Happy Medicaid Monday! This is the second of five blog posts each focusing on Medicaid and what you need to know to maximize the benefits of this mainstream resource for people experiencing homelessness.
Today we are introducing a new resource on Medicaid the Alliance put together in conjunction with TAC and CSH, titled “Using Medicaid to Pay for Services in PSH: Steps for CoC Leads to Get Started”. This resource outlines basic steps CoC leads can take to advance their efforts with securing Medicaid as a resource as part of the local system of services.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Technical Assistance Collaborative, and CSH have developed this “how to” guide to help Continuum of Care (CoC) and other service system leaders work with health care systems to explore how Medicaid can finance supportive services in permanent supportive housing.
The goal to end chronic homelessness set by the federal government in 2005 was considered very ambitious. Today, we are excited to share that the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and its 19 federal member agencies released criteria and a benchmark that define what ending chronic homelessness should look like. Being at a point where we are able to define what it means to end chronic homelessness is exciting — it means we have made significant strides and now need to plan an end game.
Many communities around the country are repurposing or reallocating their transitional housing projects to create new rapid re-housing subsidies and permanent housing units.
Our new Transitional Housing Conversion: A Building Owner’s Toolkit offers transitional housing building owners a step-by-step guide to addressing funding and use restrictions.