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Beyond Housing 2016 Program

Tentative agenda. Times subject to change.


Wednesday, January 13

12:30 pm-6:00 pm         Registration and Exhibit Set-up

Those attending the site visits must check-in with registration at 12:30 pm, before departure at 1 pm. All site visit attendees should eat lunch prior to departure.

1:00 pm-5:00 pm            Pre-conference Site Visits

The first day of ICPH’s 2016 Beyond Housing Conference will include site visits to organizations in New York City and the surrounding area that provide direct service or opportunities to homeless, formerly homeless, or at-risk youth, children, and families.

Due to popularity, all of the site visits are now full.

1.    Ali Forney Drop-in Center

The Ali Forney Drop-in Center is the nation’s first 24-hour drop-in center for homeless LGBTQ youth. Youth ages 16-24 are provided access to food, medical care, mental health services, education, job training, and referrals to other services. All youth participate in a full assessment of their acute physical and mental health needs. Conference participants will tour the Drop-in Center and meet the staff that conduct assessments and provide services. Attendees will be provided ample time for questions. To learn more about the Ali Forney Center visit: http://www.aliforneycenter.org.

2.    New York City Family Justice Center Manhattan

The New York City Family Justice Center Manhattan provides criminal justice, civil legal, and social services free for victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, and sex trafficking. Twenty-one key city agencies, community, social, and civil legal services providers, and the District Attorney's Office are located on-site to make it easier for victims to get help. Conference attendees will visit the center and meet the staff who provide on-site services to children and parents, who are served regardless of immigration status, income, or language spoken. To learn more about the New York City Family Justice Center’s collaborative model, visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/html/help/fjc.shtml

 3.    Broadway Housing Communities Sugar Hill Development

Broadway Housing Communities' affordable housing, educational, and cultural arts mixed-use development on the northern boundary of Harlem’s Sugar Hill transformed an underutilized site into a green model of urban community revitalization that will enrich the neighborhood for generations to come. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, a new cultural institution and the site's cultural capstone, is focused on the developmental needs of children ages 3-8 and works in partnership with the onsite early childhood center to serve as a laboratory for innovations in arts education. Conference participants will visit the development and see the various elements that make up BHC's innovative model that serves the needs of residents and the wider community. To learn more about Broadway Housing Communities visit: http://www.bhc.org

4.    Greyston Bakery

Since 1982, Greyston has provided individuals in Yonkers, New York, a city of nearly 200,000 people just north of New York City, with employment skills and resources to lift them out of poverty. Greyston’s unique combination of open hiring (offering employment opportunities regardless of educational attainment, work history, or past social barriers, such as incarceration, homelessness or drug use), pathmaking (providing support and resources), and other social services offers a roadmap to assist individuals and families in visualizing their paths to self-sufficiency. Their mindfully-rooted philosophy fuels a commitment to human growth and potential and addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our country today. Conference participants will receive a tour of Greyston Bakery, learn about the social enterprise model that Greyston pioneered, and have time for questions and discussion. For more information on Greyston Bakery, visit: http://greyston.com

5.    Homes for the Homeless—The Saratoga

Homes for the Homeless (HFH) operates Community Residential Resource Centers (CRRCs), which combine the basic services of a traditional shelter with a full range of inclusive programs designed to meet the diverse needs of homeless families residing in the shelter and citizens from surrounding neighborhoods. At The Saratoga, located in Jamaica, Queens, mothers drop toddlers off at daycare on their way to work, after-school teachers greet kids as they come home from school, and families bond together at special community events. While students take educational field trips to museums and city landmarks, adults meet with employment and housing specialists who help them prepare for job interviews, learn valuable life skills, and find apartments of their own. On-site New York City Department of Education Liaisons work to ensure that children are enrolled in and attend school. Overall, residents and community members are embraced by a supportive system that encourages individuals and families to grow, achieve, and succeed. http://hfhnyc.org


