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Elements of a Successful Partnership

With generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, CLPHA developed an in-depth report on regional housing-education collaborations taking place at housing authorities across the Pacific-Northwest.

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National Snapshot of PHA-Health Partnerships

The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) provides new data about public housing authorities’ partnerships with the health sector and offers recommendations to encourage collaboration between these affordable housing providers and their health system partners.

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Community:
Jan 13, 2021
On a day-to-day basis, vulnerable populations suffer from inequities in health, wealth, and education. These same people are then disproportionately impacted by catastrophes ranging from hurricanes to COVID-19, which only serve to underline the great and urgent need for equity across race, gender, and income. In the latest episode of The Intersect, Madeline Colety and Lorine Giangola discuss how Abt’s housing and resilience work is helping clients promote equity.

Authored by: Madeline Colety & Lorine Giangola for ABT ASSOCIATES
Topics: Advocacy, Community development, Education, Food insecurity, Health, Healthy homes, Homelessness, Housing, Low-income, Partnerships, Racial inequalities
Shared by Housing Is on Jan 14, 2021
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Report
Community: Seniors
Dec 3, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, service coordinators played a pivotal role in the support of older adult residents of publicly funded housing properties. Some independent housing operators employ service coordinators to increase residents’ self-sufficiency, physical security, social connections, and the delivery of long-term community-based supportive services. This report presents results from a survey conducted between June 23 and July 17, 2020 to explore the experiences of these service coordinators during the early months of COVID-19. At the time of the survey, about one-third of respondents were aware of at least one resident on the property who had tested positive for COVID-19. The survey revealed the pandemic’s impact on the lives of older residents of publicly funded housing. Professional support systems that typically provided personal assistance and medical care were interrupted, threatening residents’ physical and mental health. Transportation and resource acquisition systems were also unsettled, creating barriers to activities of independent living such as shopping to acquire food and medication. Social challenges were particularly acute during the early months of the pandemic. Residents demonstrated signs of anxiety and loneliness as their typical experiences of community life were muted. And, while health guidelines and novel benefit programs emerged at a steady clip, communication systems had to be modified from largely in-person formats to accommodate a population of older adults without consistent access to technological platforms.

Authored by: Samara Scheckler for THE JOINT CENTER FOR HOUSING STUDIES OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Topics: Community development, Housing, Mental health, Seniors
Shared by Housing Is on Dec 3, 2020

For Older Adults in Publicly Funded Housing During the Pandemic, Service Coordinators Help Build Resilience

Report
Dec 3, 2020
Samara Scheckler for THE JOINT CENTER FOR HOUSING STUDIES OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY
During the COVID-19 pandemic, service coordinators played a pivotal role in the support of older adult residents of publicly funded housing properties.
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Community: Youth
Nov 3, 2020
As housing costs have escalated and inequities persist across the country, many young people need flexible, empowerment-based investments to get stably housed and onto a path to thriving. To this end, direct financial assistance (“cash transfers”) with other supports offer a promising solution grounded in a robust global evidence base. The circumstances of COVID-19 amplify the importance of developing and evaluating youth-informed approaches to doing things differently. This report shares results and implications of a year-long research and stakeholder engagement process that Chapin Hall conducted in collaboration with Point Source Youth to inform the development of a Direct Cash Transfer Program (DCTP) for youth experiencing homelessness. We look forward to piloting and rigorously evaluating a program based on these findings, starting in NYC.

Authored by: Matthew Morton for CHAPIN HALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Topics: Community development, Funding, Homelessness, Housing, Low-income, Youth
Shared by Housing Is on Nov 3, 2020
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Community:
Oct 14, 2020
This report examines trends among career-age families living in publicly supported rental homes and offers new insights into how COVID-19 threatens the economic stability of these families. Before the pandemic, most career-age families living in publicly supported homes that can work were working. However, many employed assisted renters that continue to work likely face a high risk of COVID-19 exposure. Forty-six percent of assisted renters employed last March worked in occupations that would become frontline occupations, one-fifth worked in occupations exposed to infectious diseases once a month or more, and nearly one-third worked in occupations that require working in moderate or close proximity to others. At the same time, one-third of assisted renters employed in 2018 reported having a risk factor that increases the likelihood of contracting a severe case of COVID-19.

