Subcontracting Opportunity: Legal Services (Greater Los Angeles)

Description:
CSH is seeking a sub-contractor(s) to provide legal services to communities to help build the capacity of the supportive housing sector (including land use and entitlements work) and develop and deliver trainings to increase advocacy and help eliminate barriers to supportive housing in the greater Los Angeles region. This subcontract opportunity commences October 1, 2017 and will go through September 1, 2018.

The subcontractor’s work will mainly comprise of the following:

  • Assist supportive housing developers and service providers with various legal matters that increase their capacity to provide quality supportive housing. Their direct, one-on-one legal support builds the capacity of providers and ensures that they can maintain their limited financial resources for program support. Support includes: assistance with contracts, partnerships, joint venture structuring, employment, and board governance issues. Additionally, they assist supportive housing providers navigate the land use approvals process.
  • Provide trainings and education on laws and strategies both to supportive housing providers and local planning staff to help address NIMBYism and other barriers to the siting supporting housing, including:
  1. Does the Housing Accountability Act apply (formerly, the anti-NIMBY law);
  2. Fair housing as a shield;
  3. Overview of state laws affecting the location and approval of affordable housing for city planners; and
  4. Overview of laws affecting the location and approval of supportive housing for city planners.

 

Milestones and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Four trainings to developers.

Deliverable 2: Legal consultation to at least six developer organizations.

Deliverable 3: Monthly reporting.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $40,000 is available for this project.

Application Process:
In order to be considered for this subcontracting opportunity, completion and full submission of the forms below are required by Friday, September 29, 2017.

To apply for this opportunity email David Howden at david.howden@csh.org  

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

Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar relevant work

Legal experience and expertise in the field of supportive housing development, land-use, zoning, and fair housing.

Years of relevant experience providing legal assistance to housing developers and service providers.

Rate reasonableness and overall cost of service

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: Peer Employment Trainer (Los Angeles, CA)

Description:
CSH is seeking subcontractors to provide classroom instruction as part of a new Peer Employment initiative. The subcontractors will be responsible for designing and delivering content in their areas of expertise. The purpose of the training is to prepare students who have a lived experience of homelessness, with varied levels of expertise, for employment in the peer specialist field. The Trainers will support students in the development and enhancement of peer expertise and workplace skills, particularly those relevant to employment in community health worker positions.

Desired areas of expertise in which to deliver trainings are as follows:

  • Peer support, including practical skills and the peer model
  • Homeless services, landscape and delivery
  • Community health work
  • Housing navigation
  • Advocacy, peers, and human rights
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Essential Job Functions:
Lead the development, modification, preparation and organization of specific training curricula, instruction, and related resources, including visual aids, handouts, and evaluation materials, along with collaborative support of co-trainers.

  • Deliver trainings in a classroom setting using a variety of instructional modalities such as lecture, roleplaying, experiential learning, team exercises, group discussions, multi-media, etc.
  • Ensure that training materials and content comport to standards established by the Lead Trainer

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:
Deliverable 1: Content delivery to build the capacity of individuals with lived experience of homelessness to gain and excel in peer support positions, developed and delivered in consultation with the Lead Trainer.

Funding Available:

Payment is negotiable and may be based on either an hourly rate or a package rate for content and delivery.

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.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements: To apply for this opportunity email Andy Perry at andy.perry@csh.org. CSH will accept proposals until June 30, 2017 but will award subcontracts as soon as June 9, 2017.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Expert Housing Development Systems Change Consultant

SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITY: EXPERT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS CHANGE CONSULTANT, LOS ANGELES, CA (DUE MAY 19, 2017)

CSH is seeking an expert consultant to conduct a review and analysis of a public sector housing development bureau and provide the bureau’s General Manager and Executive Officer with recommendations regarding improvements in structure, processes, and staffing. The subcontractor will review the existing functions performed by the various divisions within the bureau, as well as the interactions between these entities, to identify deficiencies and inefficiencies and propose improvements.  Additionally, the expert consultant will provide a recommendation regarding the effective assimilation of new initiatives, Measures JJJ and HHH that were recently approved by voters and will fall under the auspices of the housing development bureau.

