Ohio Statewide Homelessness Study

CSH Ohio and Barbara Poppe and Associates, with support from The Ohio Development Services Agency and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, collected data and input from stakeholders to help lay the groundwork for a Statewide Plan to End Homelessness. This took place in several communities between June and August of 2016. Please click here to learn more about the purpose, background, project overview and scope of work.

We invite you to review the Best Practices Presentation to view strategies utilized to end chronic and Veteran homelessness as well as innovations to significantly reduce family homelessness. This presentation also addresses best practices in service models, program models, and community engagement.

Please view the Ohio Community Data Snapshot to learn more about national and state trends and profiles of various populations.

New Supportive Housing Opens in Steubenville, OH

Families and individuals who once were facing homelessness now have a place to call home at The Lighthouse Haven  in Steubenville. With one, two and three bedroom apartments this supportive housing development offers a chance at stability through services available to its residents. 

305_Lighthouse Kitchen_16Jefferson Behavioral Health System, the sponsor of this project, successfully led a development team through the CSH Supportive Housing Institute. The institute consists of six months of training and technical support with CSH staff and supportive housing experts with the goal of creating quality supportive housing projects throughout the state.

CSH also provided a $50,000 Predevelopment Initiation Loan to help Lighthouse Haven go from concept to reality with often hard to secure early stage financing.

Funding for Lighthouse Have was provided by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Department of Mental Health, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati.

Click here to view additional local coverage in preparation for the grand opening.

Non-Time Limited Supportive Housing Program for Youth

Request for Proposals for Supportive Housing Providers (RFP)

CSH and the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) seek to pilot the effectiveness of a non-time limited supportive housing program for youth (ages 18-19) exiting DYS facilities in Hamilton and Cuyahoga Counties in order to prevent recidivism.  The pilot program will offer twelve (12) units of supportive housing in each of the two communities, for a total of 24 units of housing.

Target Population
The target population for the DYS Pilot is criminal justice involved young adults released from DYS institutions who are identified as homeless or at risk of homelessness upon release and fall into one of 2 categories: 1) Severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) with or without a co-occurring disorder; 2) a lack of employment history and positive social supports.  Referrals can be accepted for an offender up to 12 months post release. Priority is given to offenders identified as being most likely to require supportive services in order to maintain housing and stability.

Click here to view the RFP.

Click here to view the Annual Budget Form.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, June 3rd by 5:00pm EST to Katie.kitchin@csh.org.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Coordinated Access System Navigation in Chicago

Due May 11, 2016


CSH is seeking subcontractors to provide support to Veteran households and households experiencing chronic homelessness in need of coordinated access system navigation support. Subcontractors provide direct services to households that have been assessed with a coordinated access tool and matched to a permanent housing provider. The System Navigators (SN) will work collaboratively with the Ending Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI) and partners to implement strategies to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. SN may also provide support to initiatives ending homelessness for vulnerable populations.  Funding is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant Program through the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

Planned Activities

  • Search for and engage households who have been assessed and received a housing match.
  • Provide support to households in meeting housing provider requirements, inclusive of attending housing intake meetings, attainment of homelessness and/or disability documentation.
  • Complete coordinated access assessments, as needed.

Expected Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Provide system navigation activities to homeless households with a housing match.

Deliverable 2: Participate in system integration team meetings and work collaboratively with initiative partners.

Deliverable 3: Maintain and report data on system navigation activities.

Funding Available

A total of $300,000 is available for this project. Subcontracts will not exceed $100,000 and will have an end date of December 31, 2016. Agencies may include expenses for travel and equipment. Subcontractors will bill CSH at an hourly rate, not to exceed $125/hour.  No increment above cost can be included in the hourly rate provided to CSH and the hourly rate must be consistent with the best (lowest) customary rate that has been negotiated with other clients.  Selected subcontractors will be required to provide evidence of past compensation consistent with the rate provided to CSH.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements

Agencies will need the capacity to enter and receive information from Chicago’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Training to selected agencies will be provided.

CSH will hold a Q&A session about this subcontracting opportunity on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 1:00 pm. The session will be held at CSH – 205 W. Randolph, 23rd Floor; Chicago, IL 60606.

To apply for this opportunity email Christine Haley at christine.haley@csh.org for an application, and the application will be due on May 11th,  2016 at 5:00pm CST.

