Los Angeles 88 Communities Strong RFQ Released

88 Communities Strong Initiative:

Capacity Building Evaluation

Request For Qualifications

With generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, CSH Los Angeles is launching and continuing several efforts aimed at increasing the supply and the quality of supportive housing throughout Los Angeles County through its 88 Communities Strong initiative. CSH is seeking qualified organizations to evaluate the impact of these efforts. 

This RFQ will be used to identify evaluation firms and/or academic institutions to conduct an evaluation to assess the impact of CSH’s capacity building efforts in Los Angeles County, especially in the 88 Communities Strong target areas. The evaluator will work with CSH to articulate metrics of success for increasing quality supportive housing within the target areas. The evaluator will then measure and generate reports on the impact, if any, of CSH’s capacity building efforts. The evaluator will be responsible for generating a report that covers all of CSH’s capacity building efforts over the contract period. Click here to read full RFQ.

Ideal candidates will have familiarity with the following:

  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data as administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
  • The United Way and LA Chamber of Commerce’s Home for Good initiative (http://www.unitedwayla.org/home-for-good/), particularly the Standards of Excellence
  • CSH’s Dimensions of Quality (https://www.csh.org/quality)
  • Principles of Housing First and related fidelity scales
  • Assessments of non-profit capacity

Advocates take their message to Capitol Hill

236-LobbyDay_DCAdvocates from CSH’s Speak Up program participated in coversations with members of California’s congressional delegation as part of the NAEH Annual Hill Day in Washington D.C.

Our advocates have been participating in a nine month training curriculum on effective story telling and advocacy. We are so proud that they were able to go to the highest levels of our government with the courage and confidence to share their stories of homelessness to success in supportive housing.

Pictured above, CSH Staff, fellow advocates and supportive housing tenants meet with Congressman Waxman (CA) during this week’s NAEH Hill Day..

Learn more at csh.org/speakup

Exciting opportunity to expand housing opportunities in the South Los Angeles region for Transition Age Youth

Planting Seeds for Transformation: Exciting opportunity to expand housing opportunities in the South Los Angeles region for Transition Age Youth (TAY)!

Applications now available online and are due Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

Delivered in partnership by CSH and Communities in Motion, Planting Seeds for Transformation is a specialized housing institute focused on expanding the array of housing solutions in South Los Angeles.  The goal is to increase the capacity of South Los Angeles Transition Age Youth (TAY) housing providers to cultivate sustainable housing solutions that are tailored to meet the diverse needs of youth and young adults in South Los Angeles.   Planting Seeds for Transformation will involve a selection of providers who operate Independent Living programs and/or Transitional Housing/Living programs that currently serve TAY, ages 18-25.  Once selected, providers will be assisted in identifying and developing a housing plan through a tailored institute that will increase their leadership and technical capacity to develop and operate an array of high-quality housing solutions for TAY in South LA. 

Planting Seeds for Transformation will select 4-8 agencies in South Los Angeles that currently provide independent living and/or transitional housing programs.  Download the Full Application below to view eligibility requirements.  The housing institute will take place from August 25, 2014 to December 11, 2014.  Selected agencies will participate in the following components of the institute:

  • A housing assessment conducted by CSH to evaluate the agency’s current housing capacity and potential readiness for conversion and/or expansion to rapid-re-housing and supportive housing.
  • Identification of a Housing Project based on the results of the housing assessment that will strengthen and/or expand the agency’s capacity to provide targeted housing for TAY.
  • Technical assistance tailored to support the housing project selected by the agency.
  • A monthly Learning Community for interactive training sessions involving all selected agencies, promoting peer learning and increasing TAY housing knowledge.
  • Creation of a Housing Project Plan that will position the agency for potential expansion and funding for TAY housing.
  • Presentation of Housing Project Plan to a panel of experts, developers, and funders to provide an opportunity for feedback on the project.

Deadline:  To apply, download and complete the application below and submit by Thursday, July 31, 2014. 