Planned activities:

  • Review of the existing functions performed by the various divisions within the bureau including staffing levels
  • Identification of redundancies and superfluous tasks
  • In-depth analysis of the bureau’s current work flow and processes
  • Development of proposed strategies for overall quality improvement

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Weekly status reports – Must be provided every Friday until conclusion of project.  May be delivered orally or in writing as requested by General Manager.  

Deliverable 2: Measure HHH program guidelines, outlining internal systems and procedures for the implementation of the guidelines. 

Deliverable 3: Policies and Procedures – Revised or newly created policies and procedures that reflect the integration of Measure HHH program guidelines, intended to improve the quality and effectiveness of HDB operations.  A complete set will be provided as a part of the complete proposal, however, a report on the status of the policies and procedures must be presented to the General Manager as a part of the weekly status report that is due every Friday.  

Deliverable 4: Organizational Chart – Reflecting the proposed new structure.  Chart should clearly delineate proposed changes to the existing structure.  Revised chart must include: new reporting chains; the addition and deletion of divisions, sections or units; and the addition and deletion of staff.  An explanation for these proposed changes must accompany the organization chart. 

Deliverable 5: Staffing Recommendations – A recommendation regarding staffing for the Bureau must be included as part of the overall submission.  This component must include an assessment of the existing staffing level, the appropriateness of the positions currently performing the work, and a recommendation with justification for the proposed changes.

 Deliverable 26: Complete Proposal – A completed proposal must be submitted to the General Manager at the conclusion of the project.  As stated previously the complete proposal must be submitted to the General Manager within three months of the start of the project, but no later than August 31, 2017.  The proposal must include, at a minimum, the four components immediately preceding this item.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $30,000 is available for this project. Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email Eva Williams at eva.williams@csh.org on or before May 19, 2017. Applications received before the deadline will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar relevant work

Experience and expertise in the field of housing development

Years of relevant experience within organizations with similar missions directing significant systems changes or expansions.

Rate reasonableness and overall cost of service

Special consideration will be given to small, disadvantaged, minority or women­owned 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.

CSH Says “Yes-In-My-Backyard” (YIMBY) in Los Angeles

When they approved $1.2 billion last November to create affordable supportive housing and then authorized the collection of nearly $3.5 billion in taxes over the next decade to fund critical services to keep people housed and healthy, voters in the County and City of Los Angeles signaled their steadfast determination to address homelessness in their communities. CSH is proud to have actively supported both ballot measures and recognizes some of the hardest work lies ahead, especially when it comes to siting new housing for very low-income residents.

To ensure the voter’s decisions and new resources result in the affordable housing needed to end homelessness, CSH and our partners are now building bridges with neighborhood leaders, grassroots organizations, local providers and community activists to ignite “Yes-In-My-Backyard” (YIMBY) in Los Angeles.

Because myths surrounding affordable supportive housing are not confined to one town or city, CSH has years of experience as a national nonprofit working to ensure public participation and backing for the siting of supportive housing, which can take the shape of one apartment building or affordable units scattered throughout existing neighborhoods.

Our 25 years of work on quality supportive housing has produced a blueprint on site selection criteria and search strategies, which includes guidance on community acceptance.

Using our expertise as the solid foundation for a community-wide network, CSH is joining the United Way, and a coalition of community partners, to ensure the groundwork is laid for Angelenos to embrace more supportive housing in their neighborhoods through a “Yes-In-My-Backyard” (YIMBY) campaign similar to those unfolding in New York City and San Francisco.

CSH gratefully acknowledges support received from the Community Progress Makers Fund, Citi Foundation, which is helping to advance our efforts to elevate and expand the “Yes-In-My-Backyard (YIMBY) Los Angeles campaign.

Subcontracting Opportunity: Technical Assistance in Therapeutic Narrative Development, Los Angeles, CA (Due January 10, 2017)

Description:

CSH is seeking a subcontractor to provide key support related to the Supportive Housing Community Advocates program. The subcontractor will provide coordination and administrative support for Speak UP! and Tenant Knowledge Exchange (TKE) trainings, deliver 3 workshops covering therapeutic narrative development and social media, systemize the documentation of program activities and the methodologies for scaling up and program replication, and provide clinical support to coaches, advocates, and alumni and should be available for approximately 6-8 months.

