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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 Aug 27, 2009
    In 2005, the Pierre School District found a need to begin a student health profile on each high school student. The task of screening their 900 students for health risks seemed daunting. As they often do, RSVP volunteers from Central South Dakota RSVP came to the rescue.
  • Posted on Aug 27, 2009
    The US Department of Commerce is answering the President's call to service through an all-volunteer "Green Team" at our headquarters building in Washington, DC. The Team is comprised 134 volunteers with representatives from the Office of the Secretary and all seven Operating Units located at, or nearby, the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB). The purpose of the HCHB Green Team is to promote energy awareness and environmental stewardship throughout the Department of Commerce through efforts in the HCHB.
  • Posted on Aug 26, 2009
    Yesenia is a talented first-generation college applicant whose mother speaks little English. Dedicating over 80 hours between September and June, youth mentor Shelby helped her navigate a process that is especially complex for kids whose parents are immigrants and for whom cost is a real barrier. Shelby works as an office manager at Raw Art Works in Lynn, MA. RAW is a youth arts organization that matches volunteer mentors with high school juniors and seniors to help them realize their future goals.
  • Posted on Aug 26, 2009
    Several years ago, during a routine dental cleaning, my hygienist related her experience while visiting a local school for Children's Dental Health Month. She told me about Jessica, a little third grade girl who's teeth she described as "black". It was not hard to imagine how awful that would look. Severe tooth decay is not attractive. I was appalled that today in America; a child can go to school with severe dental disease and not receive some type of intervention from their community. Think about it.
  • Posted on Aug 26, 2009
    Two weeks ago, Clackamas County Volunteer Connection Center and RSVP brought 35 community members together at an event called “Stepping Stones to Addressing Homelessness.” The goal of the event was to educate the community on (1) Understanding: Who is homeless in the county and why; (2) Hope: What is already being done by public and non profits in the area; and (3) Opportunity: How individuals and groups could help improve the community.
  • Posted on Aug 26, 2009
     After looking at the seven bundles of plastic grocery bags stuck in my pantry closet, a vision of mother Earth filled with these plastic trash, actually made me nauseous. Next few days I surfed internet to know the gravity of the plastic trash in our landfills and I must say that was a rude awakening. I decided since I can't throw away things from my toothbrush to computers, to microwave or deck furniture; one thing I sure can do is to use reusable grocery bags to reduce the toxic trash.
  • Posted on Aug 26, 2009
    More than three months after floods tore through villages bordering the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers in Alaska, a unique collaborative effort combining the expertise and resources of faith-based disaster response organizations, the State of Alaska and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing aid to the survivors of the disaster. More than 600 people have filed for FEMA assistance following the May floods.
  • Posted on Aug 25, 2009
    In late 2007 we were privileged to meet Commander McCarthy, USN Retired, Director of the Jacksonville Area USO who described her immediate mission of providing two hot meals a month, directly prior to payday, to families of our lower ranked deployed service members.
  • Posted on Aug 25, 2009
    For almost 29 years I have volunteered at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. I got started when I returned from Florida after two years of "retirement." I felt restless, and had nothing to do. Before raising six boys, I worked as a dietitian in hospitals and knew I loved the hospital atmosphere.
  • Posted on Aug 25, 2009
    This was the first I’d even heard of a Duck Drop Race, so I was intrigued and wanted to participate. It was a chance to bring together community youth, families, the Chamber of Commerce who started the event, and the community watershed organization with which I work: the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance (SCRA).

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