Thursday, January 14 

8:00 am-4:30 pm: Registration and Exhibits  

8:00 am-9:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am-10:30 am:


Letitia James

Public Advocate for the City of New York



Ralph da Costa Nunez

President and CEO, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness


Keynote Speaker

Richard Rothstein

Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute

10:30 am-10:45 am: Break 

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Concurrent Breakout Session 1


Session 1.1

The Impact of Learning Circles on Collaborative Work

Attendees will learn how to create a learning environment that reduces artificial barriers between funders and agencies. Staff from the City of Seattle will discuss their experience creating and facilitating learning circles to support diversion and rapid rehousing programs for homeless families. The session will include the benefits for funders, housing providers, and families, as well as the overall impact on the community. 


Ann-Margaret Webb, Planning and Development Specialist II, City of Seattle Human Services Department


Adrienne Easter, Manager of Homeless Investments, City of Seattle Human Services Department


Session 1.2

Integration of Employment Services into Housing-based Case Management

Once people are housed, earned income is vital to helping employable adults and families sustain their housing. This presentation will address strategies for integrating education and employment services into housing-based case management, and discuss lessons learned from the successful implementation of this programming for clients living in permanent housing. 


Bernice Morris, Director of Education and Employment Services, Crossroads Rhode Island


Cicely Dove, Vice President of Family Services, Crossroads Rhode Island

Leanne Ovalles, Workforce Development Supervisor, Crossroads Rhode Island


Session 1.3

FSHARP: A Model for Providing Healthcare to Families Experiencing Homelessness

This session focuses on the healthcare issues children and families in shelter face and will provide information about FSHARP (Family Shelter Health Assessment and Referral Program), a successful, multi-shelter program in Washtenaw County, Michigan used to deliver healthcare to families. 


Lori Bennett, Family Nurse Practitioner, IHN-Alpha House


Katherine Hoffman, Family Nurse Practitioner, IHN-Alpha House


Session 1.4

Home Visiting in a Homeless Setting

This session provides an overview of a dynamic partnership between the homeless and early childhood fields, bringing home visiting into a homeless shelter.  While home visiting seems tailor-made for homeless families, how do you do home visiting without a home? The Chicago-based Primo Center for Women and Children provides some answers. 


LaTanya Gray, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, Primo Center for Women and Children


Nancy Radner, Chief Operating Officer, Primo Center for Women and Children


Session 1.5

Trauma-informed Design: Creating Family Friendly Play Spaces in a Shelter Setting

This session will assist participants in thinking through the challenges to and solutions for making shelter environments more family friendly. Creating trauma-informed spaces for children, youth, and families can be challenging in shelter settings. The Bright Space program works with agencies across the country to assess the needs of their setting, strategize solutions for the use of space, and consider and prioritize outcomes that support the goals of their program.  


Ileen Henderson, National Director of the Bright Spaces Program, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children


Julie Kelly, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children

Jane Gibbons, Bright Space Project Manager, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children


Session 1.6

Meeting the Mission: Making the Most of Faith-based Missional Opportunities

This session will equip participants with the tools needed to build meaningful mission focused partnerships with faith-based groups. Attendees will learn how to create lasting partnerships for service and avoid the trap of creating “busywork” that exasperates volunteers, wastes staff time, and fails to make a difference in our world.   


Janel Holt, Assistant Executive Director, Arlington Life Shelter


Doug Holt, Ministry and Missions Committee Chair, Field Street Baptist Church


Session 1.7

What Do Homeless Students See As Their Biggest Barriers to Graduation? A Participatory Action Research Project Using Photovoice

Children and youth experiencing homelessness are at a high risk of dropping out. This session will provide an in-depth look at what homeless children view as barriers to graduation. Using an innovative participatory research method, Photovoice, homeless students were able to construct their lives in their own words. This session will disseminate the students’ voices and offer guidance on replicating the project.