Planned activities:

  • Coordination meetings and activities
    Participate in regular scheduled check in meetings with program manager, volunteer coaches, and alumni advocates as requested.
  • Program Development support
    In consultation with Program Manager, assist in development and expansion of alumni network and advocate training. Coordinate volunteers and provide feedback, documentation and collateral material for workshop trainings. Formalize and package training curriculum for replication.
  • Coach / Advocate support
    Participate in coach orientation, conduct monthly coach debriefing, monitor coach/advocate interactions and provide additional support as needed.
  • Workshop Support/ Facilitation
    Support monthly trainings including agenda development, coordination of coaching sessions, and facilitation. Develop and deliver three 1.5 hour workshops covering narrative development and social media.

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Deliver 3 workshops covering therapeutic narrative development and social media.

Deliverable 2: Systemize documentation of program activities and methodologies for scaling up and program replication and provide clinical support to coaches, advocates, and alumni.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $10,000 is available for this project.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email Ann English at ann.english@csh.org on or before January 10, 2017.

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 (Masters level training in Narrative Therapy required)
  • 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: Supportive Housing Community Advocates Project Peer Support in Los Angeles, CA

Description:

CSH is seeking a subcontractor to provide key support related to the Supportive Housing Community Advocates program. The subcontractor will provide coordination, administrative, and logistical support for Speak UP! and for Tenant Knowledge Exchange (TKE) programs and should be available for approximately 40 hours per month, for 5 months.

Planned activities:

  • Coordination and logistical support for extracurricular Speak Up! activities, including interfacing with partner agencies, matching advocates to speaking and engagement opportunities and supporting advocates by arranging transportation, stipends, prep coaching sessions, and follow ups.
  • Program Development and Advocate Support
    In consultation with Program Manager, and alumni TKE members, assist in development of advocate support system. Create procedures to ensure advocates are regularly engaged and continue to participate in advocacy opportunities.
  • Community Outreach
    In consultation with Program Manager generate new opportunities for advocate outreach / engagement / education to advance range and reach of advocates’ message.
  • Event Support/ Facilitation
    Support monthly speaking engagements, through fielding communications, arranging for/providing media support, liaising with communications partners and cataloguing all advocate activities and collateral information.

Expected Outcomes, Milestones, and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Create system to track and support Speak UP! activities.

Deliverable 2: Implement tracking system and deliver reports monthly along with recommendations for improving process and fostering greater public engagement.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $5,000 is available for this project.

Application Process and Vendor Requirements:

To apply for this opportunity email Ann English at ann.english@csh.org on or before January 10, 2017. Applications received before the deadline will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Lived Experience of homelessness
  • Experience with Speak UP! or other advocacy training targeting individuals with lived experience of homelessness
  • Basic understanding of storytelling/narrative development as a tool for Empowerment and Advocacy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Homelessness Advocacy and Inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of partners and agencies
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles Housing and Homelessness Systems.
  • Ability to practice cultural competency and serve as a role model in community.
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services
  • Special consideration will be given to small, advantaged, 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.


Request for Proposals: Independent Evaluator for Just In Reach Pay for Success – Due 10/28

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: INDEPENDENT EVALUATOR FOR JIR PFS (DUE 10/28)

CSH and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the County CEO’s Office, are launching the first Pay for Success (PFS) initiative in the County – JIR PFS. With support from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Demonstration initiative, CSH is seeking a qualified independent evaluator for JIR PFS.

Over a five year period, JIR PFS will create 300 supportive housing “slots” for homeless, frequently incarcerated individuals in LA County Jail. The initiative will target the most vulnerable individuals in LA County jails – high cost users of public systems who are homeless and frequently incarcerated – and connect them with supportive housing and comprehensive wrap-around supportive services. JIR PFS’s program design includes in-reach supportive services, coordinated discharge, interim and permanent supportive housing placement, move-in assistance, and ongoing case management for individuals who are homeless and within the LA County criminal justice system. JIR service providers will receive referrals from a variety of touch points within the LA County criminal justice systems, including but not limited to the jail mental health clinicians, jail medical staff, and alternative sentencing courts.