Authored by: PUBLIC AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESEARCH CORPORATION
Topics: Healthy homes, Housing, Stability
Shared by Housing Is on Oct 20, 2020

2020 Housing Impact Report: Career-Age Families

Report
Oct 14, 2020
PUBLIC AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESEARCH CORPORATION
This report examines trends among career-age families living in publicly supported rental homes and offers new insights into how COVID-19 threatens the economic stability of these families. Before the pandemic, most career-age families living in publicly supported homes that can work were working
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Report
Community: Postsecondary
May 2, 2019
Innovative public housing authorities (PHAs) are collaborating with college access partners and community colleges to increase postsecondary educational achievement for low-income residents and college students experiencing homelessness. This report elevates 11 shared learnings from a recent convening of these five pioneering PHAs and their postsecondary collaborators, and offers a series of recommendations to policy makers, PHAs, and philanthropic organizations seeking to develop emerging cross-sector collaborations between housing and education organizations. The report also includes an overview of the federal policies that support and limit postsecondary achievement for students served by PHAs, and profiles of the five partnerships: CHA and partners City Colleges of Chicago and One Million Degrees; CMHA and partner Columbus State Community College; HACLA and partner Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN); LMHA and partner Family Scholar House; and THA and partner Tacoma Community College.

Authored by: Abra Lyons-Warren for CLPHA
Topics: CLPHA, Education, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Partnerships, Post-secondary, Stability
Shared by Abra Lyons-Warren on Oct 6, 2020

Eliminating Barriers to Postsecondary Success: Cross-Sector Collaborations to Improve Postsecondary Achievement for Students Served by Public Housing Authorities

Report
May 2, 2019
Abra Lyons-Warren for CLPHA
Innovative public housing authorities (PHAs) are collaborating with college access partners and community colleges to increase postsecondary educational achievement for low-income residents and college students experiencing homelessness.
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Carefully planned, high quality summer programs encourage youth participation and retention, providing them with life changing experiences. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to research-based best practices in summer learning; help them explore best practices and areas of challenge within their own programs; and support them in starting to develop quality improvement goals. Participants will hear examples of summer program quality, practical ways to implement assessment measures using an interactive program planning guide and assessment tool, and how they can more strategically approach planning for quality in their summer offerings.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
The growing number of PHAs developing housing mobility programs present an exciting opportunity for families with young children who are seeking higher performing schools for their children. These mobility programs can complement related PHA programs to improve local schools in traditional neighborhoods, by giving children the opportunity to cross school district lines to attend low poverty, less racially isolated schools. This session will give an overview of current research on the benefits of school integration, and will highlight the efforts of several PHAs to help families access suburban school districts as part of a housing mobility strategy.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Housing, Mobility, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
A growing body of evidence validates the role of agency and engagement in a person’s wellbeing. Both traditional healthcare and public health experts are seeking to implement person-centered approaches to outreach, care, and measurement. While many housing organizations are committed to resident-centered approaches, operationalizing this value in the daily business of managing real estate, running services, and reporting to investors/funders presents challenges. SAHF is working to understand how housers can better facilitate greater resident agency, voice, and power in an effort to support resident wellbeing. SAHF will share key learnings from our work and facilitate a discussion and peer sharing on these topics.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
By age three, lower-income children are often well behind their more affluent peers in language and literacy skills, leading to gaps in school readiness by kindergarten and beyond. Addressing these gaps requires solutions that span beyond school hours into the informal places where families live, learn and play. This session will highlight in research and practice how everyday spaces - laundromats, playgrounds, supermarkets, hospital waiting rooms, and others – can transform into literacy-rich environments with learning opportunities for families and young children. Speakers will also discuss how these partnerships apply to the design and utilization of affordable housing developments.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Housing is fundamental for generating better outcomes in education, health, racial equity, and more; yet housing providers neither can nor should take on major outcome goals alone. This session will engage participants in deep and interactive dialogue about the role that housing providers can play in collective impact and how housing and other partners can work together toward a shared vision for change. With background framing from the Urban Institute, presenters from StriveTogether, Enterprise Community Partners, and an innovative housing authority will share lessons from their experiences as part of a participatory session on effective collective local impact partnerships.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Community health workers (CHW) can be vital to ensuring individuals and communities accessing the full range of healthcare and social services they need. Housing authorities and their health partners are increasingly looking for ways to train and deploy CHWs in their communities to help improve health outcomes, improve satisfaction with care, lower healthcare costs, and minimize health disparities. This session will explore several PHAs training residents to become CHWs. Participants will learn of the deliberative process undertaken to design proofs of concept that feature cross-sector partnerships, metrics determination, data collection and sharing approaches, evaluation planning, anticipated outcomes and strategies for replicability.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Health, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Following our 2020 Summit Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Donna Shalala, we will hear from a roundtable comprised of a national Medicaid payer, large housing authority, and essential health care service provider about improving outcomes through innovative collaboration between the health and housing sectors. As a Medicaid managed care organization, UnitedHealthcare Community & State has forged partnerships with public housing authorities (PHAs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to address the social determinants of health of those individuals accessing the Medicaid system. UnitedHealthcare will be joined in this conversation by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and Bread for the City (an FQHC in Washington, DC) to discuss the importance of including all of these partners at the table. Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed public health and social inequities front and center, we are reminded of the importance of partnerships with an “all hands on deck” approach to produce results.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Health, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020

