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Assuring Program Integrity in a Changing Environment

Housing First Partners Conference April 9 - 12, 2018 Hilton Denver City Center - Denver, Colorado

Download the guidebook conference program app. Details on page 2


Approval has been received for CE hours from

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886380360-1298) for 22.5 continuing education contact hours.

NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals NAADAC Approved Education Provider (Provider #174296)

In addition, HFPC 2018 has been approved by National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for NBCC Credit for up to 27 sessions. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are identified. HFPC 2018 is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-3012

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Table of Contents Welcome..................................................................................................................................................... 2 Social Media and Mobile App Information.................................................................................................. 3 Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors.............................................................................................................. 4 Important Notes about the Conference...................................................................................................... 5 Schedule at a Glance................................................................................................................................... 6 Pre-Conference Agenda/Info....................................................................................................................... 7 Conference Agenda, Tuesday, April 10th .................................................................................................. 11 Conference Agenda, Wednesday, April 11th ............................................................................................ 31 Conference Agenda, Thursday, April 12th ................................................................................................ 51 Plenary Speaker Biographies..................................................................................................................... 60 Hotel Maps.................................................................................................................................. Back Cover

About DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute, two innovative pioneers of the Housing First philosophy, are co-presenting Housing First Partners Conference 2018. Both organizations represent over 35 years of accumulated wisdom and strategies developed to address the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, particularly those who are chronically homeless. They are eager to share their findings and further the Housing First movement among the best and brightest leaders in the field. For more information on your hosts, visit: desc.org and pathwayshousingfirst.org.

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Welcome to Housing First Partners Conference 2018

Thank you for joining us at HFPC 2018. We are honored to host such a distinguished group of presenters and attendees committed to ending homelessness and promoting Housing First. Our collective experience and active participation will contribute significantly to the success of our fourth and (maybe) largest national conference to date. We are all proud of the tremendous progress we’ve seen in the Housing First movement. Once considered a radical and controversial idea, this humane and effective approach to ending homelessness is now an accepted norm for communities and providers everywhere. On the local, state and federal level, we have seen Housing First principles adopted to address new populations and service delivery. We know that ‘going mainstream’ provides great possibilities as well as great challenges in assuring program integrity in a changing environment. At our first conference, HFPC 2012 in New Orleans, providers, funders, policymakers, clients and advocates shared lessons learned in implementing Housing First. This transformational moment highlighted the significance and potential of this model. HFPC 2014 in Chicago focused on what was happening on the local and national level to create systems change. We celebrated the implementation of Housing First within systems as complex as the Veterans Administration as a marker of our collective success. In 2016, we took Housing First to scale and expanded its implementation across all elements of our homelessness services, housing systems and policy change. And this year, at HFPC 2018, we will again provide this unique focus and forum that will ensure the integrity of Housing First as an overall community approach and a whole system response to achieve health, recovery and well-being of people experiencing homelessness. At its core, HFPC represents the struggles and hopes of the people most impacted by Housing First – the hundreds of thousands who have already charted their own recovery from homelessness, mental illness, abuse or addiction, and an equally large number who may soon benefit from the stability, respect and hope that Housing First can bring them. We hope the successes of Housing First, and the continued need for it, will drive your full engagement in this conference, and your ongoing work. Thank you for your presence and your participation!

Daniel Malone, ED Sam Tsemberis, CEO DESC

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Share Your Conference Experience with Us! Share your conference experiences through our online presence. Follow HFPC2018 on Facebook and Twitter. Join the discussion, share your thoughts, ideas, and experience with us!

hfpc2018 @hfpartnersconf #HFPC2018 #HFPC2018 Free wi-fi access is available in all meetings spaces.

Mobile App Enhance your HFPC 2018 experience even more with the HFPC2018 Guidebook Mobile App! Navigate your way around the conference and find the most up-to-date information. Plan your day with a personalized schedule, view program schedule, session descriptions, presenters, submit evaluations, network with attendees, browse exhibitors, and much more. The app is available on any iOS devices 9.0 later, Android version 4.4 up and on all web-enabled Amazon products, except the 1st Generation Kindle Fire. All web-enabled devices (including Windows Phones, Windows PCs, and BlackBerry devices) may access our mobile web version of the site at http://guidebook.com/browse/. We recommend using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge when interacting with Guidebook Web on a Windows PC — Internet Explorer is unsupported. To download the Guidebook app, choose one of the methods below:

• Visit http://guidebook.com/getit in a web browser. • Open up the Apple, Google, Amazon, or Blackberry app store on your device. Then search for “Guidebook”. 