JIR PFS will be evaluated for two purposes: (1) verifying outcomes tied to payments made to investors (i.e., housing stability and recidivism) and (2) estimating the broader impact of JIR PFS on individuals’ use of a spectrum of publicly-funded services. The appropriate subcontractor will be able to assist with various items, including:

  • Design an evaluation methodology
  • Identify all data inputs required to track
  • Determine outcome measures for the PFS project
  • Work with the PFS intermediary (CSH) to verify calculations about the amount of money to be paid back to investors based on the number of successful outcomes, per agreements with investors
  • Participate in quarterly Steering Committee and occasional monthly Operating Committee meetings
  • Develop a timeline and plan for data collection and reporting out

The subcontractor’s work will mainly comprise of the following:

Evaluation Design
The subcontractor and CSH will work closely together to ensure that the evaluation design is compatible with the program design and the plan for service delivery. The evaluation will answer the following questions:

  1. Were housing stability and recidivism performance goals sufficiently met to trigger payments to investors?
  2. Does supportive housing increase housing stability measures while decreasing the utilization of high-cost public services?


Broader Impact Analysis
The subcontractor will conduct a broader impact analysis of the impact of PSH on the utilization of a spectrum of publically funded health, public health, mental health, social, and criminal justice services and the associated costs of those services. Though the findings will not be tied to success measures and payments, this broader analysis will determine whether the results of the intervention result in significant costs savings. 

Ensuring Data Security
The subcontractor will work with CSH to ensure proper data sharing and storing procedures. Prior to commencing the evaluation, the subcontractor will be responsible for developing a process to match service records for individuals across different department datasets without identifying the individual personal records or information. The subcontractor will also be responsible for ensuring safe transfer of information between various partners.

Subcontractor and CSH coordination
The subcontractor and CSH will work closely together to merge the expertise of each organization in order to ensure that the evaluation is conducted in the most comprehensive, complete, and secure manner possible. Coordination will occur via in-person meetings, e-mail, and phone.

Milestones and Deliverables: 

  • The selected evaluator will provide an evaluation plan that includes a methodological approach to evaluating the Just in Reach Pay for Success project, and a data collection plan that will include a description of procedures to collect the data necessary for evaluation of the project.
  • The selected evaluator will conduct 7 data pulls that combine LASD, HMIS data, and DHS administrative data (July 2018 to July 2021) for the purposes of determining the amount of money to be paid back to investors.
  • The selected evaluator will conduct 2 data pulls from the Enterprise Linkage Project:
    • The first data pull will occur two years into the project (July 1, 2019). Potential deliverables from first data pull include:
      1. Description of program participants, their pre-program utilization rates and costs (no comparison group analyses)
      2. Description of “early” findings using subsample of 150 participants that have been enrolled more than 12 months; examine pre- and post-housing service utilization and costs for the 150 participants that have been enrolled at least 12 months
      3. Compare 150 participants to a comparison group on service utilization and costs
    • The second data pull will occur four years into the project (July 1, 2021) for the purposes of conducting the broader impact analysis detailed above. Potential deliverables from the second data pull include:
      1. Examine service utilization and costs for 300 treatment individuals (and a comparison group) from 24 months pre-program to July 2021
    • Attend quarterly Steering Committee and occasional monthly Operating Committee meetings and prepare presentations/materials for investors and other stakeholders.

Funding Available:
An amount not to exceed $400,000 is available for this project.

Application Process:
In order for consideration to become a subcontractor and participate in this work, we will need you to complete and return the below application and forms no later than Friday, October 28, 2016.

You may include up to 6 staff members in the application. The following forms are included:

All of the application information and forms must be completed and submitted to Tom Haskin (tom.haskin@csh.org) no later than Friday, October 28, 2016 in order to be considered. This information includes proposed billing rates, proposed project budget information, completed copies of the forms referenced above, resumes for up to six proposed staff members, and a narrative description (limited to 5 pages) of your organization’s core competencies and accomplishments.

