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5th Annual Housing Is Summit on May 16-17

Join us for our 5th annual Housing Is Summit on May 16-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. This unique two-day conference brings together diverse housing, health, and education stakeholders to explore innovative system alignment efforts and develop cross-sector solutions to complex challenges all three sectors face.

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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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Register Now: 2019 Housing Is Summit

We are excited to announce that the annual Housing Is Summit will be held on May 16-17, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Summit will offer two days of plenary speakers, breakout sessions, and caucus discussions devoted to cross-sector thinking on housing, health, and education, as well as opportunities for action. We hope you can join us!

 
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Interactive
Community:
HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is pleased to announce the 2019 Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition. The competition encourages multidisciplinary graduate student teams to submit innovative solutions for a real-world affordable housing project that incorporate design, planning, finance, and larger community elements.

Authored by: PD&R Edge Online Magazine
Topics: Funding, Housing, Low-income, Partnerships, Research
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Publication
Community:
On September 20, 2018, a panel of researchers and practitioners discussed new research and ongoing challenges associated with the HCV program at HUD’s Quarterly Update from the Office of Policy Development and Research.

Authored by: PD&R Edge Online Magazine
Topics: Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Mobility, Racial inequalities, Research
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Community:
This initiative is generating innovative ideas that will help us address the affordable housing crisis in America and further support our broad mission to create housing opportunities that are safe, sustainable, and affordable, while managing risk to protect lenders, homeowners, and taxpayers. Specifically, The Challenge is a $10 million commitment by Fannie Mae to generate affordable housing solutions that will help Fannie Mae address the nation’s affordable housing issues by advancing sustainable communities–those providing residents integrated opportunities for employment, health and wellness, and education.

Authored by: Fannie Mae
Topics: Education, Funding, Health, Housing, Low-income, Workforce development
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Report
Community:
Jul 26, 2018
Neighborhoods where insecure housing overlaps with higher rates of emergency department use may be promising areas for interventions under Medicaid value-based payment

Authored by: United Hospital Fund
Topics: East Coast, Health, Housing, Low-income, Medicaid / Medicare, Partnerships, Stability
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018

New Report Identifies NYC Neighborhoods Where Medicaid Might Better Support Members’ Health by Addressing Housing Insecurity

Report
Jul 26, 2018
United Hospital Fund
Neighborhoods where insecure housing overlaps with higher rates of emergency department use may be promising areas for interventions under Medicaid value-based payment
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Report
Community:
Sep 1, 2018
The Roundtable brought together over 70 experts from federal, state, and local government, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and academia. The objective of the Roundtable was to “explore possibilities and limits of data sharing, and identify successes and proposed solutions for using data to address the opioid crisis.”

Authored by: The Center for Open Data Enterprise
Topics: Data sharing, Health, Partnerships, Substance abuse
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Publication
Community:
The health care system is transforming to deliver value and maximize health across a patient’s lifespan. In this new landscape, there is rapid adoption of health technology to deliver patient-centered, whole person care. This issue brief explores elements for technology applications emerging to “close the loop” between clinical and community services and presents accelerators and challenges to their adoption.

Authored by: Nemours Children's Health Systems
Topics: Child welfare, Data sharing, Early childhood, Health, Partnerships, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Webinar
Community:
Oct 8, 2018
During this All In webinar, Caroline Fichtenberg of SIREN reviewed the current landscape of assessment tools and outcomes measures for social needs. Karis Grounds of 2-1-1 San Diego explained how they incorporated social needs assessment into their Risk Rating Scale, which helps them better serve clients while showing the impact of their services.

Authored by: All In: Data for Community Health
Topics: Data sharing, Health, Low-income, Metrics, Partnerships, West Coast
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Webinar
Community:
Oct 8, 2018
A growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health (SDOH) has led to a proliferation of screening and assessment tools, but there are currently no national standards for how to systematically capture and address the non-health needs of patients. To provide some guidance for communities just starting out on this path, All In: Data for Community Health hosted a webinar featuring two subject matter experts.

Authored by: All In: Data for Community Health
Topics: Data sharing, Health, Metrics, Partnerships
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Webinar
Community:
Oct 9, 2018
CLPHA’s Education Working Group hosts a webinar with Bright by Text, a texting platform that connects caregivers with tools for improving educational outcomes for children. Bright by Text’s President and Senior Program Manager share information about their partnerships with housing authorities and non-profit housing providers across the country, providing insight into the benefits of connecting with residents through technology. CLPHA members who work with Bright by Text outline their respective initiatives and discussed local program goals.

