Supportive Housing

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

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 07.30.2015 | 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.

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.

President's Budget Proposal Addresses Housing Needs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We need to join together to persuade Congress to fund programs that end homelessness, create more supportive housing, and increase the overall supply of affordable housing for all Americans.

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.

Homelessness Is Down, But More Families are on the Brink

Terri Ludwig | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For too long we've ignored America's housing insecurity crisis, in part because it happens behind closed doors, hidden from the public eye. We can no longer afford to do so.

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.

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...

Pay for Success Will Help Vulnerable People

Deborah De Santis | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Corporation for National and Community Service's (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) today announced that CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing)...

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.

More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We must have additional commitments to affordable supportive housing to maximize the promising trend in reducing homelessness across all populations, including, families, children, veterans and the elderly.

Social Impact Investment & Supportive Housing: A Promising Solution

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Lack of upfront funding is often a barrier for an investment in supportive housing by state and local governments even though we know it offers a solution that both more efficiently uses limited resources and delivers improved outcomes, particularly for populations that are most costly to public systems.