CSH transforms how communities use housing solutions to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people. We offer capital, expertise, information and innovation that allow our partners to use supportive housing to achieve stability, strength and success for the people in most need. CSH blends over 25 years of experience and dedication with a practical and entrepreneurial spirit, making us the source for housing solutions. CSH is an industry leader with national influence and deep connections in a growing number of local communities. We are headquartered in New York City with staff stationed in more than 20 locations around the country. Visit csh.org to learn how CSH has and can make a difference where you live.
CSH transforms how communities use supportive housing to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people. Our cost-effective solutions are proven to work for the men, women and children trapped in crisis and at risk of homelessness.
CSH is a data-driven organization, dedicated to achieving measurable results. We have presented over 538 training events in 2015 alone, reaching over 19,000 participants, and made over $500 million in loans and grants to date, and we’re working in more than 30 states across three regions of the country.
CSH is committed to elevating supportive housing to a new level of innovation and excellence over the next three years.
CSH is a national nonprofit intermediary organization with 118 full-time staff stationed in over 26 locations throughout the United States. To support our national teams and local hub offices:, CSH has a need for:
(1) In-kind/pro-bono services to support our efforts to strengthen our IT and Communications infrastructure.
(2) Core support for our local hub offices. Flexible funding is critical to underwriting important pieces of our work that are difficult to fund otherwise, include our system change efforts and evaluation of promising new supportive housing models.
over 25 years of experience, CSH is an industry leader with national influence
and deep connections in a growing number local communities.
All of CSH’s housing solutions integrate supportive housing. Supportive
housing is a proven intervention that uses housing as a platform for services that
create opportunities for recovery, personal growth and life-long success.
CSH blends our experience and dedication with a practical and
entrepreneurial spirit. We uncover ways to move forward even in the most
complex environments, so our partners can achieve stability, strength and
success for the most vulnerable people in the communities where they live.
CSH is setting our sights on a new future for our organization, our industry and the people who
live in supportive housing. Over the past two decades, we’ve learned that homelessness is not just
the result of poverty, but also is a symptom of other challenges. It’s an effect, caused by multiple,
co-occurring problems like sickness, substance use, mental illness and other chronic health issues.
That’s why CSH is looking beyond homelessness as we envision the future for supportive housing.
It’s time to address the root problems that create turmoil in the lives of the most vulnerable people
among us, and CSH is poised to lead the supportive housing field in that new direction.
It’s no longer just about introducing supportive housing to communities — CSH is ready to use supportive housing to solve some of the most complex and costly social problems our country faces. For communities searching for smarter ways of addressing problems related to homelessness, CSH is an invaluable partner. Our work touches every part of supportive housing solutions, from idea to implementation. We built this industry and we will help create its future.
idea to implementation, CSH is the
source for housing solutions. We are a touchstone for new ideas and best
practices. We are a collaborative and pragmatic community partner as well as an
influential advocate for supportive housing.
across 4 lines of business:
Training and Education
CSH enriches the industry with
research-backed tools, trainings and knowledge sharing.
CSH galvanizes supportive housing solutions with powerful capital
funds, specialty loan products and development expertise.
Consulting and Assistance
CSH collaborates on custom community
planning and cutting-edge innovations.
· Policy Reform
CSH engages government leaders and public agencies through systems reform, policy collaboration and advocacy.
is committed to elevating supportive housing to a new level of innovation and
excellence over the next three years.
The overarching goals of
CSH's SIF initiative are to: 1) develop an innovative, replicable model
programs for serving and housing high utilizers; 2) end homelessness and poor
health outcomes for this population; and 3) improve health practitioner and
system capacity to serve this high-need group.
CSH and our partners will work to achieve these
outcomes in Year 2:
replicable models, which integrate housing with care management and coordinated
primary and behavioral health services, are implemented and tested.
comprehensively serve 160 high-need, high-cost individuals in Connecticut annually,
completing placement of first cohort of individuals as key focus for Year 2.
developed for supportive housing providers to receive greater reimbursement for care management
and other support services via Medicaid.
practitioners and public systems actively participate in planning and
implementation efforts for the pilot, strong buy-in for the approach cultivated
among these groups.
coordination, greater coverage of supportive housing services in CT's Medicaid plan.
to show that CT model improves health outcomes and contains costs.
