One of the reasons I decided to move back to the PNW is because I missed the weather. That seems like a crazy thing to say but after 1 year of Phoenix heat, I tapped out and got my ass back to the rain. There were a number of reasons that Portland made the most… Read More Portland’s Affordable Housing Bond: Where Are We Now?
Many people are shocked to learn that Arizona’s Medicaid Department ((AHCCCS) plays such a large role in the affordable housing and homeless world. In many ways, the role has increased in the last year and will continue to grow. Arizona is not the only Medicaid system where housing subsidy and development are embedded. States like… Read More 5 Reasons Why Your State Should Have the Medicaid Department Run Housing and Homeless Programs
Housing is what I love. I never thought about doing anything else since my first day in grad school. That is why many people thought I was losing it when I left my job in Seattle and moved to Phoenix to work for the Medicaid department. However; working for a Medicaid agency has completely changed… Read More How Quitting My Job In Public Housing for a Job with Medicaid Made Me a Better Houser
Allotments in Berlin Looking out from the train heading into Berlin you can pick out miniature houses, complete with gardens, against the backdrop of the city. The houses are on allotments, with a general stated purpose of allowing city-dwellers to reconnect with the land. Known as ‘Kleingärten’ they allow people with relatively little wealth to… Read More Tiny houses meeting big challenges
In 2017, I went to Amsterdam to the first ever International Public and Social Housing Festival. Public housing staff from over 20 different countries were present at events that lasted for over a week. I was the only American at the event and found the sessions and networking to be exciting and innovative in nature.… Read More 3 Reasons American Public Housing Professionals Must Attend the International Social Housing Festival In Lyon, France
Serving extremely low-income families especially formerly homeless with mental illness is a daunting challenge that many housing authorities take on. The barriers and issues that come with serving these hard to house populations can sometimes lead them back to a state of homelessness when problems arise. Housing authorities are inherently there to help house the… Read More Is Your Housing Authority Working With Medicaid?
As affordable housing continues to become a larger and larger issue throughout the USA, the topic of supported housing services is becoming more important. It is simply almost impossible to house many individuals without strong supports in place to assist them. These can be the chronically homeless, persons with serious mental illness, general mental health… Read More 4 Innovative Medicaid Supported Housing Programs in the USA You Should Know
Medicaid agencies and healthcare plans across the USA are working cross-sector and exploring ways in which housing can help stabilize and improve medical outcomes for their members. Lets examine 5 innovative projects, partnerships and programs out there. 1- Seattle/King County Housing Authority and King County Public Health- These organizations came together to do a data… Read More 5 Health Care and Housing Innovations You Should Know
I have worked most of my career in the public housing realm. Whether it was learning a caseload and HQS in Walla Walla, running the MTW program and writing admin/acop plans in Tacoma or implementing mobile technology at the Seattle Housing Authority, my career has been PHA heavy. I spent a few years in the… Read More 5 Things I Learned Leaving a Public Housing Authority for a Medicaid Agency
Many republicans support affordable housing but there is a good portion of them that do not. Here are some of the reasons Republicans should support affordable housing. Construction Jobs: Republicans are often looking for ways to boost the economy and stimulate jobs. One of the greatest indicators of a healthy economy is how many… Read More 5 Reasons Why Republicans Should Support Affordable Housing