NWI Veterans Village Opens

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U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, and Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson today officially opened the North West Indiana (NWI) Veterans Village supportive housing project.

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Mayor Karen Marie Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, welcomes veterans & their families to the opening of NWI Veterans Village

CSH director in Indiana, Lori Phillips-Steele, joined Secretary McDonald, Mayor Freeman-Wilson and Lt. Governor Holcomb on the dais and noted the Village is the first supportive housing in the country to receive funding, in the form of a pre-development loan, from the CSH Supportive Housing Solutions Fund.

The estimated $10.1 million Village includes 44 units of supportive housing for Veterans, along with a computer room, exercise room, roof garden, and a restaurant that will be open to the public and serve as a training ground for those interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts.

Broadway Area CDC is the developer of this blockbuster project.

Broadway completed the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute in 2011, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and supported by CSH, and has created attractive and much-needed apartments for those who served our country.

CSH Indiana's Lori Phillips-Steele joins Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson at NWI Veterans Village

CSH Indiana’s Lori Phillips-Steele joins Gary Mayor Freeman-Wilson and Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb at the celebration of the new NWI Veterans Village

New CSH-Designed Workbook Helps Locate Housing Options

As part of our ongoing program work in Illinois, and with the support of the Illinois Council for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ICDD), CSH has developed a Supportive Housing Workbook for People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families.

This Workbook assists families as they move through the process of selecting an ideal affordable housing setting and matching it to the person-centered support services needed to live independently. After understanding what type of housing could be right, the family can determine if it is available locally or in another community.

If the appropriate housing does not exist, this Workbook lays out a strategy families can follow to make sure developers create housing that works for their family member as well as other families in the local community. This includes an explanation of steps to unite and create the required coalitions and grass-roots support that drive developers and service providers toward creation of the appropriate housing.

The Workbook also includes helpful information about supportive housing. Families impacted by intellectual or developmental disabilities are excited when they learn supportive housing is a viable option and are eager for it to be included in the array of housing and services available to their family members.

Click here to access the Workbook.


Illinois Supportive Housing Academy

Announcing the Illinois Supportive Housing Academy

May 2 – May 4, 2016

401 S. Clinton, Chicago, IL

Illinois Supportive Housing Academy – $200 – 3 Full Days of Training with Box Lunches each day

The Academy is focused on developing integrated supportive housing. It is designed for individual team members of a development group. Each member of the team will learn simultaneous steps to assist in the creation of a successful group project. This particular academy will focus on Olmstead populations and creating mixed income housing with supportive housing set asides.

Illinois Supportive Housing Site Visit – $50 – Bus Tour of 3 Supportive Housing Sites with Discussion

The Academy also is offering a site visit to meet tenants, other developers and providers, and showcase supportive housing in action.

Illinois Supportive Housing Academy and Site Visit – $225 – Both the Tour and the Academy are Included in This Package ( Best Value! )

Questions? Contact John Fallon at 312-332-6690 ext. 21.

Penn Place Opens in Indy

305_Kelsey and Tenant_16As the temperatures dropped low enough in Indianapolis for outreach workers to scour the streets in search of people sleeping outside to invite indoors, a new supportive housing development named Penn Place opened to serve people facing chronic homelessness and those who are frequent users of emergency services.

This 38-unit housing first apartment complex is the story of a large group of committed partners collaborating to identify and house the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

This robust team includes BWI Development, Insight Development, Indianapolis Housing Agency, Eskenazi Health Midtown Mental Health and Pedigo Health Center, Horizon House, The Pour House, The Indianapolis Housing Task Force, the Professionally Blended Outreach team,  the Indianapolis Continuum of Care and CSH.

Dr. Dennis Watson of the Center for Health Policy at IUPUI, in partnership with the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, is delivering training and technical assistance services to Penn Place as part of a federally funded study. CSH is providing on-going technical assistance.

Special thanks to the funders supporting this community partnership including the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) and their member bank Merchants, IHCDA, the equity partner PNC, Indianapolis Housing Agency, HUD, the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Continuum of Care (CoC) , and Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Penn Place is truly a community effort – one that ensures barriers to a stable home are eliminated for those who have faced extreme challenges and trauma. We celebrate the partnerships that made it possible and the bright future for those who are finding new lives in their very own apartments.

Please click here to read more.

Support Illinois HB 4955 – Restore Funding for Homeless & Housing Programs

Advocate for affordable & supportive housing funding in Illinois

Many organizations in Illinois have been operating without funding since July 1, 2015, and are at risk of closing their doors to the vulnerable people they serve.

Illinois House Bill 4955, introduced on February 5, 2016, would  fully restore funding to FY2015 levels for affordable housing and supportive housing programs for people who have experienced homelessness. These critical programs include:

  • Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund
  • Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • Assistance to the Homeless Fund
  • Federal HOME Investment Partnership Program Fund
  • Foreclosure Prevention Graduated Program Fund
  • Foreclosure Prevention Program Fund
  • Health and Human Services Trust Fund (Permanent Supportive Housing and DMH Bridge Subsidy Program)


 Please call your Representative and ask him or her to support HR 4955

To find your representative, click here and type in your zip code.


The bill includes appropriations for:

Homeless Prevention                                                                      $1,000,000

Homeless Youth Services                                                               $4,598,100

*Supportive Housing Services (homeless)                                 $13,738,500

Homeless Youth Services                                                               $1,000,000

Homelessness Prevention                                                              $3,000,000

Emergency and Transitional Housing                                         $9,383,700

*Supportive Housing Services                                                       $3,382,500

Assistance to the Homeless                                                            $300,000

*Supportive MI Housing                                                                 $15,915,800

*Special Projects and Bridge Subsidy                                           $34,450,000

Rental and Housing Support Program                                         $1,600,000

Rental and Housing Support Program                                         $4,100.000

Affordable Housing                                                                          $65,000,000

Keys to Supportive Housing

What is needed to create supportive housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities? CSH brought together important stakeholders and facilitated a state-wide convening in Springfield, IL — Keys to Supportive Housing — and uncovered the answers.

