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Supportive Housing

Lifting the Burdens From Struggling Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 02.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

When families confronting a host of challenges such as mental illness, severe medical conditions or substance use find themselves without a decent home, child welfare agencies often feel they have no choice but to place the children in foster care.

Solutions

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

There are solutions to many of the challenges facing our society today. This isn't just New Year's optimism; it comes from what I see every day. My faith in supportive housing stems from proof that it solves some of the toughest issues and the promising results springing from its many applications.

Cuomo Bolsters Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Deborah De Santis

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are two national leaders who get it. They are throwing down the gauntlet and saying very passionately that it's time to really help people. No more band-aids, no more excuses.

It All Comes Down to Affordable Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

We need elected officials to wake up to the affordable housing crisis and the importance of ensuring that people have housing with access to quality schools and quality healthcare, jobs and transportation.

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.

HUD Reentry-Reintegration Housing Guidance

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

Today, we are delighted to see the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development take a big step toward meeting our call for fairness.

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.

Integrate Housing With Treatment

Deborah De Santis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Last year, we joined with the National Council on Behavioral Health (National Council) to convene a group of housing, homeless and treatment experts f...

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).

We Need More Housing Choice Vouchers

Deborah De Santis | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

If we want to save children from the trauma of homelessness, we must increase the resources available to families in need of stable housing.

In His Own Words, Iraq and Afghanistan Vet Recounts Journey From Homelessness To Hope

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact

  There were over 67,000 homeless United States military veterans in 2011. Craig Hinds -- who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and I...

When Will Mental Health Services Become A Priority?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This past January, I wrote 2015 must be the year America addresses its mental health crisis. The circumstances surrounding yesterday's tragic shooting...

Medicaid for Services Update

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

This past Friday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued an official bulletin encouraging and guiding states to use Medicaid resources, where appropriate, to help provide the services complementing the affordable housing side of supportive housing.

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.

Homeless People Need Homes: How Seattle Is Driving Down Chronic Homelessness

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Rebekah Bastian

There has been a lot of great press around the nearly eradicated chronic homelessness in Utah, which has made people wonder if such a feat can be accomplished in other areas. It looks like Seattle is determined to prove that it can make similar strides.

Leading the Way to End Veteran Homelessness

Dee Walsh | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Dee Walsh

Yet the persistent shortage of low-cost housing across the country is a challenge too many communities face. Success depends in large part on housing providers being willing to generate more permanent housing for Veterans.

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.

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.