CLPHA Housing Is Summit 2020: Day 2 Plenary with Keynote Speaker Donna Shalala and Health-Housing Panel

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Jun 12, 2020
CLPHA
Following our 2020 Summit Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Donna Shalala, we will hear from a roundtable comprised of a national Medicaid payer, large housing authority, and essential health care service provider about improving outcomes through innovative collaboration between the health and housing s
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Housing providers and public health experts share insights from building cross-sector health and housing partnerships. King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, and Public Health - Seattle & King County have integrated housing data with Medicaid and Medicare data to better understand resident health needs and inform health initiatives. Leveraging this linked dataset, Dr. Craig Pollack is investigating the effects of receiving housing assistance on health outcomes. Vancouver Housing Authority is part of the Health and Housing Innovation Partnership, which aims to increase housing options for people with complex behavioral and physical health conditions and to better integrate health care services with the housing. Yakima Housing Authority recently became a Supported Employment provider under a new Washington State Medicaid Program, requiring the agency to become more connected to the state’s Medicaid system.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Health, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
Focused on advancing equitable results for families and children, this session will examine the cross-sector partnerships used in Norfolk and Asheville. Participants will learn about proven approaches on how education and housing providers can collaboratively create a population level result, how to use data to inform strategy development, how to conduct a factor analysis, how to formulate targeted and universal strategies, and how to establish baselines, targets and performance measures. Leaders from city governments, school districts, and the housing authorities will share insights and engage attendees in discussion.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting the health of low income housing residents and minority communities. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 may not have the knowledge and resources to prevent the spread of infection, to seek appropriate healthcare, and to maintain quarantine. Lack of experience with telemedicine and lack of home blood pressure and glucose monitoring devices will result in worsening chronic disease health outcomes. Furthermore, the increased financial and emotional stress during the COVID-19 epidemic may result in increased need for mental health support. The Bringing Health Home (BHH) Program, a collaboration between the Housing Authority of the City of Austin and the University of Texas Dell Medical School and funding provided by the St. David's Foundation, has trained and hired residents as state-certified Community Health Workers (CHW) to conduct virtual outreach to their neighbors at the largest public housing community to assess and address needs in the context of COVID-19. Using CDC guidelines, the CHWs assess their peers over the phone for COVID-19 symptoms, reinforce preventative measures, link them to testing and medical care, when indicated, and connect them to other available resources, as needed. With this support, it has been possible for BHH residents with COVID-19 to maintain self-isolation and minimize transmission. The BHH team will share the work they are doing to prevent health disparities, minimize COVID-19 deaths, contain the virus, and protect the public welfare by supporting COVID-19 positive households with customized relief packages and symptom monitoring as they remain under quarantine.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Health, Housing, Seniors, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020

CLPHA Housing Is Summit 2020: PHAs Addressing COVID-19 Transmission and Health Inequities

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Jun 12, 2020
CLPHA
COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting the health of low income housing residents and minority communities. Those who have symptoms of COVID-19 may not have the knowledge and resources to prevent the spread of infection, to seek appropriate healthcare, and to maintain quarantine.
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
This session allowed participants to form and go deeper in their partnerships through a systems level approach. How are your partnerships considering the six conditions of systems change of policies, practices, relationships, resource flows, power dynamics, and mental modes? The Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Public Schools Partnership has taken a systems level approach, reviewing the opportunities for integration and alignment of policies, practices, and relationships while staying true to our values of family engagement and trauma-informed practice. We provide examples from our partnership and will also facilitate the idea generating and sharing among all participants.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020

CLPHA Housing Is Summit 2020: Systems Change - Understanding the Water You're Swimming In

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Jun 12, 2020
CLPHA
This session allowed participants to form and go deeper in their partnerships through a systems level approach. How are your partnerships considering the six conditions of systems change of policies, practices, relationships, resource flows, power dynamics, and mental modes?
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
June 4-5, Hosted Virtually via Zoom | Opening remarks by CLPHA President Stephen Norman and CLPHA Executive Director Sunia Zaterman followed by a roundtable discussion featuring voices from the housing, health, and education sectors. We kicked off the Summit with a Plenary Roundtable (starting at 20:53): Cross-Sector Crisis Response -- What We Are Learning About Cross-Sector Collaboration from COVID-19. About the panel: Partnerships have always been critical to improving life outcomes for low-income individuals and families. The global coronavirus pandemic has highlighted how crucial these partnerships are and how fractured our safety net systems remain. The health, economic, and educational consequences of COVID-19 have further imperiled already vulnerable people who face new and worsening challenges. Collaboration at the intersection of housing, education, and public health has been key to effective community responses to the pandemic. This roundtable will discuss how COVID-19 has compelled organizations to work differently to serve those in need and what lasting changes we can anticipate across sectors in the coming months and years. Panelists will specifically address the issues of out-of-school time, public health, connectivity, and social isolation for low-income residents.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Education, Health, Housing, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Community:
Jun 12, 2020
June 4-5, 2020, Hosted Virtually via Zoom

