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Innovation Corner: Data Integration Tool

CSH selected the Center for Data Science and Public Policy (DSaPP) at the University of Chicago to develop a web-based data integration tool to connect county jail administrative data from the justice system to homeless system data through communities' Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS). Four competitively selected communities deployed the new tool. The challenges and insights observed in these communities have been compiled and highlighted into five key themes and lessons learned. "We are excited to see how these four communities leveraged the power of combined data across jail and homeless services to provide critical supportive housing services to frequent utilizers," said Lynn Overmann, Arnold Ventures Vice President. Learn more by reading Data Integration Across Jail & Homeless Services: Blueprint for Success

Housing & Health with Anthem 

One of our valued funders and a sponsor of the upcoming CSH Summit 2019 in Indianapolis, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is an integral part of an effective partnership in our host city that is transforming the lives of people through supportive housing while strongly emphasizing healthcare services. The Housing and Medicaid Services Pilot Program in Indianapolis, also known as the Blue Triangle Housing Program, is a collaboration that includes Anthem, the City of Indianapolis, a non-profit housing organization, and a community mental health center (CMHC). Anthem, in addition to providing customary Medicaid benefits, funds and supports intensive healthcare and social services navigation, and assists clients with tenancy and housing needs. ​Learn more about the effort.

Detroit, Michigan Housing + Health Panel 

This week, Mercedes Brown, who leads our CSH work in Michigan, will be a panelist in a session of the Mayors' Institute on Affordable Housing and Health: Advancing City-Level Strategies to Generate Sustainable Solutions. The Institute, led by the National League of Cities in partnership with NeighborWorks America, is part of League's Culture of Health Mayors' Series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of the Institute is to encourage and educate mayors to identify and advance practical, comprehensive solutions to problems of housing affordability by engaging residents and community-based organizations in the design and development of community-centric housing and health initiatives.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness and provide education and support to families to improve the well-being of children. CSH can help communities do just that through One Roof. One Roof is the CSH initiative that helps policymakers and stakeholders understand and implement Keeping Families Together Supportive Housing, designed to ensure families in the child welfare system are safely and permanently unified or reunified and stabilized in their own homes with access to services that improve the lives of children and their parents.

Successful Advocacy Day in Sacramento

CSH staff, along with our local partners and CSH Speak Up! Advocates, converged on the State Capitol building in Sacramento for our Annual Advocacy Day on March 27, organized to promote legislation and educate California lawmakers on solutions that provide housing with access to health and other stabilizing services for individuals and families facing homelessness and housing instability. Our 2019 Advocacy Day offered an opportunity for our Speak Up! Advocates to share stories of impact and make the case for measures that increase supportive housing across California.

Speaking of Successful Advocacy

Two bills before the U.S. Congress need your support! The "Fighting Homelessness Through Services and Housing Act" (S 923) authorizes $750 million in grants annually for the next five years for local governments, and conditions federal funds on a grant recipient's ability to provide not only housing but also comprehensive services. The "Ending Homelessness Act" (HR 1856)  is a comprehensive plan to ensure the lowest-income people have safe, decent, and affordable housing by investing $13.27 billion over five years to create 410,000 new affordable homes. Please contact your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representatives and ask them to endorse both proposals! Find your members of Congress by clicking here.

Advancing Supportive Housing Policies

CSH works to integrate supportive housing into state and local policy and our staff across the country are engaged with policy work at different levels. Our list of Federal and State Policy Priorities focuses on sound, cost-effective public policies that preserve and increase key investments in housing and health care programs; expand investments in targeted interventions employing data and evidence-based solutions; and refine programs to spur innovation and increased flexibility, with accountability. Dive into the specifics of our 2019-2020 Policy Priorities by clicking here

Portland Region Has a Plan 

The Portland, Oregon region has completed a comprehensive Tri-County plan detailing the need for supportive housing in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. Funded by Metro, the plan calls for just over 3,100 units of new supportive housing for the area. Each would cost about $22,500 per year, and cumulatively would total a sum far less than the overall expenses associated with homelessness. Formulated with help from CSH, the plan also outlines specific systems change recommendations to ensure that supportive housing is regularly in the mix as a solution for local stakeholders addressing homelessness in the region.

Long Beach Says YIMBY

Long Beach, California Mayor Robert Garcia heralded Clifford Beers Housing's latest supportive housing development, Vistas del Puerto, as a "shining example of projects that we welcome in the city of Long Beach."  A 48-unit transit-oriented development, Vistas will soon provide an affordable, stable home with services for families and individuals with chronic health conditions who have experienced homelessness. CSH supported our long-time partner Clifford Beers Housing with a $500,000 predevelopment loan to assist with costs associated with getting the project off the ground. 

RFP for Flexible Housing Pool Evaluation

CSH is seeking a qualified independent evaluator of the Chicago Cook County Flexible Housing Pool's impact on housing stability, health, and the use of crisis systems for individuals receiving housing and services through the program. The Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) is a partnership initiative with government, public and private hospitals, not-for-profit leaders, community partners, and other governmental entities. We are issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for organizations with demonstrated capacity and experience to conduct an impact evaluation for the initial implementation phase of the initiative. All submissions in response to the RFP are due April 24, 2019. Click here for complete details. 

Connect the Dots at Summit

This year we are Connecting the Dots at CSH Supportive Housing Summit 2019 in Indianapolis, featuring the timeliest and most impactful tracks and Design Labs ever offered. Our April 30 - May 2 Agenda complete with session details is available on our Summit registration site. We're focusing on Data, Partnerships, Quality, Healthcare, Services, Special Populations, New Resources for Supportive Housing and much, much more. Your last chance to save on Summit registration ends tomorrow, April 4! Be part of one of the most important national housing, multi-sector and community-oriented conferences of the year...register now.

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