Dana Harley, Assistant Professor,  Northern Kentucky University


James P. Canfield, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Amy Trostle, Program Director, Northern Kentucky University


Session 1.8

The American Almanac of Family Homelessness State Rankings

This session explains the unique set of ten indicators that were used to create two separate state family homelessness rankings in the 2015 “American Almanac of Family Homelessness.” Participants will learn how well their state is doing in educating homeless children of all ages, from birth to early adulthood, and how to measure and track progress in their own communities. Specific actions that some states have taken on issues homeless families face related to housing, child care, domestic violence, and food insecurity will also be discussed.


Josef Kannegaard, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness


Session 1.9

Building a Legacy of Family Literacy

This session focuses on the known correlation between illiteracy and poverty, examining how family literacy benefits individuals, family units, communities, and society. The significant role of parents and everyday home life in the development of a child’s mindset towards lifelong learning will be emphasized and measures for achieving and promoting literacy will be explored.


Pamela M. Covington, Author, Blogger, and Trainer


Session 1.10

"Are You Career Ready?" Career Pathway Services for Homeless Job Seekers

The Credential Completion and Career Advancement (CCCA) pilot program was born from a desire to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness faced by participants in IMPACT Employment Services. This session will examine the steps taken to increase clients’ access to better paying jobs by providing clearly defined career pathways from entry-level to higher paying positions.


Wendy Lauser, IMPACT Employment Services Director, Pine Street Inn


Session 1.11

Formerly Homeless LGBTQ Youth: Today and Tomorrow's Movement Leadership

This session will provide a safe space to explore the challenges and successes of coming out as both LGBTQ and formerly homeless. Attendees will hear from national leaders about their professional experiences navigating the disclosure of a history of homelessness and explore strategies for empowering and encouraging formerly homeless leadership within their own organizations. 


Sassafras Lowrey, Author


Jama Shelton, Deputy Executive Director, True Colors Fund


Session 1.12

Concrete Strategies for Becoming Trauma-informed

The phrase “trauma-informed” has become a buzzword in the homelessness field. This session will define trauma-informed care and discuss ways to apply trauma-informed practices. Presenters will provide an interactive demonstration of the TICOMETER assessment tool, a cutting-edge, psychometrically validated instrument that helps organizations measure levels of trauma-informed care in various domains. 


Katie Volk, Managing Director, t3, Center for Social Innovation


Carmela J. DeCandia, Director of Child and Family Initiatives, Center for Social Innovation


Session 1.13

Supporting College Completion for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Since the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) was signed into law in 2007, the issue of college access for youth experiencing homelessness has garnered increased attention. Among other provisions, the CCRAA confers independent student status on unaccompanied homeless youth, helping to ensure that they have access to the financial support necessary to pay for college. Gaining entry to college and securing financial aid, however, are only the first steps along the path to degree completion. This session will explore common elements of college programs aimed at supporting homeless students through to degree completion with the intention of spotlighting promising practices that may be replicated at other institutions. 


Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison, National Center for Homeless Education


12:30 pm-2:30 pm: Keynote Luncheon

Peter Miller

Associate Professor, School of Education and Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin—Madison

2:45 pm-4:15 pm: Concurrent Breakout Session 2


Session 2.1

SafeCare As a Catalyst for Promoting Positive Parenting in Congregate Family Shelters

SafeCare, an evidence-based positive-parenting program, is effective in reducing child maltreatment for families involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system. While families experiencing homelessness often have a great need for parenting programs, the application of effective programs is limited for these families. This session will discuss the benefits of and strategies for integrating SafeCare into services being offered in congregate family shelters.


Janee Harvey, Program Director, CAMBA


Jenelle Shanley Chatham, Associate Director of Training, National SafeCare Training and Research Center, Georgia State University


Session 2.2

What Is in It for Me and Where Do I Fit?

When working with participants, it is not the goal to tell someone what to do, but rather to guide them towards what they want to do and how to get there. Working with volunteers should follow the same model. Attendees will learn strategies for volunteer recruitment, orientation, and engagement, as well as for the assessment of program participants and their needs. 


