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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Pre-Conference Institute: The Hot Buttons of Housing First Tuesday, March 11, 2014 The day before the conference join DESC and Pathways to Housing training staff for an intensive day of training covering a range of hot Housing First topics. Discussion of Housing First principles, standards, and model designs will allow newcomers to the field to catch on quickly, but substantial parts of the training sessions will explore the strategies and solutions for addressing the difficult challenges that arise in everyday Housing First practice. The day will end with an insiders' discussion among participants and Housing First pioneers Bill Hobson & Sam Tsemberis. Number




Pre-Conference Institute by DESC

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lunch on Your Own

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Pre-Conference Institute by Pathways

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Dialogue with Bill Hobson & Sam Tsemberis

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Rapid Re-Housing Evidence; Why Is It So Successful? With an introduction and welcome to the “Families Track” David Wertheimer, Deputy Director, Pacific Northwest Initiatives at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jamie Taylor, Cloudburst Consulting Group Katharine Gale, Katharine Gale Consulting


Picking Up The Pieces

Carol Gartin, PORCH (Permanent Options for Recovery Centered Housing)

Empowerment Process in Recovery Oriented Social Work – The Stockholm Example

Ann Ottengrim, Linnaeus University

From Grants to Policy, Practice, and Pilot Projects: Systems Change using a Housing First Framework for Homeless Veterans

Michal Wilson, VHA

Making a Home

Mark Ventura, Consultant


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Lead Presenter


Working for Recovery and Permanent Housing

Mike Donegan, DESC


An Evaluation of Implementation of Canada's At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Project

Geoffrey Nelson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Housing First Research: Fidelity, Social Integration, and What's Next?

Ana Stefancic, Pathways to Housing

Key Partnerships Instrumental to Statewide Support of Housing First Initiatives

Maureen Sarver, HomeBase

The Implementation of Housing First Policy: Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s Roadmap to End Chronic Homelessness

Kelly Rose, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Are We There Yet? Successes and Challenges in Transitioning to Housing First and Harm Reduction

Erica Ernst, Thresholds

Using Housing First to Create Systems Change

Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn

Finding New Outreach and Case Management Partners to Build Housing First Capacity

Gabby Knighton, Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Human Services, Homeless Services Program

Integrating Case Management, Psychiatry & Housing: Bringing Out-Patient Clinical Work into Single-Site Housing in a Housing-First Context

Margo Burnison, DESC

A Health Home for All: Strategies for Integrating Primary and Behavioral Care in Housing First Populations

Christina Clayton, DESC

Integrating Primary Care/Mental Health Services into the treatment of Chronic Homeless Veterans

Luz Hein, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Creating a City-wide Housing First Oriented System

Susan McGee, Homeward Trust Edmonton






Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Opening Plenary/Brunch - New Developments in Housing First Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Using a Coordinated Entry System to Rapidly Re-House Homeless Families

Julie DeRose, St. Joseph Center

From Transitional Housing to Rapid Re-housing: The Challenges and the Successes

Katina Williams, St. Joseph's Villa

Housing First Evaluation: Realities of Collecting and Disseminating Outcome Data

Gregg Pieples, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services

How to Use Data to Make Decisions and Drive Agency Performance

Paul Rossi, Foothold Technology

Rent Supplements: The Key to Opening the Housing First Door

Jean-Francois Martinbault, Sandy Hill Community Health Centre

The Art of Entrepreneurship: Housing Specialists as Brokers of Creative Housing Opportunities

Molly Brown, Yale University School of Medicine

Looking at the Canadian At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Demonstration Through an Economic Lens

Eric Latimer, McGill University/Douglas Mental Health Institute

Logan Place 7 Years Later: Is it Still Cheaper to Support People in Housing First Settings?

Thomas Chalmers McLaughlin, UNE

Kick-Ass Community: Use Housing First to End Chronic Homelessness

Linda Kaufman, Community Solutions

Using your Data Systems to Advance Partnerships while Prioritizing the Most Vulnerable

Marcella Maguire, City of Philadelphia

Vulnerable Puerto Rican Homeless

Himilce Vélez-Almodóvar, Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences





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Lead Presenter


Adopting Housing First Principles When Transitioning Consumers Out of Institutional Care

Jamie Ewing, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)


Drugs! The Presence and Role of Drugs and Drug-Related Behaviors in Housing First

Daniel Malone, DESC

Reducing Barriers and Saving Lives: Harm Reduction and Housing First

Jeff West, PHS Community Services Society

PATHway (Providing Alternative Transitions to Housing): Housing Placement Services for Highly Vulnerable Homeless Populations

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, Chicago House and Social Service Agency




Who Gets Into Housing First? Targeting Efforts for Effective Resource Allocation When There Isn't Enough Housing for Everyone Who Needs It

Christina Clayton, DESC

Housing First: The First 30 Days

Aaron Criswell, Step up on Second

Strategies for Eviction Prevention: How Instilling Hope Through Housing First Options Can Empower Tenants Toward Success in Housing

Gregory Shinn, Mental Health Association in Tulsa

Perspectives on Olmstead: Implication for Organizations Seeing to End Homelessness

Michael Allen, Relman, Dane & Colfax; Sam Tsemberis, Pathways to Housing; Bill Hobson,DESC; John Parvensky, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Family Housing Solutions: Coordinated Assessment and Targeting Housing Resources Appropriately

Jamey Burden, Community of Hope, Inc.

