Illinois Supportive Housing Institute

305_John_2014CSH, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD), is currently conducting a Supportive Housing Institute that includes 11 teams from across the state of Illinois. This four month training series is focused on the creation of integrated housing that will target supportive housing units to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Supportive housing differs in very significant ways from congregate-based housing options that have been the traditional base of the DD housing network. Supportive housing maximizes community integration and inclusion by incorporating living independently in housing that is governed by a lease (with protections and responsibilities), tenants choose their housing setting and location, services are voluntary and do not impact the access to housing, housing has privacy, and tenants control their own schedule, etc. In congregate settings, residents often lack privacy and live almost exclusively with others who experience the same disability, and daily activities (food, entertainment) are often regimented with little autonomy. Supportive housing services have been proven to help keep tenants connected to community and family and are aware of the threats to isolation when living more independently in a community.

305_Ray Graham_2014Institute teams working to bring supportive housing to scale in IL include service partners, developers or development consultants in cases where teams plan to utilize public funding, and self advocates or family members of self advocates to ensure that lived experience is learned from as part of the planning process.

The service partners include the Association for Individual Development (AID), Centerstone, Community Choices, Heroes of the Game, Jewish Child and Family Services, Marcfirst, Protected Tomorrows, Ray Graham, and SouthSTAR Services.


CSH and ICDD will host a finale event on November 19th at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL, where each team will present their vision for integrated supportive housing in their community, and steps they will take to make this possible. Please click here to learn more about our work to bring supportive housing to scale for this target population or contact john.fallon@csh.or or for more information.

Program and Financial Modeling in Detroit

CSH produced a Program and Financial Modeling Report for the Detroit Continuum of Care in 2007 in order to offer concrete guidance to the Homeless Action Network of Detroit (HAND) as they crafted a plan to end homelessness through the creation of supportive housing. Seven years later, CSH was asked to revisit this report armed with improved Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data and national evidence about the effectiveness of housing interventions.  The result, the Program and Financial Modeling report, was presented to HAND in June 2014. The report identifies three key interventions to end homelessness: prevention, rapid rehousing, and supportive housing. This report includes an overview of homelessness in Detroit including sub-populations, an analysis of the role of coordinated access, targeting and interventions, and needs and financial projections.


  • For Detroit’s approximately 19,000 families and individuals who experience homelessness over the course of the year, it is estimated that 46% of individuals and 35% of families will require assistance to resolve their housing crisis.
  • Of this total, 3,824 will require rapid re-housing and it is likely that 746 of these households will require supportive housing following rapid rehousing assistance
  • The system requires 178 new family supportive housing units and 3,820 supportive housing units for individuals, for a total of 3, 998
  • Detroit could prevent homelessness for 993 individuals and 211 families over the next five years with short-term case management and financial assistance through increased collaboration between providers serving people at risk of homelessness and mainstream community resources

The report provides a clear path toward ending homelessness for both individuals and families in the next five years through a mixture of SH unit production, targeting, and reallocation of resources to cost-effective solutions.

Click here to learn more about program and financial modeling. If you are have questions or want to learn more about how your community can hire CSH, please contact

Moving On from Supportive Housing

305_Christine at NAEH_2014Christine Haley, CSH IL Associate Director, presented on the topic of Moving On from Supportive Housing along with Doreen Straka from the Jericho Project in New York, NY at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference held in DC. CSH Chief Operating Officer Connie Temple both presented and moderated this session that examined how programs can help households to smoothly transition from supportive housing to affordable housing while targeting turnover units to vulnerable households.

The concept of moving on refers to enabling stable tenants of supportive housing who no longer require on-site services to transition to a private apartment with rental support and after care. Consistent with the recovery model, this strategy offers the individual moving on with the greatest level of choice while the vacated unit can be utilized by a vulnerable person who can best benefit from the intervention of supportive housing.

With examples from New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, and suburban Cook County, this presentation offered key program components, challenges, and recommendations for communities thinking through how to create or strengthen a moving on initiative.

Please click here to view the presentation offered at the conference.

