2013 State of the Industry Survey

In June 2013, CSH released its fourth annual State of the Industry Survey. This survey is designed to take a pulse of the supportive housing industry and help us better understand
the challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that our partners in the field are facing in
the current climate. The survey included questions covering topics about the future
prospects for the industry, targeting supportive housing to new populations, funding issues,
organizational capacity, training needs, the level of political will to maintain or increase
supportive housing development, and CSH’s value to the local community.

Innovative Ideas, Fearless Leadership and Intentional Partnerships Spur Investment for Fragile Families

In any given conversation about funding services for the poor, it is not unusual to hear, “There are simply not enough resources to serve all of the people who need help.”   Since the recession, funding to meet even the most basic needs of families is rapidly vanishing.  We are told, at all levels of social service, public and private, that it is incumbent upon us to use the funding we have more effectively and efficiently. We are told that the way to do this is to be more innovative, creative, to collaborate.  However, most public funding streams are rigid and are not conducive to these ideas.

However, at the close of 2013, thirty-eight families are on their way to becoming stably housed because our massive public child welfare system, overseen by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), decided to do things a little differently. ACYF knew they could not do it alone, so they recruited the support of four philanthropic partners, Robert Wood Johnson, Annie E. Casey, Edna McConnell Clark and Casey Family Programs to help them create the flexibility and support necessary to test a new service paradigm in child welfare—supportive housing.

Five grantees, representing sixty-five + public and private partnerships nation-wide, are implementing family supportive housing, most, for the for the first time. Behavioral health, public housing, family court, local child welfare agencies, homeless shelters and others, are working across their systems, sharing resources and expertise with the goal of providing supportive housing to nearly 500 of our most vulnerable children and families by 2017. CSH along with the Center for the Study of Social Policy have teamed up to provide technical assistance to the grantees through the Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center.

We believe this initiative, prompted by the promising results of our Keeping Families Together pilot, is a great example of how an innovative idea, fearless leadership and intentional partnership can spur investment in more efficient and effective services for the most fragile families. In 2014, we look forward to more families becoming and staying housed under this initiative. We look forward to better outcomes for families next year and a better future for their children in the years that follow.

As 2013 closes, we are grateful to our public and private partners for their leadership and for the many inventive service providers across the country willing and able to stretch the limits of their work to achieve better results for kids and families.

CSH in the News – November

The Newark Advocate, November 2
Groundbreaking Offers More Housing for Those with Mental Illness
At a groundbreaking celebration Friday for The Main Place’s new housing community, The Place Next Door, Cavins said she was thrilled there will be more options in Newark for people living with severe and persistent mental illness. At Friday’s ground breaking, Ted Jones, senior program manager of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, asked the audience where they go when they are feeling sick. “At home you can relax, eat and sleep and do things to get better,” he said. “For these people, they might not have anywhere else to go.”

My Central Jersey.com, November 4
VA Opens 62-Unit Valley Brook Village for Veterans in Bernard
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health joined representatives from the VA New Jersey Health Care System, Peabody Properties Inc., Community Hope, Windover Development, MetLife, the National Equity Fund and LISC in celebrating the grand opening of Valley Brook Village, an affordable permanent supportive rental housing project in Bernards for homeless and at-risk low-income veterans.

New Jersey Hills, November 8
A New Beginning’ for Veterans in Bernards Township
Help for veterans was not just a promise but a reality as officials gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 30, for the grand opening of a new rental housing complex at the Lyons Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center.

CSH in the News – October

San Diego Source, October 10
Brown Should Sign Local-Control Bill on Housing
In the months after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to dissolve California’s redevelopment agencies, he spoke frequently of his desire to return control to local communities. Nearly two years later, the governor is considering a bill that would do just that. We call on Gov. Brown to demonstrate his commitment to local control by signing AB 1229, letting local governments determine policies that work for them.

Tribune Today, October 22
YMCA Project on Schedule
Framing and setting the tresses on the second floor for 12 apartments at the YWCA of Warren is under way this week as the Y says it’s on schedule for an early spring opening of the addition. The three-bedroom apartment units are being built on the north side of the YWCA building off North Park Avenue where the swimming pool, demolished earlier this year, used to be. The project is being funded by Huntington Bank, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Warren Trumbull Home Consortium, the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Rotary Club of Warren.

CSH Presents at NAHRO National Conference

Andy McMahon, Debbie Thiele and Amber Buening represented CSH at the NAHRO National Conference in Cleveland.  At the event, Andy presented a session with Melanie Gillespie, a key partner from Comprehensive Healthcare. Their session, entitled Housing and Healthcare: Affordable Care Act Opportunities, highlighted opportunities for collaboration related to Medicaid enrollment for residents, state demonstration programs, and supportive housing.

Debbie presented with PHA partners from Fresno, California, and Columbus, Ohio. Her session, Creating Successful Partnerships to End Homelessness, focused on cultivating collaboration between PHA’s, service providers and funders of supportive housing. Both sessions referenced CSH’s PHA Toolkit, which provides how-to guides, profiles of successful PHAs, sample documents and templates for Public Housing Agencies and their service partners to create supportive housing opportunities and end homelessness.

For more information about our work with PHAs, visit csh.org/pha.

