CSH was proud to serve as a sponsor, exhibitor, session facilitator and session leader for the Building Michigan Communities Conference.
CSH Director Lisa Chapman facilitated a plenary panel on the topic of ‘Exploring Issues of Homelessness in a Viral Video World’. Panelists included Brian McGrain from CEDAM, Eric Hufnagel from MI Coalition Against Homelessness and Michael Carter, a formerly homeless Veteran who works as a service coordinator at Silver Star supportive housing apartments in Battle Creek. This began with a video clip of Ted Williams, a former radio host who had fallen on difficult times. This was followed by a viral video of Jim Wolf, a gentleman in Grand Rapids who was given a haircut, shave, and new suit in a time lapse video showing his makeover.
Lisa Chapman also moderated the Social Impact Bonds session, led by Stephanie Mercier, CSH Government Affairs and Innovation Senior Program Manager, along with Anne White, a Harvard Government Innovation Fellow. This session focused on a method of providing funding for social issues including the government, service providers, and the private sector. Please click here for the two-page handout summarizing social impact bonds and supportive housing, and click here to be brought to our website to view additional information on this topic.
CSH Michigan staff John Peterson and Meghan Takashima delivered a session on the Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing. CSH's Dimensions of Quality set the standard for development and operation of supportive housing throughout the country. They clearly articulate what makes quality supportive housing and strengthen and sustain the supportive housing industry by driving better outcomes for tenants, especially those with multiple barriers to housing stability.
Liz Reyes, Senior Lending Officer for the national central region attended the conference and manned the booth as she networked with developers and sponsors of supportive housing. Click here to learn more about the CSH Community Investment team and current loan products.
CSH also gave out the Julie Sandorf award to a deserving tenant of supportive housing, Ms. Barb Taylor. Ms. Taylor serves as a board member for the Harbor Springs Friendship Center, is part of the Village of Hillside Residents' Council, and drives other tenants to medical appointments to help ensure that her neighbors have access to healthcare. Click here to read more about this award worthy tenant.