The Intersection of Public Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health

Mental health issues are a global epidemic.  Successfully addressing these mental health problems is not something that can happen in isolation.  The mantra “Housing is healthcare” is a mindset that has been adopted across many providers, including housing organizations, that serve individuals experiencing homelessness and those living with mental illness   Housing for homeless and those… Read More The Intersection of Public Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health

Homeless in Maricopa County Arizona: Challenges and a Way Forward

In Part I of this two part series, we learned from Hom, Inc. CEO Michael Shore how his organization is helping non-profits and housing authorities battle the scourge of homelessness within their region.  In this second part, we get a better understanding of the scale of the problem and how Hom, Inc. is working in… Read More Homeless in Maricopa County Arizona: Challenges and a Way Forward

Combating Homelessness in Maricopa County Arizona: A Private/Public Partnership to Learn From

The public sector and non-profits around the USA struggle everyday to provide housing and services that make an impact on the most vulnerable in our country.  I recently came upon a unique private organization that takes on the role of a housing authority so that non-profit organizations that focus on services and mental health delivery… Read More Combating Homelessness in Maricopa County Arizona: A Private/Public Partnership to Learn From

Social Housing: The End of Criminal Background Checks?

We in social housing run background checks to protect not only the buildings and provision of social housing but also the residents that we house.  However; there are some questioning those ideas within social housing. An interesting development is taking place in Washington D.C. and Seattle, Washington.  Both of these cities are extremely progressive in… Read More Social Housing: The End of Criminal Background Checks?

5 Game Changing Homeless Programs and Developments from Around the World

There are so many dedicated professionals working on the homeless issue around the world that we can sometimes forget to stop and appreciate the hard work and innovation.  Below are 5 interesting programs, developments or ideas that have been implemented around the world. Hyper Aggressive Housing First in Finland:  Finland as a country made housing… Read More 5 Game Changing Homeless Programs and Developments from Around the World

Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

Housing First is an initiative that promotes the idea that affordable, permanent housing, provided with social support, is the key to breaking a cycle of homelessness. It is a model that believes quality of life can exponentially increases from the moment one has a home. The Housing First European Hub is a platform designed for… Read More Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

Public Housing: 10 Innovative Public Housing Programs-Part II

I broke up this top 10 list into two separate articles.  To read part I, click here  Without further ado, here is the last 5 innovative public housing programs. 6. Project March- Keene Housing Authority:  The Keene Housing Authority used its Moving to Work flexibility to put an emphasis on housing homeless veterans in its region.… Read More Public Housing: 10 Innovative Public Housing Programs-Part II