Thinking Outside the Box Housing Webinar Series: Cross-Sector Strategies to Create Housing Opportunities for People with Behavioral Health Needs Leaving the Justice System

Upcoming Event
June 23, 2022, 2:00 pm – September 22, 2022, 3:30 pm, Eastern

The Action Points Framework: Four Key Steps to Expanding Housing Opportunities

📅 May 19, 2022 | 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET

Hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Corporation for Supportive Housing

State and local leaders are beginning to understand that providing affordable, permanent housing is fundamental to reducing justice system involvement, particularly for people with behavioral health needs. However, affordable housing is scarce nationwide, and people who have been involved in the justice system face a number of barriers to accessing available housing, including stigma and prohibitions based on criminal records. In light of these challenges, this webinar is the first in a series that will equip justice system leaders with the tools for meaningful collaboration with housing, behavioral health, and other key partners to fully leverage available funding to provide and develop housing for people leaving the justice system.

In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of the evidence of the role of housing in preventing and reducing involvement with the justice system, as well as other important outcomes. Attendees will be introduced to a framework that can guide communities in increasing housing options for people within the justice system who have behavioral health needs. Finally, participants will hear from one state that has successfully implemented a cross-system approach to increase housing for people with justice involvement.



  • Charles Francis, Project Manager, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
  • Richard Rowe, Senior Program Manager, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Zac Schnaffer, Supportive Housing Services Manager, Office of Homeless Initiatives, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Prioritizing Housing Resources for People with Justice Involvement

📅 June 23, 2022 | 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET


The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and CSH are pleased to announce the second session of our Thinking Outside the Box housing webinar series, Prioritizing Housing Resources for People with Justice Involvement. This webinar will introduce participants to the basics of housing Continuums of Care and their prioritization processes. Participants will review resources available through the American Rescue Plan. Participants will learn about connecting to homelessness and housing systems for people involved with the justice system. Participants will hear from communities making this population a priority and who are re-thinking their prioritization processes. Participants will leave this webinar with knowledge of the benefits of connecting to evidence-based housing and supportive service interventions.


  • Thomas Coyne, Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health, CSG Justice Center
  • Brooke Page, Southwest Director, CSH
  • Katie Kitchen, Director, Ohio, CSH
  • Dylan Shubitz, Director of Intake and Special Programs · Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Key Development Concepts and Housing Models for Justice System Leaders

📅 July 21, 2022 | 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET


Making the Business Case for Housing

📅 August 18, 2022 | 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET


Community-Level Steps for Cross-Sector Collaboration to Increase Housing Opportunity

📅 September 22, 2022 | 2:00-3:15 p.m. ET


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