Charting the growth of rapid re-housing

Best Practices A practical newsletter for people ending homelessness.

Funding for Youth Rapid Re-Housing Has Grown 20x Since 2014

Thanks to the leadership of innovative youth rapid re-housing (RRH) providers and the advocacy of young people themselves, communities are embracing Housing First and RRH to end youth homelessness. A new data snapshot from the Alliance explores the growth in funding and what it means for youth RRH. Read More»

Watch: All the Latest on Rapid Re-Housing for Youth

A recent webinar from the Alliance explored the latest research, assessment tools, and best practices for youth RRH. Watch»

Homelessness Research and Data



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We're Taking Healthy Aging Nationwide!

CSH National Healthy Aging Academy
Register Today for One of Our Most Popular Offerings
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.

Through this Academy, participants will:
  1. Identify and understand common issues associated with aging.
  2. Learn best practices and strategies for engaging and advocating for tenants.
  3. Connect to resources in local communities to better serve aging tenants.
Audience: 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.

Schedule: The Academy will run from January - April 2019 and consists of 7 live virtual webinars.

Cost: $350 per agency (up to three individuals).
Click Here for Full Details on the Healthy Aging Academy

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Congress: Don’t shut down homeless services

Symposium registration deadline Friday + 50 new sessions!

Pre-early bird registration deadline is this Friday!


Pre-Early Bird Registration
ends January 11.

Save up to $100!

Register today for our 3rd Annual National Symposium on Solutions to End
Youth Homelessness

June 17-19, 2019

200 speakers, 50 sessions,
3 days

Each registration includes 1 free youth registration!

Continuing education credits
available pending approval

Register Now!

We're announcing 50 sessions!


Check out our latest Agenda with titles of 50 of our exciting new sessions.

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New Resources: HMIS Capacity Building NOFA

Home Programs Resources Training
New Resources: HMIS Capacity Building NOFA
HUD is committed to ending homelessness and believes good, reliable information is essential to that effort. Some Continuums of Care (CoCs) have an Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) infrastructure that is nimble and has the capacity to adapt to ever-changing information needs. Others struggle and would benefit from funding dedicated to improving HMIS. In November 2018 HUD published an HMIS Capacity Building Project Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to help communities improve their CoC's HMIS.

New Resources

Did you miss the HMIS NOFA Office Hours held on December 12, 2018? The materials from the Office Hours are now available on the training page and at the links below:

How to Apply

Applicants must be existing CoC program recipients that are Unified Funding Agencies (UFAs), collaborative applicants, or HMIS Leads. The CoC will either:
  1. Apply to improve their existing HMIS.
    1. Eligible activities: increase software functionality, improve data quality, and grow staff knowledge.
  2. Apply on behalf of two or more CoCs with the intent to execute an HMIS Consolidation to improve the performance of lower-performing HMISs.
    1. Eligible activities: consolidate HMIS implementations, increase software functionality, improve data quality, and grow staff knowledge.
Visit the HUD Exchange at

Working things out with your artist partners

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
In This Issue: Transforming Vacant Land Into Community Assets ● Will Amazon’s HQ2 Threaten Fair Housing? ● Vermont’s SASH Program Keeps Seniors in their Homes ● Working Things Out With Your Artist Partners ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Industry News +
Erik W. Martínez Resly, The Sanctuaries, and Adam Kent, LISC
There are similarities between the work of community developers and artists in theory, but their collaboration can highlight fundamental differences in process. Here are three insights from two groups’ work together that illustrate the growing pains of such collaboration and how to handle them. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Shockwaves From the Government Shutdown | Backlash Over NJ Democrat Power Grab | Alternative Credit Scoring Models | A HUD Public Housing Publicity Stunt? | Cashless Establishments Are Unfair | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Andrew Butcher, Portland Land Bank
Vacant land activities can be low cost and high impact; the price of failure is not steep, but the return on investment can be high. Here's why. Read Full Article
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Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce health fellow
At least in urban areas, a Vermont program that connects elderly residents with community-based services has achieved the holy grail: saving public health care dollars. Read Full Article
Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance
Global companies like Amazon have a responsibility to ensure their actions don’t destabilize communities, promote residential segregation, or exacerbate barriers to fair housing. Read Full Article
Industry News
Lisa Hamilton Named Next President & CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) | Hamilton joined AECF in 2011 and led the creation of the foundation’s first Race for Results report in 2014, which measured how children from different racial and ethnic backgrounds were faring on key milestones. She succeeds Patrick McCarthy, who retired after 25 years at the foundation.
Ridgway H. White Is the New CEO of the Mott Foundation | Ridgway began his career at the foundation as an intern in 2002 and became president in 2015 as the Flint water crisis was unfolding. Upon learning of the increase in blood lead levels in Flint’s children after the city’s water source had been switched, Ridgway committed $4 million of foundation funds to close a budget shortfall that had prevented policymakers from bringing safe drinking water back to the community. Ridgway succeeds William S. White.
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