In the Face of Challenges, the Supportive Housing Industry Responds with Innovation and Adaptation

In the Face of Challenges, the Supportive Housing Industry Responds with Innovation and Adaptation

For 20 years, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) has been a national leader in the supportive housing industry by providing advocacy, expertise, leadership, and financial resources to create and operate supportive housing. Every year CSH administers it’s State of the Industry Survey, which helps highlight challenges, trends, and issues present in the supportive housing field by surveying people who work in the field.

The 2010 State of the Industry Survey found that state and local budget deficits have resulted in fewer resources and, in some places, less political support.  The report also states that mainstream resources like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Substance Abuse Treatment Block Grants and Medicaid remain underused as sources of funding for supportive housing.  In addition, they found that there is a need to increase state and local alignment with strategies highlighted in Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to end homelessness.

Despite the indentified challenges, respondents remain confident about the value of supportive housing as an unparalleled and cost-effective solution to homelessness. The report concludes that, while these are tough economic times for the supportive housing industry, federal support under Opening Doors has reinvigorated industry efforts.  The federal plan recognizes that supportive housing is the best way to end chronic homelessness and reach vulnerable populations.  With this in mind, “the supportive housing industry is redoubling its efforts and responding with innovation and adaptation.”

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