PhilHaven Opens in Illinois!

CSH staff, along with several local officials and financing partners, joined together on July 26 to celebrate the opening of PhilHaven, a new 50-unit supportive housing development located in Wheeling, Illinois. 

The three-story building comprises 57,174-square-feet of living space. The first floor features the property’s on-site management offices and a variety of community spaces such as a lounge with an adjacent kitchen, technology center, exercise room, reading nook and a bike storage room. In all, the building consists of private apartments configured in one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts and complete with contemporary fixtures and finishes.

Financing for PhilHaven was provided by the Illinois Housing Development Authority, National Equity Fund Inc., Village Bank & Trust, Wintrust Financial, Cook County, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and CSH.

CSH provided a $1,950,000 acquisition and predevelopment loan for PhilHaven. Proceeds from these monies were used to fund acquisition of the project site and predevelopment costs related to the new construction.

 

PhilHaven’s residents will benefit from supportive services, including access to behavioral and mental health counseling and programs.

PhilHaven has been under development since 2011 and received hundreds of applications from families before the wait list was closed. It is now fully occupied.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Coordinated Entry System Housing System Navigation for Households Experiencing Homelessness

Description

CSH is seeking subcontractors to provide support to households experiencing homelessness in need of coordinated entry system (CES) navigation support.  Specifically CSH is seeking agencies that have specialty with families with children and agencies that focus on people experiencing chronic homelessness with a range of disabilities. Subcontractors provide direct services to households that have been assessed with a coordinated entry standardized housing assessment and matched to a permanent housing provider.   The Housing System Navigators (HSN) will work collaboratively with the CES lead entities and partners to implement strategies to improve the housing placements for vulnerable households Funding is provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Supportive Services Only grant program and through City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

Planned Activities

  1. Search for and engage households who have been assessed and received a housing match through CES;
  2. Provide support to households in meeting housing provider requirements, inclusive of attending housing intake meetings, attainment of homelessness and/or disability documentation; and,
  3. Provide feedback to CES lead entities regarding the process of housing vulnerable households and system improvements that should be addressed.

 

Expected Deliverables

 Deliverable 1: Provide system navigation activities to households experiencing homelessness with a housing match. These households will either be facing chronic homelessness, have at least one child as part of the family, or both.

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

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

Funding Available

A total of $229,000 is available for Housing System Navigation for families and $82,000 is available for Housing System Navigation for people facing chronic homelessness for one year contracts. Agencies may include expenses for travel, equipment, and direct client support.  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.
  • No more than three agencies will be selected.
  • Housing System Navigation projects are available to be renewed as a sub-recipient of CSH in future funding applications through HUD or DFSS.
  • Agency compliance certification and proposal submission requirements
  • Subcontract Rate Sheet

CSH will hold a Q&A session about this subcontracting opportunity on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The session will be held at CSH – 205 W. Randolph, 23rd Floor; Chicago, IL 60606.

The application will be due by June 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM 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.

Chicago Houses over 3150 Veterans

The Chicago Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative includes the City of Chicago, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, HUD, Chicago Housing Authority, All Chicago, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Grant and Per Diem, Supportive Housing, Outreach, and a host of additional partners facilitated by CSH.

This cohort has collectively housed over 3150 Veterans since our formation in late 2014. Currently, the One List (by name registry) has under 580 Veterans to be housed and efforts are under way to reach functional zero as quickly as possible.

This initiative has served as a pilot for collaboration and coordination, and the lessons learned have led to enhancements to our Chicago Coordinated Entry System (CES). For example, Housing System Navigators who are outreach professionals assisting vulnerable households connect with permanent housing providers are part of the overall Chicago CES due to their success in the Veteran Initiative. The CES is rolling out with the inclusion of youth and single adults in May, 2017. Families will be added between July and August of 2017.

The Chicago Ending Veteran Homelessness Initiative Community Team meets the second and fourth Friday of every month at 10 S. Kedzie in room 205 at 9:00am. The Team reviews progress and discusses strategies to align resources to meet the needs of Veterans facing homelessness. Please e-mail Jessica.Smith@csh.org for additional information or to get involved.

 

The Cost of Segregation

The Metropolitan Planning Council, together with Urban Institute and a team of regional policy advisors, including Betsy Benito, CSH Director in Illinois,  analyzed segregation patterns in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. We examined three types of segregation: economic segregation, African American-white segregation and Latino-white segregation. We then examined what impacts we would see if the Chicago region reduced its levels of segregation to the median levels of segregation of the nation’s 100 biggest metros.

