Corporation For Supportive Housing

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

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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: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Great work by this organization. Shows that there's a cost effective way of ending homelessness and improving the lives of people most have given up on. Awesome outcomes because of the dedication of the CSH team.

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I haven't.

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Give them additional resources.

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

I had the honor of working with CSH during the Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute. The knowledge I obtained in creating a program that is client centered and service focused has been tremendous. I work with youth in the foster care system. We have had numerous youth turn 18 while in care, and end up becoming homeless once their safety net was gone. CSH has helped my dream of helping these youth succeed turn into a reality. I look forward to a continued partnership with CSH. Thank you, CSH, for caring about a population that some may consider "throw aways".

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

developing a program of both affordable housing and voluntary services that will assist youth in removing barriers to obtaining independent housing

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

like them to receive more dollars to expand their programs and help other communities develop permanent supportive housing!

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

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY), a therapeutic foster care and adoption agency operating in Indiana and in eight (8) states, just completed training with the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute. The leadership of the Institute team was an awesome demonstration of the kind of well organized, indepth and comprehensive information needed to lay a proper foundation for a thoughtful, inspired and quality project that would not have been possible otherwise. Because of the consistent amd persistent guidance of the Institute team, challenging us to move beyond our comfort zone, the SAFY "Vision" to provide permanent supportive housing to the aging out foster youth population will become a reality. Thank you for your commitment to this poplulation of foster youth who, without strategic and timely intervention, are at risk of homelessness, vlunerable to profound and persistent discouragement and disallusionment. The Institute's leadership assisted us in letting go of our own fears, "stepping up" for our youth who are looking to us to get it right at a time when getting it right really matters. Finally, the Indiana Supportive Housing Institute is what leaving a legacy is all about.....“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

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

the expansion of my leadership ability in the area of premanent supportive housing.

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

not change a thing!

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

I have had the pleasure of utilizing CSH research and expertise on affordable housing projects for over 5 years. Their Toolkits have proved to be a valuable resource for innovative and promising practices for ending long-term homelessness. Because of their advocacy, expertise, leadership, and financial resources, I believe they are the leader in paving the way for policymakers, non-profits, and developers to create sustainable supportive housing solutions.

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my professional capacity.

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

Expand their reach.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH is a great organization, with a mission of ending chronic homelessness. The organization works with local organizations and government organizations to promote the development of housing units with supportive services for the chronicly homeless. The results of CSH's work can be quantified by the number of housing units created by the work of the organization. The staff is tireless and committed to the mission.

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I have worked closely with the CEO and staff as a board member.

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

Expand its resources and reach. Unfortunately, the organization can not be in every market.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Board member of Cathedral Shelter in Chicago. Cathedral Shelter currently operates 28 units of permanent supportive housing, which date from 1998. CSH was instrumental in the development of that project. We are currently looking to expand our permanent supportive housing program. Over a period of five months this year, another Board member, our Executive Director, and I, attended 80 hours of workshops at a Permanent Supportive Housing Institute put on by CSH. This training was comprehensive and thorough. The instructor's were professional, and exhibited the very highest levels of expertise and knowledge. As a direct result of our experience with the CSH Institute, we are currently actively evaluating multiple sites, and opportunities, for the development of new permanent supportive housing units.

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the comprehensive thoroughness of their instruction.

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

not change anything within their organization. What I would do, if I were able, would be to find more opportunities to develop additional units of Permanent Supportive Housing, utilizing the expertise and assistance of CSH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Corporations for Supportive Housing provides a valuable service to the housing community in Chicago as well as nationwide. The CSH staff is skilled and knowledgeable - the best in the field. The are on the cutting edge of developing programs and approaches to ending homelessness. What an asset to the social service arena in our city!

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CSH has advocated for the funding needed to provide housing and desperately needed services for people who are homeless. They are responsible for helping to keep supportive housing alive and viable, even in tough times. People have moved on from homelessness - thanks to CSH.

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There is nothing I would change about CSH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) has served for decades as the leader in connecting vital fundamental housing opportunities for persons who are experiencing poverty and/or other special needs. The level of sophistication and experience shown by their team of consultant experts led by Liz Drapa continue to inspire many of us across the country. As the world economies grow more singular, efficiency will continue to be prioritized. It is economically effective to provide housing with supportive services for a large percentage of the populations suffering homelessness or who are marginally housed.

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CSH has collaborated with Healthcare Responses over the years in a variety of ways including the Supportive Housing Collaborative of the Southeast, recent collaborations in Alabama connecting services to housing, and we are planning to design work related to housing and healthcare reform in several states.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Corporation for Supportive Housing Institute is THE reason the Southern Illinois Coalition for the Homeless is now in the final steps in building permanent supportive housing for reentry folks. CSI is not only a source of every type of knowledge you need to build supportive housing, but their staff also helps you solidify your concept, develop partnerships, personally encourages you, and provides capacity funds for start up. I have always felt comfortable asking CSH for help in every step of our development, a continuing relationship for the past three years.

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I have received capacity money for a consultant to help us write the funding grant, hire an architect, and choose a contractor. I learned so much at the Institute from speakers, funding sources, other projects. I also really enjoyed the staffand team comaraderie that helped me feel comfortable in the new construction/housing devlopment arena.

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

Make sure they could reach more areas needing development expertise in southern Illinois.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH is an integral part of our effort to prepare for HEARTH. They expertly facilitate our state wide conversations and have developed a web based triage and referral tool we call the Indiana Housing Opportunity Planner and Evaluator (I-HOPE) that will allow all case managers equal access to all available housing options and homeless services in their regions.

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

Their open and expert ability to bring information to bear in guiding discussion and planning at a State, Continuum and agency level.

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

Assure that all states have local CSH offices to support their efforts to end homelessness.

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