August 2014 Archive

29/08/2014 - Creating a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit


By Debbie Thiele and Katy Miller

This week CSH, in partnership with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, published Creating a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services Benefit. In the white paper CSH lays out an easy-to-follow framework for states that want to create a Medicaid benefit to pay for the services in supportive housing. The framework consists of five action steps: 1) Determine benefit eligibility criteria; 2) Define the package of services to be delivered; 3) Align the state Medicaid plan; 4) Establish a financing and reinvestment strategy; and 5) Operationalize the benefit.


25/08/2014 - Hear from Two Community Partners about How They Are Ending Family Homelessness through Our Sept. 10 Webinar

Ending homelessness among families and children is a priority for the nation and for every community. Millions of extremely low-income households do not have access to affordable housing, putting them at-risk of housing instability and the types of crises that can result in homelessness. The challenge is clear: Our most recent data show that 222,197 people in families—an estimated 70,960 households—were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2013.  In the first three years of implementation of  Opening Doors, we have reduced homelessness among families by eight percent.

21/08/2014 - Responding to the Crisis of Homelessness

At an individual level, the turmoil that comes from not having a safe place that is home is a crisis.  It is a crisis that without adequate resolution gets worse. Although  there are programs that provide housing and services for people, we will never have an adequate response that is at the pace and scale needed as long as it depends on people in crisis being required to navigate multiple programs in an attempt to get their needs met.  Responding in a person-centered way to homelessness requires that programs are operating as a system. Making this shift is not simple, but it is being done in more and more communities throughout the country, and a systems approach is essential to achieving an end to homelessness.

18/08/2014 - DESC to Create More Supportive Housing to Serve Seattle’s Most Vulnerable

Seattle-based nonprofit housing provider DESC will create new units of permanent supportive housing in the Interbay neighborhood downtown.  The units will serve 97 people who are experiencing homelessness and live with health issues.  

11/08/2014 - Inspired by People: New Report Offers Alternatives to Criminalization

Without housing options, people often are forced to rely on culverts, public parks, streets, and abandoned buildings as places to sleep and carry out daily activities that most reserve for the privacy of their own home. As communities recognize and struggle with the fact that people without homes often live in public spaces, multiple strategies arise. Unfortunately, many of these strategies include policies that criminalize homelessness. In a new report, In the Public Eye, author Lucy Adams, of Australia’s Justice Connect and guest blogger at USICH elevates the conversation.

07/08/2014 - Takeaways from the National Conference on Ending Homelessness

by Jamie Keene, USICH Communications Intern

From July 29 – 31, USICH staff members participated in the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH). The conference was a great opportunity to connect with and learn from our partners and share best practices through panels, workshops, and convenings. USICH was pleased to have participated in numerous events as well as to listen and learn from so many others—from pre-conference sessions, to workshops, to keynote addresses.

Read on to view and download our presentations from the conference.

31/07/2014 - @FLOTUS Ignites #NAEH14 Day 3

Highlighting that ending homelessness among Veterans can be a critical "proof point" to show that we can end homelessness for everyone, on Thursday First Lady Michelle Obama charged advocates, service providers, and policy makers to "redouble our efforts" and "embrace the most effective strategies to end homelessness" at NAEH's National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Hours before the annual convening drew to a close, the First Lady told the standing-room only crowd that their work inspired her and proved that an end to all homelessness is possible.