Corporation For Supportive Housing

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: National Headquarters 50 Broadway, 17th Fl New York NY 10004 USA

Mission: CSH helps communities create permanent housing with services to prevent and end homelessness.
Results: CSH’s goal is to create 150,000 permanent supportive housing units by 2012. As of July 2011, we’ve reached 144,515 units: 34,415 units through lending, grant-making and project-specific assistance; and 110,000 units through public policy reform activities.
Target demographics: CSH works to create permanent supportive housing opportunities for the chronically homeless and those at risk of becoming so--including individuals, families, veterans and youth aging out of the Foster Care system.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 42,800 formerly homeless adults and children now live in supportive housing units directly created by CSH.
Programs: CSH works on-the-ground in communities across the country, from our field offices in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington, DC.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

The movement to supportive housing in the homeless sector is progressive and often unfamiliar to many outside funding sources. With the help of the CSH we are able to connect urban ideas to rural northern Michigan and improve our service delivery and increase permanent housing outcomes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work. On a daily basis I work with folks who are in need of supportive housing to succeed, but the funding is not available.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it more accessible. Reach out to rural non profits who cannot always attend seminars and training in the bigger cities.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

supportive housing is unlike any housing models i have experienced. Helping the community and funding sources understand that people living in homelessness and poverty do not know any other way to live and that everyone has the right to housing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As Project Director of a National Mental Health Association that represents State Mental Health Agencies, I have had the honor of working with the Corporation for Supportive Housing for the last 7 years. They are one of the most impactive national groups with which I have ever worked and seem to hire and retain staff who have the expertise and dedication to make a difference. They are one of our best partners! In the past decade, CSH can take a tremendous amount of credit for the increase of safe, decent and affordable housing secured and maintain for those with mental illness. Thank You CSH!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

collaboration with our members who serve people with mental illness in the areas that CSH operates

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

boost their budget where they could operate in ALL areas of our nation!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CSH provides invaluable technical assistance to not-for-profit organizations seeking to develop housing and social services for homeless populations. I have personally worked with their staff advising organizations about best practice service models and sources of funding to make their project dreams viable. CSH staff has contributed to the development of hundreds of units of supportive housing for homeless populations, including a variety of sub-grops., including homeless vets, homeless youth, homeless persons with AIDs/HIV. Their work continues to provide a beacon of light for many individuals who otherwise might not access decent, safe housing. Food and Shelter Campaign

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the development of many suppotive housing projects. Additionally, I have participated in training and conferences sponsored by CSH which have provided valuable information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

support the expansion of staff actvities in states with active CSH offices.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization which I work for provides services to homeless and very low-income families. Many of the homeless families who we serve move into permanent supportive housing. Working with the Corporation for Supportive Houisng, we were able to improve the quality of the services which we provided to the homeless families, work better internally as an organization, and document the progress which we are making. The CSH was instrumental in helping us make these important improvements.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Human Solutions is commited to improving the quality of the services which we offer. Working with the CSH, we were able to come much closer to achieving the goals which we set for ourselves. The homeless families who we assist were able to benefit----as were we as an organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide even more assistance to organizations like ours who are working to lessen homelessness, hunger, and poverty in our communities. We could use additional assistance to implement "best practice" models from other areas of the country.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

CSH is an extremely valuable resource in the supportive housing field. CSH provides effective leadership, useful research, and helpful resources to further the important work of agencies around the country providing supportive housing, and publicizing it to those outside this field. CSH's e- newsletter is concise and provides much valuable information and their website is well organized. Their use of personal stories and photos to "humanize" their work is especially powerful. CSH is one of the first places I look for resources around supportive housing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Effective advocacy at the national level for supportive housing

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

In my role as deputy director for my city's housing department, CSH has been a fantastic resource in developing a plan and allocating resources to end homelessness. They have connected us with ideas and with practitioners in similar cities. Largely as a result of their influence, we formed a three-way partnership with our city and county government and United Way to fund a substantial Housing First initiative that produced over 1,000 housing units. CSH is pragmatic and results-oriented. They aren't trying to preach an ideology--just support efforts that work. Very effective organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Creating a combined funding process that brought together our city, county, United Way, several foundations and suburban funders to do joint NOFAs for homeless housing and services. This process is now in its 4th year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to be creative. We are entering a period when supportive housing development will be harder to fund, so I look to CSH to find and publicize other ways to combine housing and services

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so impressed with their focus on professionalism and results. We need more non-profits like CSH.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through their insightful written materials and analysis.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so they can expand their scope.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

An amazing and unusual organization that has helped end homelessness for tens of thousands of people who have lived in the streets and shelters literally for decades. They are the 'venture capital' for the field - providing grants and loans to nonprofits around the country that develop housing affordable to the poorest people. They have been a huge factor in the advocacy, education and policy work at the local, state, and federal levels, and the partnerships with banks and other low income housing tax credit investors, delivering the data on cost effectiveness and results that has resulted in billions of dollars of investment, and reduced taxpayer costs for what would otherwise be used by homeless people as a revolving door of shelters, hospital emergency rooms and jails.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing many of the apartment buildings (supportive housing) that have been built to house people who would otherwise be homeless, and meeting many people who have left the streets and shelters, and are now working and reunified with families and children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it even larger - with a presence in more states

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH held an institute to take teams of people that had a heart for the homeless and help them with the mechanics on how to make that happen and how to obtain the resources to accomplish the goal. They were great to work with and their dedication to meet the needs of the homeless was amazing. It was nice to see that the people from CSH dont just talk the talk, but walk the walk as well. My hats off to them and best wishes to theit efforts in the future. Greg Funk- CEO of Construction Management Services

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I recently went through the institute

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help get the work out about their activites

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am the CEO of a nonporift dedicated to increasing the supply of housing for the diverse famlies of the Sacramento Valley region in California. We house over 2,600 residents, and a few years ago committed ourselves to buying land and building on it the first community in our inventory that would provide permanent housing for formerly homeless and disabled homeless individuals. The Corporation for Supportive Housing was the first institution that took a chance on us and invested in our efforts to build up our capacity to build housing for and serve this group of people. They provided an early grant, provided trainings and supported our networking efforts with others in the field. Today we are halfway through construction on a housing development which will contribute to ending homelessness in our County. We have diverse funding and service partners because of the capacity we gained through the Corporation's early support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their bold willingness to step out in front and provide early support in the effort to building housing for people without homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them increase their financial ability to support more housing development and provide technical assistance to more nonprofit housing groups.

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