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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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH helped our professional staff understand how to develop permanent supportive housing for people with a mental illness. We now have the ability to develop and implement a new housing project that will help our community.

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

I learned how to develop partnerships with others leading to the development and implementation of permanent supportive housing.

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

I would not make any changes.

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

Recently we had the priveledge to attend the CSH Housing Institute in Illinois. As a property developer and manager we have experience with low income housing but we are working to expand into housing for our homeless veterans. The training we received showed us that even though we thought ourselves to be somewhat knowlegeable and experienced, we had so much to learn about housing and caring for people who are chronically homeless. Our team partner, a service provider of over 100 years history found they also had much to learn about this difficult, but not impossible task. The staff of CSH is the most knowledgable, professional and compassionate group of trainers and advocates for the ending of homelessness in our country. We appreciated the vast resources they shared with us, and will continue to utilize them for the many years to come as a provider of housing.

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

Already the CSH institute has helped us by involving our local Housing Authority in our final presentation and helping them decide to provide project based rental assistance to our development

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

Hire them more staff, so they could be more places at once!

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

What is unique about this organization?

unique insights into the concepts of housing first, harm reduction and empowering tenants for a better project

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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

The CSH Institute is probably the greatest resource in Illinois for organizations that are considering developing permanent supportive housing. My experience at the Institute was phenomenal and I highly recommend the training for anyone who is interested in providing supportive housing.

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

terms of technical assistance and support.

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

like to see the Institute offered twice a year so that more organizations could benefit from the training.

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

With a ton of help from CSH our organization was able to develop 45 units of permanent supportive housing in Rockford, IL. This is the first such facility in our community that is open to anyone who is homeless. What a tremendous success! CSH reviewed our applications and helped us strengthen them. They made excellent recommendations on other professionals who could help us with critical services. And they advocated for our project with our funders. We absolutely could not have done this without CSH. We continue to receive very valuable assistance from CSH to effectively operate our facility. They are always prompt, informed, helpful and cheerful. What's not to love.

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

see above

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

give them more funding so they can do even more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH has taught me so much during the institue. For the last ten years, I've wanted to provide a home for women and children that have been in domestic violence situations. I didn't know where to start. But, thank God for CSH, now I'm developing a 25 unit supportive housing complex for domestic violence. They at CSH have taken each group step by step through the development process, steps to acquiring funds, and actual building of each project. I feel very comfortable in taking on this project now, because I know CSH will be there for me when I have questions,and I know they will be there for me until the project is done. I'm so lucky to be a part of the institute

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I learned so much about supportive housing and its development in such a short time. even though it was only 6 months, it seemed like a degreed program. Ihave been blessed by the experience. I will always be grateful to the staff at CSH for such a caring nature for other peoples well being

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

There is nothing I would change about this organization. They are fabulous as they are

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Rating: 5 stars  

So often those of us who work to provide food and shelter for individuals in need lose touch with the bigger picture. We're so busy with day to day details - or the trees - that we lose sight of the forest. CSH acts as the advocate for us who looks to longer term concerns, political and governmental issues and respresents us well in these arenas. CSH is also a teacher and a shepherd looking to see that all of us have information and resources that we need to do the job. They do all this with a keen sense of what it measn to be a not-for-profit or to be an agency that houses special populations. Great folks!

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

CSH has made some great strides with regard to housing formerly incarcerated men and women.

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

try to make it larger...

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

CSH has been the source of the most current information on "best practices" in the world of providing housing for the poor. Their assistance is invaluable to our organization and to those planning to provide housing for the poor.

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

The work of CSH is affecting the strategic planning of our organization by helping us determine the best manner to serve the homeless poor.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

CSH consistently sets the bar high as a leading source of training, technical assistance and advocacy for supportive housing to help end homelessness. Whether it's number crunching or telling the stories of homeless people who've succeeded in their journey, CSH helps put legs under a nationwide effort to solve homelessness. I've interacted with CSH staff from several of their offices nationwide (Illinois in particular), and I've come to expect smart, dedicated, thorough support every time.

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

solving homelessness.

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

With more general support, CSH could participate more in local coalitions and planning, even when there isn't a paid consulting relationship.

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