                                                                                                                                                Application Instructions and Submission: 

  • UPDATED Full Application
  • UPDATED Application Form to Download and Submit
  • FAQs 
  • Announcement Flyer 
  • Applications will only be accepted via email.
  • Many of the questions are open-ended and have word limits that must be met.  Information that exceeds the word limits will not be considered in the application.
  • Complete application and required attachments (listed under ‘Part IV’ of the application) must be emailed to gweltman@communities-motion.com with the subject line:  “<Agency Name>__PST Completed Application”. 

Questions:  Please contact Grace Weltman at (424) 254-8604 or via email at gweltman@communities-motion.com.  FAQs will be posted online after the information session scheduled for June 20, 2014.



June 10, 2014 Application Release
June 20, 2014 Information Session
July 31, 2014 Applications Due
August 15, 2014 Announcement of Accepted Institute Participants


Come to the information session scheduled for June 20, 2014.  The information session is an opportunity to hear more about the Planting Seeds for Transformation housing institute, walk through the application process, and address questions you may have.  Participation in the information session is highly recommended, but not required to apply.  FAQs will be posted on the CSH and Communities-Motion websites after the information session.

Planting Seeds for Transformation Information Session
Friday, June 20, 2014, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

800 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA 90017

CSH is unable to validate parking.  However, CSH  is located one block from the 7th street Metro Station (on 7th Street between Figueroa and Flower Street), and a number of buses stop in front of the office. There are also parking structures and surface lots in the immediate vicinity.

Supportive Housing Symposium in Los Angeles Focuses on Transition Age Youth

On April 7, 2014, over 50 supportive housing providers, public agencies, advocacy and philanthropic organizations came together to hear the year-one results of CSH’s Stable Homes, Brighter Futures initiative, a three-year evaluation of the supportive housing model for transition age youth (TAY).

Molly Rysman, CSH Los Angeles Director, and Maria Joyce, SVP at Bank of America Community Development Banking, provided welcoming remarks that focused on supportive housing as an intervention to prevent vulnerable youth and young adults from becoming chronically homeless adults.  Supportive housing has been shown to be an effective intervention for chronically homeless adults, and we know that many chronically homeless adults were homeless as transition age youth.

TAY_Symposium_GroupSymposium attendees participated in activities aimed to experience the data and lessons learned so far through the evaluation.  Harder+Company Community Research presented tenant- as well as organizational- and system-level data.  The average age of youth at entry was 22, indicating that the majority of youth in supportive housing are past the age of eligibility in the child welfare system and the resources available.  The data shows that 40% of youth reported being current or former foster youth, so the majority of youth did not even have access to resources and services targeting child welfare-involved youth.  Over 50% of youth were literally homeless prior to entering supportive housing, 34% were in transitional housing programs prior to supportive housing, and 11% were couch-surfing.  A little over 70% of youth reported mental health challenges.  Interestingly, data collected so far shows about 50% of youth in the supportive housing units score 0-1 on the TAY Triage Tool, spurring a discussion about what this could mean and what the possible implications are of targeting even more vulnerable homeless youth.  CSH will continue to look at this data throughout the evaluation, to better understand the service utilization and outcomes of the young people in comparison to their triage tool scores.

Symposium attendees also heard directly from a panel of supportive housing providers for TAY.  Leadership from CRCD, Jovenes, KYCC, Step Up On Second, and WORKS shared their insights from operating supportive housing for youth and young adults.  The discussion honed-in on the importance and challenges of engaging youth in services; the pros and cons of providing different services in-house; the need to increase mental health support services; and strategies to better coordinate a “warm hand-off” with service providers whom the youth are connected to prior to entering supportive housing.  When asked about their vision for the youth they serve in supportive housing, panelists expressed they wanted to help youth regain hope, peace, and stability; foster the young person’s independence, and self-sufficiency; and most importantly, help them develop their own vision for themselves, their future, and their success. TAY_Symposium_Presentation

