SOARing Over Lunch Call - January

Join us for our January SOARing Over Lunch Call!
Join us for our January SOARing Over Lunch Call!
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SOARing Over Lunch: Monthly Calls to Enhance Your SOAR Knowledge

Reminder:

SOARing Over Lunch Call!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
1:00 p.m. ET

Our next SOARing Over Lunch call is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Please join us for this informal call aimed at peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and facilitated open discussion. While there is no agenda set in advance for these calls, we do want your ideas! Please e-mail us at soar@prainc.com to submit any questions and/or topics that you would like discussed on this call.
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http://prainc.adobeconnect.com/soaringoverlunch/
Conference Phone: 1-866-805-9853
Conference Code:  3195472964
Please note that all phone lines will be muted; attendees will hear the presenters speaking and can submit questions via Adobe Connect chat.
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Homefront: Oklahoma is Innovating for Youth





In this Newsletter
Innovation in Oklahoma
Justice-Involved Youth in MN
Jennifer Ho Leading Minnesota HFA
Weingart Foundation Grant Promotes Equity
Putting a Face on Homelessness in LA
Data Matching Overview for Health Centers
Housing Authorities Align for Health
Needs of Homeless Students in NYC
New York Justice Reform Webinar
The Early Bird Gets the Summit Discount
Housing + Substance Use Recovery Webinar
Join the National Healthy Aging Academy


We're Hiring a Senior Program Manager in San Diego

Read  where CSH is Making News

Innovation in Oklahoma

CSH and Cross Sector Innovations have received funding from the Arnall Family Foundation (AFF) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to work with service providers, investors and state agencies to develop and implement a supportive housing demonstration for high-risk youth in Oklahoma. The initiative will focus on youth ages 17 and older who are transitioning away from state services such as juvenile affairs or child welfare and are at high risk of experiencing homelessness or future justice-involvement. Read more about this effort and its innovative link to Pay for Success financing.

Justice-Involved Youth in MN

Preventing & Ending Homelessness for Justice Involved Youth in Minnesota is a transition planning tool for community-based providers working with young adults. This "Quick Guide" is a cross-departmental effort to concisely examine the intersection of youth homelessness and Minnesota's juvenile justice system. Planning for transitions from the juvenile justice system to housing is a significant opportunity to prevent and end youth homelessness. As the Guide suggests, transition planning should begin when youth first arrive at a juvenile justice facility. 

Jennifer Ho Leading Minnesota HFA

Former CSH Board Member Jennifer Ho has been tapped by Governor Tim Walz to lead the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. With deep roots in all things housing -- she once served as executive director of Hearth Connection and as Senior Policy Adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development --Jennifer says she is eager to address the ever-increasing need for more affordable apartments and homes across the State of Minnesota.  

Weingart Foundation Grant Promotes Equity

CSH is pleased to announce support from the Weingart Foundation to help us implement strategies that use supportive housing to promote equity with historically marginalized communities of color in the Los Angeles area. This $125,00 grant will go toward strengthening our understanding of equity through training and education. The ultimate goal is to integrate awareness and this focus into our work with communities, supportive housing providers, policymakers and other stakeholders. 

Putting a Face on Homelessness in LA

Despite voting for unprecedented levels of investment in housing and services to help people experiencing homelessness, some policymakers in Los Angeles are voicing concerns over a growing perception that tensions between the housed and unhoused are on the rise. CSH Speak Up! Program Manager Ann English shares our work to change hearts and minds and promote better understanding in the community by showcasing the stories of individuals once homeless and now thriving in supportive housing. Click the following link to listen to the All Thing Considered NPR feature story that ran on New Year's Day

Data Matching Overview for Health Centers

Health centers can be key partners in linking eligible individuals experiencing homelessness to sustainable affordable and supportive housing. Matching data from the homeless crisis response system to claims data from health centers is one way to identify and engage individuals in both systems who are medically vulnerable and experiencing homelessness. Our new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported publication, HUD Policy Brief on Data Matching: Understanding the Impact And Potential for Health Centers, outlines the basics of data matching, specific steps health centers can take for implementation, and potential challenges they may face and how to overcome them.  

Housing Authorities Align for Health 

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities this past fall announced a project with UnitedHealth Group's UnitedHealthcare Community & State and CSH that is designed to improve health by "aligning housing and health systems to improve health outcomes of Medicaid beneficiaries being served through managed care and living in federally assisted housing," the Council said. The effort, which is supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will focus on five communities: Columbus and Akron, Ohio; Houston and Austin, Texas; and the Seattle/King County area of Washington state. Read the most recent commentary in Forbes.

Needs of Homeless Students in NYC

Providing stability to the 100,000 homeless and temporarily housed children within New York City Schools is the goal of the system's Community School Division. NYC is committed to bringing equity and using a "whole child, whole community" approach to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide collaboratively which services will best help the student. Anyone interested in joining the NYC Community Schools team as a Students in Temporary Housing Regional Manager can find additional details here.

New York Justice Reform

For managers and developers of housing in New York State, our next installment of the "Are You Ready" webinar series will take place on January 31 from 10-11:30 a.m. ET. The webinar, Serving a Criminal Justice-Involved Population in Supportive Housing, is free and registration can be accessed by clicking here. In recent years, New York has advanced criminal justice reform, yet the question of housing for households with histories of justice-involvement remains insufficiently addressed. Systemic barriers to affordable housing with appropriate services leave far too many households with few or no options for avoiding homelessness or a return to incarceration. This webinar will bring together leaders from local government, development organizations and non-profits to discuss current efforts and proven practices for developing supportive housing and providing effective services to a criminal justice-involved population.

The Early Bird Gets the Summit Discount

Our traditional Early-Bird Registration is now open for next year's CSH Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, where participants will gather from April 30 through May 2. You now have the opportunity to seize a rate much lower than the full Summit registration fee. This price cut is good only through March 1, 2019, when our traditional Early Bird registration will end and the cost of attending Summit goes up. Do not delay. Get your low Summit 2019 Early-Bird rate of $575 today before registration jumps to the full price.

Housing + Substance Use Recovery

CSH is offering a series of learnings aimed at bringing together supportive housing and homeless services providers and other systems to work more effectively with people who use substances, including opioids. The kick-off webinar for the series will be held on February 20, 1:30pm ET, and will cover the basics. You can register for the webinar -- Addiction Services 101:  Recovery Support Services, Medication Assisted Treatment or MAT, and Addiction Treatment -- by clicking here. The webinar will consider ways to create links between systems, how to encourage new resources that are targeted to the most vulnerable in your community, and information needed to create partnerships to increase supportive housing capacity. The webinar will examine the differences between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states for these topics.

Join the 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 29 - April 23 and consists of 7 live virtual webinars. Learn more and register by clicking here.