Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health. Without a safe, affordable place to live, it is almost impossible to achieve good health or to achieve one’s full potential. In addition, income supports like SSI and SSDI are essential for the payment of rent, food, and basic elements of survival. Currently, CIBHS supports counties and local communities in their housing and income support efforts through the SOAR program and by providing No Place Like Home Technical Assistance.
Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative, and partnering with Collaborative Solutions, Inc., CIBHS offered a one-day training that addressed landlord engagement and eviction prevention to help vulnerable clients find and keep safe, stable and affordable homes in California.
Using a national HUD grant awarded to Collaborative Solutions, Inc., the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative works with housing developers, service providers, municipalities, and state agencies throughout the U.S. in an effort to increase permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations, including those living with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and those experiencing homelessness. Vulnerable populations often face housing instability. Stabilizing the household through a safe, decent, and affordable home, allows that household to thrive with positive health outcomes, gainful employment, economic security, and overall greater well-being.
Engaged and Informed: The Keys to Successful Landlord Engagement and Eviction Prevention in Rural Communities: Affordable housing is getting harder to secure for vulnerable clients. This workshop was tailored to organizations and individuals who are interacting with landlords, both making the sell and sustaining units when relationships are challenged. Participants practiced interactions with landlords, including presentations to landlord groups, to ensure messaging is strong, ingrained in the pitch, and framed effectively to get landlords to say yes and house your clients. Eviction prevention strategies were presented. This was an opportunity to come together to address the ongoing need for collaborative relationships with landlords and improve access to safe, stable, and affordable homes in rural communities.
Behavioral health, affordable housing, and homeless services agencies have a common goal to improve the well-being of their clients, but they often work in silos, with different languages, acronyms, cultures, operating practices, and resources. Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative and partnering with Collaborative Solutions, Inc., CIBHS was pleased to provide a 2-day Rural Supportive Housing workshop designed to address housing and case management strategies that can help vulnerable clients find and keep safe, stable, and affordable homes in small counties and rural areas. This workshop also provided a forum for networking and partnership development between local behavioral health, housing, and homeless services professionals and advocates.
Behavioral health, affordable housing, and homeless services agencies have a common goal to improve the well-being of their clients, but they often work in silos, with different languages, acronyms, cultures, operating practices, and resources. Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative, and partnering with Collaborative Solutions, Inc., CIBHS was pleased to provide two 2-day Rural Supportive Housing workshops designed to address housing and case management strategies that can help vulnerable clients find and keep safe, stable, and affordable homes in small counties and rural areas. These workshops also provided a forum for networking and partnership development between local behavioral health, housing, and homeless services professionals and advocates.
Coordinated Entry: Best Practices to Plan and Implement a Rural Coordinated Entry System
The federal government set January 2018 as the date to have a coordinated entry system (CES) in place. Many rural communities have been struggling with how to plan and implement a CES across a wide geographic area with few service providers. This workshop guided communities through the design and planning for a CES, and offered recommendations on best practices from other rural communities. Through this workshop, communities produced a CES checklist of next steps.
Housing-based Case Management: Prioritizing Affordable Housing Provision for Clients
Many service providers have been trained to provide clinical, medically-focused supportive services to clients. It is our belief that housing is the foundation for stability and providers must be trained to understand and prioritize the affordable housing needs of clients to better help them achieve housing stability. This workshop provided essential tools and training to teach providers how to prioritize housing and includes key concepts such as low barrier program design, landlord engagement, and eviction prevention.
The No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program, administered by the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), dedicates $2 billion in bond proceeds for the development of permanent supportive housing for persons who need mental health services and are experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness, or are at-risk of chronic homelessness. Every county is eligible to receive an NPLH Technical Assistance grant, with amounts available based on county size.
The SOAR model is recognized by SAMHSA as a Promising Practice and designed to increase successful SSI/SSDI and Medicaid/Medicare applications for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness or co-occurring disorder.
In January of 2016, The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, in partnership with Tuolumne County Behavioral Health Department received a two-year grant award through the Improving Health in Rural Counties Program from the Centene Foundation for Quality Healthcare. The grant funds the development and implementation of the Tuolumne SOAR Collaborative (TSC), a multi-agency collaborative working to ensure timely access to income, health insurance and transitional housing for individuals with a disabling mental illness or co-occurring disorder who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
This is an interactive map showing the counties and/or regions covered by nonprofit affordable housing developers and intermediaries working in rural parts of California. For more information about each organization, click on its name. The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) has created this map to assist small and rural counties with identifying and developing partnerships with housing developers in their areas in order to address the increasing problem of rural homelessness.