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Supportive Housing is proving to be effective across the country, with innovations and successes emerging from different states in every region. This page is dedicated to presenting some of the most recent and valuable housing communications out there, collected from leading advocates providing housing and supportive services to the most vulnerable members of our communities. The resources and news illustrate how professionals like you are addressing today’s housing and homelessness issues.
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Voices of Supportive Housing
Voices of Supportive Housing (#VoicesofSH) is a space for supportive housing providers, executives, family members, and self-advocates to tell stories, ask questions, give answers, and share resources.
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Tools and Resources
Matching Permanent Supportive Housing to the Most Vulnerable: A State-by-State Snapshot
Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven solution for the most vulnerable chronically homeless people. PSH ends a person’s homelessness by pairing housing with case management and voluntary supportive services. Investments in PSH have helped decrease the number of chronically homeless individuals by 28 percent since 2008.
Despite the progress, only 42 percent of PSH beds across the country are dedicated to people experiencing chronic homelessness. As a result, fewer resources are available for those with the most intensive needs.
For the first time since 2008, the number of chronically homeless people increased in 2017. Dedicating more PSH beds to people who are chronically homeless will help communities scale up the resources they need to end chronic homelessness.
Homelessness Trends Across the US: 2018 Point-in-Time Results
Reported a lower number of people experiencing homelessness than in 2017
Reported a higher number of people experiencing homelessness than in 2017
Racial Disparities in Homelessness in the US
Blog: 5 Tips to Tackle NIMBYism (Not In My Backyard)
Guest Writer: Robert Friant, Managing Director External Affairs, CSH
One of the biggest challenges facing affordable, supportive housing developers today is NIMBYism. Despite the clear crises in urban regions where sky-high rental costs are out of reach for many, creating homes for lower-income people can be a tough sell. The obstacles largely emanate from residents who may say they favor affordable housing to end homelessness and poverty, but are the first to cry “Not in my backyard!” (NIMBY) once a project is actually proposed.
With over 25 years of experience, CSH has found there are no silver bullets instantaneously changing the minds of hardcore opponents. There are, however, constructive steps supportive housing providers are taking to secure wider community support while also debunking some of the myths surrounding affordable housing.
- Steve Coe, CEO, Community Access
- Kevin Martone, Executive Director, Technical Assistance Collaborative
- Lindsay Casale, Housing First Program Director, Pathways Vermont
- Paul Rossi, Director of Client Services, Foothold Technology
- David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology
For providers in the Supportive Housing arena, it is no secret that the road to recovery begins with housing. However, this fact has not always been recognized by major healthcare entities, like Medicaid. Thankfully, this mindset is changing and Supportive Housing organizations now have the ability to cover many of their services via Medicaid. Since the rules and requirements vary tremendously state-to-state, many providers feel overwhelmed with the documentation required to bill Medicaid.
During this session, Foothold Technology and experts from various states across the country, including Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access, Kevin Martone, Executive Director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative, and Lindsay Casale, Housing First Program Director of Pathways Vermont, discuss the ins and outs of Medicaid for Supportive Housing. You will walk away with knowledge on:
- best practices from agencies already receiving Medicaid dollars;
- what reporting requirements providers should be aware of and on the lookout for, and how these can vary state-to-state; and
- tips on documentation methods and why a solid electronic record is crucial for Medicaid reimbursement.
CSH operates under the mission to advance housing solutions that deliver three powerful outcomes: 1) improved lives for the most vulnerable people 2) maximized public resources and 3) strong, healthy communities across the country.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to end homelessness in the United States. They use research and data to find solutions to homelessness; they work with federal and local partners to create a solid base of policy and resources that support those solutions; and then they help communities implement them.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness coordinate and catalyze the federal response to homelessness, working in close partnership with Cabinet Secretaries and other senior leaders across 19 federal member agencies.
By organizing and supporting leaders such as Governors, Mayors, Continuum of Care leaders, and other local officials, USICH drive action to achieve the goals of the federal strategic plan to prevent and homelessness – and ensure that homelessness in America is ended once and for all.
SHA is a statewide, nonprofit organization, founded in 1998, whose mission is to promote and maintain a strong supportive housing industry in New Jersey serving people with special needs.
SHNNY is a membership organization representing 200 nonprofit organizations that have collectively created more than 50,000 units of housing across New York State.
About the Supportive Housing Resource Center
Foothold Technology created this platform for organizations and providers working to address homelessness around the country. We offer this resource center as an online gathering place where providers can share resources, tips, and stories as a learning tool for partners and providers who are working tirelessly to support the complex needs of those facing or experiencing homelessness.