Child Well-Being Convening in MN

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This past week at the Children’s Home Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, CSH hosted Partnering and Planning for Greater Impact: A Convening on Child Well-being in Supportive Housing.

The Convening was an engaging and action-oriented conversation involving administrative and management level professionals from county and State child welfare agencies; supportive housing developer and provider organizations; funding sources; universities and other educational systems; MCOs and healthcare systems; mental health organizations; and family services programs. Participants were motivated to move beyond educating and building awareness on supportive housing’s role in child well-being to:

• Expanding common understandings of child well-being, definitions and outcome indicators
• Assessing and identifying opportunities to cross-innovate and collaborate for greater impact
• Growing participation in the process of leveraging supportive housing for child well-being

By encouraging frank dialogue, partnership building, and sound implementation planning, participants are taking what they learned at the Convening and strengthening initiatives and practices throughout Minnesota to promote child well-being in supportive housing.


Convening Planning Partners
CSH                                                                                      Simpson Housing Services
Family Housing Fund                                                       courageous heARTS

Artistic Credit
BotJoy                                                                                 Greater Minnesota Housing Fund


2016 Indiana Supportive Housing Institute RFP

CSH is excited to announce its seventh Indiana Supportive Housing Institute (“The 2016 Institute”).  To date, the first six Institutes have graduated teams that now have over 1400 supportive housing units underway throughout Indiana.

The 2016 Institute will address creating supportive housing to meet the needs of persons experiencing chronic homelessness, persons with high medical vulnerability, frequent users of emergency systems of care, and families experiencing homelessness – as further defined within the 2016 IPSHI RFP.

CSH and IHCDA will provide an Institute Orientation webinar for prospective RFP respondents on November 6, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. EST.
here to register for this webinar.

The 2016 Institute will help supportive housing partners learn how to navigate the complex process of developing housing with support services and is expected to reduce the time it takes to obtain funding for supportive housing by improving the planning and development processes.  Consideration will be given to both integrated housing (with 25% of the housing set aside for supportive housing) and 100% supportive housing developments.

The 2016 Institute will provide targeted training, technical assistance, and the opportunity to apply for pre-development financing to both new and experienced development teams.

Teams will receive over 80 hours of training including individualized technical assistance and resources to assist in completing their projects.  In addition, industry experts, including staff from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) , will provide insight on property management, financing, and building design.

Please review the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute Request for Proposals prior to completing the Institute Application.

Questions: If you have questions, please contact Megan Maxwell-Ranjbar at 317-632-5874 or

Texas 2016 Housing & Services Partnership Academy

Create a Community-Based Team and Develop Strategies for Service-Enriched Housing for Persons with Disabilities and Aging Texans

CSH, in partnership with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), will provide training and technical assistance to community teams across Texas to help develop comprehensive plans for improving the quantity and quality of affordable, accessible, integrated housing and supportive services for people with disabilities and older Texans, and prepare communities to address the housing needs of this population. Outcomes will guide future technical assistance based on the planning process during the Academy. Each team will participate in a follow-up needs assessment that will guide and customize technical assistance for each community plan.

Selected teams will participate in:

  • Two pre-academy webinars, scheduled for December 2015 to develop a Local Housing and Services Guide as well as baseline housing and services knowledge to prepare for the workshop;
  • A 1.5 day Academy workshop scheduled for Feb. 2016 in Austin;
  • Development of Community Strategic Action Plan and Goals.

Selected teams will receive:

  • A Housing and Services Resource Guide;
  • Follow-up, targeted technical assistance; and
  • Strategies to build partnerships between housing and services to build capacity to develop service enriched housing.

Chicago Area Community Meetings, Supportive Housing for Adults with IDD

Come learn about supportive housing for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in Illinois – how to create and access opportunities in your community and share your thoughts on what is needed. These meetings are open to self-advocates, family members, providers, developers, and other allies.

Click here to RSVP for any of the following meetings:

Date/Host Location
Thursday, August 6, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Hosted by Community Service Options
6845 S. Western Ave, Chicago
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hosted by Anixter Center
2001 N. Clybourn, Chicago
Friday, August 14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Hosted by UCP Seguin
3100 S. Central Ave, Cicero
Tuesday, August 18, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Hosted by The Builders at Fremont Library
1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein

Supportive housing is affordable housing with supportive services. Tenants have their own home/apartment and can have a roommate if desired.