Applications received before the deadline will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar work
  • Relevant project work
  • Experience and expertise
  • Years of relevant experience
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services

Please note that CSH requires subcontractors, including individuals and sole proprietors, to carry workers’ compensation insurance while performing work under a CSH subcontract. CSH subcontractors cannot have existing, pending or expired debarments that preclude them from doing business with the United States government and cannot have convictions for, nor have any pending indictments for, fraud or a criminal offense in connection with a public contract or subcontract.

Texas Sized Housing and Health Solutions

CSH and the Texas Homeless Network (THN) hosted an engaging statewide housing and healthcare conference to strengthen and create new relationships among primary and behavioral healthcare leaders, philanthropic funders, and experts and decision-makers within supportive housing.

305_PeggyTX_16The keynote address was offered by former CSH staff member Peggy Bailey, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Director of Health Integration Project.

A series of break-out sessions explored connecting frequent users of hospitals to housing; creating supportive housing programs to include medically vulnerable households; how to use the Pay for Success financing model to scale up effective interventions; and how households with medical challenges can access housing.

Ohio Institute Finale

The Supportive Housing Institute in Ohio brought together teams from across the state to learn about creating and operating quality supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, those prioritized by local Continua of Care and Mental Health and Addiction Service Boards, and adults with developmental disabilities transitioning from institutional settings.

This series helped teams navigate the complex process of developing housing with support services and concluded in January with a finale event that included a presentation by each of the participating teams.


300_SteeleValley_16The Youngstown team includes the Help Hotline, Crisis Center, Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, CSN, a part of North Coast Behavioral Health Care, Meridian Community Care, and Flying High Inc. Their project proposal is for a 15 unit development made up of one-bedroom apartments for frequent/super utilizers of hospitals.

The Cherry Court Campus team hails from Canton and includes ICAN Housing, Coleman Professional Services, and the Recovery Board of Stark County. This team is working on the design of a new construction development including 14 one-bedroom units and 10 studio units on two adjacent lots with a central park and urban farm.

Gallia County Children’s Home plans to develop 8 one-bedroom units and 4 two-bedroom units as a gut rehab project for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and impacted by mental health conditions.

305_Akron_16The Stoney Point Commons team from Akron is made up of Stock Tober Development, NCR, and Community Support services, along with development consultant John Stock and supportive housing consultant Ted Jones. They have proposed a 68 unit development targeting people facing homelessness including those experiencing chronic homelessness.

The Archives Apartments proposal out of Cleveland is a collaboration between Testa Companies, Welcome House, Inc., and EDEN. This team is working towards applying for funding for a gut rehabilitation project of 24 one-bedroom units for people with developmental disabilities coming out of foster care with one unit for a live-in manager to oversee the two buildings. The adjacent structure will be developed into commercial space and 4 market rate units.

300_BuckUps_16The team from Dayton includes Foundation for the Challenges, UP Development, and the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This development team plans to create a 40 unit single-site building with a 25% set aside for adults with developmental disabilities. Other target populations include people experiencing chronic homelessness and adults with mental health and substance use conditions.

The Muskingum team from Zanesville includes Muskingum Economic Opportunity action Group Inc., Muskingum Behavioral Health, and Fairfield Homes. Their project is a 32 unit single site apartment complex targeting people with substance use disorders, and will be located near downtown Zanesville.

The development team from Mansfield, OH includes Trek Development Group, Mary McCloud Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center, and the VA. Future projects will include creating scattered site townhomes as well as Veteran focused affordable and supportive housing.

300_MudHens_16The Lincoln Place team from Toledo consists of TASC of North West Ohio, Gould Development and PHRL Development. Lincoln place will include 60 one-bedroom units in a single site project in Central Toledo. The target populations include those exiting the criminal justice system with great barriers sand people facing chronic homelessness with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.



The Institute is made possible by the support received from the Ohio Housing Finance agency, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing.

Spreading the Power of FUSE

CSH convened a special peer-to-peer site visit earlier this month in Charlotte, North Carolina, that brought together a group from Iowa City, Iowa, and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, to explore the structure and success of MeckFUSE, a housing program for homeless men and women with behavioral health issues who have been frequent users of Mecklenburg’s jail, street camps and shelters. FUSE stands for Frequent User Systems Engagement, a proven national supportive housing model from CSH.