When you have found it, tap to download and install the Guidebook app. • Visit https://guidebook.com/g/hfpc2018 on your device’s web browser to request a download link be texted to your phone, and access instructions for multiple devices. • Desktop, laptop, or Windows device users: Please visit http://guidebook.com/browse to access guides via web browser.

How to access the Housing First Partners Conference guide in the Guidebook app:

• Tap on the Guidebook app to open it.

- Permissions: Allow push notifications so you don’t miss any important announcements. • Tap in the “Find a guide” search box. Type in the name of the guide: Housing First Partners Conference 2018 • Then tap to download and open the guide.

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Sponsors & Supporters Silver Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Colorado Coalition for the Homeless | Corporation for Supportive Housing CORT Furniture | Enterprise Community Partners Foothold Technology | Technical Assistance Collaborative

Exhibitor Information Hours:

Location:

Tuesday, April 10 Wednesday, April 11th Thursday, April 12th th

8:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – Noon

Hilton Denver City Center Lower Level 2 - Registration Pre-Function Area

Be sure to stop by the exhibit area to check out the following organizations’ information tables: ALL A Board, Inc. | Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness | CaseWorthy | Central City Bed Colorado Coalition for the Homeless | Corporation for Supportive Housing | CORT Furniture DESC | Enterprise Community Partners | Foothold Technologies | Life Startup Essentials Melville Charitable Trust | National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) | Nationwide Mutual Insurance Safe Parking Program | Technical Assistance Collaborative | TrueSense Marketing

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Important Notes About the Conference Name Badges

Special Meals

Please wear your name badge throughout the conference. The badge will be your admission ticket to all events. If you lose your badge, bring a photo ID to the registration desk and a replacement will be made for you.

If you have requested special meals, such as vegan or kosher, please give your server the special meal ticket in your conference registration packet. If you neglected to notify us at the time of registration, we may not be able to accommodate your lastminute request, as the kitchen must have 48 hours’ notice for special meal preparation.

Get the App Download the HFPC 2018 Mobile App. Enhance and simplify your experience with the HFPC 2018 mobile guide—the best way to navigate HFPC2018. Details are inside the front cover of this Program.

Recharge Room Take a break and relax from the conference activities at our “Recharge Room” located in the hotel’s Silverton room on the lower level 1. Open every day during the conference hours.

Program Brochure The conference mobile app is your primary source for conference information. Although a printed copy of the conference program is available at the registration desk upon request.

Internet/ Wi-Fi Access Complimentary high-speed Internet is available in all attendee guest rooms and in all meeting areas of the hotel. Please note: When accessing your guest room Internet connection, you will connect to the Hilton Honors network, enter your room number and last name to get online. For internet access in the meeting areas select the Hilton Honors Meeting network and then enter the password: HFPC2018 and click ‘login.’

Continuing Education (CE) The conference offers up to 22.5 hours of continuing education (CE) hours through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and NAADAC, Association for Addiction Professionals. Up to 27 sessions have been approved by National Board of Certified Counselors for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NBCC approval applies to National Certified Counselors (NCCs) only. To receive CE hours, conference attendees must check in via the Guidebook app in each session you attend and complete an evaluation form for each session attended during the conference. Attendees must attend the full session to receive CE hours. Once attendance is verified, the conference organizer will send you a certificate of completion by May 31, 2018. You must also provide your degree/field of study, professional

license number and the State where it was issued to receive CE hours. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact Maria Jacinto, after June 1st, at mjacinto@desc.org. Note: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if their licensing board will accept these CEs.