Perhaps the most impactful at the symposium was the featured speaker of the morning, Ms. Aleah Guillory.  Aleah is a young mother living at the 28th Street Apartments, a supportive housing community for formerly homeless adults and TAY in the Vernon-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles.  Aleah shared her story of becoming homeless due to depression after losing her grandmother, and the challenges she faced while being on the street.  She tried a number of transitional housing programs, but they were not a good fit for her.  Aleah found support through her case manager at My Friend’s Place and counseling through Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  She moved into the 28th Street Apartments in December 2012, and was able to complete a Certificate in Cosmetology at Marinello School of Beauty last year.  Aleah is now a Supportive Housing Community Advocate, and recently went up to Sacramento for CSH’s California Lobby Day to educate legislators about the importance of key bills to end homelessness, particularly the Homes and Jobs Act.

 A big THANK YOU to Bank of America, for their support of the TAY Supportive Housing Symposium.

The Stable Homes, Brighter Futures initiative was made possible through the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and The California Wellness Foundation.


To access the data presentation and other materials from the TAY Supportive Housing Symposium, click on the links below:


Year-One Evaluation Presentation

Two-Pager of Evaluation Findings

The full year-one report of Stable Homes, Brighter Futures can be found here.  

New Funding opportunities in Los Angeles

On March 6 the Home for Good Funders Collaborative in Los Angeles released our latest Request for Proposals. The RFP and additional information are available here

CSH is proud to partner with the Funders Collaborative to expand the Moving On Initiative. The Moving On Initiative provides critical funding to assist supportive housing residents who wish to transition from supportive housing to more integrated homes in the community. Funding includes  moving assistance, such as security deposits and appliances,  and supportive services to assist residents with transitioning and connecting to resources in their community. The Moving On Initiative furthers CSH’s commitment to support households who have experienced homeless to fully rejoin community and live rich and meaningful lives.

We encourage our partners in Los Angeles to review the RFP and learn about the many exciting opportunities included.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 18.

The TAY Triage Tool: A Tool to Identify Homeless Transition Age Youth Most in Need of Permanent Supportive Housing

A data-informed tool to help providers and systems identify and prioritize homeless youth who need a housing intervention that is permanently affordable with wrap-around support services and not time-limited.  The TAY Triage Tool is very brief and made up of relatively non-invasive questions that, when delivered in a conversational format, is not just a supportive housing prioritization tool, but also a case management tool.

The tool identifies six experiences that increase a young person’s risk of experiencing five or more years of homelessness.  With each experience endorsed, the risk that the young person will experience five or more years of homelessness doubles.  We know that the longer a young person is homeless on the street, the higher their experiences of trauma, violence, substance abuse, and exploitation.  The report contains profiles of youth who endorsed five-to-six of the experiences identified in the TAY Triage Tool, and it’s clear that the experiences in the Triage Tool are indicators of many other challenges that the youth are facing.

The Larry Itliong Village Grand Opening

On Friday, December 13 the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) Community Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of the Larry Itliong Village in historic Filipinotown – a 45 unit affordable and permanent supportive housing community for families and transitional age youth.

The Larry Itliong Village includes on-site supportive services as well as on on-site manager. The project was financed with a combination of private and public funding, including $1,341,000 from CSH.

Housing for Homeless Veterans Opens in Los Angeles

PHBTL130927_240Co-developed by New Directions and A Community of Friends, participants of CSH’s Opening New Doors Institute, New Directions Sepulveda I and II provides 147 supportive housing opportunities for veterans with histories of homelessness and chronic homelessness in Los Angeles. Two formerly vacant buildings on the Veterans Affairs (VA) Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center (VASACC) were transformed into LEED Silver certified buildings that were recently named a “Reader’s Choice Award” in the special-needs category of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine’s 2013 annual competition for the Nation’s Best Affordable Housing Developments. CSH provided one-on-one technical assistance in addition to $1.65 million in predevelopment financing to help make this project a reality.

