Homefront: $30 Million for Families

In this Newsletter
HUD Keeping Families Together Under One Roof 
Free Webinar Unlocks HUD FUP Vouchers
Announcing a National Healthy Aging Academy
Older Tenants Are Better Connected
Expanding Scale in New Jersey
A Haven for Youth in Kansas City

More Institute Graduates Awarded Tax Credits
Support CSH With Your Year-End Giving
Save the Date for CSH Summit 2019
Present a Session at CSH Summit 2019

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HUD Keeping Families Together Under One Roof

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week awarded $30 million to public housing authorities nationwide, which will work closely with local public welfare agencies to identify youth at risk of homelessness and families whose lack of adequate housing is the primary reason their children are in foster care. This funding through HUD's Family Unification Program (FUP) will make 3,000 vouchers available for families unable to secure affordable housing for their children or dependents. CSH-One Roof was a strong advocate on Capitol Hill for advancing the $30 million in federal appropriations now funding the new vouchers.

Free Webinar Unlocks HUD FUP Vouchers

HUD's Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers offer new opportunities for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), Public Child Welfare Agencies (PCWAs), Homeless Response Systems (CoCs) and other community partners to serve families in need. Join CSH-One Roof and the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities for a free webinar on December 13 at 1:00pm ET to find out how. We will jointly provide an overview on implementation lessons learned and best practices from PHA's that have successfully implemented FUP vouchers.

Announcing a National Healthy Aging Academy 

With support from the AARP Foundation, CSH is pleased to announce its next Healthy Aging Academy. Building on several successful local academies on healthy aging, this new Academy takes learning and action to the next level by increasing the capacity of supportive, affordable housing and human services providers nationwide to help them meet the unique needs of elderly tenants. This Academy is for case managers and supervisory staff in supportive and affordable housing projects serving older adults. It also can be useful for property management staff. The Academy will run from January - April 2019 and consists of 7 live virtual webinars. Learn more and register by clicking here. 

Older Tenants Are Better Connected

Increasing Social Connectedness for Aging Supportive Housing Tenants is a free webinar available to you on December 10 at 2:00pm ET. Panelists will explore the impact of connection as a social determinant of health and the associated risk factors of isolation. They will highlight efforts to address social isolation for formerly homeless older adults in supportive housing with histories of complex social, medical, behavioral and long-term care needs. Social isolation among older people is a growing public health concern, and has been associated with poor physical and psychological outcomes and increased mortality. CSH is able to offer this webinar free of charge due to the generous support of the AARP Foundation, and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

Expanding Scale in New Jersey 

Thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, CSH will continue efforts to expand supportive housing in the Garden State. The $20,000 grant CSH received from Bank of America on Giving Tuesday will mean additional supportive housing training and expert assistance for communities looking to help their most vulnerable individuals and families. Over the past year, New Jersey has increased investment in the Keeping Families Together supportive housing model and partnered with the New Jersey Hospital Association to develop even more supportive housing to improve health outcomes while lowering costs.

A Haven for Youth in Kansas City 

Supportive housing for youth aging out of the foster care in Kansas City, Missouri is closer to reality now that Save, Inc. has received Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) for its Alhaven project. Both Save, Inc. and supportive housing developer Vecino Group graduated from the CSH Missouri Supportive Housing Institute, which provides development teams an incubator to pitch and refine their supportive housing ideas. With guidance from CSH staff, teams prepare themselves to apply for financing like LIHTC to create housing.  When completed, Alhaven will bring 50 units of much-needed affordable housing to Kansas City, providing homes with stabilizing services for youth 18-24 who have aged out of foster care. 

More Institute Graduates Awarded Tax Credit

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced their Low Income Housing Tax Credit Awards (LIHTC) and graduates of the last Indiana Supportive Housing Institute, cosponsored by CSH and IHCDA, were well represented among the successful candidates. Four graduates of the Institute are receiving LIHTC to develop a total of 176 units of affordable and supportive housing. A majority of these units are designated to include services for families as well as individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you have an interest in creating supportive housing in Indiana, your team still has time to apply for our 2019 Institute. Better hurry though, the deadline is this coming Monday, December 3. 