2012 CSH Annual Report

CSH is leading the supportive housing industry into a strong and sustainable future. Our 2012 Annual Report tells the story of CSH’s spirit and our unprecedented impact. Our work this year highlights the measureable difference CSH makes in the communities where we work. We innovate, measure and evaluate smart solutions, engage and influence policy and decision makers, reform and improve government systems, fund new projects and programs, educate and empower industry players, and lead and expand the supportive housing industry.

CSH in the News – September

Washington Post, September 4, 2013
This Chart Shows Why $270 billion in housing Hasn’t Solved Homelessness
Will Fischer, a housing expert at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, notes that in 2012 we spent about $270 billion in federal money subsidizing housing. Our housing policy isn’t just heavily biased against renters. It’s hugely regressive too. Most of that didn’t go to the poor. For policy ideas that have the potential of actually ending family homelessness, this report from the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the National Alliance to End Homelessness on “rapid re-housing” programs is a great place to start.

Digital Journal, September 18
8th Annual Michigan Homeless Summit Kicks Off Today in Frankenmuth
Nearly 400 homeless service providers from across the state were on hand for today’s kickoff of the 8th Annual Homeless Summit, spearheaded by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness. Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness began its journey to provide housing for the state’s most vulnerable population in 2006 with MSHDA, the state Departments of Community Health, Human Services, Education and Corrections in partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing and the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness.

Jackson Free Press, September 18
Everyone Needs a Roof
The old paradigm is that people with unsolved issues—such as lack of a job or a drug addiction—had to address their problems before they could obtain a permanent home. Research now shows that a stable home allows a person to solve his or her problems much faster—and it keeps them off the streets. To end homelessness, communities must develop a long-term plan. They may manage homelessness in the short run, but won’t end it. Effective community plans include: Coordinated Access among providers to have a single, uniform method to access housing resources. “The aim is to ensure that (people) in crisis have the same experience as they seek housing services and that they are directed to the best housing solution for their situation.” —Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

 

CSH in the News – August 2013

Beyond Chron, August 6

SF Chronicle Downplays Supportive Housing’s Remarkable Success

The San Francisco Chronicle ran an August 4 front-page story addressing what reporter Kevin Fagan argues is a major shortcoming in San Francisco’s supportive housing programs: the lack of counseling services “that might help them leave the housing, get off welfare and build better lives.” Supportive housing is based on a simple concept: people are homeless because they lack housing they can afford, and some of these people need on-site “supportive” services to avoid returning to the streets. In New York City, where the Corporation for Supportive Housing first pushed this initiative, it was focused on people with mental health needs.

 

 

CSH presents at NAHRO Summer Conference

Andy McMahon and Mandy Chapman Semple represented CSH at the NAHRO Summer Conference in Denver.  At the event, Andy presented a session with Debra Gray from Denver Housing Authority, a leading PHA and a key partner in Denver’s Road Home initiative. His presentation, entitled PHAs and Supportive Housing, highlighted approaches to engaging PHAs and the multiple strategies PHAs can employ to create supportive housing opportunities. He also referenced CSH’s PHA Toolkit, which provides how-to guides, profiles of successful PHAs, sample documents and templates for Public Housing Agencies and their service partners to create supportive housing opportunities and end homelessness.

For more information about our work with PHAs, visit csh.org/pha.

 

CSH in the News – July 2013

The Courant, July 9
People’s United Community Foundation Awards
The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $587,944 in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut. Fifty-eight organizations received funding in support of activities that ranged from education programs and basic needs services to workforce development programs and affordable housing initiatives. Recipients included Achievement First, Capital Workforce Partners, and Corporation for Supportive Housing, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, and University of Hartford, among others.

 New Jersey Biz, July 11
Supreme Court Rejects Christie’s COAH Elimination
The New Jersey Supreme Court today rebuffed Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing. Housing advocates, including the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, cheered the decision, saying the state has a shortage of affordable housing and needs an independent COAH to help fix the problem. “New Jersey’s most vulnerable and low-income residents will once again have an entity and process in place to implement the state’s fair housing laws, including local affordable housing obligations, ensuring an array of choices to call home throughout the state,” said Alison Recca-Ryan, director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

Affordable Housing Finance, July 22
CSH Launches First National Supportive Housing Fund
The first national loan fund dedicated to supportive housing has been launched with an investment in a 44-unit development for veterans at risk of homelessness in Gary, Ind. The new $45 million Supportive Housing Solutions Fund will provide acquisition, predevelopment, and construction funding for projects that include supportive housing targeted to very low income tenants. Launched by CSH, the fund began with an initial investment from the group’s 2012 Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. CSH then brought in financing from two philanthropic partners, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and four private-sector investors, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Bank, and Morgan Stanley.

Bridge, News and Analysis from The Center for Michigan, July 23
In Michigan, A Full-Time Job is No Guarantee of Good Housing
The line began growing overnight, hundreds of low-income suburban Detroit residents hoping to secure one of 1,000 available subsidized housing vouchers. It stretched to more than a mile long and an estimated 5,000 people when doors to the Taylor Community Services Center were opened the morning of Jan. 12. For some low-income families, lack of other options leads to homelessness. According to analysis by the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a New York-based supportive housing advocacy organization, approximately 168,000 families with children experience homelessness in the course of a year.