About the Event

CSH is celebrating 30 years of supportive housing solutions, and we invite our partners and friends to join us for the Supportive Housing Symposium—a special virtual event! We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate supportive housing and you, the partners, innovators, and advocates who have helped us to create more than 385,000 homes.

View the 2021 Symposium Journal

Learn more about the 30-year history of CSH and the work of our partners and sponsors in our Symposium Journal.

Symposium Agenda

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30 Years of Supportive Housing: Looking Back, Looking Forward – 
Plenary Session

Speakers: Deborah DeSantis, President/CEO, CSH, Jennifer Leimaile Ho, Commissioner, Minnesota Housing, Peggy Bailey, Senior Advisor, Secretary’s Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Jonathan Harwitz, Director of Housing, Community Development and Insurance Policy, Financial Services Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, and Stephen Norman, Executive Director, King County Housing Authority, 

In this opening plenary session, innovators in the field of supportive housing will discuss how far the field has come and where it is going. This session will include discussions of innovative supportive housing models, partnerships key to successful projects, centering racial equity, and integrating the voice of people with lived expertise.

What the Research Tells Us 
Plenary Session

Speakers: Matthew Morton, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Mary K. Cunningham, Vice President, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Center, Urban Institute, Margot Kushel, Professor of Medicine at University of California San Francisco, Division Chief and Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populationsand Director of the UCSF Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative

Research showing that supportive housing works has guided much of the success of the supportive housing field. After 30 years, what knowledge have we acquired and what questions still remain? How can we use evaluation and research to promote racial equity and push for a greater scale? What is the role of communities and persons with lived experience in setting agendas and participating in research? Join us for a lively conversation among researchers addressing these topics.  

Innovations in Supportive Housing: Spearheading Supportive Housing Development
Breakout Session

Speakers: Moshe McKie-Krisberg- President, Richman Housing Resource LLC, Robert Beck- Vice President-Business Development and Legal Affairs, Cinnaire Corporation, Debbie Burkart, National VP, NEF, CSH Board member, Elda Mendez-Lemus, Chief Real Estate Officer, LA Family Housing 

In this session, panelists will present key innovations in supportive housing development and the most important considerations for the road ahead. This session will also feature ways that communities are currently maximizing Federal and State resources to create more supportive housing.

Innovations in Supportive Housing: How Policy Shapes the Supportive Housing Landscape
Breakout Session

Speakers: Ann Oliva, Vice President of Housing ,CBPP, Adele McClure, Executive Director for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Melodie Pazolt, Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Behavioral Health Programs and Recovery Supports Section Manager, Seyron Foo, Senior Advocacy Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, LaRae Cantley, Social Justice Activist 

Hear from leaders across multiple sectors as they look back at critical public policies that have helped shape the supportive housing landscape over the last 30 years. Learn how including people with lived experience for advocacy helped to drive policy change; how philanthropists can support policy change; and the direction advocates and policymakers should be moving in the future to continue improving access to supportive housing and services.

Innovations in Supportive Housing: Providing Tenant-Centered Services
Breakout Session

Speakers: Ray Lay, NAMI Veterans Peer Support Specialist, Beverly Raudales, Vice President for Programs, Comunilife, Lilian Herbers-Kelly Housing Program Manager, Horizon House, Xavior Robinson, Chief Operating Officer, Pathways to Housing, Megan Linder, Program Manager, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Delivering client-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate services is the key to helping tenants thrive in supportive housing. This session will feature novel approaches in supportive housing services aimed to serve tenants with a variety of needs. We will hear from supportive housing providers from across the country on the challenges they face in providing comprehensive services to their tenants and how they have created innovative partnerships to provide the most inclusive care to those they serve.

Making the Case for Cross System Collaboration
Plenary Session

Deborah DeSantis, President/CEO, CSH, DeAnna Hoskins President/CEO, JustLeadership USA, CSH Board Member, Christine James-Brown, President and CEO, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), DeAnna Minus-Vincent, Executive Vice-President, Chief Social Justice and Accountability Officer, RWJ Barnabas Health 

The supportive housing model has shown enduring success in helping people transition from crisis to stability. But housing can also be used as a platform to help individuals and families pursue the markers of thriving that many stably housed people take for granted: better health, community inclusion, a sense of positive progress, the power to make meaningful choices, and economic opportunity. Join us for a discussion on programs that are helping tenants thrive in supportive housing and beyond.

Champions and Innovations Awards
Plenary Session

To commemorate our 30th anniversary, CSH is recognizing individuals and programs in supportive housing that have played important roles as champions and innovators in the field. Join us for a special awards ceremony to celebrate partners of CSH who have helped make supportive housing the most effective intervention for ending homelessness and providing independent living and services for those who need them.

Supportive Housing Symposium Sponsors

CSH thanks these sponsors for generously supporting the Supportive Housing Symposium and 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Premier Sponsor

Supportive Housing Awards Sponsor
National Equity Fund

Partner Sponsors
Community Solutions
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
United Health

1991 Anniversary Club Sponsor
Interior Resources

Community Collaborative Group
 National Church Residences

Carla Javits
Episcopal Community Services

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Media Inquiries

If you are a member of the media and would like information about the event, contact Jesse Dean at jesse.dean@csh.org or 347-931-0132.