The core of this report is a summary of our findings. The findings for African American-white segregation were the most pronounced in our study, yet they are not the only indicator of how segregation is experienced by race in this region. We share additional data about the impact of segregation on Latinos at other points in this report.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Survey Data Entry

Description:
CSH is seeking a subcontractor to complete data entry for quality surveys.  Subcontractor must be certified with CMS’ Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

Planned activities:

  1. Receive training on the survey tool and data entry expectations.
  2. Using the provided database, complete data entry for quality surveys. Subcontractor will be responsible for accurate and timely data entry for quantitate and qualitative data points from a 80 question survey.
  3. Ensure any questions are brought to CSH contact person for clarification.
  4. Ensure all data entry is complete, accurate, and consistent. If errors are discovered by CSH, the subcontractor will be responsible for correcting all errors and any costs incurred through correcting data entry errors.

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Complete and accurate data entry for qualitative and quantitative data points from a quality survey.

Deliverable 2: Return all original surveys to CSH along with the final completed database.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $4,000 is available for this project.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email your interest to Julie Nelson at Julie.nelson@csh.org before April 24, 2017. Applications will be accepted from vendors who are in the process of certifying with the Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

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
  • Special consideration will be given to small, disadvantaged, minority or women-owned businesses

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.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Data analysis and financial modeling to make recommendations and inform strategic planning and identification of opportunity areas

Description:
CSH is seeking Illinois BEP-certified subcontractor(s) to provide expertise in data analysis and strategic planning for housing and service interventions focused on individuals who transitioned from a nursing home to community-based housing or are at-risk for institutional care.  The work will include analyzing aggregate/de-identified data and reports managed by CSH in order to identify trends and key findings. In addition, the subcontractor will use the above-mentioned data provided to identify unmet needs and then draft a report with strategies and costs required to meet those needs, allowing more individuals to be served in the community instead of institutional setting.

Planned activities:

  1. Review previous consumer satisfaction survey reports, to be provided by CSH. Summarize opportunity areas, key trends and data to inform strategic planning and deliverables and identify key areas that may need further exploration in tenant focus groups.
  2. Prepare financial modeling and a cost analysis report for housing tenancy supports using current 132 rate charts, previously completed time studies from non-billing providers and existing grants to better understand true costs and value of tenancy and pre-tenancy supports. This may include interviewing existing DMH providers that receive additional grant funding for housing tenancy services outside of rule 132.
  3. Use findings and lessons learned from landlord focus groups to create marketing recommendations to better engage rental property owners. Create documents or tools intended for broad distribution within the housing and health provider community.

 

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Prepare financial modeling and a cost analysis draft report and a final draft.  At minimum the first draft must be complete in FY 17, with specific deadlines to be determined in the scope of work.

Deliverable 2: Prepare a summary report and recommendations based on consumer satisfaction surveys.  Deadlines and budget on this deliverable will be determined in the scoping process, with an anticipated first draft deadline in FY 17.

Deliverable 3: Prepare a summary report of recommendations and lessons learned on landlord engagement as well as a toolkit based on focus group findings.  Toolkit must be a formal product ready for distribution within the health and housing communities.   Draft toolkit and final toolkits to be delivered in FY 18.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $15,500 in total for FY 17 and FY 18 is available for this project. Through the contracting process, specific dates for deliverables will be identified and agreed upon. The budget for FY 17 deliverables is no more than $7,750 and the planned budget for FY 18 is no more than $7,750.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email Julie Nelson at Julie.nelson@csh.org  on or before April 20, 2017. Applications will be accepted from vendors who are in the process of certifying with the Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

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
  • Special consideration will be given to small, disadvantaged, minority or women-owned businesses

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.

Chicago & Cook County Housing for Health Strategic Plan

In February 2015, officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approached Chicago Area leaders in the homeless services and healthcare sectors about HUD’s “Housing and Health (H2)” Project. The federal government was requesting a select number of HUD-funded Homeless Continuums of Care work closely with federal and state-funded healthcare service systems to: (a) increase access to healthcare for homeless populations; (b) improve their health outcomes; and (c) decrease unnecessary costs to the healthcare sector.

HUD’s H2 Project was also supported and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), especially its HRSA and SAMHSA Divisions. HUD officials were offering two Area Continuums in the City of Chicago and Suburban Cook County technical assistance services (TA) to prepare an H2 Action Plan to support the achievement of the aforementioned objectives.

The result – the Chicago and Cook County 2017-2019 Housing for Health (H2) Strategic Plan – clearly identifies its Vision and Mission with a very specific Target Population.

