Web Forum

Supportive Housing: Bring Care into Homes
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

The environment has a tremendous impact on our health and well-being. In the first two segments we learned that built environment policies and regulations have a deep impact on our health, and that better building materials, coupled with stronger policies, can advance environmental health and social outcomes. In this third segment we will demonstrate that providing supportive housing for the most vulnerable people in our communities helps people live more stable, productive lives, is cost-effective, and creates a better quality of life for all.

Permanent supportive housing has been proven to work well for those who face the most complex challenges-individuals and families who are chronically homeless, have very low incomes, and serious, persistent issues including substance abuse, disabilities, mental illness, or other serious barriers to housing stability. Research shows that supportive housing has consistently proven to have a positive impact on individuals, families, and entire communities, because with stable housing comes the possibility of more stable employment, school attendance, and mental and physical health.

During this final Web Forum you will hear from innovators in the supportive housing field. David Erickson, Manager of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco will discuss the policy and fiscal opportunities and challenges presented by the current economic environment. Doug Shoemaker, President of Mercy Housing California, will highlight best practices of supportive housing development partnerships in San Francisco. Lastly, Joshua Bamberger, M.D., Medical Director of Housing and Urban Health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, will present how effective delivery of clinical services, safety, and beauty contribute to improved health outcomes in supportive housing.

Join us in conversation on Twitter -- The San Francisco Foundation will tweet live during the Web Forum from @tsff using the hashtag #HealthyPeoplePlaces.





    David Erickson, PhD
    Center for Community Development Investments
    Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA

    David Erickson, PhDDr. Erickson’s research areas in the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income communities. He also edits the Federal Reserve journal Community Development Investment Review. (www.frbsf.org/cdinvestments)

    Doug Shoemaker
    Mercy Housing California
    San Francisco, CA

    Doug ShoemakerDoug Shoemaker currently serves as President of Mercy Housing California, one of the largest non-profit housing providers in the state. Mercy develops, manages, and provides services to senior, family and supportive housing throughout California. Prior to Mercy, Doug served as the Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH), San Francisco's housing finance and community development agency. As senior staff to the Mayor, Mr. Shoemaker led a wide-range of interagency housing policy work, including San Francisco's Citywide Loan Committee which coordinates funding from four city agencies for affordable housing and supportive housing development. (www.mercyhousing.org)

    Amanda McDade
    Director of Services
    Senior and Special Needs
    Mercy Housing California
    San Francisco, CA

    Since 2008, Amanda has been responsible for the supervision of Resident Service Coordinators across the state in over 35 properties, consisting of over 2100 units, and the implementation and constant measurement, evaluation and improvement on our services models in senior and special needs housing. She provides oversight directly to all programs already in existence and all in development stages and in collaboration with the other Service Directors in Family and High Impact regions and regional Developers. (www.mercyhousing.org)

    Josh Bamberger, MD, MPH
    Medical Director
    Housing and Urban Health
    San Francisco Department of Public Health
    San Francisco, CA

    Josh Bamberger, MD, MPHJoshua Bamberger is Medical Director of Housing and Urban Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and coordinates all medical and behavioral health services at the health department’s supportive housing programs presently serving over 5000 people in housing.

    Dr. Bamberger is also the medical director of the Housing and Urban Health Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center designed to provide integrated primary care and behavioral health services for formerly homeless people in supportive housing.

    Dr. Bamberger coordinates policy and programs for the health department concerning the health and well being of injection drug users and is co-author of the city’s Harm Reduction Policy. (www.sfdph.org)


    Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPH
    Program Director
    Public Policy, Community Health, and Civic Engagement
    The San Francisco Foundation
    San Francisco, CA

    Mark Cloutier, MPP, MPHMark leads the Foundation’s activities and initiatives to correct health disparities by expanding access to care, promoting community based prevention, and advancing health reform. He currently leads the Foundation’s policy efforts to address state budget issues and the intersection in the economic development, social, cultural, education, and health arenas effecting low-income communities and communities of color. (www.sff.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Erickson/Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Shoemaker and McDade/Mercy Housing California

Bamberger/San Francisco Department of Public Health


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:

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Public Health Institute

The California Endowment

The San Francisco Foundation

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