Evaluations We value your opinion and feedback. Please complete an individual workshop evaluation form for every session you attend and an overall conference evaluation at the end of the conference. The forms are available online via the HFPC2018 mobile app. A paper copy of the overall conference evaluation is also included in your registration materials that you can bring to the closing session or leave at the Registration Desk at the end of the conference. Your ratings and comments are used to evaluate the current conference and enable us to plan and improve our future conference offerings.

Photo Release Housing First Partners Conference uses photographs of conference attendees in its promotional materials and website. By virtue of attendance, all conference attendees agree to the use of their likeness in such materials. Attendees who do not want their photographs to be included in Housing First Partners Conference promotional materials and website must revoke this permission in writing sent to the Housing First Partners Conference c/o Horizon Meetings – P.O. Box 2178, Pflugerville, Texas 78691.

Conference rooms tend to be cool — for your comfort, please bring a sweater or light jacket. Housing First Partners Conference 2018

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE Monday, April 9th 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Conference Registration - Registration Desk on Lower Level 2 Pre-Conference Institutes PCI-1, PCI-2, PCI-3 and PCI-4 Lunch on your own Pre-Conference Institutes PCI-5, PCI-6 and PCI-7 Stout Street Clinic & PSH housing tours: Groups A & E 1:30 pm | Groups B & F 2:30 pm | Groups C & G 3:30 pm

Tuesday, April 10th 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm

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6:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 am 9:50 am 10:50 am 11:50 am 1:30 pm 2:50 pm 3:50 pm 4:50 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm

Conference Registration - Registration Desk on Lower Level 2 Exhibit Area Open - Pre Function area on Lower Level 2 Morning Beverages and Light Continental Breakfast Workshops 100 - 110 Workshops 111 - 121 Workshops 122 - 131 Opening Plenary Luncheon (w/ Guest Speakers) - Colorado E-J Workshops 133 - 143 Workshops 145 - 154 Workshops 155 – 165 Short Talks – Colorado E-F Networking Reception – Colorado C-D

Wednesday, April 11th 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 8:00 am – 9:00 am 9:00 am – 9:50 am 10:00 am – 10:50 am 11:00 am – 11:50 am 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Conference Registration - Registration Desk on Lower Level 2 Exhibit Area Open - Pre Function area on Lower Level 2 Morning Beverages and Light Continental Breakfast Workshops 200 - 210 Workshops 211 - 221 Workshops 222 - 230 Plenary Luncheon (w/ Guest Speakers) - Colorado E-J Stout Street Clinic & PSH housing tours: Groups I & M 1:30 pm | Groups J & N 2:30 pm | Groups K & O 3:30 pm Workshops 233 - 243 Workshops 244 - 254 Workshops 255 - 262, 264 and 265 Workshops 263 (2-hour workshop) Book Signing with Maia Szalavitz: Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction Film Presentation: Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness – Colorado E-F

Thursday, April 12th 8:00 am 8:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm

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2:00 pm 12:00 pm 9:00 am 9:50 am 10:50 am 11:50 am 1:30 pm

Conference Registration - Registration Desk on Lower Level 2 Exhibit Area Open - Pre Function area on Lower Level 2 Morning Beverages and Light Continental Breakfast Workshops 300 - 310 Workshops 311 - 321 Workshops 322 - 330 Closing Plenary Luncheon (w/ Guest Speakers) - Colorado E-J

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PRE-CONFERENCE MORNING INSTITUTES

MONDAY APRIL 9

PCI-1

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DESC’s Single-Site Housing First (HF) Training

Colorado E DESC trainers will provide a brief overview of Housing First principles, standards and program components, then quickly move into the challenges and opportunities presented in both single-site and scattered-site Housing First settings. Attendees will gain practical knowledge about strategies for addressing on-the-ground dilemmas from trainers with over 20 years of Housing First experience.

PCI-2

DESC’s Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) Training

Colorado G This training will include 3 hours of in-person training, plus an additional 2 hours of distance learning to complete certification. Service providers will learn how to use DESC’s VAT interview script and tool. They will also spend time with DESC’s senior VAT trainers, who will provide technical assistance regarding implementing the VAT in your community. (Prior sign-up was required, and attendance is limited to 20 participants.) Only those who have preregistered and received a formal confirmation from DESC will be able to attend the VAT Training. If you were unable to attend this training and would like more information on future DESC Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) trainings, please email DESC at info@desc.org.