Questions? Let us know!

John Fallon, 312-332-6690 ext. 21

Stephanie Sideman, 312-332-6690 ext. 25

Hornsby House Breaks Ground in OH

The Columbiana County Counseling Center, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization, performed the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Hornsby House project on May 6 2015. This project will consist of the development of two new supportive housing properties. The first in Lisbon, Ohio will hold eight one-bedroom apartments on an acre of land. The other in East Liverpool, Ohio will be a duplex.

Both developments will house adults experiencing homelessness and impacted by mental heath challenges. Along with housing, several voluntary supportive services will be offered including psychiatric services, alcohol and drug treatment programs, vocational and employment training and job-site support.

The Counseling Center, with 20 years of experience managing permanent supportive housing, will manage this property. This agency currently owns and operate 39 temporary and permanent housing locations.

This project will help to fulfill the strong need to house a vulnerable population. As one of various funders, CSH played an early role through its project initiation loan to the Counseling Center aimed at funding predevelopment and acquisition costs. Construction is set to be complete by late fall of 2015.

Please click here to read local coverage.

US Senator Grassley Sees PUSH-CR in Action

US Senator Chuck Grassley visits Four Oaks and hears about one of our ACYF demonstration sites (PUSH-CR) and the keeping families together supportive housing model in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. grassley

Four Oaks, along with its affiliates Jane Boyd Community House and the Affordable Housing Network, Inc., welcomed U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley to Cedar Rapids on Saturday, July 11.

During the visit, Senator Grassley learned about TotalChild, Four Oaks’ comprehensive and long-term approach for helping at-risk children and their families to achieve and maintain stability. The Senator also heard about Partners United for Supportive Housing in Cedar Rapids (PUSH-CR), the Iowa site which is part of our five-year federal demonstration grant that utilizes community collaboration to assist families experiencing homelessness or housing crisis in combination with other risk factors. He heard directly from a PUSH-CR participant about how the program helped put her on a path to success.

Senator Grassley has helped to shape federal legislation for generations of vulnerable children and families, and is interested in witnessing progress and results with Iowa children. His visit included discussions with community leaders on what additional supports and reforms are needed to sustain these efforts, and encourage better methods to improve neighborhoods and the lives of children and families.

The Senator’s visit began at the Jane Boyd Harambee House, a community hub designed to support children, families and schools in the neighborhood. Grassley also toured one of the homes recently renovated by the Affordable Housing Network, Inc. as part of the TotalChild Wellington Heights Initiative to assure safe and stable housing.

OSF Grants $150,000 to CSH for FUSE Replication

OSFThe Open Society Foundations (OSF) U.S. Programs initiative supports efforts to advance equality, fairness, and justice with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and the most significant threats to open society in the United States today. OSF works to further a vibrant democratic society in which all people can meaningfully participate in its civic, economic, and political life and to ensure that the core institutions of civil society are effective and accountable to the public.

Areas of particular emphasis in U.S. Programs’ grant-making and other activities include:

  • The advancement of effective and fair criminal justice and drug policies,
  • Support of the rights of racial minorities and other vulnerable groups;
  • Support of institutions and practices that advance a more informed and engaged public and responsive and effective government.

OSF’s recent contribution of $150,000 to CSH to promote a scaled replication and the sustainability of the FUSE (Frequent Users/Utilizers Systems Engagement) model will help ensure that more people leaving our jails and prisons will have a real chance to become a part of the communities in which they live. Because of the generosity of OSF and others, CSH is able to recreate FUSE in more communities across the country.

FUSE is a CSH signature accomplishment that helps communities identify and engage high utilizers of public systems and place them into supportive housing in order to break the cycle of repeated use of costly crisis services, shelters, and the criminal justice system. In the FUSE model, supportive housing serves to smooth the transition from institution to community, promoting a transformation that serves those released from jails and prisons, and the general population, by improving lives and public safety.

The critical support of OSF and our partners will allow CSH to aggressively pursue our vision to create additional policy and resource tools, such as FUSE, that encourage cross-system collaboration and allow innovative responses to complex social problems.


