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CAMBA Gardens – Bringing Healthcare and Housing Together 

The thought of using surplus property on hospital campuses was put forth as a policy concept by CSH in a white paper written in 2005. This week CSH participated in a ceremony to mark the official opening of CAMBA Gardens I and the start of construction on CAMBA Gardens II. Both supportive housing residences are located on the campus of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The project, which took a village of financing partners from the State of NY, City of New York and other financial institutions, including CSH, will provide over 500 units of much needed affordable housing for families and individuals.



Deb De Santis noted at the ceremony, “CAMBA Gardens is a testament to the notion that housing is healthcare. 

Everyone who lives here will not only have access to quality healthcare right next door, but will have one of the most critical determinants of health, a place to call home.

CSH is proud to have been a part of both CAMBA Gardens I & II, a national model of supportive housing, and now home for hundreds of New York’s most vulnerable individuals and families.” 

Elizabeth Melendez, a single mom who along with her children now calls CAMBA Gardens home, expressed her gratitude to everyone who made her home a reality saying, “thank you for saving my life.” Read more about CAMBA Gardens in The Pipeline.

Planning Underway in LA to Bring Coordinated Entry System for Homeless Youth

On any given night in Los Angeles County, an estimated 5,737 youth ages 18-24 experience homelessness and in the last Point in Time Count, the number of Transition Age Youth experienced the largest growth of any age group. This is why CSH is working with Los Angeles City and County officials this week through our Youth Coordinated Entry System (CES) Summit. This summit brings together experts in coordinated entry and members of the community to strategize and plan for the most effective CES system to help quickly and appropriately house homeless youth. CSH looks forward to keeping our Homefront followers informed of the results of this planning process. Follow the Twitter conversation about this convening at #youthCESsummit. 

Webinar Highlights Families Involved with Child Welfare System

The Child Welfare and Supportive Housing Resource Center, which is a partnership of CSH and the Center for the Study of Social Policy, held a well-attended, successful Webinar last Wednesday: Partnering to Improve Outcomes for Families and Children - Lessons Learned from a National Supportive Housing Demonstration. Panelists touched on a number of important dynamics related to the national demonstration exploring supportive housing for families involved with child welfare systems, and their views were captured in a recording of the Webinar. Two documents that complement the Webinar also have been distributed. One is the Urban Institute’s Supportive Housing for High-Need Families in the Child Welfare System, which was first unveiled during the Webinar. The other is the recently released Notes from the Field, a product of the Resource Center focusing on data collection strategies for identifying families facing child welfare involvement and homelessness. As the Resource Center marks the end of the first year of the national supportive housing demonstration, CSH is truly encouraged by the results so far and particularly pleased knowing 350 children are now with their parents in stable homes because of the dedication of the five sites – in Broward County (FL), Cedar Rapids (IA), Connecticut, Memphis (TN) and San Francisco (CA) - that are propelling this initiative forward.

Assessing Need & Resources for Senior Housing in New York State

The New York State Association for Affordable Housing held a symposium earlier this month featuring two 75-minute workshops on financing senior housing developments and rehabilitations, and on structuring supportive services for seniors. One of the workshops was moderated by Kristin Miller, CSH Director in New York. It focused on providing the services necessary to seniors to facilitate aging-in-place for coming generations, especially in non-licensed facilities, and how best to structure housing to ensure the needs of an aging population are being met. The symposium received attention from the Albany Times Union.

What’s Next in Congress? 

Join CSH, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council for analysis on the impact of the midterm elections. We will cover what’s left on the agenda for the lame duck congress, what’s coming down the pike for the final FY15 Budget, what you can do to help fully fund programs needed for affordable & supportive housing, community development and homeless assistance programs and what to expect in the FY2016 budget process from the Administration and the new Congress. Register Now!


 

Veteran’s Dream Comes True for Supportive Housing in Connecticut

Fran Cosgrove served in Korea in the United States Army back in the 1950’s. After he came home from Asia he pursued a successful career in real estate and acquired several rental properties. Eventually he ended up owning a large lot on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford’s South End.  Over the years he had come across a number of veterans, some with combat records, who were homeless or in need of better housing to accommodate their families. He hoped that something positive for veterans could happen on his Hartford site.  In 2010 he approached Chrysalis Center with a proposal to buy his large lot which was zoned for 24 units and create housing for veterans experiencing homelessness. Now - thanks to Chrysalis Center, The Connecticut Interagency Council on Supportive Housing, and CSH - that hope has now become a reality. Continue reading about this new supportive housing residence for Veterans in The Pipeline. 

San Diego Endorses Supportive Housing Strategy  

Last week, the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) in San Diego, California, unveiled a three-year homelessness action plan, which it is calling Housing-First San Diego. CSH played an important behind-the-scenes role in offering guidance to San Diego’s leaders and their partners as they crafted a comprehensive strategy to create more affordable housing with supportive services. The plan has the potential to impact the lives of as many as 1,500 homeless San Diegans.

Read more about the details of the plan in The Pipeline

SDHC also released the criteria for the Supportive Housing Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). The purpose of the NOFA is to identify, and provide resources to, qualified and experienced agencies seeking to create housing for homeless individuals in San Diego.
 

November 19, 2014
 


 

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Learn and Discuss: System-wide Targeting and Prioritization

Register: Monday, November 24th, 2pm ET, $25
This webcast will explore mechanisms for identifying both households that need lighter touch interventions and those that should be targeted for more intensive ones. It will also discuss different approaches communities can use to obtain useful information to help them make better targeting decisions. About half of the webcast will be reserved for communities to discuss their own targeting struggles or successes and receive feedback on them.


 

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Webinar Nov. 20 at 3 EST on Use of Housing Vouchers: Trends, Local Data, and What’s at Stake in 2015 Funding Bill
 
Register now for a free webinar by Doug Rice and Barbara Sard that will review trends in utilization of housing vouchers since the onset of sequestration cuts early in 2013, explain how to use newly-posted CBPP data on historical voucher utilization rates and sequestration-related voucher losses at individual state and local housing agencies, and preview what’s at stake in final 2015 funding negotiations for the number of families assisted by the Housing Choice Voucher program next year.  Reserve your Webinar seat now.
 
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