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  • Posted on 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.

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  • Posted on Feb 28, 2014
    By Michael Brown and Jim Balfanz

     

    At many low-performing, high-poverty schools across the country, graduating from high school is a 50-50 proposition. Because of the scale of the challenges faced by students and teachers, extra help is needed to ensure students receive additional personalized support
  • Posted on Feb 28, 2014
    By Scott Cowen

     

    When I get invited to speak at conferences and events, people typically want to hear about the rebirth of Tulane, the story of how Tulane came back stronger and better after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. How did we manage to increase retention and graduation rates, raise student selectivity and invigorate Tulane's national reputation only a few years after the storm? While a number of decisions and people contributed to these successes, I never fail to highlight the single most important factor: our profound commitment to public service and civic engagement.
  • Posted on Feb 27, 2014
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    During your life’s journey, I am sure that you can remember times when your path was made clearer or your baggage lighter because of someone who helped along the way. These thoughts came to mind today as President Obama outlined his plan to expand opportunity for boys and young men of color through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and a new federal task force on which I am honored to serve.
  • Posted on Feb 27, 2014
    By Dana Forde

     

    Before becoming an AmeriCorps member, John Laderer yearned for a clear direction. “I was somebody who was just floating by in high school,” he said. “I really wasn’t learning…and my reading, writing, and math scores reflected that.”
  • Posted on Feb 26, 2014
    By CNCS Staff

     

    March has been designated Healthy Futures Month for the AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration. So, what does Healthy Futures mean?...
  • Posted on Feb 25, 2014
    By Michael Smith

     

    In 2009, President Obama created the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) with a simple goal: Find solutions that work and provide the resources and spotlight needed so they can work for more people. Nearly five years later, the Social Innovation Fund represents more than a half billion dollars in public and private funds that are evaluating, expanding, and igniting innovative community solutions nationwide.
  • Posted on Feb 24, 2014
    By Robert Bisi

     

    AmeriCorps members’ contribution to American education doesn’t end when our students leave for college. By expanding the role of higher education in communities across the United States through service and volunteering, our programs have a huge footprint in higher education, serving at more than 157 institutions across the United States.
  • Posted on Feb 24, 2014
    By CNCS Staff

     

    Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer participated in a Twitter chat to answer questions about national service and education as part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration. We have made the transcript available on Storify, in case you missed it.
  • Posted on Feb 23, 2014
    By Marlene Saez

     

    The chronically homeless population often utilize hospitals’ emergency rooms to meet their basic health care needs, not only causing public costs to skyrocket but also doing little to address the other mental and behavioral needs of this very vulnerable population.   The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative responds directly to one of the most pressing policy problems currently facing states and the nation as a whole: rising public spending on health care with poor health outcomes.
  • Posted on Feb 19, 2014
    By Tyler Pearson

     

    It’s common knowledge that poverty has been a particularly formidable foe, and its resistance to solutions creates harmful residual effects – especially for children trying to escape its clutches. The Huntsville Network for Urban School Renewal (HNUSR) is working to help children break free of this legacy, and I am proud to be able to contribute to the solution.

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