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In this Newsletter
California Says Yes to Supportive Housing
And California Communities Like It Too
Capital Expansion for Health & Housing Partners
A Home Amid Crisis: Keeping Families Together
Building Support for One Roof in Colorado
Memphis Strong Families Share Best Practices
West Coast One Roof Peer-Learning Exchange
Advocates Speak Up! for Lived Experience
Funder Spotlight a Hi-Five in Philadelphia
In MN, They Give to the Max!
Save the Date for CSH Summit 2019
Present a Session at CSH Summit 2019


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California Says Yes to Supportive Housing

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.

And California Communities Like It Too

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.

Capital Expansion for Health & Housing Partners

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. 

Advocates Speak Up! for Lived Experience

Our CSH Speak Up! advocates are breaking new ground to highlight the importance of including voices of lived experience in the dialogue around the need for supportive housing. Advocate LaRae Cantley spoke at the day-long "Investing in Results" event  in Los Angeles sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (SF Fed) and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). Just across town, LaRae's fellow advocates, Frank & Emily, led a Housing is Healthcare Focus Group, while Amiyoko gave a "Spark Talk" about sharing personal stories to influence policy and public opinion. Our Speak Up! advocates are everywhere championing supportive housing. You can keep up with them on Social Media by following #CSHSpeakUp.

Funder Spotlight a Hi-Five in Philadelphia 

CSH and the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) have partnered to plan and implement a Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) pilot program called "Hi-Five" for people with severe mental illness in need of supportive housing and who are frequent users of public systems, especially the local jails and behavioral health services. The DBHIDS has become an invaluable partner to CSH as we work with the City of Philadelphia to advance supportive housing as a solution to creating a community of inclusivity for those with the greatest healthcare needs.

In MN, They Give to the Max!

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 you register now and receive a discount in the registration price.

Present a Session at CSH Summit 2019

Are you innovative, creative and on the cutting edge of trends in supportive housing? If so, we want you to submit your proposal for a session at CSH Summit 2019. You can help us energize and activate Summit attendees. With supportive housing as the hub, we will connect your presentation to leaders in healthcare, education, workforce development, justice, child welfare, IDD, behavioral health, community planning and other important fields. Submit your dynamic proposal for our review, and you could be owning a session and making impactful connections at CSH Summit 2019.

New Resources for Addressing Homelessness in Rural Communities

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New Resources for Addressing Homelessness in Rural Communities
Homelessness is a national crisis that impacts both urban and rural communities. Many national partners, including federal agencies, have been striving to better address homelessness in rural areas. This listserv highlights new resources and opportunities to help rural communities end homelessness.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently launched the Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse. This guide identifies a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities.
     
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Challenges and Strategies for Serving Unstably Housed Veterans in Rural Areas: Evidence from the SSVF Program. Based on interviews with Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantees, this brief describes three broad categories of challenges to serving veterans in rural areas: identifying unstably housed veterans; providing services given the resources available in the rural context; and leveraging effective collaboration to serve veterans in those areas. The authors subsequently propose strategies and resources needed to overcome these challenges.
     
  • U.S. Department of Education (ED) published the Section 5005 Final Report on Rural Education last week. This report outlines the actions ED will take to meaningfully increase the involvement of rural schools and school districts in helping develop and execute ED processes, procedures, policies, and regulations. In addition to the actions noted above, the report contains the results of a self-assessment, a description of ED’s efforts to solicit and incorporate input from and address the unique needs of rural schools, and other information relevant to rural education.
     
  • Chapin Hall released a report on Youth Homelessness in Rural America. This report uses data to show that youth homelessness is just as common in rural areas as it is in urban areas. The report outlines challenges that rural communities face as they serve youth experiencing homelessness and gives some recommendations on how to move forward.
For more information and resources, visit the Rural Homelessness page.
         
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