CSH was on hand to celebrate the beginning of construction on an affordable, supportive housing project in New London, Connecticut along with project developer The Connection, Inc. (TCI), New London Mayor Michael Passero and the Most Reverend Michael Cote, Bishop of the Norwich Diocese. The historic St. Mary's Star of the Sea parochial school will be transformed into 21 affordable apartments, with 6 designated for supportive housing. CSH was an early funder of the project, making a $300,000 loan in 2014. TCI is a long- time partner of CSH in Connecticut and has developed and supports hundreds of units of supportive housing. Read more about this new development by clicking here.
Affordable Housing for LA Veterans & Families
Much-needed affordable and supportive housing is now under construction in East Los Angeles, California. Earlier this week, CSH helped the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) and New Directions for Veterans break ground on housing for low-income families and Veterans. CSH has enthusiastically supported this project through $3.6M in early-stage development financing. This money was awarded to our long-time supportive housing partner ELACC. As the project progresses toward completion, we look forward to being there for the opening when we will welcome families and Veterans to their new homes.
Navy Green Embodies Quality
Last week our Board of Directors met at Navy Green supportive housing in Brooklyn, New York, which was developed with the help of CSH financing. Navy Green provides supportive housing to 97 men and women who have Axis One diagnoses – people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and persistent and debilitating depression. These are sometimes considered the most difficult individuals to house and keep housed. Yet, ninety-seven percent of individuals living in Navy Green in 2015 either maintained their housing or moved on to greater independence. BCHS oversees the social service programming at Navy Green where residents receive case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling and nursing care, as well as vocational training and wellness, recreational and socialization activities. Learn more by clicking here.
Apply Now for the 2019 LA Institute
The 2019 Los Angeles Supportive Housing Institute is a comprehensive project-development and capacity-building initiative for supportive & affordable housing providers in Los Angeles City & County. It runs from June 27 through December 5. Development teams comprised of a housing developer/owner, a service provider and a property manager committed to taking their project from concept to completion should apply. Participation in the Institute improves project planning and development by building effective teams. Technical guidance is provided to ensure strong outcomes for people who need supportive housing. Click here for additional details.
Older Americans Need Supportive Housing
The 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and other snapshots from across the United States are showing homelessness and housing instability among seniors is on the rise. A national problem, older Americans are increasingly faced with how to make ends meet and afford the cost of their housing, especially in hot real estate markets where escalating rents far exceed fixed incomes. Alex Cohen of Spectrum News 1 talks to Emily Martiniuk, former homeless senior and CSH Speak Up! Advocate, about the current state of housing in Los Angeles and nationwide, and how we can create more affordable and supportive housing to help our communities get out of the affordability crisis now facing many of our seniors.
Healthy Aging Academy NYC
Our very popular Healthy Aging in Supportive Housing Academy returns to where it started, New York City, to increase the capacity of local housing and human services providers to meet the unique needs of elderly tenants. Space is limited so if you are a provider in NYC looking to enhance your housing and services for older residents and prospective tenants, register today. Our in-person training academy is designed for up to 25 participants who will attend six half-day sessions between June and September. Registration ends on June 14. Interested organizations can click here for details.
New Resource for Rural Health Centers
Our new HUD Policy Brief on Rural Homelessness: Understanding the Impact and Potential for Health Centers outlines specific steps health centers serving rural areas can take to better connect their consumers to housing and services. Navigating rural housing instability, along with a road map on how the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local communities are working to address it, are important tools as health centers look to better align the Social Determinants of Health to improve outcomes. This new publication aims to provide Health Centers a valuable resource that produces greater results and impact in rural areas.
Health Centers Addressing Health Equity
A report from CSH and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers suggestions on how health centers and supportive housing providers can identify and address disparities that exist for people of color. Addressing Health Equity through Health and Housing Partnerships is a primer on why these disparities may exist, especially among people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness and housing instability, and explores how health centers and supportive housing providers are uniquely positioned to advance health equity.
Introduction to Fair Housing Webinar
Fair Housing is the right for all people to live wherever they choose, to have access to housing (seek, purchase, sell, lease or rent) and enjoy the full use of their homes without unlawful discrimination, interference, or intimidation. Join CSH for a live webinar on Fair Housing on July 18 at 3:00PM ET where we will define Fair Housing key concepts, describe practical applications of Fair Housing in Supportive Housing and identify significant regulations and laws that address Fair Housing. Click here for details on how to register.
Addressing Opioid Addiction in Communities
Communities are developing innovative programs to address the needs of people experiencing opioid addiction, especially those who also are facing homelessness or housing instability. Join CSH on June 20 at 2:30PM ET for Innovative Programming and Partnerships for People Experiencing Opioid Addiction, a free webinar where leaders from Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco will discuss initiatives their cities have developed to meet the evolving dynamics and needs of their communities.
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