CSH welcomes the observations of the National Academies and their affirmation that supportive housing is a solution for ending chronic homelessness. Their report today reflects much of what we already know: Supportive housing is a stabilizing force that can improve the lives of those who face multiple challenges and complex issues such as debilitating medical illness, mental health recovery, substance use and other barriers to independence, wellness and economic sufficiency. Like the National Academies, CSH is firmly on record supporting more robust, thorough and evidence-based examinations of the impacts supportive housing has on individual health outcomes, systems performance and cost savings. Read more.
"Housing as healthcare" is the maxim often used to describe the critical impact of housing on the health conditions and needs of vulnerable populations. CSH reviews the state of available research literature on this topic in our new published paper, "Supportive Housing & Healthcare Outcomes." Our goal is for supportive housing and healthcare providers to use this brief as a starting point for further exploration of the studies that most closely align with their interests related to the nexus of housing and healthcare.
This morning, CSH partnered with the City of Chicago and a host of Chicagoland nonprofits to co-host a community event promoting Coordinated Entry. The Unified Community Response forum held at a local community college was an opportunity for nearly 300 stakeholders in the region to learn why and how Chicago and Cook County's Homelessness Continua of Care are embracing a new approach to change the course of homelessness through collaboration, data-informed population needs, and equitable access to housing and resources.
Vital Brooklyn, New York State's community development initiative addressing chronic social, economic, and health disparities in central Brooklyn, offers another opportunity for CSH to bring together housing and healthcare providers. CSH is more than an expert in healthcare and housing partnerships, we also are a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) offering secured & unsecured predevelopment loans and New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). To date, our NMTC investments have helped make healthcare accessible for youth, families, adults and our aging neighbors. In Brooklyn, we have already invested in the Institute for Community Living's Integrated Health Hub. We're now reaching out to other local providers pursuing the Vital Brooklyn RFP.
CSH is collecting data from supportive housing providers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Washington State specifically on their knowledge about dementia. If you are a provider in one of these states, your organization will receive a survey directly from CSH. We will be asking front-line and supervisory staff to complete the survey as quickly as possible to help us better understand what services more comprehensively meet the challenges of older supportive housing residents with dementia care needs, and those aging in place. A webinar exclusive to those providers participating in the survey, and focused on understanding dementia and providing quality care, will be held on July 25. Please contact Courtney.Christenson@csh.org with any questions.
According to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 40% of individuals in a jail or prison between 2011 and 2012 reported having a chronic health condition. Upon release, many individuals lacked stable housing and ongoing care coordination, exacerbating their illnesses. Health centers can play a pivotal role in improving the health of justice-involved people. Our new report "Stopping the Revolving Door: How Health Centers Can Serve Justice-Involved Populations" examines three case studies of health centers serving justice involved populations and provides recommendations for replication in other communities. Join us for a webinar on July 18 at 2:00pm ET where we will discuss the three case studies in greater detail.
If your agency has ever wondered how to tap into Medicaid resources for funding supportive services, or you know your agency should be asking questions about Medicaid but unsure of the approach, our online Academy is perfect for you. Our experts will walk you step-by-step through the process to determine if your organization should bill Medicaid, how to create a business plan, and also ensure agency systems are in place to support Medicaid billing. Course highlights:
100% online, making it convenient and easy to attend while reducing the time you need to spend away from the office.
The Academy is intended for teams of 3-5 from an agency to attend and learn together, and create a plan for leveraging Medicaid.
The CSH All-in-One Subscription Package opens doors to interaction and knowledge exchanges, designed to advance your professional development and grow your network connections. Not only do you get full access to comprehensive trainings on quality supportive housing, CSH All-in-One Subscription also gives you:
Access to far-reaching national learning communities within and beyond the supportive housing field
Direct communication with experts at CSH to support your specific work
Exclusive previews of CSH reports and other materials
Introduction to important tools impacting supportive housing and your work from respected sources across sectors
Your purchase through Amazon this summer can help change the lives of those in desperate need of a home and support services. Amazon Prime Day, one of the biggest online shopping experiences of the year, is scheduled to begin on July 16 at 3:00pm ET. Your shopping for the best deals then can help people connect with supportive housing. How? Because Amazon donates a percentage to CSH when you shop Prime Day through our designated link at smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3600232. Please bookmark this in your browser now, set a calendar reminder for July 16, and shop with purpose. Not interested in Amazon Prime Day? No problem, you can still help advance supportive housing by donating directly to CSH.