Authored by: CLPHA
Topics: Child welfare, CLPHA, Dual-generation, Early childhood, Family engagement, Health, Home visiting, Housing, Partnerships, Place-based, Preventative care, Safety, School-readiness
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Community:
Sep 1, 2018
This guide aims to provide resources and advice from the experiences of those in the NNIP network and other related organizations on developing a strong data governance program and protecting the security of confidential data.

Authored by: Leah Hendey, Amanda Gold, and Kathryn L.S. Pettit for National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
Topics: Community development, Data sharing, Partnerships
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018

NNIP's Resource Guide to Data Governance and Security

Publication
Sep 1, 2018
Leah Hendey, Amanda Gold, and Kathryn L.S. Pettit for National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
This guide aims to provide resources and advice from the experiences of those in the NNIP network and other related organizations on developing a strong data governance program and protecting the security of confidential data.
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Podcast
Community:
Sep 12, 2018
Opportunity Zones have the potential to make a huge economic impact on disinvested communities across the country. Host Justin Milner speaks with researchers Brett Theodos and Brady Meixell on how this brand-new economic development initiative works, and how we’ll know if it’s truly successful.

Authored by: Urban Institute's Critical Value Podcast
Topics: Community development, Low-income, Mobility, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Case study
Community:
Sep 25, 2018
Practitioners working on community safety have increasingly incorporated creative placemaking techniques into their work. Creative placemaking refers to the ways in which arts and culture change how people use the places they share.

Authored by: Mark Treskon for Urban Institute
Topics: Community development, Criminal justice, Low-income, Out-of-school time, Partnerships, Place-based
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Research
Community:
May 1, 2018
The third in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago on understanding and addressing youth homelessness.

Authored by: Chapin Hall and Voices of Youth Count
Topics: Early childhood, Family engagement, Home visiting, Low-income, Partnerships, Pre-natal, Research, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Policy Brief
Community:
Oct 1, 2018

Authored by: SchoolHouse Connection
Topics: Child welfare, Early childhood, Education, Health, Homelessness, Low-income, Pre-natal
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Community:
Young people are the workers of today and tomorrow. But those who become parents in their teenage years and early 20s, just as they are getting started in the world of work, are often confronted with a harsh reality: odds stacked against their ability to earn, learn and raise a family, which can threaten their children’s future as well as the strength of our communities.

Authored by: The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Topics: Early childhood, Education, Legislation & Policy, Post-secondary, Pre-natal, Research, Workforce development, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Policy Brief
Community:
This short document provides basic information to help housing and homeless assistance providers advocate with their families and youth for appropriate educational services, from birth through higher education. The rights and protections outlined here apply to all children and youth experiencing homelessness, as defined by the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act.

Authored by: SchoolHouse Connection
Topics: Disabilities, Dual-generation, Early childhood, Education, Family engagement, Homelessness, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Post-secondary, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Community:
Aug 20, 2018
Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act's definition of "homeless" as it refers to children and youth. Review other relevant federal regulations for Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-subsidized programs. This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.

Authored by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Topics: Child welfare, Early childhood, Education, Family engagement, Grade-level proficiency, Homelessness, Housing, Low-income, Stability
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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News Article
Community:
Oct 8, 2018
A strategy for community problem-solving does an extraordinary job at restoring our social fabric.

Authored by: David Brooks for The New York Times
Topics: Community development, Education, Partnerships, Place-based, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 10, 2018
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Research
Community:
Oct 1, 2018
Although the rental assistance programs varied, key themes emerged, including (1) most programs, recognizing the impact of housing stability on health outcomes, targeted populations served by state or local health and human services programs; (2) most programs served a growing number of households over time; (3) funding generally increased over time and most of it came from general revenue; and (4) programs involved collaboration between the housing and health and human services agencies to ensure clients’ needs were comprehensively met.