Kristie Adams, Vice President Programs and Services, Family Scholar House, Inc.


Kate Brackett, Community Integration Coordinator, Family Scholar House, Inc.


Session 2.3

Rallying a Community Around Child Homelessness

In order to address the link between affordable housing and educational advancement, business leaders, philanthropists, and school superintendents formed the ForKids 25th Anniversary Commission. This session will explore their groundbreaking yearlong process; their impact on local data collection, affordable housing, and the education of homeless children; and important new research on the achievement gaps of homeless children. 


Thaler McCormick, Chief Executive Officer, ForKids


Session 2.4

Trauma-informed Care Coming to Life in the Homeless Early Childhood Setting

This interactive workshop will empower participants with knowledge and action steps to infuse Trauma-informed Care (TIC) into the early childhood setting.  Using the Sanctuary Model of TIC, presenters will share information on the successful implementation in a homeless shelter setting focused on healing and recovery for staff, volunteers, parents, and young children.   


Jamie Meyer, Senior Director of Education, Metropolitan Ministries


Janelle Stewart, Director of PromiseLand Early Childhood and School-age Programs, Metropolitan Ministries


Session 2.5

Impact of Homelessness on School Outcomes: Sheltered and Doubled-Up Children Compared

The meaning of “homeless” depends on who defines it. The Department of Education includes children in doubled-up families, while the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) does not. Do school outcomes for doubled-up, sheltered, and poor children differ? This session will present the findings of a quasi-experimental study exploring school-related outcomes for homeless children, and will be followed by a conversation about what resources should be deployed to better support these children and ideas for future research on the topic. 


Stacy M. Deck, Associate Professor of Social Work, Spalding University


Session 2.6

Exceptional Results in Helping Homeless Families Achieve Economic Independence

Homestretch designed a program for homeless families that has achieved remarkable success rates, including a 90% completion rate, 95% of families remaining safely housed and employed two to five years after exiting the program, and an average rise in income during the program of 147%. This session will share a new model for addressing family homelessness and review effective strategies and practices to aid attendees in achieving similar results in other localities. 


Christopher Fay, Executive Director, Homestretch, Inc.


Session 2.7

Therapeutic Shadowing with Children Experiencing Homelessness

Compass Family Services has developed a unique approach to eliminating the high incidents of expulsion from day care and preschool for children experiencing homelessness. This session will discuss their therapeutic shadowing program and integrative services, providing strategies for working in a classroom with children experiencing homelessness to prevent school failure.


Susan Reider, Clinical Director, Compass Family Services


Jane Schisgal, Program Director, Compass Family Services


Session 2.8

The Role of Advocacy and Consumer Engagement

Today’s social service providers are responsible for a multitude of tasks. It is increasingly necessary for providers and the consumers of their services to not only advocate for funding, but for policy priorities. How does a nonprofit with limited funding add more to its mission and operations?  This session will include a discussion of the internal structures necessary to make this happen. Panelists will share examples of key accomplishments in these areas as well as different metrics for evaluating the success of such efforts. 


Clayton Brooks, Director of Advocacy, Covenant House


Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Care for the Homeless

Raysa Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Women In Need, Inc.

Nicole Bramstedt, Policy Analyst, Urban Pathways


Session 2.9

Authors in Training: Running a Shelter-based Writing Group

This panel will discuss the benefits and obstacles of developing and running a writing group in shelter, sharing the model of a successful program and examining strategies to replicate and scale-up such an initiative. Panelists will share their first-hand experiences as members of a shelter-based writing group.  


Ken Brown, Case Manager, Care for the Homeless/Authors in Training


Wendi Fernandez, Participant

Cassandra Miah, Participant

Melanie Lee, Participant


Session 2.10

Healing from Within: Homelessness, Trauma, and the Role of Evidence-based Practice

This session focuses on the evidence-based practices implemented to address clients' past trauma and future healing at Jane Addams Place, an emergency family shelter in West Philadelphia. The presenters will discuss the trauma-homelessness link and share trauma-sensitive practices that are impactful across professional disciplines. 


