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Award winners announced for CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference
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CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference Awards 

Come celebrate the success of your colleagues as we honor their commitment to excellence in supportive housing!

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations in what was a very compelling and competitive field.  After careful consideration, the selection committee is pleased to present the selected winners and finalists.  The awardees are:

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

Barbara Geller of the Connecticut Department of
Mental Health and Addiction Services

Shannon Nazworth of Ability Housing of Northeast Florida

Mecklenburg Community Support Services and Urban Ministry Center for
the MeckFUSE initiative in North Carolina

In addition to these selected winners, this year’s conference will feature a live selection from three tremendous finalists for the Project of the Year Award for new supportive housing development, in alphabetical order: 

CAMBA Gardens – New York
Partners: CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., CAMBA

Navy Green – New York
Partners: Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Pratt Area Community Council, L&M Development Partners, Dunn Development Corp

Valley Brook Village – New Jersey
Partners: Peabody Properties, Community Hope, Windover Development

Details on all winners and finalists can be found on the conference website.

Please join us on March 27 and 28 to wish them luck and congratulate all of this year’s honorees for their tremendous accomplishments!

Don’t delay, register today!  Registration prices go up on March 15. The hotel block is now 90% full and the discount rate for rooms ends next Thursday on February 27.

Group rates are also now available for groups of 5, 10, or 15 participants.  Please contact with any questions.

CSH Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference
March 27-28
DoubleTree by Hilton, Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Don’t delay, register today!

Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available! Find out more here
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CoCs Invited to Apply for SOAR TA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center is accepting applications from Continua of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.
SAMHSA’s SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs -- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -- for persons who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and who have a mental illness, a co-occurring substance use disorder or other serious medical condition.  Currently, all 50 states participate in the federally sponsored SOAR technical assistance (TA).
CoCs are invited to submit a brief, 3-5 page application in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) to participate in the SOAR TA Project by March 10, 2014. A message of interest and intent to file an application is requested, but not required, by February 21. Please click here to see the documents referred to in the RFA.
Participation in SOAR requires local commitment and collaboration while working closely with the SOAR State Team Lead to ensure that the effort is consistent with that of other communities in the state. In many states, the local and/or balance of state CoCs are actively involved in SOAR implementation at both the state and local levels. Some examples include:
Northwest Indiana – The Continuum of Care Network in Northwest Indiana is spearheading the area’s SOAR initiative and has formed key task forces to assist them in accomplishing their objectives and goals of developing a system to assist the most vulnerable populations acquire benefits that will assist them in the reduction of homelessness and poverty.
New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas – In each of these states, the organization responsible for the Balance of State CoC is also the lead agency for the state’s SOAR efforts.
Phoenix, Arizona – Valley of the Sun United Way and the Corporation for Supportive Housing have established an infrastructure for SOAR within the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care on Homelessness.  The CoC lead, Brande Mead, Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, AZ is a key member of the local SOAR steering committee. 
St. Louis, Missouri – The CoC is heavily involved with the rollout of SOAR in their community.  The CoC lead also serves as the local lead for the SOAR initiative, organizing and conducting quarterly meetings, supporting trainings and ensuring follow up with those who have been trained.
Bakersfield, California – Follow this link to follow the incredible journey of the Kern County Homeless Collaborative
For more information or if you have questions about the attached RFA, please contact Kristin Lupfer, Project Director, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center via e-mail at or by phone at 518-439-7415, ext. 5262.