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Funding, Health, Housing, Medicaid / Medicare, Summit 2020
Shared by Steve Lucas on Jun 12, 2020
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Policy Brief
Community:
Dec 4, 2019
In California, more than 3.7 million students were eligible for free or reduced priced school meals in the 2017-2018 school year. For many of those students, school meals are the primary source of regular access to healthy food. When the bell rings at 3:00 or lets out for summer break, many of those students go home to nutritional uncertainty or high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. For many low-income families, the out-of-school-time food access gap increases family stress: limited budgets are stretched further to cover food, rent, utilities, transportation, medications, and chidcare costs. For very young children, food insecurity can negatively impact brain and physical development. For children of all ages, disrupted access to healthy food can impact behavior, increase risk of obesity, make it harder to concentrate, or exacerbate existing healthy conditions like type 2 diabetes. The impact is not limited to summer, and can lead to a rocky start to the school year, negatively impacting school attendance and students’ ability to effectively participate in school. Read the full brief to learn how public and affordable housing communities can address food insecurity for children and youth with the help of out-of-school-time USDA child nutrition programs.

Authored by:
Topics: Advocacy, Early childhood, Food insecurity, Health, Healthy homes, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Nutrition, Out-of-school time, West Coast, Youth
Shared by Linda Lu on Dec 4, 2019

Keeping Kids Healthy and Engaged When School is Out Through Public and Affordable Housing Communities

Policy Brief
Dec 4, 2019
In California, more than 3.7 million students were eligible for free or reduced priced school meals in the 2017-2018 school year. For many of those students, school meals are the primary source of regular access to healthy food.
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Community:
Nov 7, 2019
How Housing Programs Can Support the Educational Needs of Children Living in Publicly Supported Homes

Authored by: Public and Affordable Housing Research Corporation
Topics: Attendance, Broadband, Child welfare, Early childhood, Health, Housing, Literacy, Low-income, Out-of-school time, Partnerships, Place-based, Research, School-readiness
Shared by Kelly McElwain on Nov 7, 2019
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Community:
Jun 6, 2019
Trends in Housing Assistance and Who it Serves

Authored by: PAHRC
Topics: Community development, Disabilities, Education, Funding, Health, Homelessness, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Partnerships, Research, Seniors, Workforce development, Youth
Shared by Keely Stater on Sep 10, 2019
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Policy Brief
Community:
Jun 4, 2019
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced its intention to roll back protections for transgender people experiencing homelessness. The newly proposed rule, which is in the early stages of the rulemaking process and has not yet been publicly posted to the Federal Register, would allow homeless shelters to discriminate based on gender identity, putting transgender people in danger of violence and further housing instability. This is part of a long string of attacks the Trump administration has directed toward the transgender community, such as implementing the infamous military ban, contributing to a pattern that legally perpetuates discrimination against transgender people in this country.

Authored by: Aastha Uprety for Equal Rights Center
Topics: Health, Homelessness, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Racial inequalities
Shared by Housing Is on Jun 13, 2019
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Community:
Jun 12, 2019
Zoning is a way for communities to separate land by use or form. But from the start, zoning has separated more than just land uses. It has also separated people. As a result, we pay the cost in public health, racial and economic injustices, higher housing costs, and more.

Authored by: How Housing Matters for The Urban Institute
Topics: Housing, Legislation & Policy, Racial inequalities
Shared by Housing Is on Jun 13, 2019
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Community:
Jun 12, 2019
Zoning rules dictate more than just how we can use and build on land. They also shape our communities and our lives. Land use laws determine where we can find housing, schools, and parks—and who has access to them.

Authored by: Maya Brennan, Emily Peiffer, and Kimberly Burrowes for How Housing Matters, The Urban Institute
Topics: Health, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Racial inequalities
Shared by Housing Is on Jun 13, 2019

How Zoning Shapes our Lives

Publication
Jun 12, 2019
Maya Brennan, Emily Peiffer, and Kimberly Burrowes for How Housing Matters, The Urban Institute
Zoning rules dictate more than just how we can use and build on land. They also shape our communities and our lives. Land use laws determine where we can find housing, schools, and parks—and who has access to them.
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News Article
Community:
Jun 9, 2019
When applications opened for New York City’s first affordable housing property for LGBTQ older adults recently, 1,000 people eagerly sent theirs in on that first day.

Authored by: Grace Birnstengel for Forbes
Topics: East Coast, Homelessness, Housing, Low-income, Seniors
Shared by Housing Is on Jun 13, 2019