Katharine Wenocur, Trauma Therapist, Jane Addams Place/Lutheran Settlement House


Meghan Parkinson-Sidorski, Director of Social Work, Jane Addams Place/Lutheran Settlement House


Session 2.11

Helping Youth Experiencing Homelessness Succeed in Employment: Practices, Programs, and Policy

This session will highlight program practices and policy opportunities for helping homeless youth succeed in work. The presenters will share the Opportunity Youth Employment Toolkit, which draws from the experiences of practitioners successfully connecting homeless youth to employment. Staff from a social enterprise will discuss integrating employment into homeless youth services.   


Caitlin C. Schnur, National Initiatives Coordinator, National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights 


Carl Wiley, Coordinator, National Center on Employment and Homelessness, National Initiatives on Poverty and Economic Opportunity, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Dana Emanuel, Social Enterprise Operations Manager, Bright Endeavors, New Moms, Inc.


Session 2.12

Federal Policy Update on Homeless Children and Youth

This session will provide an update on recent federal policy activity focused on homeless children and youth, with a particular focus on the Homeless Children and Youth Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 


Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth


Cara Baldari, Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel, First Focus


4:30 pm-6:30 pm: Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony


Friday, January 15

8:00 am-2:00 pm: Registration and Exhibits

8:00 am-9:00 am: Breakfast Presentation

Nisha Beharie

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

Angela Paulino

Project Coordinator, The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University

In "Family-Based, HIV and Substance Use Prevention Education for Youth in Family Shelters: Findings from the Federally-Funded HOPE Study," presenters will share findings on the effectiveness of the HOPE Family Program, an eight-session, family-based, HIV and substance use prevention education program for youth ages 11-14 and their caregivers living in family shelters. Presenters will share an assessment of the importance of the social environment of a shelter on residents' mental health and substance use.

9:15 am-10:45 am: Concurrent Breakout Session 3

Session 3.1

Building a Successful Homeless Shelter-based Employment Program

This session will focus on best practices in implementing and sustaining a successful shelter-based employment program for homeless adults. Presenters will share the experience, expertise, and strategies that have enabled them to operate an effective and high-demand place-based employment program for homeless individuals.   


Geniria Armstrong, Deputy Program Officer for Transitional and Supportive Housing, Henry Street Settlement


Renee Best, Employment Manager, Henry Street Settlement


Session 3.2

Stable Housing Makes for Stable Families: Lessons Learned in Bridgeport CT

Collaboration between providers and housing authorities can prevent homelessness by providing families on the verge of crisis with access to services to help stabilize their tenencies and prevent evictions. A stable tenency promotes a stable family life; a stable family life greatly improves the chances that family members will be able to improve their life circumstances and reach their potential. This session will highlight a collaborative, replicable model, which has delivered a meaningful and quantifiable impact for vulnerable families and children in Bridgeport, CT. 


Kara Capone, Chief Operating Officer, New Reach, Inc.


Samone Wright, Stable Families Program Manager, New Reach, Inc.

Stacy Andrews, Case Worker, Family Stabilization Program, New Reach, Inc.

Magaly Jimenez, client


Session 3.3

A Holistic Approach to Ending Child and Family Homelessness

In this session, attendees will be presented with a snapshot of the issue of homelessness in Canada, and will learn insights and promising practices in several areas related to homelessness. Presenters will delve into numerous focal areas including youth homelessness, public education, and recent findings from Raising the Roof's Child & Family Homelessness Initiative.


