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Ending Homelessness in LA: Looking at the Progress

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Ending homelessness is not about waving a magic wand so no one becomes homeless ever again; rather, it's working hard to make sure the processes and systems are in place so that when a person or family enters homelessness, their housing needs are quickly and appropriately identified, met and sustained.

Big Day as Big Apple Addresses Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Mayor's plan for more supportive housing in New York is nothing short of seismic for local organizations and providers working in difficult circumstances, seeing and meeting homeless people every day, taking risks and pursuing all avenues to address the needs of individuals who have been through hell and back.

Let's Make Sure History Doesn't Repeat Itself

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

For individuals with serious mental illness, the time has come for a better deal. Congress must focus on enacting reforms that deliver housing and effective services in our communities rather than behind bars, where we know the results are appalling.

Showing True Colors for Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

For too many LGBT young people, discrimination is one of the main reasons they end up homeless. Sometimes they are even thrown out on the streets by their own families, who will not allow them to live their lives as LGBT.

HUD 202 Cannot Be Zeroed Out

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This program is more vital than ever as the need for affordable housing for seniors is growing exponentially. Yet, inexplicably, our leaders in Washington are de-prioritizing efforts to protect seniors by denying essential funding to HUD 202.

CDFIs Growing Our Economy

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

CDFIs do not always get the public attention they deserve, but without them, communities and people in need would have one less reason for hope.

Reentry Supportive Housing Gaining Traction

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.

Caps Hurt!

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

CSH has been working with our partners nationally and in the field to reverse budget caps and cuts imposed by our federal leaders through a process called sequestration (forced confiscation of funds).

Santa Clara Launches CA's First Pay for Success

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We applaud Santa Clara County and Abode for joining together to pursue the benefits of Pay for Success (PFS) to enhance communities and the well-being of the people they serve.

Grants Help Communities Replicate Successful FUSE Model

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Generous support from the Open Society Foundations and Capital One are behind recent grants designed to help communities plan and implement the eviden...

USICH Opening Doors

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.25.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When launched in 2010, Opening Doors was more than a blueprint for effective federal, state and local partnerships to end homelessness; it motivated all of us - inside and outside of government - to work harder, together, to address the needs of our most vulnerable people

Medicaid -- A Path to Housing & Services

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

"I am too old and sick to be back out there on the streets. It kind of takes a toll on a person." These words, spoken to Kaiser Health News by a gentleman once facing homelessness and now in supportive housing, say it all.

Supportive Housing Summit Moves Us Forward

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

It is clear supportive housing will continue to grow and adapt. It is enlightening to learn just how far our partners are going to transform the traditional view of supportive housing, pushing envelopes to ensure housing and services meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations.

Summit Still Going Strong

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.13.2015 | Chicago
Deborah De Santis

It has been a great privilege blogging with you each day from our CSH Summit: Supportive Housing Innovations in Chicago. Today is the last day of the Summit, but the pace has not slowed one bit.

Second Day of Summit

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The CSH Summit: Supportive Housing Innovations is in its second day here in Chicago and the intensity surrounding the discussions has taken our learning and sharing to a whole new level.

Supportive Housing Innovations Summit

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The enthusiasm is palpable. Already the give and take has begun, and great ideas on how best to effectively build on the momentum propelling supportive housing forward are rolling in.

Child Welfare Leaders Turn to Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families embraced the Keeping Families Together (KFT) supportive housing model to change the trajectory of some struggling families. KFT is a model of supportive housing designed specifically for child-welfare-involved families. KFT is all about improving child well-being and decreasing family separations.

DC Unveils Plan to Reduce Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and members of the Interagency Council on Homelessness there began circulating what is likely that community's most ambitious plan ever to end chronic homelessness.

SIF - Pay for Success: Keeping the Momentum Going

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As we work to advance proven solutions, transformations in government services, and cost-effective results improving the lives of those who desperately need supportive housing, Pay for Success is keeping the momentum going.

Housing Families, Children and Youth

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Amidst growing concern for families, the National Alliance to End Homelessness this week is holding its 2015 Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness.

Social Innovation Fund Transforming Accountability

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service is transforming how we approach society's challenges, measure outcomes and hold providers accountable when they use public and private resources.

Let's Address America's Mental Health Crisis in 2015

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Not every homeless person is mentally ill, but a large percentage within the chronically homeless population face mental-behavioral health recovery and so we need quality, community-based care in tandem with affordable housing to help them.

Funding for National Housing Trust Fund a Reality

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

The Trust Fund is not the panacea. It will go a very long way, providing funds for bricks and mortar, creating more affordable housing for thousands of Americans, but the operational and service side so vital to affordable housing will continue to rely on other federal programs.

Massachusetts Chronic Individual Homelessness Pay for Success Initiative

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Supportive housing works. So much so that we have witnessed a nearly 50 percent decline in the number of chronically homeless individuals over the past decade as supportive housing has taken hold and proliferated.

Public Will Can Change Homelessness

Carla Javits | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

Yet people are homeless in large numbers because we as citizens tolerate it. If we in the U.S. - you and I -- decided that homelessness was unacceptable, we would no longer have widespread homelessness.