Financing of Permanent Housing for Individuals with Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Use Disorders: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned



Join Us: June 21, 2011 (2:00-3:30 pm EST)






Please view the webinar in groups, register early, and join the webinar 15 minutes prior to the start time.





For individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (COD), permanent housing improves housing stability, employment, behavioral, mental and physical health, and reduces active substance use. People in permanent housing live more stable and productive lives.  But how does an agency begin to plan a permanent housing project?  What resources exist for the development and operation of a successful permanent housing program for individuals with COD? 


This webinar will provide an introduction to collaboration models for projects and typical sources of capital financing, operating funds and rental assistance for permanent housing.  Designed as part presentation, part interactive discussion, the webinar will engage participants in discussions with presenters through their challenges, successes, and lessons learned in recent experiences financing permanent housing projects.  Participants can learn more through the SAMHSA Permanent Supportive Housing KIT.






Kathryn Power, M.Ed. is the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). CMHS provides National leadership in mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and the development and dissemination of effective mental health services. Director Power leads a staff of professionals in facilitating the transformation of our nation’s mental health care system into one that is recovery oriented and consumer-centered. Prior to her federal appointments, Ms. Power served for over 10 years as the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals (DMHRH), a Cabinet position Reporting to the Governor. Director Power received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and her Master’s degree in education and counseling from Western Maryland College.


Holly Denniston, Senior Program Manager, Project Development & Finance, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), is responsible for researching and documenting financing trends and practices for the development of permanent supportive housing around the country.  Ms Denniston also provides technical assistance and training on various project development and finance issues to internal staff in CSH program sites around the country, as well as developers, government, and other CSH partners.  She joined CSH’s Project Development & Finance unit in July of 2007.  Prior to CSH, Ms Denniston worked as Senior Director of Real Estate Development at Bethel New Life, a not-for-profit community development organization on Chicago’s west side.  In that position, she directed the agency’s numerous commercial and housing development projects, administered Bethel’s New Market Tax Credit allocation, and researched options for including energy efficient, environmentally friendly features for all projects.  Ms Denniston also has experience in outreaching to a variety of Chicago, regional and national community leaders; managing operating budgets of about $500,000; and overseeing local hiring initiatives on public works projects.  Prior to her time in Chicago, Holly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.  She earned a masters degree in public administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in international development from Mount Holyoke College.



Jessica Katz is the Executive Director of the Lantern Group in NYC.  Prior to this position, she was the Director of Housing Development for the Special Needs Housing Division at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for 6 years.  At HPD, she was responsible for an annual Supportive Housing pipeline worth over $100 million, comprising more than 500 units per year.  She was also responsible for policy issues around senior and supportive housing, and created a new program that provides gap financing for federally-funded senior housing HUD 202 projects.  Prior to HPD, Ms. Katz worked in housing development at CASCAP, Inc, a Cambridge, MA -based mental health agency, where she was also a live-in property manager in a supportive housing building.  Ms. Katz holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. from McGill University.


Molly Rysman is the External Affairs Director for Skid Row Housing Trust. The Trust is a nonprofit developer of permanent supportive housing for homeless, low income and disabled men and women in downtown Los Angeles. The Trust currently operates over 1,400 units of permanent supportive housing. In her role as External Affairs Director, Molly oversees public affairs, communications, government and public relations, and policy analysis and advocacy. Molly is also responsible for establishing strategic relationships and partnerships with community and business groups.  Molly holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of California at Los Angeles. She has worked in public policy and the nonprofit sector for more than a decade. Her experience ranges from overseeing programs for survivors of domestic violence to affordable housing policy analysis. Before joining the Trust, Molly served as the Housing and Homelessness Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti. 





Co-Occurring Disorders Integration and Innovation (CODI) is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This federal contract provides resources, products, technical assistance and online web support to SAMHSA grantees, states, tribes and tribal representatives, person with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, administrators, service providers and the public. 

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