Carolann Barr, Executive Director, Raising the Roof


Caitlin Boros, Marketing and Communications Manager, Raising the Roof

Session 3.4

How to Build an Effective Coalition to Successfully Serve a Need

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the ‘secrets’ of how a program that began by feeding twenty homeless and at-risk children in one school grew into a grass-roots coalition that just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and has fed over 186,000 children to date. Attendees will learn how they can take a need, create a vision, and implement a plan of action to accommodate the needs of struggling people—and walk away with creative ideas on how to build a true coalition, activating their team and community into serving the needs of others.


Dale H. Darcas, Executive Director, Serving Our Kids Foundation


Session 3.5

Effective Programming for High Special Needs Women and Children Who Are Homeless

This session will discuss intensive services and evidence-based programs for high special needs homeless women and children. Carefully designed programs promote healthy child-caregiver attachments and long-term stability. Effective approaches emphasize evidence-based and trauma-informed therapies, parenting education, and comprehensive support services in a nurturing environment to address the needs of these fragile families.   


Constance Collins, President, Sundari Foundation, Inc./Lotus House Women's Shelter


Anna Frusciante, Director, Sundari Foundation, Inc./Lotus House Women's Shelter


Session 3.6

Giving Voice: Representing Families in Today’s One Dimensional Homeless Conversation

Attendees will learn how Trinity Housing Corporation (THC) and their primary program, St. Lawrence Place, made the important decision to become the voice of homeless families for their community. Through a careful thought leadership model, the THC team followed other best practices, used their own data, and found their own voice in a HUD-directed climate focused solely on chronically homeless men and women. 


Lila Anna Sauls, CEO and President, Trinity Housing Corporation


Cathy Monetti, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Trinity Housing and Riggs Partners


Session 3.7

Leveraging the Synergies of Housing, Education, and Art to Create Meaningful Change

This panel will share lessons learned from Broadway Housing Communities’ acclaimed Sugar Hill Project, a recently opened mixed-use development that pairs affordable housing with early childhood education and access to the arts to level the playing field for children and families challenged by homelessness and poverty. 


Ellen Baxter, Executive Director, Broadway Housing Communities


Charlene Melville, Director of Education, Sugar Hill Museum Preschool

Ana-Ofelia Rodriguez, Director of Community Engagement, Broadway Housing Communities

Susan Delvalle, Director, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling


Session 3.8

Measuring the Impact of Homelessness in the Classroom

Although the connection between homelessness and negative educational outcomes is well established in the literature, detailed evidence on how these students fare in school is rare. With The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness provides a thorough examination of how the experiences of homeless students differ from their classmates. Across multiple indicators, including test scores, absenteeism, and transfers, the Atlas identifies disparities that may escape notice but are relevant for educators and policymakers nationwide. 


Anna Shaw-Amoah, Policy Analyst, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness


Session 3.9

Effective Fathering in the 21st Century

What is fatherhood in the global age of non-traditional families, custodial/non-custodial, and blended family structures? This workshop seeks to look at ways to overcome the present challenges through self-assessment and experiential learning and to identify best practices and effective communication strategies. 


Keith E. Johnston, Program Director, CUNY Creative Arts Team


Priscilla Flores, Senior Actor Teacher, CUNY Creative Arts Team


Session 3.10

Sustaining Out of School Programs for Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This highly interactive workshop seeks to help agencies and communities sustain out of school programs for youth experiencing homelessness.  Attendees will learn current trends in programs receiving funding and strategies for sustaining programs. This opportunity to network and share successful strategies will ensure each attendee leaves with a valuable idea for implementation. 


Kathryn Chapin Cox, Administrator, YWCA Sara McKnight Transitional Living Center, YWCA El Paso del Norte Region


Session 3.11

Cradle and All: Addressing the Developmental Needs of Young Children in Homeless Shelters

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are overrepresented in family homeless shelters yet very few services are designed to support their development. Panelists will discuss the developmental needs of young children in shelters and present pioneering approaches to working with them and their families.


