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Supportive Housing

Connecting to Jobs

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Individuals living in supportive housing often have long histories of instability - some were without a place to live for years - and face a multitude...

Using Data to Drive Better Results

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Tom knew that he couldn't go back to being in jail or homeless. He'd struggled with homelessness and drugs and committed minor crimes to support his a...

Coordinated Connections

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Although vulnerable people rely on various services and programs, the attention and care they receive is not coordinated or effective, so they are left no better off in the long run than when they initially sought help.

A Platform for Connections

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This week, I will be joining nearly 800 local, state and federal thought leaders and policymakers committed to expanding supportive housing to create ...

We're Learning More About Housing, Child Welfare and Vulnerable Families

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

A Joint Blog by: Judith Meltzer, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Deborah DeSantis, President and CEO, Corporation for Su...

Data and Scalability

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

If you ask me why CSH chose to pursue the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) housing-health initiative and also SIF Pay for Success - the answer is DATA and...

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 Iraq -- was o...

When Will Mental Health Services Become A Priority?

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.24.2016 | 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 06.29.2016 | 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 06.25.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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.