Lore Baker, Illinois Department of Human Services Statewide Housing Coordinator, spoke about a pilot project that will house 50 adults in affordable housing that include the Section 811 program and tailored services packages.


Her presentation was followed by a team from Edwardsville, IL, comprised of IDD/DD self-advocates, parents, and their fearless leader, Missy Kickline. Missy emphasized the need for innovative, creative solutions for self-advocates wanting to live in their own home.

Five of the self-advocates in this group plan to move into an integrated public housing authority building in early 2016. With services being delivered by Trinity, the residents will receive help in areas such as access to employment, shopping for groceries, cooking, and other daily needs.

Kathy Carmody, CEO of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities, facilitated a discussion with IDD providers. They explored how to best use the Medicaid waiver or state defined services to create person0-centered affordable housing with services for this target population. One of the participating agencies from Chicago, IL — Envision — shared their struggles to create supportive housing within the current service funding structure.

305_Vickie_15A panel made up of self-advocates spoke about their lived experiences, hopes and dreams. Three of the advocates already live in their own homes and two plan to do so in the future. They shared some of the types of supports that can be necessary or helpful to ensure they are able to successfully live in the community, have meaningful employment, and participate in their favorite activities with friends and/or family.

Kathy Ward from the Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities demonstrated her commitment to collaborate with partners in an ongoing discussion around system flexibility.

Adam 305Adam Cooper from The Alliance closed the program by calling for ongoing partnerships to make supportive housing available to all self-advocates in Illinois who want to live in their own, affordable home. He stated it is important that everyone know that self-advocates can live independently when offered the right supports. He also emphasized self-advocates want choices and should be included in decision-making processes.


BIG-ger Partnerships: Texas Sized Housing and Health Solutions

Supportive Housing = Healthcare


What: CSH and the Texas Homeless Network (THN) are hosting a 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.

When: Pre-conference sessions February 29, 2016; Conference March 1 & 2, 2016

Where: Austin Omni Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governor’s Row, Austin, Texas 78744

Click BIG-ger Partnerships to learn more and register for this event.

This is our second annual housing and healthcare state-wide conference in Austin, Texas. Click Big Partnerships Blog Post to read more about last year’s well-attended program and impactful outcomes.

Continuing Education Credits

CPE/CEU credits are included. Eligible for the following credits: CPEs, Social Work CEUs, LPC CEUs, Marriage and Family Therapist CEUs, Chemical Dependency Counselor CEUs.

Monday, February 29, Pre-conference Sessions:  1.5 Hours

Tuesday, March 1, 9:00 AM – Wednesday, March 2, 11:30 AM    8 Hours

Congressman Stivers Visits Returning Home Ohio Program

Congressman Steve Stivers recently met with staff from CSH and Faith Mission, located in Columbus, Ohio to meet first-hand people helped through Returning Home Ohio. This program breaks the cycle of homelessness, recidivism and then return to jail by providing those leaving incarceration with safe, stable homes and supportive services to foster successful community reintegration. Supportive services include employment supports, health care, mental and behavioral health, and ongoing case management to assist tenants in reaching their goals.

305_Congressman St and Tenant_15During this site visit, Congressman Stivers met one of the participants (pictured on the left), who discussed the importance of stable housing as he seeks to go back to school, find employment, and improve his health.

The stability of supportive housing has helped this participant lay the foundation for a strong life-plan and access the services he needs to ensure successful outcomes.

Congressman Stivers’ interest in Returning Home stems in part from his service on the US House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs.

Rockford, Illinois is Addressing Veteran Homelessness in 2015

Rockford Completes Mayors Challenge

Lauded as First City in the Nation to

Reach Functional Zero and Effectively End Veteran Homelessness


Rockford, Illinois – The City of Rockford Department of Human Services, a community action agency serving Boone and Winnebago counties, announced today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veteran Affairs have recognized Rockford as the first community in the national Zero: 2016 movement to reach functional zero and effectively end homelessness among local Veterans.

The City of Rockford has also been recognized by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness for successfully completing the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness; an initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Mayors Challenge calls upon mayors and other state and local leaders across the country to publicly express their commitment and provide the leadership to implement the strategies necessary for their communities to end homelessness among all Veterans within their communities by the end of 2015.

“Ensuring every person has a safe, stable place to call home takes teamwork and dedication at every level. Rockford stepped up to this challenge and today has every reason to celebrate its incredible achievement in effectively ending Veteran homelessness. Communities around the country can now look to the Forest City as a model for serving our nation’s heroes,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. 

The Zero: 2016 movement, coordinated by Community Solutions with coaching from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), consists of 75 communities working to end Veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The national effort supports participants in optimizing local resources, tracking progress against monthly housing goals, and accelerating the spread of proven strategies, such as those implemented through the Mayors Challenge. Rockford was selected for Zero: 2016 through a competitive, national application process. 

Functional zero is a key component to ensuring every Veteran in the community has a permanent home. In Zero: 2016, functional zero is reached when, at any point in time, the number of Veterans experiencing literal homelessness, both on the streets and in shelters, is no greater than the city’s monthly Veteran housing placement rate. Rockford has housed a total of 73 Veterans to date. To remain at functional zero, Rockford must have no more than eight homeless Veterans awaiting housing and any new homeless Veteran is housed within 30 days.