Once again, Californians used the ballot box to tell policymakers they want to see robust initiatives to address housing affordability and tasked their leaders to create more supportive housing for vulnerable populations. CSH endorsed Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 - No Place Like Home - and both received widespread voter support throughout the entire state. Voter approval of these measures will create over 10,000 new units of affordable and supportive housing. Thank you to everyone who voted for Props 1 and 2. We now look forward to working throughout California to bring supportive housing to scale.
In Oakland, California, voters agreed to raise $10 million a year for housing services and to make it harder for landlords to evict tenants from certain buildings. Berkeley residents passed a $135 million affordable housing bond. San Francisco voted in a big-business tax expected to raise $300 million a year for affordable housing and homeless services, Mountain View passed a similar measure to enhance its general fund, which could help fund housing, and East Palo Alto approved an office tax that will partly go toward funding affordable housing.
CSH and Capital Link are committed to helping health centers grow their services in partnership with housing facilities. We are promoting dynamic, virtual peer exchanges to activate dialogue to tackle challenging problems and create new opportunities. The "Capital Expansion for Health and Housing Partnerships Learning Collaborative" serves as an informed platform for health centers to acquire expertise related to capital development. Participants are selected for the Learning Collaborative and team enrollment of three individuals per organization is recommended, and should include staff with executive, clinical, and outreach/enabling service responsibilities. Interested teams must complete and return their "Application of Interest" by Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
A Home Amid Crisis: Keeping Families Together
"I don't know what I would do without the services here," Michelle, a Keeping Families Together (KFT) resident, says of her experience in supportive housing. The KFT supportive housing model is the lead story in the most recent issue of Children's Voice, a publication of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). Christine James-Brown, CWLA President and CEO, serves on the advisory board of One Roof, the CSH-led strategic effort bringing KFT to scale across the country. One Roof-KFT aims to break the intergenerational cycle of housing instability, child welfare involvement, and poor outcomes for vulnerable families with children. You can download and read the full article by clicking this link: A Home Amid Crisis: The Keeping Families Together Program Model.
Building Support for One Roof in Colorado
CSH and the Colorado Department of Human Services brought together 60 state and county agency leaders to meet with key child welfare and housing partners to explore One Roof solutions for child welfare involved families in need of stability. The Colorado One Roof Forum took place right before the beginning of the Colorado Child Welfare Conference. Attendees of the Forum identified removing barriers to child welfare and housing partnerships as the most important shared goal.
Memphis Strong Families Shares Best Practices
CSH One Roof convened leaders from Ann Arbor in Michigan, Houston and Harris County in Texas, the State of Indiana, the State of Missouri, Kansas City in Missouri, and Minneapolis and Hennepin County in Minnesota, to hear the best practices identified by the Memphis Strong Families Initiative (MFSI), part of a national demonstration project focused on enhancing supportive housing for child welfare involved families. MFSI identified strategies to help communities deepen partnerships among public child welfare systems, community-based services and housing providers to promote stronger families through housing stability.
West Coast One Roof Peer-Learning Exchange
The King and Snohomish Counties, WA, One Roof Leadership Institute team hosted colleagues from the San Francisco ACYF Supportive Housing Demonstration and California Bringing Families Home initiative to share experiences creating supportive housing for child welfare involved families. Stakeholders from King and Snohomosh County agencies, Washington State public child welfare, local public housing authorities, community partners and families with lived experience came together to learn from the successes and challenges experienced by their counterparts in California. King and Snohomish Counties are off to a great start by repurposing their Family Unification Vouchers to embrace the Keeping Families Together Supportive Housing model with a goal to add new housing over time.
November 15, "Give to the Max Day" in Minnesota, is tomorrow. Please support CSH and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless as we work toward providing homes for the 10,000 people in The North Star State impacted by homelessness on a daily basis. Any donation you provide will make a difference. With the help of coordinated entry and systems design guidance, partnership building, and supportive housing expertise, all provided by CSH, local communities are on track to ensure Minnesota becomes the third state in the nation to eliminate homelessness among Veterans! If you would like to give on November 15, or right now for that matter, please click here.
Save the Date for CSH Summit 2019
Mark April 30 - May 2 on your calendar! CSH Supportive Housing Summit 2019 will activate cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, connecting the dots with supportive housing. Leaders from many professional fields important to supportive housing, including healthcare, education, child welfare, workforce development, IDD, justice reform, addiction, community planning and others will gather in Indianapolis. Only if you are a past CSH Summit attendee, a Subscriber to the CSH Training Center, or a supporter in the host state of Indiana, can youregister now and receive a discount in the registration price.