Culture Change Required Within Community-Based Organizations: Lessons underway and lessons learned

Jay Lee, HomeBase

Workshop # 162

Title It’s Not Just the Services: How to Support Residents Through Excellent Property Management

Lead Presenter Rachael Duke, Home Forward

Building Design and Maintenance in Support of Housing First Goals

Jessica Cohen, DESC

Implementing the Housing First Model at Jesse Brown VAMC

Regina Freeman-Hodges, Department of Veteran Affairs

A New England Care Management System for Homeless Vets

Thomas Simpatico, Pathways Vermont/University of Vermont


Braiding Multiple EBPs to Support Success in Housing First: Motivational Interviewing and Critical Time Intervention

Jeff Olivet, Center for Social Innovation


WorkFirst: Specialized Employment Services — Barriers Free Engagement Approach

Wendy Lauser, Pine Street Inn/IMPACT Employment Services

Modifying Supported Employment for Better Outcomes with a Housing First Population

Jessica Vaz, Pathways to Housing

Show Me The Money! Hands On Practice in Finding Dollars For Housing

Ann Denton, Advocates for Human Potential

The Affordable Care Act and Housing First Providers

Jamie Taylor, Cloudburst Consulting Group

Major Collaboration for Needed Practice and Policy Changes

Arturo V. Bendixen, Center for Housing and Health

Medically Fragile Persons: Developing a Cross-System Approach to Serving Frequent Users of Emergency Health Services (FUSE)

Charlene Flaherty, CSH

Harm Reduction vs. Harm Acceptance in Place Based and Scatter Site Housing First Programs

Sue Fortune, The Alex Pathways to Housing

Housing First for Chronic Inebriates: The Promise and Challenge of Using Scattered-Site Apartments

Howard Dichter, Pathways to Housing PA


Beyond the Assessment: Tapping into Your ―Frienemies‖ to Get the Most Vulnerable Housed

Margaret Willis, Santa Monica Human Services Division


Creating Sustainable Funding for Housing First Organizations

Terry Axelrod, Benevon


Medicaid Opportunities for Services in Housing First

Barbara Edwards, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Jennifer Ho, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development





Wednesday, March 12, 2014 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Special Preview Film Screening and Talk Back: “The Homestretch” Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Efforts to Reduce Apartment Re-placements in Family Housing First Apartment Program

Kevin O'Connor, Joseph's House & Shelter, Inc

Mobile Housing Teams for Coordinated Entry: A New Approach Rapidly Rehousing Homeless Families

Tiffany Kingery, Multnomah County

Serving Transgender Clients within the Housing First Setting

Levi Dineson, DESC

Implementing, Housing First Requires A Team Effort, Including Peer Case Workers, and Most Importantly, The Homeless Participants

Celina Alvarez, Housing Works

Outreach to Housing (How to Annihilate Systemic Barriers From Outreach to Housing): Housing First for Veterans and Non Veterans Who Are Chronically Homeless

Melanie Zamora, The Road Home

Community Partnerships

Candice Bodie, Department of Veteran Affairs

Participant Narratives from the At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Project: Implications for Understanding how Housing First Makes a Difference in People’s Lives

Eric Macnaughton, Mental Health Commission of Canada




Situating Resident Voices within two Project-Based Housing First Programs in Alaska

Sarah Shimer, University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

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Lead Presenter


Rethinking Community: The Role of Congregate Models in a Continuum of Housing First Programming

Christopher Van Veen, PHS Community Services Society

Addressing Community Opposition to Housing First Developments

Shannon Cox Baker, Boulder Housing Partners

Housing First and California’s AB 109 Prisoner Re-entry Programs

Jay Lee, HomeBase

Frequency and Nature of Interactions with Law Enforcement for Before and After Placement in Housing First Supportive Housing

James Petrovich, Texas Christian University / University of Texas Health Science Center / Dallas

Alcohol Management: A Practical Harm Reduction Intervention

Noah Fay, DESC

Stretch A Dolla' Out of 15 Cents: Housing First Approach to Budgeting and Money Management

