February 2018 Funder Spotlight – Houston Endowment

The community of Houston, Texas has come together, adopted ambitious goals, and is delivering on them. Not only are Houstonians focused on ending chronic homelessness, they want to transform lives by keeping people housed, healthy and out of poverty with access to healthcare, workforce training and economic advancements.

One of the main thought leaders and motivators behind the progress in Houston is our partner, the Houston Endowment. Because of their generous and early assistance in key Texas initiatives we support, the Houston Endowment became one of the founding funders of the Houston Supportive Housing Capital Grant Fund.

Through the generation of grants under this Fund, new supportive housing is now available in the community. To date, the Fund’s grants have created an additional 256 supportive housing units, ensuring four important projects reached construction and opening phases.

The Capital Grant Fund has received close to $7 million from the Houston Endowment and other respected, community-minded partners including:

CSH works closely with the Houston Endowment and other donors, serving as the trusted, third-party oversight manager of the Fund. CSH’s role is to assess the capital risk for each supportive housing proposal, conduct due diligence, provide detailed analyses, and serve as the fiscal agent for the combined pool of private funding that is completing projects.

One of the evaluative criteria within the Fund’s grant program is convenient access to public transportation, employment training and job opportunities. Through its investments, the Houston Endowment has encouraged planning that ensures supportive housing development is located with the ease of access to public transport systems, employment training and job opportunities in mind.

The Houston Endowment remains committed to deploying their resources strategically to complement efforts in Houston to expand evidence-based and proven models like supportive housing, advocate for more community-based services, and align key sectors and public systems to ensure the homelessness response system is effective. Those  lacking housing are assisted quickly, matched with stable, permanent homes, and then kept housed throughout their lives.

The Houston Endowment also is an important contributor to The Way Home, the Houston/Harris County Continuum of Care (CoC) that strives to prevent and end homelessness in Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County.  Their efforts not only help CSH create housing for thousands of individuals in need of affordable places to live, they also foster partnerships and open doors to healthcare, substance use recovery, and workforce development for those in need. These services are crucial in helping supportive housing residents move closer to even greater independence.

CSH is proud to count the Houston Endowment as one of our most valued partners and looks forward to continuing to build on what has been a successful collaboration to bring supportive housing to scale in Houston.

New Director in Texas

Brigid DeLoach, CSH Director, Texas

CSH is pleased to announce that Brigid DeLoach has been chosen as Director to lead our extensive work in the State of Texas. She has an extensive background in building social and economic mobility for vulnerable, underserved populations.

Prior to joining CSH, Ms. DeLoach served as a member of the executive leadership team for Urban Strategies overseeing the creation of thriving, urban mixed-income housing projects in distressed urban core neighborhoods within the Southern Region of the United States by developing a network of community support systems that delivered services and long-term positive outcomes to low-income residents.

Ms. DeLoach has also served as Executive Director of two non-profit organizations, the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana, where she provided overall strategic and operational oversight of staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. With a passion for building the capacity of individuals and organizations, Ms. DeLoach has devoted 10 years to developing and implementing programs that provide education and counsel to emerging minority-owned businesses increasing their ability to successfully compete in today’s market. She has managed technical assistance programs for the National Urban League, Seedco Financial Services and the Louisiana Department of Transportation. Combining her experience in technical assistance, desire for social change and business entrepreneurial spirit, Ms. DeLoach successfully ran her own consulting business focused on building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to improve their ability to deliver high-quality services.

Ms. DeLoach earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a Concentration in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University. She has received several professional awards for her efforts to develop innovative programming that increase access to critical services for the disadvantaged and disabled. Ms. DeLoach participates in civic clubs focused on assisting families in need and continues her dedication to developing capable leaders and businesses by mentoring young entrepreneurs through her work with business schools at local universities.

For more information on CSH, visit csh.org and csh.org/texas.

Houston & Harris Count Housing Conversation

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, the Local Initiatives Support
Corporation (LISC), and CSH are pleased to present this report synthesizing major themes
from the Houston and Harris County Housing Conversation.The housing conversation was facilitated by CSH and followed their fishbowl charrette model. This approach brings in national experts and surrounds them with local stakeholders and community members. The process encourages equal participation among these groups with every stakeholder having a space to voice opinions, thoughts, and concerns.

The convening was made possible by the coordinated efforts of the co‐sponsoring organizations, with support from the Houston Endowment and JPMorgan Chase Co. We also want to thank the members of the event steering committee, as well as the expert commentators from Houston and beyond. Finally, we want to thank the more than 200 public stakeholders who attended the event. For more information about the event itself, including the opening data presentation, agenda, and key term glossary, please visit kinder.rice.edu/houstonhousing.