Supportive Housing and Healthcare Partnership in IL

CSH launched a second year of its Medicaid Capacity Building Initiative for Permanent Supportive Housing. This initiative includes 12 providers who will meet five times for half-day training sessions that will take place between July and November, 2014. Some of the key objectives of the Initiative are to guide participants to:

  1. Learn about current and future Medicaid-financed services delivered in SH, and the concepts the State of Illinois and Managed Care Organizations (MCO) are exploring to expand services paid for by Medicaid;
  2. Be assisted in conducting organizational assessments to determine if they should consider becoming a Medicaid provider for direct billing, develop capacity to engage in Medicaid-financed partnerships or identify providers who can integrate in their services.
  3. Learn about the process of becoming Medicaid-certified in Illinois and successful approaches to being full service partners with Medicaid providers for the benefit of supportive housing participants.


Stay tuned for updates on the progress of these teams and how this effort will enhance provider capacity.

Please visit the Training Center to learn more about online opportunities to enhance your knowledge on Medicaid as a revenue source for supportive services and how to develop the infrastructure to bill Medicaid.



CSH Wants to Support Your Integrated Housing Projects in IL

Join CSH staff as we kick-off the Illinois Integrated and Supportive Housing Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, an Initiative supported by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. CSH used the results of the IL Integrated Housing Training-TA-Lending Needs survey from the Spring and follow-up developer interviews to create a training schedule and technical assistance opportunities to support the creation of quality integrated supportive housing.  During this short, interactive webinar we will outline the training topics and schedule; available project technical assistance and how to access it; and new CSH lending projects.  Time will be allotted for questions and open dialogue.

Target Audience:  Housing developers, developer consultants, property management staff, supportive housing service staff, and others interested in creating Integrated Supportive Housing in their community

An overview of the new Training, TA, and Lending program will be provided via webinar. Contact Lindsey Bishop Gilmore at for more information if interested.

VISN 11 Veteran Summits – A Path to Housing

The Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 11 in collaboration with CSH completed four 305_MI 25 Cities Panel_14successful regional homeless veteran summits in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. The summits are designed to develop multi-agency strategies to end veteran homelessness in the catchment area. Gap Analysis were reviewed along with operational plans to address barriers and design innovative solutions to promote the identification, assessment, and care of the homeless veteran population.

305_VISN 11_Phil_14Phil Thomas, VISN 11 Homeless Network Coordinator for the Department of Veteran Affairs, shared “These summits have proven to be an invaluable forum to inform the veteran and homeless service provider community about the VA’s plans and to receive and integrate feedback toward the goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.”

Geographically based groups met in the afternoon portion of these Summits to plan for a 100 day challenge. This involved group work around strengthening or developing strategies to rapidly rehouse Veteran households who are experiencing homelessness.

CSH commends the VA for so strategically working to bring Veteran homelessness to functional zero.

Supportive Housing Opens in Southern IL

The Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless opened an eight unit supportive housing development in Herrin, IL on June 26, 2014 called the Phoenix Apartments. This is the first rural supportive housing developments in Illinois to target people leaving correctional institutions. The development will also target Veterans. Located five hours South of Chicago, the City of Herrin has a population of about 13,000.

This $1.8 million dollar project was financed primarily by the Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The development also received support from the Federal Home Loan Bank, obtained through the Bank of Marion, and from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

305_Sharron Hess_14Sharron Hess, Executive Director of the Southern IL Coalition for the Homeless and pictured to the left at the grand opening, said that their has been great demand for these units. Onsite services will include case management, counseling, and job training.

CSH provided a $50,000 non-interest bearing Pre-development Initiation Loan, a grant to support this effort, and technical assistance for the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless as they worked to build community support, access financing, and develop the Phoenix Apartments.

Click here to read local coverage. Photo credit to Adam Testa with The Southern.

Indiana Supportive Housing Institute Finale

The 2014 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Finale was held in Indianapolis on June 5, and included a presentation by each participating team representing the communities of Gary, Marion, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute. This Institute, including over 80 hours of training for development teams over the course of six months, was sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)and facilitated by CSH.

305_Institute Audience_14Throughout this training series, CSH staff provided technical assistance to teams in the areas of selecting tenants, planning services, developing and operating, employing housing first and harm reduction approaches, and creating project budgets. Three teams will submit applications for tax credits in the housing first round this June and IHCDA has released a project based voucher RFP due in July for teams who have graduated from the Institute.

