Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing Guidebook

In creating and sharing the CSH Dimensions of Quality Supportive Housing, CSH strives to:

  • Build the capacity of the supportive and affordable housing industries to create and operate highquality,
    effective, and sustainable supportive housing units
  • Encourage the investment of adequate resources, especially from public systems, to support that
    capacity
  • Ensure that existing resources for supportive housing are being used efficiently and effectively,
    and support the allocation of new resources
  • Create better outcomes for supportive housing tenants, especially those with multiple barriers to
    housing stability

Resources for Building Health Center and Housing Partnerships: Literature Review and Resource Bank

With the growing appreciation of housing as a social determinant of health, health center and housing partnerships are on the rise nationally. Recognizing the layers to developing a health and housing partnership, this Literature Review and Resource Bank is intended to provide background and data resources that can be used in grant applications or in conversations with potential funders in the effort to foster new health and supportive housing partnerships.

Promising Practices for Health Centers: Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Preventing and ending homelessness among youth is currently a national focus and local priority in communities across the country. Health centers play a key role, both in connecting this population to housing and providing needed health services for this vulnerable population.This Profiles Bridging Health & Housing features Hennepin County, Public Health, Minnesota & Outside In, Portland, Oregon

CSH Names Three New Pay For Success Awardees

CSH has selected New Mexico Appleseed and the Memphis-based Community Alliance for the Homeless (CAFTH) to receive two separate grants that will determine if Pay For Success (PFS) financing can help create supportive housing for families without homes who also experience high instances of open child welfare cases.

CSH anticipates Appleseed and CAFTH will receive approximately six months of technical guidance to determine if PFS is a realistic supportive housing funding option for them to pursue.

“We are incredibly honored to be recipients of this important award, but the real beneficiaries are the children in New Mexico at risk of abuse and neglect because their housing is not healthy, stable, or safe,” said Jennifer Ramo, Executive Director of New Mexico Appleseed. “The end result of all this work is that those children will live in a home where they can focus on studying and playing, as every child should.”

The Center for Healthcare Strategies will assist CSH in providing guidance to Appleseed and CAFTH during their grant awards.

“As a leader in the fight to end homelessness in Memphis/Shelby County, Community Alliance for the Homeless believes that our community is equipped with resources to impact positive change,” said Cheré Bradshaw, Executive Director of CAFTH. “The technical assistance provided by CSH will significantly broaden our organizational capacity to promote the well-being of child welfare-involved families experiencing homelessness through the Pay-for-Success initiative. The technical assistance from CSH will significantly enhance our ability to end family homelessness in our community.”

A third grant has been awarded to the Community Service Council (CSC) in Tulsa for technical assistance to further advance a PFS initiative undertaken by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), which is designed to help youth ages 17-25 transitioning out of foster care or the criminal justice system who lack stable housing or have experienced homelessness or are chronically homeless.

CSH anticipates CSC will receive approximately 12-18 months of technical guidance from its experts as well as the Nonprofit Finance Fund. The goals are for CSC and partners to build capacity and services to actively participate in the ODMHSAS’ effort to create supportive housing for transitioning youth through PFS financing.

“CSC and other key leaders from across the state have been working on the Oklahoma Opportunity Youth PFS project under the leadership of the ODMHSAS since 2014” said Patrice Pratt, Community Service Council division director for housing and homelessness. “CSC and our partners are honored to be selected for this opportunity.  This grant will assist Oklahoma in taking the next step, developing the quality infrastructure and capacity for providers to achieve successful outcomes through the Oklahoma Opportunity Youth PFS project.”

All three of the awards announced on March 19 are made possible because of funding received from the Corporation for National and Community Service combined with additional financial support from CSH’s philanthropic foundation partners.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Youth Outreach and Technical Assistance

Description:

CSH is seeking a sub-contractor(s) to provide technical assistance (TA) to communities through a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs Youth initiative. This HUD funded TA will implement effective strategies to tackle youth homelessness and provide local communities with resources and toolkits to scale their efforts. This subcontract opportunity commences September 18, 2017 and will go through July 31, 2019.

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

  1. Direct TA: The subcontractor and CSH will work with participating communities to develop and implement interventions designed to accelerate the end of Youth homelessness. The subcontractor will train communities on federal goals and criteria to improve strategies and outcomes.
  2. Coordination: The subcontractor and CSH will facilitate local participation and partnerships for shared resources and improvement of TA in each community. Coordination will occur via e-mail and phone.
  3. Reporting: The subcontractor will complete required federal reporting for work conducted on this agreement.