Advancing Supportive Housing for Adults with IDD

CSH is pleased to announce our 2015 training seminars geared towards self-advocates, families, community champions, and development teams including developers and service providers. We hosted a webinar twice on July 14th to review all of the upcoming training sessions available to you.  If you missed this or if you are willing to share it with others, please click on either link below.

Click here to view the webinar from July 14th at 12:30pm

Click here to view the webinar from July 14th at 7:00pm

For Self-Advocates

CSH will host two training sessions, one in Chicago and one in Springfield, for people who are interested in living in their own home with an appropriate array of supportive services and peers interested in learning more about supportive housing. These highly interactive sessions will include as homework  recruiting additional self-advocates to discuss supportive housing with peers and learn more about what housing and support interests are represented in their home town. Sessions will take place in late September, and will include self-advocates as lead trainers. Please e-mail for more information.

For Families and Community Champions

In order to invest in the driving force of change within the IDD community, CSH plans to offer training sessions in September for family members who would like to learn more about supportive housing and how to influence policy changes that will create new housing solutions.  Recognizing that family members and self-advocates know best about what is needed for adults to live successfully in their own apartment in the community, we wish to arm family members with knowledge about financing supportive housing, coordinating services, and key policy changes needed to bring supportive housing to scale in your local community. This is about understanding and insisting upon real action and change in your own local community. For more information, please e-mail

For Developers and Service Providers

Panthers FinaleCSH: The Source for Housing Solutions, in partnership with the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD), is excited to announce the 2015 Supportive Housing Institute in Joliet and Springfield.  The 2015 Supportive Housing Institute will focus on the creation of integrated housing settings that meet the needs of adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. This series will help development teams learn how to navigate the complex process of developing housing with support services and this training series is expected to reduce the time it takes to obtain funding by improving the planning and application process.  Consideration will be given to integrated housing with up to 25% of the housing set aside for supportive housing and small scale multi-family apartments.

The 2015 Institute provides targeted training and technical assistance to both new and experienced development teams.  Teams receive over 50 hours of training including individualized technical assistance and resources to assist in completing their project.  In addition, experts from across the state, including staff and national partners provide insight on property management, financing, and building design. Special emphasis will be given to accessing Section 811 and the Statewide Referral Network.  

Please click here to view the application.

Housing Veterans

The first Stand Down was held in San Diego, CA in 1988. Today, more than 200 Stand Downs are held across the country each year. Stand Downs give Veterans the opportunity to access countless resources all in one place.

The 2015 Chicago Stand Down was held at the General Jones National Guard Armory on June 26 and 27. Veterans in the Chicago area had access to many services including medical care, legal assistance, food, haircuts, employment assistance, and information about what benefits and other resources are available to them. In addition to these services, the event encouraged Veterans to connect with each other, and served as a great place for Veterans facing homelessness to get connected to housing solutions.

CSH, the systems coordinator for Chicago’s Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative, organized staff from across the City to complete assessments with Veterans in order to match people to housing interventions. Using one by-name registry of all Veterans experiencing homelessness through the Homeless Management Information System platform, this initiative aims to end homelessness by the end of 2015 for all Veterans, and the first step is identifying and assessing Veterans in need of permanent housing.

By gaining access to those in greatest need through outreach efforts such as the Chicago Stand Down, the Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative is able to provide support for Veterans experiencing homelessness by guiding them to resources to rebuild their lives, the greatest of which is a place to call home.

CMS Issues Bulletin on Using Medicaid for Supportive Services

CMSThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has released an Informational Bulletin intended to assist states in designing Medicaid benefits, and to clarify the circumstances under which Medicaid reimburses for certain housing-related activities, with the goal of promoting community integration for individuals with disabilities, older adults needing long term services and supports (LTSS), and those experiencing chronic homelessness. Consistent with statute, CMS/CMCS can assist states with coverage of certain housing-related activities and services.

Read the full CMS/CMCS Informational Bulletin here.

For more information on how states are currently using Medicaid in supportive housing, see CSH’s four new resources, released earlier this month.

Read our joint statement with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Technical Assistance Collaborative and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.