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Housing First and Employment: Service Design and Delivery in Permanent Supportive Housing

Colorado F Without targeted employment interventions, HF strategies are not likely in themselves to increase rates of employment among tenants. The research on implementing Supported Employment (SE) for people with disabling conditions including mental illness, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders and homelessness is compelling. This institute will highlight research findings and present critical ingredients and fidelity measures for HF and SE as guides for implementing an integrated program and monitoring design fidelity over time. Both scattered-site and single-site programs can be vocationalized, case managers can provide employment supports and employment specialists can be incorporated into your housing approach. This interactive institute will showcase several examples of agencies that have adopted these evidenced-based models.

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PRE-CONFERENCE MORNING INSTITUTES – CONTINUED

MONDAY APRIL 9

PCI-4

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Denver’s Social Impact Bond Initiative

Colorado A-D Like many communities around the country, Denver has limited resources to invest in programs for individuals who struggle from mental health and substance abuse challenges, including those experiencing chronic homelessness. As a result, interactions with police, jail, detox and emergency care systems are frequent, costly and ineffectual. In response, the City of Denver has collaborated with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, Mental Health Center of Denver, Urban Institute and private investors to develop a ‘Pay for Success’ Social Impact Bond (SIB) initiative. Denver’s SIB initiative allows the homeless community access to the most effective services, while affording the City an opportunity can shift its investments to long-term sustainable solutions. 250 homeless individuals will receive supportive housing and services based on a Housing First model with a modified Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) approach to intensive case management and other supportive services. Presenters at this Institute will give an overview of this collaborative partnership’s inception, structure, stakeholders and outcome measurements. Housing and service providers will share insight to their unique outreach, service and housing models. Presenters will also share the initiative’s outcomes to date, including housing stability outcomes and a timeline for jail reduction outcomes. Following the first part of this pre-conference institute, participants will visit a nearby PSH site and the Stout Street Health Center, which is owned and operated by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. This tour will comprise about 1 mile of walking roundtrip.

PRE-CONFERENCE AFTERNOON INSTITUTES

MONDAY APRIL 9 PCI-5

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Interactive Workshop on Pathways Housing First Institute’s Scattered-Site HF Model

Colorado E Sam Tsemberis, facilitator, will be joined by a faculty of experts who will present a series of topics and engage workshop participants in discussion on the following: (1) philosophy and practice of consumer choice in housing and services; (2) providing community-based care that meets clients needs; (3) conducting home visits and facilitating community integration; and (4) identifying essential domains of program fidelity for achieving optimal results in both housing stability and quality of life. Presentations will include slides and videos, with Q&A after each topic. 

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PRE-CONFERENCE AFTERNOON INSTITUTES - CONTINUED

MONDAY APRIL 9

PCI-6

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Housing First and Employment: Service Design and Delivery Using a Rapid Re-Housing Approach

Colorado F Over the past decade, rapid re-housing (RRH) has become a primary intervention in community toolboxes for ending homelessness. Across the US, however, housing costs are rising faster than many households can afford. Many tenants in RRH face the dilemma – how do I increase my income quickly so that I can routinely pay the rent and keep my housing? Coupling an employment intervention with RRH is more likely to help tenants remain stably housed than a short-term RRH intervention alone, which research has shown does not significantly increase earned income. This institute will focus on employment services in RRH, whether these are coordinated with local community service providers or directly operated by the RRH program itself. Presenters will cover the integration of service delivery, community partnerships, employment assessments, vocational case management and job development and retention. A case study will demonstrate how you can implement this service design in your community.

