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    Posted March 8, 2012 by
    San Francisco, California

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    San Francisco's Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Receives CSH Award and Subgrant to Create Healthy Futures through Supportive Housing

    March 7, 2012

    Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) has been awarded a Social Innovation Fund subgrant from CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing) to fund innovative solutions that link supportive housing and healthcare. TNDC’s Kelly Cullen Community, which will provide housing to 172 formerly homeless people and will be home to a Department of Public Health Integrated Primary Care and Wellness Clinic, is one of four pilot programs from across the country that was selected by CSH for the subgrant. CSH’s Social Innovation Fund grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will be matched by philanthropic partners in a national effort to demonstrate that the integration of affordable housing, care management, and health services is effective in improving health outcomes for the vulnerable men and women caught in a revolving door of hospitals, emergency rooms, detox and other crisis health services.

    With the $425,000 annually in subgrant funds, TNDC’s Kelly Cullen Community (located at 220 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood) will house and provide patient-centered health care to 172 individuals and will join a national learning collaborative with three other pilot programs being carried out in Los Angeles, Washtenaw County, MI, and throughout the state of Connecticut, spurring the creation of a new generation of health care workers equipped to address the complex health needs of the most vulnerable individuals. TNDC will also receive technical assistance and training from CSH, benefiting from their national expertise. CSH will help TNDC to create unique partnerships between community health and housing systems, to engage policymakers and to build an innovative model that can be replicated, extending the benefits far beyond the initial tenants.

    “CSH is thrilled to support TNDC and its partners in the Kelly Cullen Community project and its resulting expansion of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s successful Direct Access to Housing model. TNDC’s Kelly Cullen Community will serve as a stunning physical embodiment of how to provide a package of affordable housing and health services to improve health at lower public costs,” says Richard Cho, CSH Director of Innovations and Research.

    According to Donald Falk, TNDC’s Executive Director, “This funding will not only help 172 people make the transition from the streets to homes, it will help us understand the critical connection between health and homelessness, and validate what we all know intuitively to be true: it is less expensive to society to house people than allow them to remain homeless. We look forward to learning from our partners, funders and co-grantees, and to making an impact together on the national dialogue around this important issue.”

    ABOUT Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
    TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live. Since its founding in 1981, the TNDC portfolio has grown to 30 buildings with 2,500 units serving more than 3,000 tenants. TNDC provides its tenants with professionally managed, affordable housing and vital services that help to ensure tenants maintain their housing and increase their health and well-being. In 2011, over 1,800 tenants participated in services provided by TNDC. The organization has more than 15 years of experience housing and providing on-site case management services to a variety of low-income populations, including chronically homeless adults and families, and those with chronic and persistent mental illness, medical conditions, substance use issues co-occurring disorders. Many of these tenants are frequent users of crisis health services.
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