those meetings that the need was significant, especially for women and children to transition and be able to become self sufficient and move ahead with their lives,'' Harrell said. Harrell said she spoke to the Corporation for Supportive Housing regional chapter, which offers training for organizations interested in developing permanent supportive housing, which is the direction the YWCA is moving.

The SandPaper.net, April 25
Expanded Veterans' Housing Plan Denied in Tuckerton
Tucker’s Walk, a proposed housing project in Tuckerton for homeless veterans will go forward as planned, said Community Quest President Dan Kelly on Tuesday, after an alternate plan for 54 units of low- and moderate-income senior housing that included half of the units for senior veterans was shut down by the Tuckerton Land Use Board on April 18. According to their letter to the land use board, Community Quest had obtained $1 million in funding to purchase the land and pay for some engineering and legal fees from the Corporation for Supportive Housing. CSH held the mortgage for two years. After two years, another nonprofit, Bishop’s Worldwide, then stepped in to take over the mortgage. Ocean County has also contributed $440,000 for the project.


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