Field of Work: Providing supportive housing to people who have been chronically homeless
Problem Synopsis: Most chronically homeless individuals have a serious substance abuse or mental health challenge, and many also suffer from other chronic illnesses. Such individuals cycle repeatedly through hospital emergency rooms, mental health treatment centers, shelters, detoxification centers and jails, and use a disproportionate share of these resources.
Synopsis of the Work: The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), based in New York City, created Taking Health Care Home, a national effort from 2002 to 2010 to expand the pipeline of permanent supportive housing for homeless people with chronic disabilities, such as HIV/AIDS, long-term substance abuse and severe mental illness. The project entailed providing grants, loans, and technical assistance to states and communities to coordinate and streamline the way they organize, deliver and fund housing and health and human services.