Sarah Gallagher, who until today served as CSH Director of Strategic Initiatives, has begun a new role as Managing Director of the organization’s Eastern Region. As Managing Director, she will work with local directors, field offices, programs and stakeholders to facilitate and coordinate CSH efforts in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Sarah has expertise in health/housing collaborations, data matching, homeless programs and justice reentry.
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, she oversaw CSH’s efforts to scale and replicate proven supportive housing models like Frequent User Services Engagement Program (FUSE), aimed at breaking the cycle of homelessness and incarceration for frequent users of jails and shelter, and Keeping Families Together-One Roof, a program that ensures stable housing and services are leveraged to keep children with their parents in their own homes. She also managed CSH internal work groups focused on generating population-specific ideas for the organization.
Prior to heading Strategic Initiatives, Sarah served as Director of CSH’s Connecticut Program, supervising all of CSH’s training, lending, technical assistance, and systems change work throughout the state. She worked closely with State agencies to increase the use of supportive housing as a public policy solution, including local project management of FUSE, and in assisting the State, and health care and supportive housing providers as they integrated health care and housing for vulnerable populations.
Sarah joined CSH as Director in Connecticut in 2010. Under her tenure the size and scope of CSH work in the region grew with new contracts and groundbreaking approaches to products like the Medicaid Institute. Ms. Gallagher also managed CSH’s increasingly successful project tied to the National Social Innovation Fund (SIF) healthcare award. With the backing of the federal government and philanthropic partners, the CSH Social Innovation Fund is integrating housing with health services to house, improve outcomes and reduce costs among those with complex health needs who are experiencing homelessness. These individuals are often high-cost consumers (frequent users) of publicly-funded healthcare services.
Before joining CSH, Ms. Gallagher served at the first Executive Director of Journey Home, the local homeless funding and planning body for the Capitol Region, where she assisted in the development and implementation of the community’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Sarah also was the Executive Director for Discharge Planning at the New York City Department of Corrections, where she focused on discharge planning programs at Rikers Island and worked with City agencies in order to overcome barriers that people face when leaving jail.
Sarah holds a Master degree in Urban Policy and Management from the Milano Graduate School at the New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut.