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Child Welfare Leaders Turn to Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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.

This Veterans Day, Let's Focus on Homeless Female Vets

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Experts believe the number of homeless female veterans is going up because federal veteran assistance programs do not do enough to accommodate women and children, and also there is a lack of affordable housing and child care in our country.

Congress Must Embrace Solutions That End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Not only is supportive housing a game changer when it comes to individual success, it is a more cost-effective use of taxpayer dollars. Inexplicably, however, the federal programs used to bolster supportive housing and save money are in a state of limbo, placing at risk the gains we have realized to date.

Helping High-Need Families Stay Housed and Together

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Many communities have embraced supportive housing for their highest-need populations, including families facing homelessness or other forms of housing...

Hilton Foundation Invests $12 Million to End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Deborah De Santis

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is receiving well-deserved attention and accolades for its $12 million investment in efforts to increase the supply of...

Houston -- A Shining Star

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Houston has housed more than 2,800 homeless veterans since January 2012, according to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/ Harris County.

No Paradise for Homeless

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.15.2014 | Hawaii
Deborah De Santis

The Island of Oahu/ Hawaii is getting a lot of attention these days for all the wrong reasons. A local council there just approved measures to regulate how a person spends time on a sidewalk -- nothing more than weakly veiled attempts to kick homeless people off the curb.

WARNING: Homelessness Is Hazardous to Your Health

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Increasingly, evidence tells us that for particularly vulnerable populations, lack of housing and instability more than determine health, they dictate health.

Top 10 Highlights of 2013 in Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles

Joel John Roberts | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

There are signs that angelic efforts are on the way in Los Angeles to reduce homelessness, despite the debate over public feeding, homelessness in their public libraries and Union Train Station, and the fact that the region has 58,000 people who are homeless.

Housing and Health Care Must Come Together to Serve Vulnerable People Better

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Those of us in the supportive housing field have recently become eager students of national health reform efforts. The changes in coverage, access, delivery and quality of care have the potential to significantly improve and lengthen the lives of the vulnerable men and women who live in supportive housing.

Possible Cuts Would Leave Most Vulnerable in Peril

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As Congress deliberates over the fate of the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget, I urge them to not be penny wise and pound foolish. Congress has a daunting task of balancing the budget while attempting to preserve the safety net for those most in need.

Flip Million Dollar Venture Capital Investments Into Homeless Housing

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

If a small technology company that only started a year ago can create an enterprise valued at $200 million, why can't we raise $30 billion to take every chronic homeless person off the street?

Housing the Most Vulnerable Saves Lives

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We know that supportive housing works to end homelessness for people with multiple disabilities, medical problems and other barriers to housing stability.

Homelessness Solution Recognized by Clinton Global Initiative

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Step Up is one example of many outstanding, local permanent supportive housing providers transforming lives and neighborhoods and it deserves recognition and the backing of governments and the private sector.

Celebrating Fair and Open Access to Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Each April, we at the Corporation of Supportive Housing observe Fair Housing Month and reaffirm the ideals it represents and the impact it has for our nation's homeless and disabled.

Census Time: Who is Homeless?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The changing dynamic of homelessness presents a challenge for the U.S. Census Bureau, which this week dispatched thousands to count not just the homeless but also what they are calling "people temporarily experiencing homelessness."

Homes, Not Jails or Prison, Are What's Needed for People With Mental Illnesses

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

A recent study issued by the National Sheriff's Association and the Treatment Advocacy Center describes the shocking fact that there are now three times more mentally ill persons in American jails and prisons than there are in hospitals.