Remembering and Celebrating the Life and Work of Carol Walter

From Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness:

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) is holding an open house to celebrate the work, life, and legacy of its beloved Director, Carol Walter who passed away on December 27th after a very brief illness. Carol, who was only 53, grew up in Bloomfield, and worked in homeless shelters across Connecticut. Carol became Executive Director at CCEH in 2006, where she sparked radical change in our state’s approach to homelessness. Join us and her family in following her bright star ahead, continuing her work together.

“Carol was a tireless advocate for the homeless and friend and inspiration to many of us at CSH.  Her passion and commitment will leave a lasting legacy not only here in CT but in the world.  Carol will be missed,” says Sarah Gallagher, CSH Director in Connecticut.

Friday, January 4th, 2-5 PM
RSVP to cross@cceh.org if you will attend.

Connecticut Health Foundation is the Newest Funder for Social Innovation Fund Initiative

The Connecticut Health Foundation has joined several foundations as a partner and supporter of CSH’s Social Innovation Fund Initiative to improve health and reduce costs among vulnerable men and women whose complex health conditions and poor access to health and housing contribute to rising health care costs.  This new support builds upon the CT Health’s prior support to CSH in Connecticut, which helped to increase collaboration and services integration between supportive housing and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

“The Connecticut Health Foundation is committed to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in Connecticut through advancing solutions, systems integration and rigorous evaluation. CT Health is thus pleased to be a funding partner of the Connecticut Integrated Healthcare and Housing Neighborhoods Social Innovation Fund Initiative. People of color are a disproportionate segment of the homeless population living with chronic conditions. Supportive housing that integrates a culturally and linguistically appropriate health home that addresses physical and mental health needs is a promising model for reducing health care disparities while reducing costs,” says Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause, Senior Program Officer, Connecticut Health Foundation.

The CT Health Foundation has been a catalyst for reforming the state’s health care system to increase health equity and quality.  CSH is proud to have them as a partner.

CSH Announces Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference, March 7 – 8

CSH is hosting its first annual Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference, on March 7 – 8, 2013 in Philadelphia.  Our goal is to provide critical training and education opportunities to  supportive housing providers and developers, government agencies and philanthropy along the east coast.  The supportive housing industry is changing. Fast.  We’ll help you get ahead of the curve.

This two-day conference, held at the Loews Hotel, will be energizing and educational. You will  have the  opportunity to take advantage of the combined expertise of CSH and our industry partners on all aspects of supportive housing.

  • JOIN housing developers, social service agencies, and government partners to create partnerships and knowledge networks.
  • ADVANCE your knowledge about the latest best practices, research, and innovations.
  • ENGAGE in discussions on topics ranging from state of the art targeting of veterans homelessness resources, advanced response to changes in HEARTH, to cutting edge integration of housing with healthcare.
  • ACKNOWLEDGE colleagues who are achieving excellence in supportive housing.

We hope you will join us at our inaugural event and help us spread the word to your partners throughout the region. More details on the CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference will be available in coming months at csh.org/easternregion. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to get all the latest news and information from CSH.

If you are interested in sponsoring the first annual CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference please contact Colleen Velez at 609.392.7820 x1.

CT Interim Report on Development and Operating Costs of Permanent

This report summarizes the findings from our analysis of development and operating costs of  supportive housing in Connecticut. The final report for the study (forthcoming) will bring together an analysis of the costs of developing and operating supportive housing with the service utilization patterns of its residents. The hypothesis is that providing supportive housing results in reduced utilization of expensive emergency and crisis care and may increase participation in treatment and supports that contribute to greater housing stability. We plan to obtain and analyze service utilization data (including costs) for supportive housing tenants for the two year period before they entered supportive housing, during their stay, and (if applicable) after their departure to provide a broader assessment of the cost effectiveness of supportive housing.

CSH Receives Grant From People’s United Community Foundation

The People’s United CommunityFoundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $15,000 to CSH.  The grant will help CSH in their efforts to strengthen Connecticut’s supportive housing industry.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help us build the capacity of Connecticut organizations to develop and operate high-quality supportive housing programs,” said Sarah Gallagher, Director of Connecticut Program for CSH. “Supportive housing projects require lengthy planning, community support and access to public funding from a patchwork of sources. For developers new to this process, these steps can be difficult to navigate and pose significant obstacles. Funding from People’s United Community Foundation will allow CSH to provide support to help developers to successfully navigate this process.”

“CSH is helping to address the root causes of long-term homelessness,” said Michael Casparino, Officer of People’s United CommunityFoundationand Northern Connecticut Division President for People’s United Bank. “Supportive Housing has proven to help people with persistent barriers to housing stability and CSH is ensuring the development of successful supportive housing services and operations throughout Connecticut.”

Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New YorktoMainethrough a network of 361 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include: community development, youth development, and affordable housing.

CSH Medicaid Crosswalk: Connecticut

This CSH Medicaid Crosswalk “Understanding Supportive Housing Services and Potential Medicaid Reimbursement in Connecticut” summarizes the results of a Connecticut analysis in which services in supportive housing are “crosswalked” with the package of services offered under the State’s 1915c Home and Community Based Services Waiver for people with serious mental illness discharged from nursing homes. The services provided through this Medicaid mechanism serves as an excellent example for any future Medicaid coverage for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness with chronic behavioral health conditions.

A CSH Crosswalk is a state-specific reference document that illustrates what services provided in supportive housing are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement. 

CHAMP Funding Available in Connecticut

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) announced a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Competitive Housing Assistance for Multifamily Properties (CHAMP).

The NOFA is directed to owners of either 1) existing affordable and/or workforce multifamily rental developments or 2) developers of proposed new affordable and/or workforce multifamily rental developments seeking State General Obligation Bond Funds issued by the DECD to be used as gap funding for various HUD, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, and other privately and publicly financed development proposals.

Access the NOFA below, along with the program outline and rating criteria. A consolidated application is available on CHFA’s website.

Materials are also available on DECD’s website.