PCI-7

Establishing Effective Partnerships Between Housing First and Criminal Justice Systems

Colorado A-D Contact with the criminal justice system can be one of many factors impacting those experiencing homelessness. A lack of coordination and working partnerships between criminal justice, health, and housing agencies in a community can contribute to a cycle where vulnerable individuals frequently cycle through courts, incarceration, hospitals, shelters, and the streets. There are numerous intercept points in the criminal justice system at which an individual’s housing needs can be assessed and addressed, reducing gaps in services and routing people to the most appropriate housing option in a timely way. In this session, staff from the CSG Justice Center will explain the various points in the criminal justice system where there are opportunities for housing professionals to coordinate with criminal justice agencies, including law enforcement, courts, incarceration, supervision, and reentry. During this session, participants will learn:

• Shared goals of criminal justice and housing • Opportunities to create inter-agency partnerships and interact with homeless individuals at each intercept • Identifying a shared target population • How experiencing homelessness may impact an individual’s outcomes at each intercept point • Overview of working processes, operations, terms, and roles at each intercept

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 100

Intentional Design

Colorado A-B

Michele Christensen, Zach Penland, Housing Catalyst Housing Catalyst will present Redtail ponds, an award winning Permanent Supportive Housing development in Fort Collins, Colorado. We will discuss the building design elements that were chosen on this new construction, single-site project and how we were able to successfully get buy in from partner agencies through a deliberate process.

Workshop 101

Testing the limits of the Housing First Philosophy with Opioid Users

Colorado C-D

Christine Simiriglia, Pathways to Housing PA Bill Maroon, Resources for Human Development Two programs from two different organizations will share their experience, outcomes, successes and challenges in utilizing the HF service model with actively using Opioid users. RHD Camden Supportive Housing started in 2008 and Pathways to Housing PA started a HF program specifically designed to work with Opioid users in 2016.

Workshop 102

Increasing Stability and Maximizing Individual Potential in Scattered-Site Settings

Denver 1-2

Lisa Grillo, Danielle Burt, DESC Providing services in a scattered-site setting comes with its own unique challenges. While we strive to create stability, conquer goals and focus on a greater quality of life, we are constantly faced with circumstances outside of our professional control that challenge the integrity of our programs.

Workshop 103

Organizing College Students for Housing First: From Research to Policy

Denver 3

Deborah Padgett, Lynden Bond, New York University Josh Dean, Hakook This presentation features members of ‘Hakook,’ a student-run group founded at New York University in 2015 to carry out street outreach, policy advocacy and research designed to understand the barriers to permanent housing described by homeless persons themselves. The ultimate goal of Hakook is to promote adoption of Housing First.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 104

Rapid Re-housing (RRH) with High Needs People

Denver 4

Margaret King, Katrina Sterling, DESC Leveraging Rapid Re-Housing as a housing intervention for those with the highest access barriers and greatest need for permanent supportive housing (PSH), is an innovation in Housing First practice and in line with HUD prioritization guidance and Rapid Re-Housing best practices. Using RRH as an alternative to shelter allows communities to permanently house more of HUD’s priority population (people with the longest histories of homelessness and high service needs).

Workshop 105

Moving On: Moving Stable Tenants Forward and Increasing Opportunities

Denver 5-6

Michael Quinn, Jeremy Kern, Plymouth Housing Group Kristy Johnson, King County Housing Authority With permanent supportive housing opportunities insufficient to meet the totality of need, housing providers must effectively marshal limited resources. Some individuals within permanent supportive housing have reached a stable foundation, no longer needing intensive services. ‘Moving-on’ programs for suitable tenants to transition creates greater housing capacity for current homeless individuals.

Workshop 106

THIS is Housing First for Youth

Penrose 1

Stephen Gaetz, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University Melanie Redman, A Way Home Canada In response to concerns regarding the appropriateness of Housing First for youthful populations, a new program model ‘Housing First for Youth’ (HF4Y) has been developed designed to meet needs of developing adolescents. This presentation looks at the HF4Y program model including adapted core principles and models of accommodation and support.

Workshop 107

Housing First Plus: Integrating Employment Services in Housing Programs

Penrose 2

John Rio, Ian Lisman, Advocates For Human Potential Laura O’Neill, DESC Tammy Bellofatto, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless To achieve employment outcomes in Housing First, you must include an appropriate, matched employment service strategy. In this presentation panelists will present the evidence that supports linking housing and employment, two case studies (PSH in Seattle and RRH in Denver) and comments from a working tenant, and discuss the implications for practice.

NBCC Approved Session

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 108

From the HEART: Housing First and Family Well-Being

Independence

Zelimna Taveras, HEART This session will share how supportive housing and housing first principles positively influences housing and family stability based on a national demonstration with child welfare and homeless involved families in Broward County, FL. This session will highlight the significant system of care collaboration and strategies to incorporate housing first principles into this system of care.

