Rachel Post (she, her, hers) has over 20 years of experience designing innovative, evidence-based, and nationally recognized programs to improve the health and wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness or incarceration, and of people with complex primary and behavioral health conditions. She has extensive knowledge of federal programs serving very low-income populations. Rachel provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance to states and communities on behalf the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care and Community Development Block Grant programs, and for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in work that is directed under the SUPPORT Act to assist states in utilizing Medicaid to cover housing-related supports to people with substance use disorders (SUDs). Rachel oversees TAC initiatives to support hospital and health care systems in partnerships with the housing sector to improve access to high-quality housing and support services for high-need, high-cost patients.
Rachel joined TAC in 2018 after having served as the Public Policy Director at Central City Concern in Portland, OR, where she led federal, state, and local advocacy efforts; built cross-system collaborations; and contributed to the city’s plan to end homelessness. She designed the country’s first evidence-based supported employment program for people with primary SUDs exiting homelessness, a program to expedite the acquisition of Supplemental Security Income benefits and the Chronic Homeless Housing First program in Portland, which received a SAMHSA Exemplary Program award; she also oversaw implementation and supervision of the Denver Housing First team at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Rachel has also contributed expertise to Portland’s HUD-recognized recovery housing program and served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University.