That’s why CSH is looking beyond homelessness as we envision the future for supportive housing. It’s time to address the root problems that create turmoil in the lives of the most vulnerable people among us, and CSH is poised to lead the supportive housing field in that new direction.
CSH is both a good partner and an excellent steward of
resources as demonstrated by our exceptional ratings by such entities as
Charity Navigator (4-star rating) and CARS, where CSH has a AAA+2 rating
representing our strong impact and our financial strength. CSH has also been
accepted into the S+I 100, an index of top nonprofits creating social impact.
o In 2009, the Wachovia NEXT Awards selected CSH as a finalist for being a pioneer in the supportive housing market by leveraging innovative policy work and financing.
o In 2007, CSH received Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award noting CSH’s innovative business model for addressing homelessness.
o In 2006 & 2008, CSH’s work was recognized via the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for our work to create and support the Connecticut's Supportive Housing Pilots Initiative and the New York City Acquisition Fund.
o In 2014, received an AAA+2 CARS rating by the Opportunity Finance Network. The AAA Impact Performance Rating is the highest of three possible ratings, signifying a clear alignment of mission, strategies, activities, and data. CSH received a ‘2' for Financial Strength and Performance. The Policy Plus rating reflects CSH’s intensive, effective policy work.
o Charity Navigator 4-star rating for 3 consecutive years.
The Governance Committee has
a standing conversation on Board recruitment and seeks to align board
membership with governance needs and CSH’s strategic priorities. The committee
maintains a tracking sheet with content/skill areas tied to these priorities
and goals. Board members routinely contribute their expertise to CSH endeavors. CSH ramped up our targeted recruitment
efforts over the past two years, and added new members with expertise in
strategic areas including mainstream affordable housing development, health
care, and American Indian/rural communities and to enhance fiscal oversight. These
new members provide invaluable guidance and industry connections in order for
CSH to foster deeper partnerships with public agencies and service providers in
these sectors. For example, CSH’s new mission statement and strategic plan put
emphasis on building healthy communities and engaging the health sector, as
well as deploying and leveraging capital to integrate supportive housing into
new communities. As a result, CSH voted in February 2013 to elect two new board
members, Sandra Forquer, from OptumHealth, and Steve Friedman from Ernst and Young, whose experiences and ties in the health sector and real estate/mergers
and acquisitions, respectively, make them strong additions to our board.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
CSH has undertaken
several new approaches and policies in order to set our financial house in
order and set the organization on course for greater financial stability and
long-term self-sufficiency. In 2008, CSH recorded a decrease of $9.1MM in our net assets. While this drop reflected
planned spend-down of multi-year grants secured in prior years, it also was
symptomatic of the need for both better controls on organizational spending and
stepped up fundraising efforts and earned income strategies. In response, CSH
brought on a new CFO, charged with leading CSH in improving our financial
management, and promoted an internal candidate to Chief Development Officer to
ramp up our fundraising efforts. These staff have overseen several changes to
our budgeting and financial policies, and fundraising practices, which has
resulted in improved finances. Our new CFO developed CSH’s first, formal
(written) investment policy for our cash, resulting in a more aggressive
investment approach, which has provided a better return and more earned income.
Our CFO also examined CSH’s sources of lending capital for our loan program and
assessed that much of the funds CSH borrows from banks (to re-lend to SH
projects) were lying idle, and we often experienced negative arbitrage,
meaning we were paying a higher rate of interest to the banks than we were
charging to our borrowers. In consultation with our Board, Executives, and
lending team, the CFO developed a new policy of only accepting bank loans at ≤3.5%
interest and limiting the amount of excess loan capital on hand at any given
time. CSH paid back $21MM in high-cost loan funds in 2010/11. These steps
resulted in savings of $750,000 per year.
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