Innovations in Government Awards


2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Semifinalists

Embedded Expert Driving Social Transformation

City of Houston, TX

In January 2012, Houston’s then-mayor identified ending homelessness among her top priorities. Throughout the next year, the mayor recognized that despite her political will to address this complex issue, the city alone lacked the expertise and resources to achieve large-scale social transformation to reach the goal. To overcome this, the mayor’s office appointed Houston’s first Special Assistant to the Mayor for Homeless Initiatives and articulated their vision of marshaling national expertise and resources to identify the best, evidence-based practices to assist and expedite local efforts. By design, the embedded-expert formula harnessed the power of the entire Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) organization, a national nonprofit working in 40 states to create supportive housing (affordable housing with services), which is a proven intervention for ending chronic homelessness. CSH also helps communities build coordinated services delivery systems to meet the needs of vulnerable people and this approach has been particularly valuable in Houston. By June 2015, the mayor’s office was joined by three federal Cabinet Secretaries and other dignitaries to announce an effective end to veteran homelessness in Houston, and by 2016, over 3,500 veteran households were living in stable housing and there has been a 70-percent reduction in chronic homelessness.

Coordinated Entry Redesign in Tarrant and Park Counties, TX

CSH partnered with the Zero 2017 initiative to  facilitate a local workshop on Coordinated Entry Redesign hosted by the Tarrant County Homeless 305_Fort Worth_16Coalition (TCHC) and attended by 46 stakeholders. The community came together around a significant system-level shift that will result in the implementation of a robust Coordinated Entry System (CES) serving all families with children, single adults, youth and young adults and survivors of domestic violence experiencing homelessness in Tarrant and Parker Counties (Texas).

CSH prepared a report for TCHC with a summary of the workshop, high-level recommendations, and on-the-ground suggestions to implement this new system. This redesigned CES includes coordinated intake, assessment and referral processes based on a quality and prioritized “by-name list” of people experiencing homelessness in Tarrant and Parker Counties. This is a significant shift in the local understanding of the CES, reflecting national best practices and aligning with federal funding requirements.

Texas Sized Housing and Health Solutions

CSH and the Texas Homeless Network (THN) hosted an engaging statewide housing and healthcare conference to strengthen and create new relationships among primary and behavioral healthcare leaders, philanthropic funders, and experts and decision-makers within supportive housing.

305_PeggyTX_16The keynote address was offered by former CSH staff member Peggy Bailey, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Director of Health Integration Project.

A series of break-out sessions explored connecting frequent users of hospitals to housing; creating supportive housing programs to include medically vulnerable households; how to use the Pay for Success financing model to scale up effective interventions; and how households with medical challenges can access housing.

BIG-ger Partnerships: Texas Sized Housing and Health Solutions

Supportive Housing = Healthcare


What: CSH and the Texas Homeless Network (THN) are hosting a statewide housing and healthcare conference to strengthen and create new relationships among primary and behavioral healthcare leaders, philanthropic funders, and experts and decision-makers within supportive housing.

When: Pre-conference sessions February 29, 2016; Conference March 1 & 2, 2016

Where: Austin Omni Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governor’s Row, Austin, Texas 78744

Click BIG-ger Partnerships to learn more and register for this event.

This is our second annual housing and healthcare state-wide conference in Austin, Texas. Click Big Partnerships Blog Post to read more about last year’s well-attended program and impactful outcomes.

Continuing Education Credits

CPE/CEU credits are included. Eligible for the following credits: CPEs, Social Work CEUs, LPC CEUs, Marriage and Family Therapist CEUs, Chemical Dependency Counselor CEUs.

Monday, February 29, Pre-conference Sessions:  1.5 Hours

Tuesday, March 1, 9:00 AM – Wednesday, March 2, 11:30 AM    8 Hours

Texas 2016 Housing & Services Partnership Academy

Create a Community-Based Team and Develop Strategies for Service-Enriched Housing for Persons with Disabilities and Aging Texans

CSH, in partnership with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), will provide training and technical assistance to community teams across Texas to help develop comprehensive plans for improving the quantity and quality of affordable, accessible, integrated housing and supportive services for people with disabilities and older Texans, and prepare communities to address the housing needs of this population. Outcomes will guide future technical assistance based on the planning process during the Academy. Each team will participate in a follow-up needs assessment that will guide and customize technical assistance for each community plan.

Selected teams will participate in:

  • Two pre-academy webinars, scheduled for December 2015 to develop a Local Housing and Services Guide as well as baseline housing and services knowledge to prepare for the workshop;
  • A 1.5 day Academy workshop scheduled for Feb. 2016 in Austin;
  • Development of Community Strategic Action Plan and Goals.

Selected teams will receive:

  • A Housing and Services Resource Guide;
  • Follow-up, targeted technical assistance; and
  • Strategies to build partnerships between housing and services to build capacity to develop service enriched housing.