This peer-to-peer was designed to assist Iowa City as it continues to build the foundation for its own FUSE initiative as a CSH start-up grantee. CSH is able to expand FUSE throughout the country due, in part, to generous support from the Open Society Foundations and Capital One. Both funders also help underwrite our new and free FUSE Resource Center.

While diving deeper into FUSE, participants in this peer-to-peer learning experience visited a single site supportive housing apartment building that houses the once chronically homeless.

The apartments, Moore Place, are provided as a HousingWorks supportive housing program of the Urban Ministry Center. Through the HousingWorks program, the Urban Ministry Center seeks to fulfill its mission of ending homelessness by giving the most vulnerable what they so desperately need: a home.

HousingWorks has three pathways to housing for chronically homeless individuals: Moore Place, an 85-unit apartment building that opened in February 2012; Scattered Site apartments (45 units); and, in MeckFUSE, a partnership with Mecklenburg County providing an additional 45 community-based apartments.

The HousingWorks approach is simple: give chronically homeless individuals what they need most – a safe, stable, affordable home – and then provide the wrap-around support to help them remain housed and regain lives of wellness and dignity. A team of social workers, therapists, a full-time nurse and a part-time psychiatrist provide supportive services to help each HousingWorks tenant manage the transition from long-term homelessness to housing, and to help individuals meet personal goals to ensure they never become homeless again.

HousingWorks specifically targets those individuals who have been homeless the longest, are the most vulnerable and are the most frequent users of emergency rooms, jails, shelters and other costly crisis services.

In addition to seeing Moore Place and how it transforms lives, the group from Iowa City spent two days:

  • Increasing their understanding of the core components and day-to-day operations of a FUSE program;
  • Discussing strategies for building community support for new developments and ways to maintain on-going community engagement/support of FUSE programs;
  • Better understanding MeckFUSE financing for operations, rental assistance and supportive services;
  • Learning the development process, funding sources, roles of partners and design considerations for FUSE tenants; and
  • Understanding the needs of FUSE tenants when they move into housing: service needs, apartment preferences, amenities, move-in needs and types of housing support.

To learn more about CSH FUSE, please click here.

Upcoming Training Sessions in Ohio

In-Person Trainings to Help Strengthen Your Funding Applications & Community Engagement

CSH is offering a number of trainings in 2016 to help your organization develop, manage, and provide quality supportive housing in Ohio.

Trainings will guide potential applicants on submitting successful housing funding applications and cover the Six Steps to Community Engagement. Trainings are FREE, generously sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services with support from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.

Because these are free, space is limited. If you are interested in attending follow these instructions on how you can access our Supportive Housing Training Center to register. For content or logistical questions please contact Leah Werner at 614.228.6263 Ext 224 or leah.werner@csh.org .

All trainings will be held in Columbus, Ohio

Franklin Station – 524 West Broad Street Columbus Ohio 43215.
Free parking behind the building.
Free Lunch Provided

Funding Application Training

Wednesday, May, 25
Ohio Housing Finance Agency Housing Development Gap Financing

In April and June, CSH will offer practical, hands-on trainings to a small group of organizations that intend to apply to the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Cincinnati and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency for funding to create supportive housing.

Mary Hernandez, the manager of FHLB’s Affordable Housing Program, will be in attendance to elaborate on the “how to’s” of the online application. The trainings will focus on creating competitive applications.


Community Engagement

Wednesday, June 29
Community Engagement and the Six Steps

Developers face increasing challenges when creating affordable housing. NIMBYism can negatively impact costs and actually derail sound projects. The Six Steps to Community Engagement training was originally produced for developers of homeless housing and services, and designed to respond to both the uniquely local aspect of each proposal and generic obstacles (i.e. similar concerns raised in nearly every case). Over time, it has proven to be an effective strategy to engage the community in constructive dialogue about proposed development projects.

The Six Steps encourages housing providers to conduct a “due diligence” process early in development planning to gather information, consider options and make informed, deliberate decisions about what actions to take with respect to local government, community groups and the media. CSH’s training helps developers understand the practical uses of the Six Steps to reduce potential delays and costs that may result from local opposition.