Rodney Stockment from the IHCDA Research and Development department, and Lori Phillips-Steele, CSH Indiana Program Directors welcomed funders, government partners, supportive housing champions, and team members to this program. A presentation was offered by Danielle Sorden with Shalom Community Center, sharing the vision behind and outcomes from Crawford Homes and Apartments in Bloomington, IN. This supportive housing development houses individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. Please click here to view the presentation.

305_Indianapolis Team_14The team representing Indianapolis, composed of BWI Development & Management, Midtown Mental Health Partners, and Goodwill Industries, presented their vision of integrated housing. This development, Overlook At The Fairgrounds, will have 49 units with 17 supportive housing units, 30 affordable units, and 2 market rate units. Supportive housing units will be for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have a mental illness or other chronic health condition.

305_Marion Team_14Located adjacent to the Marion VA medical campus, Chambers Park Apartments will house Veterans who are experiencing homelessness and have a disability. The development team includes Building Blocks Non-Profit Housing Corporation, Volunteers of America of Indiana, Medallion Management, Inc., Veterans Administration of Northern Indiana Health Care System, and Milner and Caringella, Inc., Martin-Riley Architects, Keller Development, Inc. and Kreig DeVault, LLP. Chambers Park Apartments will have 50 one-bedroom units, community space for recreation, training, and group meetings, and generous outdoor space for recreation, picnics, and gatherings.

Terre Haute Team_1Liberty Village, a proposed 30 unit supportive housing development in Terre Haute, will serve frequent users of emergency services and Veterans. The development team includes Mental Health America of Vigo County, Hamilton Center, Inc, TWG Development, LLC, and Indiana State University. This development will be for both individuals and families, with a breakdown of 20 one bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 two-bedroom units. Liberty Village will feature biometric security, on-site laundry, free tenant enrichment programs, outdoor and indoor recreational areas, community areas, a large food pantry and storage areas.

305_Gary Team_14The team representing Gary is led by Sojourner Truth House (STH), a ministry of hope and help for homeless and at-risk women and their children sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Through hospitality, advocacy, integrative services and collaboration, participants improve their quality of life and that of the community in a safe, trusting environment. STH plans to provide 50-60 units of permanent supportive housing for families and individuals with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. This development will follow the housing first philosophy including offering voluntary services, creative engagement, and eviction prevention, all with a harm reduction approach.

Thank you to our funders!


Columbus Place Groundbreaking in Xenia, Ohio

CSH congratulates Housing Solutions of Greene County for reaching a major milestone this past Spring – the groundbreaking of Columbus Place!  Columbus Place will be a six unit permanent supportive housing project in Xenia, Ohio.  Xenia is a town of under 26,000 residents in a west-central Ohio county.


We are especially proud that Rhonda Baer, as pictured  above speaking at the groundbreaking, and her Board and funders continued to persevere with the project despite major roadblocks and barriers over the last six years!  Bravo Rhonda and the team. Photo credit to Ohio MHAS Public Affairs.

CSH provided this development team with two capacity grants, totaling $28,000, a pre-development initiation loan for $50,000, along with technical assistance throughout this process.


Funder’s Board at Columbus Place Groundbreaking

From left to right: David Brainin, development consultant, Rhonda Baer, and Ted Jones, retired CSH Senior Program Manager, all worked closely together to make the project happen.

Click here to read local coverage of this event.

CSH Training on Quality Supportive Housing in Ohio

Twelve teams from across the state of Ohio are actively participating in the second Institute on Quality in Supportive Housing, held in Columbus. Teams are learning about CSH’s Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing while developing a Quality Improvement Plan for their portfolios or specific projects.  Teams were provided four CSH required outcome measures and they are developing two custom ones pertinent to their own portfolios or specific project.

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We are all having fun and learning a great deal from each other.  It is great to see the commitment to improving and maintaining quality in supportive housing in Ohio. Please click here to visit our CSH page on the Dimensions of Quality to learn more. 

A big thank you to our Institute sponsors!

Quality Funders