We are living in truly unprecedented and unpredictable times. Looking back over the past year, I am struck by the remarkable resilience of the supportive housing industry. I am equally struck by the extent to which the on-going crises of homelessness, public health, and racial inequity reinforce our strategies and reinvigorate our call to action. When we launched our Strategic Plan in early 2019 we committed to looking beyond the symptoms and challenges in our work to three key drivers that strengthen our approach and foster impact. These drivers include: a framework of equity, a focus in thriving, and a recognition of the power of data to generate results. The events of 2020 demanded an increase in pace and renewed urgency of our efforts.
Looking back I am also struck by deep gratitude. I am grateful for our CSH colleagues and Board of Directors. The talent, commitment, and hard work of our staff and board are unmatched and the sum of our accomplishments are astounding. I am equally grateful for the supportive housing industry which includes funders, partners, and stakeholders from dozens of sectors and thousands of communities across the country. Our course is difficult and our day to day work can seem overwhelming. But our efforts are working and they are worth it. We are so proud to say we work to advance supportive housing with all of you.
My last call of gratitude is to supportive housing tenants and the voices of people with lived expertise. Through programs like Speak Up!, advisory boards, community and tenant councils, and other channels, your voices not only call us to account but provide wisdom and insight that inspires us and leads our work into the future.
We cannot predict what the next 18-months will deliver, but we remain steadfast in our mission and strategies, and recognize the on-going urgency of our work. We are grateful for your support and look forward to continued collaboration as we move towards the future.
Deborah De Santis President and CEO CSH
We invite you to hear Laura's story and other messages from CSH SpeakUp! Graduates on our YouTube channel.
We also invite you to read our latest Annual Report.