Two CSH-sponsored bills aimed at creating more supportive housing recently passed the California Legislature. One streamlines supportive housing development throughout the state and the other advances our efforts to end youth homelessness. Assembly Bill 2162 as well as Senate Bill 918, the Homeless Youth Act, are headed to California Governor Jerry Brown for approval and we need your help to get them signed. Let Governor Brown know that you want to see these bills enacted by sending a letter or email of support to his office today. Full details on each bill and sample support letters are available here.
New State Resources in California
The California budget signed this summer includes over $700 million in additional funding for communities in The Golden State to address homelessness. Join CSH and Housing California on Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00pm PT for a webinar reviewing the options and innovations available to communities through existing programs and these new funding sources. Representatives from the California State Department of Housing and Community Development, Brilliant Corners, and local jurisdictions will discuss models, one-time funding opportunities, and leveraging state resources to maximize impact. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with attendees, so your questions and observations will be welcomed.
Highlighting Housing to Ohio Candidates
CSH and the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in Ohio (COHHIO) convened business and housing thought leaders for a discussion to help educate Richard Cordray, the Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate, on the housing issues facing Ohioans. The meeting provided an opportunity to address the shortage of affordable housing and discuss how supportive housing is a central component in changing the way communities respond to the needs of vulnerable individuals. During the session, Candidate Cordray described his desire to make Ohio a national leader in ending homelessness and promoting proven solutions to the state's affordability challenges. In the coming weeks, we look forward to engaging with all of Ohio's 2018 gubernatorial candidates on the need for more affordable and supportive housing across the state.
Coordinated Entry in Illinois
Organizations in Chicago have spent decades helping the city's homeless find housing. But until recently, there was no overarching system in place to help track those efforts – or the people in need. Last year, that changed with the launch of the city's Coordinated Entry System, which helps track homeless populations in Chicago and match people with the appropriate housing providers, according to Stephanie Sideman, a senior project manager at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, one of the system's lead agencies. Required under the U.S. Department of Public Housing and Urban Development, the system "was created so that there could be an accessible, equitable path for people facing homelessness and getting them into housing," said Sideman. "It's really a system that's designed to take the luck out of the process." Read more.
Funder Spotlight: Chicago Community Trust
CSH is proud of our longstanding partnership with The Chicago Community Trust and the work we are doing together to integrate permanent housing solutions into the health sector, advancing critical resources and comprehensive outcomes for Chicago's highest-need individuals and families. Support from The Chicago Community Trust has enabled CSH and its partners to create the foundation of a $12MM annual supportive housing fund embraced by a health system, foundation, and public investments, which will serve at least 750 people annually. We are grateful for the continued support of The Chicago Community Trust, strengthening the connections between housing and healthcare.
Communities waste millions on uncoordinated and expensive service responses as people without housing frequently cycle between shelters, hospitals, jails, and the streets. Your community can end this costly revolving door. How? By being one of approximately 20 communities selected to participate in the new, one-time only CSH FUSE (Frequent Users Systems Engagement) Learning Community. Held from September 2018 to January 2019, the Learning Community will cover: FUSE stakeholder engagement, cross systems data matching/data driven targeting, supportive housing resource creation and scaling, and offer opportunities for peer discussion among communities. If your community is interested in applying, complete our survey by Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7pm CT. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
In the next month, CSH will launch an online training series designed specifically for anyone working in, or overseeing, properties where there is a service component for residents. We know effective property management requires a specialized skill-set, and we want to help managers access and activate better tools to maximize their impact and success. This training series will give attendees the foundations to provide high-quality customer service and maintain close connections to service providers. Stay in the know on this professional development opportunity for property managers. How? By creating an account in our Online Training Center to be notified as soon as registration opens for this new training.
The CSH Supportive Housing Training Center is offering a series of 6 instructor-led webinars covering the essentials of successfully serving supportive housing tenants. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Housing First Model and key clinical practices for supportive housing: Harm Reduction, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Assertive Engagement. Also included are practical strategies for coordinating with property managers and landlords to ensure housing stability and eviction prevention. Click here for complete details on Essentials for Providing Services.