Kendra Hurley, Senior Editor, The Center for New York City Affairs at the New School


Grace Whitney, Director, Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Janee Harvey, Program Director, CAMBA

Ericka Moore,Director of the Maternal and Child Health Unit, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Session 3.12

Assessing Families Experiencing Homelessness: Towards a New Framework

Research indicates that families experiencing homelessness struggle with structural needs (e.g., housing, employment) and psychosocial issues. During this session, presenters will share the results of a recent study that systematically analyzed the assessment protocols of family shelter programs, and will discuss recommendations for a comprehensive assessment framework that is family–oriented, culturally competent, and trauma-informed. 


Carmela J. DeCandia, Director of Child and Family Initiatives, Center for Social Innovation


Molly Richard, Research Assistant, Center for Social Innovation


Session 3.13

The McKinney-Vento Act's Educational Provisions: A Guide for Shelter and Non-education Providers

The educational components of the McKinney-Vento Act (MVA) are rarely discussed in the context of what shelters and other non-educational service providers need to know. This session provides key information about the policy’s provisions, conceptualization, and research, designed specifically for practitioners and providers in non-school settings. 


James P. Canfield, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati


Mike Moroski, Executive Director, Upspring


10:45 am-11:15 am: Break and Exhibits

11:30 am-1:00 pm: Concurrent Breakout Session 4


Session 4.1

Training Staff Toward Client Engagement and Progress

Women in Need, Inc. (Win), a housing and services provider for homeless families, will present its staff training initiative: Win Academy. Win Academy builds staff capacity in evidence-based practices in order to maximize client engagement and generate more positive and sustainable outcomes for the children and families served. Participants will walk away with a framework for creating staff development initiatives that lead to improved client outcomes, as well as recommendations on how to measure the impact of such capacity building efforts.     


Raysa S. Rodriguez, Vice President of Policy and Planning, Women In Need, Inc.


Courtney Policano, Director of Evidence-based Practices, Women In Need, Inc.

Pamela Brasier, Program Director, East River Family Residence


Session 4.2

Cultivating Partnerships that Produce Results

Just like flowers in a garden, partnerships flourish when they are strategically chosen and carefully nurtured. This session will provide ideas and tools that will help attendees grow a victory garden of partners. Participants will gain a greater understanding of best practices regarding partnership cultivation and management and gain new ideas regarding “out-of-the-box” partnerships. 


Shawn Stelow Griffin, Director, Finance and Impact, Collaborative Communications


Julie Newport, Senior Director, Communications Strategy, Collaborative Communications


Session 4.3

Creating Family-centered Collaborations in the Emergency Shelter Context

Providing family- and child-centered services within the shelter environment is essential to ensuring successful transition from homelessness for both children and adults.  This session will highlight best practices in cross sector collaboration focused on providing comprehensive services to homeless parents and children.  


Stephanie Savard, Chief Operating Officer, Families in Transition


Cathy Kuhn, Director, New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness

Maureen Beauregard, President, Families in Transition


Session 4.4

Beyond Shelter: A Case Study in Service-rich, Child-centered, Rapid Re-housing

This panel will provide an in-depth case study of Safe Haven Family Shelter in Nashville, Tennessee, which has demonstrated that through a service-rich and therapeutic approach to case management, partnerships, and collaborations, rapid re-housing can be a successful strategy with strong outcomes. Getting families stably housed as quickly as practical while extending services and case management is key to long-term success.  


Joyce Lavery, CEO and Executive Director, Safe Haven Family Shelter


Judy Lewis, Education Specialist, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Hannah Evans, Clinical Supervisor, Safe Haven Family Shelter

Aaron Palmer, Housing Coordinator, Safe Haven Family Shelter


Session 4.5

Shelters CAN Become Landlords: BUT IT ISN'T EASY!

Every state has homeless families.  Despite the use of multiple strategies, in large cities the number of homeless families continues to grow and returns to shelter are increasingly common.  There is an answer to serving the most vulnerable homeless families however: a decent, affordable home with support services, owned and managed by the same shelters that know and have developed relationships with the families they serve. 