Support CSH With Your Year-End Giving 

There is plenty of time to include CSH in your year-end giving plans. Help us expand effective initiatives like CSH Speak Up! to communities across the country, adding more voices with lived experience to those advocating for supportive housing. With your generous financial support, we can magnify the message of Speak Up! Advocates like Amiyoko, who harnessed the power of her story to overcome adversity, connect to others, and work toward a more just and equitable society through increased access to the stability, independence, and life-changing services found in supportive housing.  

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.

SOAR Webinar: Understanding and Documenting Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders for SSI/SSDI Claims

As opioid use disorders are becoming more prevalent, there is a growing body of knowledge about the impact on individuals and communities, and the treatment options available to help address the problem. For SOAR providers, some questions remain: If someone does have an opioid or other substance use disorder, what does it mean for their SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI claim? How do we effectively document substance use in the Medical Summary Report (MSR)?

This webinar will help answer these questions and others which impact SOAR applicants. You will learn about the key elements of opioid use disorder. You'll hear from SOAR practitioners who will discuss how to request and interpret substance use treatment records. Each will share how to recognize the signs of a substance use disorder, identify treatment options, and how to best document these conditions for a quality SOAR application.
Register for this Webinar!
On this webinar, you will learn:
  • Key strategies for requesting and interpreting substance use related records
  • SOAR best practices for assisting SSI/SSDI applicants with opioid and other substance use disorders 
  • How to effectively document opioid and other substance use disorders using the MSR
  • Amanda Starkey, MA, SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc., Delmar, New York
  • Melissa Neal, DrPH, SAMHSA GAINS Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc., Delmar, New York
  • Rachael Phillips, LLMSW, PATH/SOAR Specialist, Community Housing Network, Inc., Troy, Michigan

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is sponsored by SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Disclaimer: The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is sending this Newsflash with support from SAMHSA, HHS. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or SAMHSA.

States' Big Role in Fight Against Vacancy

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
In This Issue: Learning From California's Rent Control Vote ● States' Big Role in the Fight Against Vacancy ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Industry News ● Events +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Vacant and abandoned properties seem like a quintessentially local problem. And yet, much of the key policy action in the fight against vacancy is actually at the state level. Read Full Article
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Shelterforce Staff
From Hospital to Housing | The Toll of California's Wildfires | Gerrymandering's Famous Enemy | Medicaid to the Rescue | Small Business Predators | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Pete Harrison, homeBody Network
With this midterm election, voters in New York have set the stage for an unprecedented fight between progressive housing groups and real estate interests. It will be a hard fight. For proof of this, housing advocates… Read Full Article
Industry News
Don Chen Selected as Surdna Foundation’s Third President | Chen was previously the director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation. Before that, he was founder and CEO of Smart Growth America, where he led efforts to create the National Vacant Properties Campaign (which later became the Center for Community Progress) as well as Transportation for America, and managed a merger with the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. Read more here.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. ET (Webcast) | SPARCC: Investment Without Displacement | This live event and webcast from the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) brings together national and community leaders working at the forefront of tackling residential, economic, and cultural displacement. The day-long convening will explore the strategies that can help cities and regions around the country achieve equitable, inclusive growth informed by the voices, needs, and interests of those communities most threatened by growing displacement pressures. There will be a webcast of the morning plenaries.
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Really insightful read in @Shelterforce highlighting the challenge of rampant vacancy and how communities can respond. A must for anyone who cares about community development. —@ThatArmandoMC, via Twitter

I love that someone has stepped up to take this on. I was wondering if you’re putting land use or deed restrictions on these properties or if… —Ivan Carroll, more

Given the tens of millions spent each fiscal year to spur “job creation” directly and primarily with the commercial real estate industry, policymakers have gotten a free pass, as they are allowed to abuse a system theoretically designed to address income inequalities & structural poverty. We do not need… —Fernando Centeno, more

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