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November 15, 2011

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November 15, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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.

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

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!!!

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

November 30, 2010

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November 30, 2010

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

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.

The Great!

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

Effective advocacy at the national level for supportive housing

Ways to make it better...

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

None

November 29, 2010

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November 29, 2010

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!

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

November 28, 2010

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November 28, 2010

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make it even larger - with a presence in more states

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

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".

The Great!

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

Ways to make it better...

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!

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

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)

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

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