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Using PFS to scale supportive housing: lessons learned and new directions

Permanent supportive housing is part of the solution to our country’s homelessness crisis. Although there is growing interest in supportive housing programs using Pay for Success financing, it can be difficult to get PFS projects off the ground. The full version of this post is available at Policies for Action’s P4A Spark blog, where researchers are actively investigating how Pay for Success can be used to address key social determinants of health.
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Using pay for success to improve outcomes for transitional youth

Transitional youth are young people ages 16 to 24 who leave foster care without being adopted or reunited with their biological families and/or who are involved in the juvenile justice system–around 15 percent of the total foster care population in 2016. With childhoods often marked by trauma and a lack of stability, transitional youth face poor outcomes across many areas of life.
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SIPPRA NOFA: An investor’s perspective

Pay for success (PFS) projects bring together a host of stakeholders aimed at improving outcomes for a specific population. Today we highlight the role of one of the key stakeholders: private investors.
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How governments can leverage impact investing to solve local problems

Passage of a $54 billion plan to greatly expand transit access in the Seattle region presented a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve system connectivity and boost the region’s economy. The plan also presented a challenge: How could decisionmakers ensure residents with the most to gain had access to affordable housing close to new transit corridors? How could leaders help align public and private investments for the good of the entire region?
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SIPPRA: What's next?

Welcome to the final blog post of SIPPRA week! Since last Friday, the SIPPRA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was officially published in the Federal Register. As you review the requirements detailed in the NOFA, you may find that you need further guidance around the application process. If you believe that your project has the potential to be eligible for SIPPRA, but have questions about key components of your proposed project, Urban’s subject matter and technical experts can help determine whether SIPPRA is right for you and answer your questions.