Michelle Strong, Pathways to Housing PA

Using Vouchers to Secure Housing First

Terry Nash, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Housing First within a Cultural Context and Tight Market

Jino Distasio, University of Winnipeg

The Peer-Led Group Lifestyle Balance Pilot: Adapting a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for Diverse Housing First Clients

Kathleen O'Hara, Columbia University School of Social Work

Enhancing Peer Delivered Services with Transformational Leadership Principles

Brittany Freese, Pathways To Housing

Medicaid Managed Care 101

Marcella Maguire, City of Philadelphia

Update and Implementation of the New Section 811 PRA Program

Ann O'Hara, Technical Assistance Collaborative






Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Working at the Intersection: Housing First with Domestic Violence Survivors

Kris Billhardt, VOA Home Free & Linda Olsen, WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Supportive Housing and Housing First: Ensuring Quality and Planning for Success

Stephanie Mercier, CSH

Risk Management in a Housing First Context

Greg Jensen, DESC

Re-defining Success: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Improve Veteran Outcomes in Housing Stability

Jazmin Breaux, West Bay Housing Corp.





Evaluating A Housing First Approach in the HUD-VASH Program

. Lindsay Hill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Cleaning House: Best Practices in Hoarding and Clutter Intervention

Karen Poffenroth, The Alex Pathways to Housing

Fighting the Filth: Strategies for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Client Living Space

Kimberly Sikora, The Alex: Pathways to Housing

Testing Housing First in Europe

Volker Busch-Geertsema, GISS Association for Innovative Soial Research and Social Planning

The At Home/Chez Soi Canadian Study of Housing First for People who are Homeless and Mentally Ill: The Cota ACT Team Partnership Perspective in Toronto

Pam Nir, Cota

Housing First for Actively Substance Using Individuals: Findings from the CASAHOPE Study

Clare Davidson, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University

Community-Based Participatory Research Aiming to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harm and Improve Quality of Life for Single-Site Housing First Residents

Seema Clifasefi, University of Washington

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Lead Presenter


A Public /Private Partnership using Housing First Strategies to Provide Scattered Site Housing to Chronically Homeless Persons Who Are Frequent Users of Hospitals

Celina Alvarez, Housing Works

Identifying the Characteristics of Consumers of Housing First Programs with Additional Needs

Tim Aubry, University of Ottawa


Bringing Housing First Principles to the Home Visit

Graydon Andrus, DESC


Participatory Video as a Wellness Intervention

Emily Buzzell, Pathways to Housing DC

The Potential of Visual Research Methods for Capturing Consumer Voices in Recovery

Bikki Smith, New York Recovery Study

Developing Integrated Supportive Housing and Health Care for Homeless Persons

John Parvensky, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Creating a Medical Home through Housing First – Implementation and Outcomes

Benjamin Henwood, University of Southern California


Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Plenary Lunch - The Canadian Story: A National Implementation of Housing First Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Systems Change for Homeless Families; MSFI

Kellie Cole, North Memphis Community Development Corporation

Housing First for Families – Connecting Rapid Re-housing and Employment Services

Nick Codd, Building Changes/Washington Families Fund

Profile of Permanent Supportive Housing Pilot Success

Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way

Doorway: An Australian Implementation of Housing First

Julian Freidin, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria


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Lead Presenter


Promoting Positive Habits and Routines: Occupational Therapy with Housing First and Dual Diagnoses

Paula McNamara, Horizon House, Inc

Housing First and Health Care: Integrating Services for Clients Through Occupational Therapy

Tracy Mercier, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Pathways to Housing Edmonton

House Calls to the Homeless: Psychiatric Services in Housing First Settings

Maria Yang, DESC

Nursing Services in Supported Housing

Jamie Moore, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Housing and Urban Health

A Fine Line: Assisting Frontline Staff to Balance Often Conflicting Job Expectations

Mark Graham, Pathways to Housing NY

Getting Staff Buy-In for Program Development

Brynn Scriber, Pathways to Housing PA

Getting Agency Buy-In for Systems Change

Ann Marie Grimberg, Heartland Health Outreach

Ending Homelessness, not just Managing It - One Agency's Evolution

Caroline Chambre, Urban Ministry Center

THP+: A Housing First Model or Emancipated Foster Youth

Lynn Morison, Bill Wilson Center

Understanding The Consumers' Choice: Permanent Supportive Housing Experiences of Young Adults in Tenant and Project-Based Sites

Barbara Montrose, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona

Extended-Release Naltrexone and Harm Reduction Counseling Compatible with Single-Site Housing First

Susan Collins, University of Washington - Harborview Medical Center

Shared Decision Making in Opioid Addiction: Using Web-Based Tools to Promote Access to Supportive Services in Housing First Programs

Wayne Centrone, Center for Social Innovation

Ensuring Housing is Part of Healthcare: Impacting the Social Determinants of Health

Karen Batia, Heartland Health Outreach/Heartland Alliance

Client Death and Housing First

Jennifer Eyford, The Alex - Pathways to Housing







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Lead Presenter


Integrating Peer Support into a Housing First Program

Andy Patterson, Family Health Centers, Inc.

