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We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.

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AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl swears in Stanley Lambchop as a new AmeriCorps member.

Washington State proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee recognizing the 2015 AmeriCorps Week

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AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl (above left) swears in Stanley Lambchop (also known as Flat Stanley) as Washington’s newest AmeriCorps member as Serve Washington prepares for the 2015 AmeriCorps Week. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recognizes the value of AmeriCorps in his state and has issued a proclamation for AmeriCorps Week (above right).

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Mar 3, 2015

Individuals experiencing long-term homelessness also often suffer from medical fragility caused or aggravated by life on the streets and in shelters. Lacking stable access to housing and preventative health care services, they become “high-utilizers” of costly inpatient and emergency care.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) advances high-quality solutions and cost-effective programs to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society by supporting locally-based organizations that provide access to public resources that enable the chronically homeless to connect to homes, health care, and the community. As a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) intermediary, CSH is leading a project that integrates health care and housing for individuals with multiple, chronic health conditions who experience homelessness.

These individuals often fall into the gaps between systems of care. A shelter provider and a hospital, for example, seek to meet different needs of an individual. The shelter may overlook or be unable to help the individual with health problems, making it harder for him to find and keep stable housing. The hospital, in turn, may overlook non-medical factors such as housing instability that could make its treatment plans for a patient less effective.

CSH bridges these gaps by integrating supportive housing – affordable housing and comprehensive services – with special emphasis on health services to improve access and outcomes while lowering costs for public systems such as Medicaid.

Mar 3, 2015

More than 40 grantee representatives, federal officials, and non-profit and social sector leaders participated in the three-day workshop, which featured rich conversations about lessons learned from early implementation of PFS projects, funded with $12 million from the SIF last fall. PFS programs address the needs of low-income communities by having government pay community-based service providers only after they meet pre-determined programmatic outcomes.

The PFS program at SIF works with and through preeminent organizations to competitively select, strengthen, and diversify the pipeline of government and nonprofit organizations prepared to engage in high-quality PFS projects across the country. All organizations funded by the SIF PFS program must match every federal dollar one-to-one in cash from nonfederal sources and take part in an evaluation conducted by an independent, third-party evaluator to build the evaluation base for PFS projects. Grantees will share documents and tools developed as part of their participation in the program, including PFS contracts, to help build the emerging field of outcomes-based community solutions.

In their meeting for the first time as a learning community, the grantees:

Mar 3, 2015

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