Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing Toolkit

This toolkit is for those who want to develop housing solutions for vulnerable elders by
creating, enhancing and delivering quality supportive housing. This guide will be
especially useful for:

  • Supportive housing developers that would like to rehabilitate or build new
    housing projects that effectively meet the needs of aging and elderly tenants.
  • Property managers that would like to modify or enhance existing or new housing
    facilities and/or units to effective meet the needs of aging and elderly tenants, and to plan for future modifications or enhancements as tenant needs change.
  • Service providers that would like to better meet the complex health and housing
    stability needs of aging and older tenants in supportive housing.
  • Policy makers who would like to develop upstream solutions to meeting the needs of this population

Improving Care for Medically Complex Patients: Medical Respite & Supportive Housing

Medical respite programs are as unique as the individuals and communities they serve. From shelter-based care to stand-alone facilities, medical respite provides a transition for those exiting the hospital who have no permanent residence and are not well enough to return to the street. Hospital partners have seen the benefit of medical respite programs as they not only stabilize health needs, but also reduce hospital readmissions. In addition to providing necessary care, this transitional step is an
opportunity to connect vulnerable individuals to permanent housing.

This profile highlights two programs that have exemplified how medical respite care can be an effective bridge to supportive housing. Strong involvement between the health center and their local Continuum of Care, including through the coordinated assessment process, results in high rates of discharge to supportive housing.

This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under cooperative agreement number # U30CS26935, Training and Technical Assistance National Cooperative Agreement (NCA) for $325,000 with 0% of the total NCA project financed with non-federal sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Sample Letter to the Editor

Use this template to write a Letter to the Editor urging candidates to address homelessness in their campaigns or debates. Candidates look to local media to hear constituents’ voices. A pointed Letter to the Editor asking a candidate to take a stand on issues related to supportive housing can be especially effective in the months before an election.

CSH SIF RFP Addendum

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is issuing an addendum to our Social Innovation Fund Request for Proposals originally released on November 28, 2011.

Applicants should acknowledge receipt of this Addendum by submitting the Acknowledgement of Addendum, which is now Attachment #4.