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
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
If you live in a major US city, you certainly have seen the spike in homelessness. In fact, in cities like L.A. San Diego, Seattle, Portland and Phoenix, it has become an epidemic. In many of these situations, the people who are living on the streets are also the highest users of our jail systems,… Read More Housing is Healthcare: Why Public Housing is a Leader in Healthcare Savings
There are often complaints that the public sector is not innovative enough or is far behind the private sector. While there is truth in that statement, there are still hundreds of housing authorities around the world trying out and experimenting with new ideas to help the citizens and residents of their communities. Here are a… Read More 5 Brilliant Public Housing Innovations
Early in my public housing career, I had the chance to work with the Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS). I loved the idea from the first time I heard of it. Any program that would encourage our residents to acquire and develop the skills necessary to realize the dreams they have sounds like a winner. … Read More Time to Blow Up the Family Self Sufficiency Program
Chili is known as a beautiful South American country that receives interest from tourists from around the world. However; in recent years the provision of social and affordable housing has roared back to the forefront. The history of affordable housing in Chili is actually long and quite interesting. The programs in comparison to other countries in… Read More Chili is Leading the Affordable Housing Movement in South America.