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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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Podcast
Community: Postsecondary
May 28, 2020
Community colleges graduation rates remain low. Some studies have shown that students who enroll in summer courses are more likely to stay on track and graduate, yet despite these benefits most college students do not attend during the summer. So why don’t students attend, and how can colleges encourage more of them to enroll in the summer? To answer these questions MDRC launched the Encouraging Additional Summer Enrollment — or EASE — project in partnership with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and 10 community colleges in Ohio. MDRC designed, implemented, and tested two interventions to encourage summer enrollment, using insights from behavioral science, a study of how people make decisions. Both interventions worked to increase enrollment, and both could be operated at a relatively low cost

Authored by: Leigh Parise for MDRC
Topics: Attendance, Education, Post-secondary, School-readiness, Workforce development
Shared by Housing Is on Oct 6, 2020
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Report
Community: Postsecondary
May 28, 2020
Bridge-to-college programs aim to help people complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education. This evaluation of one such program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay finds that it helped more students earn their GEDs and enroll in college courses.

Authored by: Louisa Treskon for MDRC
Topics: Education, Post-secondary, Workforce development
Shared by Housing Is on Oct 6, 2020

Building on the GED: Promising Results from a Bridge-to-College Model

Report
May 28, 2020
Louisa Treskon for MDRC
Bridge-to-college programs aim to help people complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education. This evaluation of one such program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay finds that it helped more students earn their GEDs and enroll in college courses.
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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

Video
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

Video
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

Video
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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Communications
Community: CLPHA COVID-19 Coordination
Mar 23, 2020
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging has launched a an automated COVID-19 in-language helpline and website for older adults and their caregivers.The helpline offers information on prevention, symptoms, and planning in 8 different languages. Each language will have a dedicated 1-800 line so that older adults who are limited English-proficient can immediately learn about the COVID-19 without having to navigate through difficult English prompts.

Authored by: National Asian Pacific Center on Asian
Topics: Communications
Shared by Kirsten Greenwell on Mar 23, 2020

NAPCA Launches Automated In-Language Helpline and Website for Older Adults and Caregivers in Response to COVID-19

Communications
Mar 23, 2020
National Asian Pacific Center on Asian
The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging has launched a an automated COVID-19 in-language helpline and website for older adults and their caregivers.The helpline offers information on prevention, symptoms, and planning in 8 different languages.
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Communications
Community: CLPHA COVID-19 Coordination
Mar 23, 2020
Special edition of CLPHA newsletter detailing the organization's efforts in response to COVID-19.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Advocacy, CLPHA, Communications, Health, Seniors
Shared by Steve Lucas on Mar 23, 2020
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Communications
Community: CLPHA COVID-19 Coordination
Mar 22, 2020
From CDC: "Residents in retirement communities and ILF are considered to be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes because of older age and because they may have underlying health conditions, such as chronic heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. They also may be at higher risk of getting and spreading the virus because of community characteristics, such as frequent social activities, and shared dining facilities and communal spaces. Guidance specific to retirement and independent living communities can help the residents, and those who help serve them, slow the spread of the virus and prevent serious illness." The CDC guidance includes a checklist for owners and building managers to help protect residents from the spread of COVID-19.

Authored by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Topics: Health, Seniors
Shared by Steve Lucas on Mar 22, 2020
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Communications
Community: CLPHA COVID-19 Coordination
Mar 17, 2020
Offers community-specific COVID-19 mitigation plans and guidance on how to prepare and take action for COVID-19 at home and at workplaces, schools, childcare programs, colleges, universities, large community events/mass gatherings, homeless shelters, and other locations.

Authored by: CDC
Topics: Communications
Shared by Kirsten Greenwell on Mar 17, 2020
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Communications
Community: CLPHA COVID-19 Coordination
Mar 17, 2020
Print resources from the CDC about coronavirus symptoms, prevention, and treatment to distribute and post in your communities.

Authored by: CDC
Topics: Communications
Shared by Kirsten Greenwell on Mar 17, 2020
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Webinar
Community:
Feb 12, 2020
A discussion with attorney Alex Elson from the National Student Legal Defense Network and director of FAIL STATE, Alex Shebanow, to talk about predatory for-profit institutions and how that affects low income residents. About the film: Over five years in the making, FAIL STATE investigates the for-profit college industry and the decades-long reports of student loan abuse within the sector. The film’s central thesis: aided by a cabal of politicians, nationwide disinvestment in public colleges and universities, and an unscrupulous desire to maximize profits at all costs, for-profit colleges have exploited millions of low-income and minority students, leaving them with worthless degrees and drowning in student loan debt. With echoes of the subprime mortgage crisis, director Alexander Shebanow traces the rise of the for-profit college industry in American higher education and uncovers a story that the Los Angeles Times calls “truly eye-opening and crucial.” The film premiered to sold-out shows at DOC NYC, SXSW EDU, Cleveland International, and debuted on STARZ in December 2018. Director Alexander Shebanow and Executive Producer Dan Rather were awarded the 2019 William Randolph Hearst Award for Outstanding Professional Media Service for their work on FAIL STATE.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Advocacy, CLPHA, Education, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Post-secondary
Shared by Abra Lyons-Warren on Feb 12, 2020

CLPHA Education Working Group: Predatory PostSecondary Institutions Webinar

Webinar
Feb 12, 2020
CLPHA
A discussion with attorney Alex Elson from the National Student Legal Defense Network and director of FAIL STATE, Alex Shebanow, to talk about predatory for-profit institutions and how that affects low income residents. About the film: Over five years in the making, FAIL STATE investigates the fo
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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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Publication
Community:
Oct 3, 2019
A majority of property managers report that a smoke-free policy is largely well followed and self enforced by residents and staff. However, it is not uncommon for a small minority of residents to struggle or refuse to comply by continuing to smoke or allowing their guests to smoke on the property. These resources and tools can assist management in promoting compliance and enforcing the policy when necessary. If you would like to consult on solutions specific to your situation, reach out to info@smokefreepublichousingproject.org.

Authored by: Clean Air for All
Topics: Health, Healthy homes, Smoke-free
Shared by Jackie Siewert on Oct 3, 2019

Smoke-Free Public Housing Compliance and Enforcement Toolkit

Publication
Oct 3, 2019
Clean Air for All
A majority of property managers report that a smoke-free policy is largely well followed and self enforced by residents and staff. However, it is not uncommon for a small minority of residents to struggle or refuse to comply by continuing to smoke or allowing their guests to smoke on the property.