Photo courtesy of A Community of Friends

The 10th Decile Project: Impressive Early Outcomes in Los Angeles

Popeye has been a fixture in Pasadena on the freeway off-ramp for the past 15 years. Popeye, 53, suffers from chronic health issues, mental health issues, and severe alcoholism, all of which has landed him in the hospital consistently. Today, Popeye lives in his own apartment, has quit panhandling and gets regular visits from Housing Works (a homeless service provider) to help him shop, cook, and keep clinic appointments. This month, Popeye celebrates his nine-month anniversary in his new apartment.

SE and SIF 10th Decile Projects

In April 2011, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the UniHealth Foundation, CSH launched the Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) pilot to connect hospitals to homeless service providers and community health centers to target and permanently house the highest-cost, highest need individuals in supportive housing—and surround them with supportive medical and mental health homes.

In mid-2012, funding from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) allowed CSH to expand the FUSE pilot through a SIF 5-year initiative, to reach more communities and many more chronically homeless frequent users.

To date, we have enrolled 170 frequent users in the top 10% of hospital high utilizers in the county from fifteen partner hospitals in nine Los Angeles communities. Each participant has been enrolled with our network of nine experienced community-based homeless service and six healthcare providers.

Evaluation Shows Substantial Public Cost Reductions

The Economic Roundtable’s recently released evaluation of FUSE and SIF, Getting Home: Outcomes from Housing High Cost Homeless Hospital Patients , shows that there is a strong return on investment in this program.

  • For the first 89 participants enrolled, the average 12-month public cost avoidance totaled $47,977 per person.
  • Every $1 dollar in local funds spent to house and support 10th decile hospital patients is estimated to reduce public and hospital costs for those who are housed by $2 in the first year and $6 in subsequent years.

The full evaluation report looks in-depth at participant demographics and health, as well as implementation questions around enrollment and attrition. Finally the evaluation makes recommendations for how to refine and ultimately scale up the 10th Decile Project.

A Win-Win: Healthcare + Housing Navigation

Chronically homeless frequent users come to hospitals because they are the only places that do not turn them away when they were in need. The Triage Tool allows hospitals to quickly recognize which patients are most costly and most in need of supportive housing.

Homeless services providers then work to break that cycle, by partnering with community health centers and mental health providers to move frequent users into permanent supportive housing, and establish individualized health homes. Through this system, they receive not only an apartment, but consistent medical care, social services, and other resources that comprehensively address their issues and help them get back on their feet.

Through programs linking health care and housing, Popeye and others can move forward from chaos, chronic homelessness, and chronic physical or behavioral illness, and find their way to a better future.

Bringing the project to scale so that there is a discernible reduction in the number of unhoused 10th deciles will make a striking reduction in the number of chronically homeless patients seen in hospitals, and avoided costs will become tangible savings for hospitals.

For more information, contact Susan Lee, CSH, susan.lee@csh.org

Grantees Announced in CSH “Moving On” Initiative in Los Angeles

With the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and in alignment with the United Way L.A. Home For Good Funders Collaborative, CSH is pleased to announce the award of grants to three nonprofit  supportive housing providers to cover moving costs and related transitional services for tenants who wish to “move on” from supportive housing to other affordable housing of their choice.

The grant term and activities will be for one year.  The evaluation period is two years.

The grantees will make vacated supportive housing units available to chronically homeless individuals, thus increasing availability of affordable housing in the Los Angeles area. CSH will provide ongoing technical assistance to providers throughout the initiative and invite leaders in the community to be part of an advisory committee to provide input and recommendations.  A pilot study/evaluation will also be conducted as part of the Moving On Initiative.

CSH also invites feedback and direction from leaders in the community through invitation to the Moving On Initiative Evaluation Advisory Committee.

Grant Recipients

The Moving On grants have been awarded to DowntownWomen’s Center; LAMP, Inc.; and Watts Labor Community Action Center.  The grantees serve diverse populations  in important geographic areas of Los Angeles County.


A total of $122,500.00 in grants will be dispersed.  The grants range from $17,500 to $70,000.

For More Information Contact

Gabriele Hooks, CSH Senior Program Manager,­ 213.623.4342 x 15   ­