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NOTE: A reminder about supported housing and why supported housing is important to our communities and how supported housing works. New Foundminds continues to seek a way to bring supported housing to the Atlanta area.
Supportive housing benefits people who have successfully transitioned from a more structured setting, but are not quite ready to live completely independently. These options provide a transitional step in the person’s journey of recovery and return to independent living.
Supported Housing Program
Clustered apartments, usually in a single building
Independent living, supplemented with the assistance of a support team, generally 2 hours or more a week, as needed HUD funding is commonly included, requiring a history of homelessness
Supported Independent Living
Independent living, supplemented with the assistance of a support team, generally 2 hours or more a week, as needed Apartments are commonly scattered throughout the city.
Upon successful participation in this residential program, the support team is withdrawn, and people remain in the apartment.
New FoundMinds wants our readers to be well informed about supported housing in the State of Georgia. The Georgia Supportive Housing Association has a plan! Get in touch with GSHA and add your voice. We need to support our cause. Information is power. Together we can get the housing and the support we need to become sustainable.
Georgia Supportive Housing Association
State Action Plan – 9000 by 2015
o Expand Medicaid funding of services for persons living in supportive housing so that providers can commit those services to developers of the housing.
o Amend the state Medicaid Plan to include many of the changes planned for the 1915i amendment.
o Develop a “medical home” application that includes the use of supportive housing.
o Where caseloads warrant, require service agencies to establish on-site offices and services
o Require supportive housing property managers to complete Mental Health First Aid training.
o Coordinate project “service” requirements between DBHDD and DCA.
o State support for transitional housing for persons recovering from addictive disease.
o Require every Low Income Housing Tax Credit project to have a minimum of 10% supported housing. Follow the lead of North Carolina.
o Commit 50% of federal HOME funds to the Permanent Supported Housing Program. Educate local governments on the use of their HOME dollars for this purpose.
o Commit other federal capital like NSP and CDBG to supported housing.
o 100% of any new or returned Section 8 subsidies need to be committed to expanded supported housing capacity
o The state needs to implement the new amendments to the 811 program to add subsidies to tax credit projects.
o Identify and create agreements to use up to 20% of the remaining 100% Section 8 projects for supported housing.
o Continue the annual expansion of the DBHDD Housing Support program begun in FY 2011.
o Continue to expand the use of Shelter Plus Care and HOPWA to serve the targeted population. Commit DBHDD services to these projects.
o Meet local housing authority service needs in return for a commitment of housing subsidy.
Regional Housing Facilitators
Projects are developed at the local level. Full time housing facilitators in each regional office of the DBHDD will bring public and private resources into projects at the ground level and help persons with disabilities find housing. DBHDD needs to coordinate services for local housing projects and with local housing authorities.
Planning and Goal Setting.
How many people are there in the Settlement’s targeted population? The state needs a careful study of the data from 1. Homeless Counts; 2. Local Jails; 3. State Corrections; 4. CSB’s; 5. Medicaid and state service data. This will help to establish the need for supportive housing and become the basis for expanding supportive housing capacity.
o Adopt a 5 and 10 year plan for the expansion of Supported Housing
o Report progress on the plan to the Governor and the General Assembly each year.
For Information: Paul Bolster, executive director email@example.com, 404-664-0059 http://www.supportivehousingassociation.com
CSH believes federal policymakers should adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to veterans living without a home.
Supportive housing is an essential tool to ending veterans’
homelessness in the United States. For far too long it was difficult for homeless veterans to access supportive housing. This was due either to unbalanced resources focused on shelter or transitional housing, poor outreach to the hardest to serve homeless veterans or rigid systems that did not take into account the myriad of challenges many homeless veterans face. Fortunately, with CSH’s assistance, systems are changing for the better and we’re advocating for federal assistance to help advance these improvements.
The VA provides homeless veterans with primary care and mental health services, along with transitional housing. Through coordinated advocacy, and with the support of Congress, the VA has recently been enabled to provide, or to support through grants to community groups, a more complete range of supportive services to veterans; though current resources fail to meet the tremendous need.