The Plan calls for long-term stable housing with integrated and quality healthcare services for all homeless populations who are living with health challenges. Its Strategic Priorities are geared for those who experience homelessness, or have experienced it and are now housed in accordance with the HHS/HRSA homeless definition.

The three Strategic Priorities in the Plan call for increasing the “capacity” of both the supportive housing and healthcare sectors by thousands of new housing units with well-integrated and quality healthcare services.

CSH Director in Illinois, Betsy Benito, was instrumental in guiding the local H2 planning process as a member of the Leadership Council of the Chicago and Cook County Housing for Health (H2) Strategic Plan: 2017-2019.

Access the Strategic Plan by clicking here.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Data Analysis and Research Report for Family Homelessness in Chicago

Description:
CSH is seeking a subcontractor(s) to produce a homelessness study that will create a baseline of the housing needs of families who are experiencing homelessness and are at risk of homelessness in Chicago. It is expected that this study and report will use the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and the Chicago Public School’s Students in Transitional Living Situations (STLS) database as primary data sources. The study will address the following key analytical questions: How many families are currently experiencing literal homelessness; How many families are currently At-Risk of Homelessness per HUD including in “doubled-up,” facing imminent eviction, and residential instability such as moves in past 60-days; How many families do we anticipate will experience homelessness within the next year; and, What are the projected housing needs of those that will enter homelessness in the coming year? The research partner(s) will collaborate with the research Advisory Council as well as with CSH staff.

Multiple entities are encouraged to collaborate on a single proposal outlining roles, responsibilities, and costs.

Planned activities:

  • Secure Data Sharing Agreements
  • Link and clean data
  • Analyze data
  • Produce report of findings and future research questions

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Complete dataset between homeless systems and school systems and other databases as applicable and available

Deliverable 2: Interim report on data after linking and cleaning to indicate scale and limitations of initial findings to gather feedback

Deliverable 3: Final report on findings on key analytical questions

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $46,250 is available for this project. Respondents should detail the amount of leveraged funding they are able to seek to bring to the project and specifically that leveraged dollars will support the key findings sought, at a minimum.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email Betsy Benito at betsy.benito@csh.org by March 17, 2017.

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

  • Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar work
  • Ability to secure data sharing agreements with stated data sources
  • Detailed Project timeline, and ability to complete the report by December 2017
  • Detailed approach to key analytical questions
  • Roles and responsibilities of staff funded by the project and staff leveraged to the project through other sources
  • Outline an approach to securing housing assessment information from families that are in the CPS STLS program, but may not have formal assessment information in HMIS. Please provide a separate cost estimate for this component, if applicable.

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.

Making Homes That Work!

CSH and the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities will host three forums on March 22 and 23 with renowned architect George Braddock. The sessions will be facilitated by Metro Chicago-area architect Chris Turley.

George pioneered the implementation of person-centered planning of homes for people with disabilities. In his 25 years as a licensed general contractor and housing consultant, he has been involved in more than 1,500 projects guided by these principles. George established Creative Housing Solutions, LLC, so the knowledge and expertise gained from his work would be utilized elsewhere and continue to be improved upon.

Each session will focus on the critical role physical environment plays supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live independently in their own homes and fully integrated into their communities.


Flyer and Registration

Please click here to view the flyer for these events.

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Event Information

March 22, Noon – 2:00 pm

IIT – Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, IL

March 22, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Mayer Kaplan JCC Auditorium, 5050 Church Street, Skokie, IL

March 23, 9:30AM – Noon

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington Street, Naperville, IL

CEUs Approval Pending

Peer Ambassador and Neighborhood Mobilizer Training

CSH is proud to create change, paving the way for people in Illinois with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in their communities and receive the services that help them thrive.  As a part of our work, we launched this past October our very first Peer Ambassador and Neighborhood Mobilizer Training, where attendees were trained on how to communicate the message that supportive housing offers choice and independence in the community.

Trained Peer Ambassadors are self-advocates who want to talk about why they believe in supportive housing, how it works, and why it needs to be an option that is readily available throughout Illinois.  Neighborhood Mobilizers participate in the same training with an additional focus on how to build awareness and support throughout their communities.

Ten people attended the first training, bringing their experience and enthusiasm for supportive housing to the session!

CSH in Illinois is planning more trainings this spring for self-advocates, families and others in the community who embrace independence and choice for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

You can join a team and participate in future trainings that will help ensure supportive housing is an option in your community!  For more information, contact Julie Nelson at julie.nelson@csh.org or at 312.332.6690 ext 2828.