 

Milestones and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: It is estimated that the subcontractor will provide direct technical assistance for up to 10 individual communities.

Deliverable 2: Monthly reporting.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $50,000 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 8, 2017.

You may apply as an individual subcontractor or as an organization, including up to 6 staff members in the application. The following forms are included:

Please fully complete the included forms as well as submit your resume (or if applying as an organization, resumes for up to 6 proposed staff members included in the Staff Experience and Expertise matrix and the Organization Experience matrix) and a 2 paragraph description of your (or your organization, if applying as an organization) core competencies and accomplishments to Jennifer Yang at jennifer.yang@csh.org no later than September 8, 2017.

All of the application information and forms must be completed in order to be considered.

Evaluation:
CSH will evaluate application utilizing the following criteria:

  • Relevant project work
  • Experience and expertise
  • Years of relevant experience
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services
  • If past CSH subcontractor, compliance with CSH subcontractor requirements

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. 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Jennifer at jennifer.yang@csh.org.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Youth Technical Assistance

Description:

CSH is seeking a sub-contractor(s) to provide technical assistance (TA) under the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP), funded by United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (OSNAP).

YHDP was established to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. This subcontracting opportunity is aimed at incorporating the perspectives and insights of youth with lived experience of homelessness to develop informed policy and practice for achieving the YHDP mission.

Sub-contractor(s) are responsible for the identification and engagement of youth participants with the following qualifications and specialized expertise:

  • recent, lived experience of homelessness;
  • experience working with local or national partners on policies and practice efforts to end youth homelessness.

Subcontractors are responsible for helping CSH coordinate the incorporation of youth participants’ insights into YHDP TA to further HUD efforts around: development and implementation of a youth collaboration team; identification of special populations and their needs; and community YHDP assessments and improvements.

This subcontract opportunity is for at least one year, commencing June 30, 2017, with the potential to go through May 31, 2019.

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

  1. Direct TA: Subcontractor(s) will support youth participants as they work with participating YHDP communities to develop and implement interventions that will accelerate the end of youth homelessness. Direct TA will be conducted on-site at participating YHDP locations and convenings, and remotely via e-mail and phone.
  2. Coordination: Subcontractor(s) are responsible for identifying, and coordinating youth participants with YHDP TA providers and communities. Coordination also includes planning travel, logistics, and fair compensation for youth participants on all TA engagements. Coordination will mainly occur via e-mail and phone, but can involve on-site work.
  3. Reporting: Subcontractor(s) are responsible for complying with all Federal and CSH reporting requirements on this agreement.

 

Milestones and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: Subcontractor(s) will ensure youth are involved in direct technical assistance for up to 10 individual communities.

Deliverable 2: Monthly reporting

Funding Available:

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

Application Process:

In order to be considered for this subcontracting opportunity, full completion and submission of the forms below are required by July 11, 2017.

You may apply as an individual subcontractor or as an organization, including up to 25 staff members in the application. The following forms are included:

Please submit: all completed forms, your resume (or resumes for all staff members listed on Attachment C), and a 2-paragraph description of your core competencies and accomplishments (or applying organization’s competencies) to Jennifer Yang at jennifer.yang@csh.org by July 11, 2017.

All of the application information and forms must be submitted fully completed for consideration.

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 (up to 20 points);
  • Experience and expertise (up to 20 points);
  • Years of relevant experience (up to 20 points); and
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services (up to 20 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 contact Jennifer Yang at jennifer.yang@csh.org.

Connecticut BOS Applications for New Supportive Housing

The Connecticut Balance of State Continuum of Care (CT BOS) is seeking applications for new supportive housing and rapid re-housing projects. Projects may be funded through both permanent housing bonus and/or any available reallocation funds. HUD has not yet announced the amount of funds that will be available.

The following types of new projects will be considered:

  • New permanent supportive housing (PSH) projects that will serve 100 percent chronically homeless individuals and families including youth/young adults experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • New rapid rehousing (RRH) projects that will serve homeless individuals and families, including youth, coming directly from the streets or emergency shelters, or meeting the criteria of paragraph (4) of the HUD definition of homeless. (See Project Application Appendix for Definition of Category 4 – fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous situations).

Click here to access the CSH CT BOS page, which hosts the application, additional details and instructions on how to apply. Agencies in corrective action are not eligible to apply for new funds; corrective action letters will be sent out next week. Please contact us at ctboscoc@gmail.com if you have questions.