Evaluation:
CSH will evaluate applications utilizing the following criteria and will select the highest-scoring valid proposal: 

  • Demonstrated successful performance of substantially similar work (up to 20 points);
  • Relevant project work, including Pay for Success project work (up to 25 points);
  • Experience and expertise, including 1) experience with the Enterprise Linkages Project (ELP) integrated data system in Los Angeles County, 2) familiarity with evaluating homeless programs and supportive housing projects, and
  • expertise in cross-system data matching to measure service utilization for homeless clients (up to 25 points);
  • Years of relevant experience (up to 10 points);
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services (up to 10 points); and
  • Proximity to and knowledge of Los Angeles (up to 10 points)

We will contact you regarding the determination of adding you as a CSH subcontractor. Please note that CSH requires subcontractors, including individuals and sole proprietors, to carry workers’ compensation insurance while performing work under a CSH subcontract.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Danielle Wildkress at Danielle.Wildkress@csh.org.

$1.3M to CSH for Reentry Initiative in L.A. County

HUD & DOJ AWARD $8.7 MILLION TO PREVENT AND END HOMELESSNESS

Pay for Success Model to Support Permanent Supportive Housing for the Reentry Population

WASHINGTON – For many individuals convicted of minor crimes, finding jobs and decent housing is so challenging that many are at extreme risk of homelessness or reentering the criminal justice system. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $8.7 million to address homelessness and reduce recidivism among this justice-involved population through the Pay for Success model. See list of grantees below.

HUD’s Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration, tests cost-effective ways to help persons cycling between the criminal justice and homeless service systems. Funded by DOJ and implemented through a HUD/DOJ partnership, this demonstration advances a model that offers a new source of financing to expand permanent supportive housing for the reentry population. This is part of a broader Administration effort to reduce barriers facing justice-involved individuals who are trying to put their lives back on track, including barriers to housing. Read a White House fact sheet on these efforts.

“Too often, as people leave the criminal justice system, they don’t have the support network to help them get a second chance and they fall into homelessness,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “These grantees have developed successful models that give returning citizens the opportunity to find a job and place to call home while reducing the costs associated with recidivism and homelessness.”

“Every person re-entering society from the justice system deserves a fair shot at a life of renewed purpose and meaning,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “The Justice Department’s partnership with HUD will expand services to help individuals gain access to housing and jobs, and to give those who have served their time a chance to fully rejoin society. Going forward, we intend to continue to promote and develop programs that help our returning citizens stay safe, supported, and secure.”

Secretary Castro made the announcement today at an interagency event led by DOJ at the Center for American Progress.

Research consistently demonstrates a correlation between homelessness and incarceration. The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) estimates that one in five people living prison becomes homeless upon reentry into the community, with an increase of 30-50 percent in major urban areas. Tracking the cycle of homelessness and incarceration in the reverse, the Council of States Governments and NAEH report that over 10 percent of people recidivating from jail and prison are homeless in the months before their incarceration. This rate jumps to 20 percent among individuals with a mental illness.

Pay for Success (PFS) strategies are public-private arrangements that help government test or expand innovative programs while paying only for those activities that achieve agreed-upon target outcomes. These grants will support PFS projects that implement a Housing First model for the reentry population who experience homelessness and are frequent users of homelessness, health care and other crisis services.

Established by President Obama, the Federal Interagency Reentry Council includes 20 federal agencies, that work to:

  • make communities safer by reducing recidivism and victimization;
  • assist those who return from prison and jail in becoming productive citizens; and
  • save taxpayer dollars by lowering the direct and collateral costs of incarceration.

The Reentry Council, recently codified by Presidential Memorandum, is removing federal barriers to successful reentry, so that motivated individuals – who have served their time and paid their dues – are able to compete for a job, attain stable housing, support their children and their families, and contribute to their communities. Reentry Council agencies are taking concrete steps to reduce recidivism and high correctional costs while improving public health, child welfare, employment, education, housing and other key reintegration outcomes.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, including individuals who are in and out of a variety of crisis services such as jails and prisons. Permanent supportive housing lowers public costs by stopping the revolving door between jail and prison and crisis services like those provided in emergency rooms and homeless assistance programs.

