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CIBHS Technical Assistance Results in No Place Like Home Awards in Three Counties

CIBHS is pleased to announce that recent technical assistance contracts for Calaveras, Madera and Mariposa Counties have resulted in a total of $7,301,526 in new No Place Like Home (NPLH) funding. These funding awards will support the development of Permanent Supportive Housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who are living with a serious mental illness. Led by CIBHS Associate Shoshana Zatz and Research & Evaluation Director Samantha Spangler, PhD, our work in these counties included stakeholder engagement, facilitation of focus groups, community surveys, data analysis, development of site-specific Supportive Services Plans, and development of the County Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness.


“The CIBHS team resourced Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency/Behavioral Health Services by developing a comprehensive Calaveras Homeless Plan with an incredibly short timeline (2-month period), as we needed a completed product in order to apply for the first round of NPLH funding at the end of January. CIBHS, in partnership with Calaveras County staff, held focus groups for close to 60 persons representing a wide range of services, and analyzed 81 completed community surveys, as part of the ongoing stakeholder engagement efforts to gather input about homelessness and housing needs in our county. As a result, Calaveras was successfully awarded in the first round of NPLH funding this month!”


- Susan Sells, MHSA Senior Department Analyst, Calaveras Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services


CIBHS offers consultation and technical assistance to counties to assist with addressing planning and implementation requirements for NPLH as well as for other affordable housing, homeless and supportive housing funding programs. Additionally, CIBHS works with counties to create or strengthen critical partnerships between behavioral health, homeless and services providers, housing developers and property management companies. CIBHS can also conduct assessments of technical assistance and training needs of counties to help build staff expertise and support county capacity to work effectively with housing developers and other supportive services providers.


For more information,please contact Shoshana Zatz at szatz@cibhs.org.

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