All applications are due by COB on Friday, June 23, 2017 and should be sent to: ctboscoc@gmail.com.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Youth Outreach and Technical Assistance

Description:

CSH is seeking a sub-contractor(s) to provide technical assistance (TA) to communities through a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs Youth initiative. This HUD funded TA will implement effective strategies to tackle youth homelessness and provide local communities with resources and toolkits to scale their efforts. This subcontract opportunity commences June 12, 2017 and will go through March 31, 2018.

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

  1. Direct TA: The subcontractor and CSH will work with participating communities to develop and implement interventions designed to accelerate the end of Youth homelessness. The subcontractor will train communities on federal goals and criteria to improve strategies and outcomes.
  2. Coordination: The subcontractor and CSH will facilitate local participation and partnerships for shared resources and improvement of TA in each community. Coordination will occur via e-mail and phone.
  3. Reporting: The subcontractor will complete required federal reporting for work conducted on this agreement.

 

Milestones and Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: It is estimated that the subcontractor will provide direct technical assistance for up to 10 individual communities.

Deliverable 2: Monthly reporting.

Funding Available:

An amount not to exceed $50,000 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, June 07, 2017.

You may apply as an individual subcontractor or as an organization, including up to 6 staff members in the application. The following forms are included:

Please fully complete the included forms as well as submit your resume (or if applying as an organization, resumes for up to 6 proposed staff members included in the Staff Experience and Expertise matrix and the Organization Experience matrix) and a 2 paragraph description of your (or your organization, if applying as an organization) core competencies and accomplishments to Jennifer Yang at jennifer.yang@csh.org no later than Friday June 7, 2017.

All of the application information and forms must be completed in order to be considered.

Evaluation:

CSH will evaluate application utilizing the following criteria:

  • Relevant project work
  • Experience and expertise
  • Years of relevant experience
  • Rate reasonableness and overall cost of services
  • If past CSH subcontractor, compliance with CSH subcontractor requirements

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 Jennifer at jennifer.yang@csh.org.

Multi-System Collaboration to End Youth Homelessness

youth TAYThe State of Minnesota is one of seven jurisdictions that will participate in the fourth cohort of the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance initiative to implement the state plan specific to decreasing homelessness for systems-involved youth. This federal initiative, implemented by the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, is hosted by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. CSH will serve as a local project manager in Minnesota for this one year effort, which will include training webinars, project team planning and implementation activities with state partners. The state partners are the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health, Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and Department of Corrections.

The goals of this initiative are to improve leadership alignment, data sharing infrastructure, and to develop a strong action plan based on information gathered from systems (such as criminal justice, child welfare, healthcare and housing) with the focus on preventing and ending conditions that result in youth homelessness.

 

 

 

 

CT Releases NoFA for Supportive Housing for Youth

The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) recently announced its first round of funding for non-time limited supportive housing for young adults experiencing homelessness, an intervention that CSH and national partners have recommended for youth who face the most significant challenges to a successful transition to adulthood. The funding announcement came after several years of collaborative planning around strengthening the housing continuum for young adults in Connecticut.  youth TAY

Several stakeholders in the state prioritized piloting a viable supportive housing demonstration project for this population after CSH hosted a peer learning exchange with two New York City based housing programs for young adults experiencing homelessness and youth aging out of state care.

Representatives from youth-serving agencies, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), DOH, and the Melville Charitable Trust returned to Connecticut after the CSH-hosted event eager to move from planning to action by investing in an initiative providing the State with an opportunity to test multiple models that effectively meet the housing and service needs of high-risk young adults.

At the same time, several partners, including CSH, ramped up data collection to quantify information on Connecticut’s homeless young adult population. In 2015, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) conducted the first ever statewide enhanced homeless youth count and found that of the 1,342 surveys that were completed, 585 (44 percent) of youth were homeless or in an unstable living situation.

Additionally, Connecticut piloted Dr. Eric Rice’s TAY Triage Tool to better understand the risk factors and vulnerabilities to long-term homelessness that face Connecticut’s young adults. These data helped shed light on the prevalence of homelessness among young people, who often are referred to as an invisible population given their transience and desire to stay “under the radar.”

These enhanced data collection efforts, combined with ongoing opportunities to learn from peers across the country, positioned public state agencies to commit to expanding supportive housing opportunities for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

The new funding announcement provides approximately $12 million in capital funding from the State DOH as well as annual funding for both services and operating expenses. The initiative is one strategy embraced in a statewide action plan to meet the goal of ending homelessness among youth and young adults by 2020.