PFS Demonstration Grant Summary

Legal Name Award Demonstration Site Location
Corporation for Supportive Housing $1.3 million Los Angeles County, CA
Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. $1.3 million Eugene/Springfield/Lane County, Oregon
United Way of Anchorage $1.3 million Anchorage/Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless,  Inc. $1,297,624 State of Rhode Island
University of Utah $1.3 million Tucson/Pima County, Arizona
American Institutes for Research $1.3 million Montgomery County/Prince George’s County, Maryland
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, Inc. $881,376 Travis County/Austin, Texas

TOTAL

$8,679,000

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Moving On from Supportive Housing Evaluation Report

With funding and support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Los Angeles Home for Good Campaign, CSH launched the Moving On pilot in 2013. CSH awarded grants to supportive housing agencies to help tenants who no longer require on-site services to transition to private apartments with, or without, rental support and less intensive community-based services. , and then fill vacated units with tenants most in need of supportive housing.

During the first and second year grant periods, four agencies (Downtown Women’s Center, LAMP Community, Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Skid Row Housing Trust, St. Joseph Center) were awarded grants to cover staff costs for transition supportive services (up to $1,500 per Mover) and moving expenses (up to $2,000 per Mover).

Harder+Company Community Research conducted a two-and-a-half year evaluation (May 2013 – March 2016) of the CSH Moving On Initiative. One key goal of the evaluation was to understand the needs, motivations, and experiences of individuals who move from supportive housing to more independent housing. To examine this, the evaluation conducted an in-depth assessment with twenty-four Movers during a one-year span.

The evaluation also incorporated other methods and data sources (e.g., provider interviews, interviews with tenants who decided to stay in supportive housing, etc.) to fully understand the “moving on” experience. Key findings from this evaluation are summarized and organized in five sections: (1) characteristics of successful movers, (2) factors that contribute to housing stability, (3) the benefit of transitional support, (4) transitional service needs and (5) the unique needs of families that move.

CSH Named Community Progress Maker

CSH Selected by Citi Foundations Community Progress Makers Fund Grant Program to Accelerate Economic Opportunity

Community Progress Maker Joins Leading Nonprofit Organizations Across the United States – Will Address Affordable Housing Creation in Los Angeles

CSH announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million grant initiative to support 40 visionary nonprofit organizations in their efforts to establish new approaches to long-standing urban economic challenges in the United States – including economic development, environment sustainability, urban infrastructure, and affordable housing.

As part of the program, CSH will receive a core operating support grant of $500,000 over the course of two years to continue its work in Los Angeles around creating solutions that address the needs of vulnerable people, including those experiencing homelessness or other housing instability. This new injection of funds will help bolster existing CSH initiatives to develop more supportive housing (affordable apartments + access to services) while opening up the door to additional programs such as employment training and placement for supportive housing residents. In addition to the grant, CSH also will have access to technical assistance from leading national researchers and experts, and will be provided opportunities to connect with other grantees to share and learn best practices.

“It’s well known that Los Angeles is facing an affordable housing crisis and many people are struggling,” said Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. “But what Citi Foundation is advancing with this investment is wholesale reform in the way communities assess housing need and the difficulties vulnerable people encounter when trying to find a home and stay housed. Many barriers block their way forward – extreme poverty, mental health challenges, addictions, lack of job opportunities, to name a few – and Citi recognizes local partnerships must address all of these issues in addition to creating stable, affordable housing.”

“The Citi Foundation feels privileged to support organizations that have demonstrated such strong commitments to their local communities and a willingness to share their experiences with others for the betterment of their neighborhoods,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “These organizations have a track record of implementing solutions that work for their communities because they know the people there, understand what resources to tap and, most importantly, feel deeply invested in the places where they live and work. We believe that’s the key to leading urban transformation efforts in Los Angeles and elsewhere across the country.”

The Community Progress Makers Fund builds upon the Citi Foundation’s commitment to identify and support innovative solutions and organizations that are helping build stronger, more resilient cities that are engines of economic opportunity for all. The flexibility of  core operating support will allow organizations and their visionary leaders to deploy solutions that address a range of issues.