CSH’s advocacy agenda for homeless veterans includes:
Continued Congressional and Administration support for the HUD-VASH program, which combines a HUD Section 8 housing choice voucher with supportive services provided by the VA. Promoting the use of project-basing of VASH as a tool to develop supportive housing for veterans.
Working at the federal and local level to remove barriers for homeless veterans to access housing and services, including improved targeting to the hardest to serve.
Supporting the VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, which provides homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing resources to communities.
Policy and Advocacy, National, Veterans
Staying well today…September 11, 2012
Be Blessed and Well from FoundMinds
Some simple tips that may help you cope with the 9/11 anniversary
- Be aware that you may have a strong emotional reaction around the time of the anniversary. Know that there is nothing wrong with you. It’s actually a common and expected response that will likely subside after the anniversary is over.
- Take care of yourself by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest. Do some gentle stretching or a simple walk. Healthy meals will keep you feeling better and avoiding alcohol will help you to manage strong feelings as well.
- Talk about your experience with friends or family who will understand and accept your feelings.
- Do something special to mark the date, such as attending a memorial. Most importantly, try not to be alone. Isolation can often just make bad feelings worse.
- For the full-length brochure, download it here: Tip Sheet for Managing the 9-11 Anniversaryhttp://www.9-11healingandremembrance.org/ovc/WellnessTips.aspx
Sequestration Threatens Cuts to Programs Serving the Homeless
July 31, 2012
CSH was one of nearly 3,000 organizations from every part of the country to sign a letter that was sent to all members of Congress urging the members to reexamine sequestration because of its harmful impact on non-defense discretionary (NDD) programs. While several programs such as TANF, Medicaid, Medicare, and food stamps are excluded from sequestration, many key programs serving supportive housing residents and people experiencing homelessness are in jeopardy.
What is sequestration?
Last summer the Administration and Congress debated if the country should increase the debt ceiling in order to pay its existing debts to other countries. Eventually there was an agreement that included as its main component the Budget Control Act of 2011 which would help bring down the deficit but, without Congressional action, set in motion a process that could negatively and disproportionately cut funding to NDD programs.
What would sequestration mean to NDD programs?
If sequestration goes into effect starting this upcoming January between 2010 and 2021 NDD programs would be faced with a 20% cut. More immediately come next January NDD programs would see an 8.4% reduction, followed by an 8.4% reduction the following year. The impact on homelessness prevention programs could be very harmful. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, this could be the impact come January:
• There would be close to a $160 million cut in McKinney Vento homeless assistance grants, which would result in an estimated 145,906 people who would have been served but are now at risk of being homeless.
• Almost a $1.6 billion cut in the Section 8 program, which would result in an estimated 186,915 fewer vouchers.
• $5.5 million cut to the HHS Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) program, which could impact an estimated 17,247 people.
• $2.7 million cut for the HHS Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program, which could impact an estimated 11,587 people.
• A $8.2 million cut to the HHS Runway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) Basic Center and Transitional Living Programs, which could result in an estimated 3,678 people who would have been served but are at risk of not being served with cuts in place.
Now is the time to take action and prevent cuts to homeless programs!
Please contact your representative in the House and your Senators and tell them the deficit shouldn’t be balanced on the back of the most vulnerable. We have made too much progress in helping those who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless in recent years to go back.
Key talking points when you do contact them:
• There is a bipartisan consensus on the harm that these cuts will cause to programs that Americans hold dear including preventing and ending homelessness.
• We advocate a balanced approach where the sacrifices can be spread out evenly as not to harm or target one area or type of funding in particular.
• NDD programs make up only 3.4% of our nation’s GDP. That is at historically low standards, and a significant reduction of that will do great harm. If sequestration is allowed to proceed without modifications it is estimated that the NDD share of the nation’s GDP will fall to 2.5% by 2021. NDD programs make up a comparatively low amount of the budget but would have to face most of the cuts.
• Emphasize the number of people who would be impacted by such cuts.
• Describe the good work that has been done to prevent and end homelessness throughout the country that would now be at risk.