Authored by: Anna Bailey, Peggy Bailey, and Douglas Rice for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Topics: Funding, Health, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Partnerships, Place-based, Research, Stability
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 9, 2018

Innovative Approaches to Providing Rental Assistance: States and Localities Seek to Support Health and Human Services Goals

Research
Oct 1, 2018
Anna Bailey, Peggy Bailey, and Douglas Rice for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Although the rental assistance programs varied, key themes emerged, including (1) most programs, recognizing the impact of housing stability on health outcomes, targeted populations served by state or local health and human services programs; (2) most programs served a growing number of households o
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Webinar
Community:
Sep 26, 2018
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) has been investing in supportive housing since 1990. Since that time, this comprehensive community health center has developed nearly 1,700 units of housing, and is one of the country’s leaders in integrating health care and housing for a vulnerable population. This webinar discusses how CCH finances its capital development; how they plan, design, and manage multiple projects simultaneously; how they integrate housing and health care services; and how they include property management staff in a coordinated approach to care. This conversation with members of CCH’s leadership complements our recent policy brief and included time for audience Q&A.

Authored by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Topics: Health, Homelessness, Low-income, Medicaid / Medicare, Mental health, Pacific Northwest, Place-based, Supportive housing
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 9, 2018
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News Article
Community:
Oct 5, 2018
At a recent symposium convened by Capital One in Plano, Texas, practitioners, researchers, funders, business leaders, technologists, and other stakeholders discussed ways local leaders can harness technology and data to increase access to opportunity. This issue is particularly relevant in the Dallas metropolitan area, which is one of the country’s fastest-growing tech hubs yet still struggles with a lack of economic and racial inclusion.

Authored by: Aaron Shroyer, Solomon Greene, and Emily Peiffer for Urban Institute
Topics: Broadband, Low-income, Place-based
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 5, 2018

How can local leaders harness technology and data to improve access to opportunity?

News Article
Oct 5, 2018
Aaron Shroyer, Solomon Greene, and Emily Peiffer for Urban Institute
At a recent symposium convened by Capital One in Plano, Texas, practitioners, researchers, funders, business leaders, technologists, and other stakeholders discussed ways local leaders can harness technology and data to increase access to opportunity.
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News Article
Community:
Oct 3, 2018
For years, Dallas has poured millions of federal dollars into affordable housing, to little effect. But in May, the City Council unanimously passed a new comprehensive housing policy, a first for the city. The goal is to build 20,000 new homes — but only in select, pre-approved neighborhoods deemed ripe for revitalization.

Authored by: Teresa Wiltz for Stateline
Topics: Community development, Housing, Legislation & Policy, Low-income, Mobility, Racial inequalities, South
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 4, 2018
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News Article
Community:
Oct 2, 2018
Students have around 60 programs at their disposal, from advanced manufacturing to emergency medical response.

Authored by: Heather Burian for CT
Topics: East Coast, Education, Food insecurity, Health, Low-income, Post-secondary, Youth
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 4, 2018
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Research
Community:
Oct 3, 2018
Using administrative data from Massachusetts, this study analyzes the health care use and Medicaid expenditures of families who experienced one or more homeless episodes between 2008 and 2015 to investigate how health care use is related to emergency housing experiences.

Authored by: Urban Institute
Topics: Asthma, Child welfare, Depression, Health, Homelessness, Housing, Low-income, Medicaid / Medicare, Metrics, Pre-natal, Research
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 4, 2018

Early Detection and Intervention Could Improve Health Outcomes for Homeless Families

Research
Oct 3, 2018
Urban Institute
Using administrative data from Massachusetts, this study analyzes the health care use and Medicaid expenditures of families who experienced one or more homeless episodes between 2008 and 2015 to investigate how health care use is related to emergency housing experiences.
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Research
Community:
Oct 4, 2018
Housing providers and counselors in urban, suburban, and rural areas can help refugees and resettlement agencies navigate challenging rental markets, understand the evidence about how housing and neighborhoods matter, and prepare for long-term success as a renter or owner.

Authored by: Brianne Casey, Kimberly Burrowes, and Maya Brennan for Urban Institute
Topics: Community development, Housing, Immigrants, Research, Stability
Shared by Mica O'Brien on Oct 4, 2018

Secure Housing for Refugees Can Help Them—and US Communities—Prosper

Research
Oct 4, 2018
Brianne Casey, Kimberly Burrowes, and Maya Brennan for Urban Institute
Housing providers and counselors in urban, suburban, and rural areas can help refugees and resettlement agencies navigate challenging rental markets, understand the evidence about how housing and neighborhoods matter, and prepare for long-term success as a renter or owner.