The Sharp Team- How Peers are Enhancing Services for Veterans

Kevin Lambert, Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services

Housing First Transforming Services and Supporting the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness

Vincent Kane, Department of Veterans Affairs; Sam Tsemberis, Pathways to Housing


Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Special Sessions – Short Idea Talks and Film Screening: ―@Home‖ Friday, March 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Finding Homes on the Range: Addressing Homelessness in Rural and Frontier America

Sherri Downing, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP)

Keeping it Real: Housing First in Smaller Communities

Sarah Gillmore, The Shine Initiative

How to Do More with Less in Permanent Supportive Housing

Rebekah Ohlsen, Columbus House

Creative and Practical Approaches to Interventions, Healthcare, and Building Teams

Jill Carmichael, Friendship Place

Love it or Hate it: When Romance Meets Housing First

Sarah Knopp, The Alex-Pathways to Housing

Social Networks and Risk Behavior after Transitioning to Permanent Supportive Housing

Harmony Rhoades, University of Southern California School of Social Work

Critical Intersections between Supportive Housing and Health Care

Debbie Thiele, CSH

Housing High Users of Medicaid and Homeless Services

Arturo V. Bendixen, Center for Housing and Health




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Lead Presenter


Using Data to Drive Program Development in Housing First

Lisa Thornquist, Hennepin County

Using Outcome Data to improve funding for Housing & Services

Brian Smith, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Unusual Clinical Interventions: A Person-Centered/Harm Reduction Approach to Engagement and Retention

Jaime Moss, DESC

Consumer Education: An Essential Element of Housing First

Dennis Watson, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health


Community Alliances

Angela Letzner, EDEN Inc.


The Role of Peer Supports in France: The Example of Housing First France

Pascale Estecahandy, Housing First

Building a Stronger Organization through Consumer Empowerment

Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship Place

Luxury Hotel Site Transformed into Housing First: Gossett Place in Seattle

Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute

From Ground Breaking to Community Building: Lessons from the First Year of the Rosa F. Keller Building

Heather Searles, UNITY of Greater New Orleans

Aging Gracefully: An Anticipated Future in Housing First

Patrick O'Dwyer, DESC




End of Life Care: Addressing the Needs of Individuals in Permanent Supportive Housing

Wayne Centrone, Center for Social Innovation

Friday, March 14, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop #


Lead Presenter


Housing First for Families – A Statewide Approach

Magaret Woley, Building Changes/Washington Families Fund

Progressive Engagement for Families Who Are Chronically Homeless

Melanie Zamora, The Road Home

Strengthening the Social Integration of Housing First Participants

Dorieke Wewerinke, Radboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands Centre for Social Care Research


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Lead Presenter


Changing the World in Housing First: Integrating Health, Behavioral Health and Housing Services for People with Complex Needs

Kenneth Minkoff, ZiaPartners, Inc.


Building Collaborative Partnerships to Increase Housing Success

Darla Belflower, Wyandot Center

Housing First: Forging New Housing Partnerships Using your Heart and Your Head

Kelly Primus, Allegheny Healthchoices, Inc.

Marx and Not Freud: What are the Social and Political Factors which Influence the Paradigm Shift in Public Policies?

Pauline Rhenter, Mental Health Research Federation of Nord pas de Calais

Casas Primeiro: Changing social Policies Towards Ending Homelessness

JosĂŠ Ornelas, ISPA-IU

Clients are Doin' it for Themselves: Creating a Client-centered, Sustainable Life Skills Series

Cynthia Mitchell, NO/AIDS Task Force

Utilizing Groups to Improve Housing Stability

Andy Patterson, Family Health Centers, Inc.

Housing to Healthcare Access: Working Together to Provide Housing and Health

Joseph Desenclos, St. Stephen's Human Services

Integrated Care in PSH - A Partnership Approach

Eric Morse, FrontLine Service

Bridgeport Housing First - A Community Developed Model

Carla Miklos, Hope of Fairfield, Inc.

From Crisis Beds to Housing First: Clinical Experience

Marilyn Kresky-Wolff, Open Arms Housing, Inc.

Housing Choice: Housing First and Recovery Housing Options

Rachel Post, Central City Concern

Trauma Informed Housing First Model Service Delivery in an Affordable Care Act Community

Daniel Harter, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless






Friday, March 14, 2014 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Lunch - Looking to the Future

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