WHEDA, CSH join forces in a first-of-its-kind effort to promote housing for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable residents
WHEDA is partnering with CSH – a national leader in supportive housing – to connect developers and community service providers with training, tools, and financing to expand the supply of this much-needed housing in Wisconsin.
Supportive Housing Institute
Beginning in February 2022, WHEDA and CSH launched a first-of-its-kind Wisconsin Supportive Housing Institute, which provides development teams with over 80 hours of targeted training and technical assistance. The goal of the Institute is to reduce the timeline for supportive housing by improving planning and development.
The Institute will work with seven teams made up of a developer, a supportive service provider and a property management partner.
The developer project leads for the seven teams include:
- Catapult Wellness, LLC, Milwaukee
- KG Development Group, Wauwatosa
- Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, West Allis
- Movin’ Out, Inc., Madison
- Newcap, Inc., Green Bay
- PORCH, Inc., Eau Claire
- T. Spell Development Group, Milwaukee
Questions regarding the Institute can be submitted to: Wisconsin.firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Supportive Housing Institute application materials - (for reference only)
- Institute Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Request for Applications
- Application – Fillable PDF
- Application Checklist
WHEDA and CSH conducted a statewide survey to better understand the areas of greatest need for supportive housing and the biggest challenges in meeting those needs. Wisconsin’s housing professionals and community stakeholders were encouraged to complete the online supportive housing survey to help inform the next steps in the initiative. More than 260 of Wisconsin’s housing professionals and community stakeholders responded.
Key findings include:
- 75% see a need for more supportive housing;
- 37% are planning to develop, or are in the process of developing supportive housing;
- 77% see supportive housing as part of their organizational mission; and
- 63% are not planning to develop supportive housing or do not have a supportive housing development in process.
Survey respondents also cited a number of challenges related to supportive housing, such as a lack of case managers and other service providers, a shortage of available homes, and the need to assist new residents as they transition to coexisting with others under the same roof. Respondents also called for additional funding sources to help meet the special needs of supportive housing developments.
To help close the gap between the number of organizations who identify supportive housing as part of their mission but do not currently have a development in process, CSH and WHEDA launched the Wisconsin Supportive Housing Institute.
As part of the initiative, WHEDA and CSH kicked off a four-part webinar series starting February 2021 to connect developers, community service providers and other housing professionals on the basics of supportive housing, integrated housing models, supportive services, and property management.
|Supportive Housing Institute Request for Application||December 7, 2021||Watch the Webinar||View the PowerPoint Presentation|
|WHEDA Conference 2021: Supportive Housing Best Practices and Introduction to the Wisconsin Supportive Housing Institute||September 1, 2021||Watch the Webinar|
|WHEDA & CSH Webinar: Property Management in Supportive Housing||May 25, 2021||Watch the Webinar||View the PowerPoint Presentation|
|WHEDA & CSH Webinar: Supportive Services||April 20, 2021||Watch the Webinar||View the PowerPoint Presentation|
|WHEDA & CSH Webinar: Integrated Housing Models||Mar. 23, 2021||Watch the Webinar||View the PowerPoint Presentation|
|WHEDA & CSH Webinar: Supportive Housing 101||Feb. 23, 2021||Watch the Webinar||View the PowerPoint Presentation|
View a list of supportive housing FAQs from industry stakeholders and partners
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- News release announcing the development teams participating in the Institute
- News release announcing the Request for Applications
- Supportive housing webinar series kicks off
- Training, research partnership to boost supportive housing statewide
- Supportive housing webinar to focus on property management and community success
- Supportive housing webinar to feature developer insights, integrated housing models
- Supportive housing webinar to feature service provider insights, service delivery design examples