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Supportive housing webinar to focus on property management and community success

May 20, 2021

WHEDA, CSH continue first-of-its-kind effort to promote housing for state’s most vulnerable resident

MADISON – Supportive housing can take many forms, including scattered site housing units and project-based residences.

The real benefits to communities come when neighborhoods improve, the need for crisis care is reduced and individuals gain access to stable, affordable shelter and services that increase well-being and productivity.

How best to manage supportive housing will be the focus of a webinar on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Central.

The event, the last in a series of four, is made possible through a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to expand the supply of affordable, supportive housing in Wisconsin. Speakers include: Tonya Buchner, director of risk and compliance for WHEDA; Angie Miller, property manager for Cardinal Capital Management; Katrina Van Valkenburgh, central regional managing director for CSH and Johnna Lowe, a senior program manager for CSH.

In Wisconsin, residents with unmet mental health needs, physical challenges, and substance use recovery are among those facing great difficulties in finding and maintaining affordable housing. The shortage of affordable, supportive housing affects rural and urban communities alike.

By connecting affordable housing with supportive services, WHEDA and CSH aim to create lasting benefits for communities statewide. On any given day in Wisconsin, more than 4,700 elderly residents, 2,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 740 child welfare involved families and 420 transitional aged youth need supportive housing, based on CSH data.

The upcoming webinar will highlight property management strategies to connect residents with services and engage the surrounding community to reinforce success. The first webinar in the series provided an overview of supportive housing, while other sessions targeted integrated housing models and supportive service delivery. The sessions have included content to help build understanding of the racial disparities and institutional barriers that affect housing for people facing the enormous and debilitating challenges of homelessness, disability and poverty.

For details and to register for the upcoming free, 90-minute event, follow the link below.

In addition to the training opportunities, WHEDA and CSH will implement a statewide survey to better understand the areas of greatest need for supportive housing and the biggest challenges in meeting those needs. WHEDA will also initiate a first-of-its-kind Wisconsin Supportive Housing Institute to provide technical assistance to developers and supportive housing providers as they navigate the complex process of developing affordable housing with access to supportive services. The institute is expected to reduce the timeline for implementing supportive housing initiatives by improving the process for planning and development.

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For more than 48 years, WHEDA has worked to provide low-cost financing for housing and small business development in Wisconsin. Since 1972, WHEDA has financed more than 78,000 affordable rental units, helped more than 135,000 families purchase a home and provided more than 29,000 small business and agricultural loan guarantees. WHEDA is a self-supporting public corporation that receives no tax dollars for its operations. For more information on WHEDA programs call 800-334-6873.

CSH is a nonprofit focused on advancing solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. CSH is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and has provided more than $1 billion in loans, grants, project assistance and advocacy creating access to 335,000 homes for those who need housing and important services to achieve stability and transform their lives. CSH and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority have partnered to offer training opportunities, research and prioritized investment focused on addressing persistent racial inequity and helping individuals and communities to thrive.