Deb Chausse, Executive Director, House of Hope and House of Hope Housing


June Messina, Assistant Director, Housing and Property Management, House of Hope, Inc.

Jennifer Sharkey, Assistant Director, Business and Development, House of Hope, Inc.


Session 4.6

Engagement Strategies in Serving Homeless Families

This session will provide an overview of one provider's model for engaging and serving homeless families. Attendees will learn methods of engagement, such as vision boarding, that will allow for more productive therapeutic alliances with clients and will complete a vision board to promote further discussion on the benefits of this important strategy in engaging families.


Christine Achre, CEO, Primo Center for Women and Children


Lashunda Brown, Senior Director of Homeless and Housing Services, Primo Center for Women and Children


Session 4.7

Triaging: Using Assessment to Connect Families to the Right Services

This session will focus on using a common assessment tool to triage families into the right housing and support services. UMOM operates a full continuum of services for families experiencing homelessness and recognizes that it is critical for families to receive the right services from the earliest point possible.   


Chela Schuster, Director of Strategic Housing Resources, UMOM New Day Centers


Randy Hade, Family Housing Hub Coordinator, UMOM New Day Centers

Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer, UMOM New Day Centers


Session 4.8

Library Spaces, Community Places:  Putting Out the Welcome Mat

Public libraries can serve as a great resource for children and teens experiencing homelessness. Panelists will discuss several different models of successful, long-term programs and projects at the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library and provide a menu of programming possibilities to choose from to support the literacy and school performance of youth experiencing homelessness.  


Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian, The Child's Place for Children (and Teens) with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library


Nick Higgins, Director, Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library

Vikki Terrile, Director of Community Library Services, Queens Library


Session 4.9

Confused About Doubled Up? Students and Parents Explain

Housing agencies, shelters, schools, elected officials, and the public are often confused by the term doubled up. Through videos and stories, attendees will learn about the perils of living doubled up, and will gain training resources to enhance understanding and identification of this vulnerable population. 


Diane Nilan, Founder and President, HEAR US Inc.


Session 4.10

A New Year, A New Law: Far-reaching Changes for Homeless Children and Youth in the New Education Law

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, and with it, historic changes for homeless children and youth. This session will review the most significant amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act and to Title I Part A, including provisions related to foster care. The amendments go into effect on July 1, 2016, so the time to prepare is now!


Barbara Duffield, Director of Policy and Programs, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth


Session 4.11

Providing Optimal Services to Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

This session will focus on three tiers of services: legal, educational and enrichment, and social services. The use of various instructional frameworks including integration of arts and literacy, understanding developmental stages and approaches, and establishing school and community collaborations to tap into needed resources, are key to providing optimal services for children and youth. 


Debra Manteghi, Homeless Education Liaison, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools


Rachel Breece, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools

Olivia Jerkes, Special Projects Specialist, Project RISE/Akron Public Schools


Session 4.12

Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Using School-based Self-report to Understand Youth Who Experience Homelessness

Many states are using the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and similar surveys to improve their understanding of the prevalence and risk factors of youth who experience homelessness, and are using the results to inform practice.  This session will summarize what several states achieved when using the YRBS, and offer detailed information from Philadelphia's experiences. 


J. J. Cutuli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University


Joe Willard, Vice President for Policy, People's Emergency Center


Session 4.13

Building Resiliency in Preschoolers in a Homeless Shelter Setting by Focusing on Executive Functioning Skills

Participants will learn about the latest research, theory, and effective practices for building resiliency in homeless and highly mobile preschoolers. This session will demonstrate an executive function skills-based approach that was developed in an emergency shelter setting by People Serving People in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Institute for Child Development. 


Daniel Gumnit, CEO, People Serving People


1:15 pm-2:45 pm: Keynote Luncheon

Linda Tirado

Author, Hand to Mouth 

2:45 pm-3:00 pm: Closing Remarks