Workshop 109

Creating Housing First Culture in an SSVF (veteran-specific) Program

Gold Coin

Zach Riley, John Tribbett, St. Stephen’s Human Services The presentation is an opportunity to assess how the underlying culture of the St. Stephen’s program leads it to uphold the philosophies of housing first and harm reduction effectively in a rapid rehousing model and what supports are needed to ensure success.

Workshop 110

What We Have Here is a Revolution of the Heart

Matchless

Meg Martin, Interfaith Works Participants will brainstorm creative ways to ensure the integrity of the Housing First model. The presenter will offer many practical applications of the principles of harm reduction to holistically strengthen your program at every level. Housing First is much more than an apartment or coordinated entry… let’s explore the possibilities!

Thank you to COLORADO COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

For your partnership with DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute on the HFPC 2018 Conference! Housing First Partners Conference 2018

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 111

Maintaining Scattered-Site Housing for Individuals Facing Barriers Beyond Housing

Colorado A-B

Sarah Gorry, Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY Individuals enrolled in Housing First programs represent one of the most vulnerable populations who have faced structural barriers that have prevented stable housing. Creative linkages to supportive services, focus on increasing ADLs, and landlord relationships are paths to longevity in Housing First programs and promote thriving client lives.

Workshop 112

Housing First: Leading through Racial Equity

Colorado C-D

Felicia Salcedo, All Home Danielle Winslow, Chief Seattle Club Homelessness is inextricably linked to racism. People of color experience homelessness at dramatically higher rates than their white counterparts. The homeless response system can either perpetuate racial disparities or disrupt them with intentional and targeted funding, policies and service delivery.

Workshop 113

Housing First and Harm Reduction Practices and Standards in Permanent Supportive Housing

Denver 1-2

Suzanne Moore, Caracole, Inc. Caracole, Inc. is a full service AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in Cincinnati, Ohio with programs including prevention, medical case management, and housing. This presentation will include discussion about our clients’ improved health outcomes, decreases in overdoses and survival sex work, as well as barriers we have faced as practitioners.

Workshop 114

Conducting Housing First Research Within Organizational and Systems Contexts

Denver 3

Molly Brown, Camilla Cummings, Dao Tran, DePaul University Lauren Fay, DESC Sam Tsemberis, Pathways Housing First Institute This presentation will introduce an ongoing randomized trial of single-site and scattered-site Housing First conducted in collaboration with DESC. In addition to an overview of the study, the presentation will illuminate challenges and facilitators to study implementation occurring within the organizational context and the broader local homelessness service sector.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 115

Impact of a Housing First Approach on Perceptions of Self-Determination

Denver 4

Andrea Dakin, AIDS Foundation of Chicago Britt Shawver, Housing Opportunities for Women, Inc. Dave Thomas, All Chicago Self-determination, as viewed by women participating in a supportive housing program that incorporated a Housing First approach, was explored in a qualitative research study through in-depth, semi-structured individual interviews. Results showed that how women defined independent decision-making and self-determination were highly influenced by the Housing First structure of the program.

Workshop 116

Property Management and Service Providers: Dynamic Duos in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

Denver 5-6

Carrie Craig, Jeff Linn, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ Renaissance Property Management Company (RPMC) and Housing First teams have been collaborating extensively to improve permanent supportive housing for Denver’s chronically homeless population. This presentation will review collaborative efforts including: planning and administration, team roles and responsibilities, staff supervision and training, and cross-team communication.

Workshop 117

Creating a Housing First System: You Can Do It Too

Penrose 1

Kira Zylstra, Dusty Olson, All Home The Seattle/King County CoC is working diligently at systems change to align strategies, funding and services towards Housing First philosophy. Utilizing data and concrete examples, presenters will speak to the coordination, innovation, and governance necessary for communities to integrate HF throughout systems, including lessons learned, challenges faced and offer tools.

Workshop 118

The Role of Faith-Based Partners in Housing First Systems

Penrose 2

Joe Savage, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Peter Peters, REACH Kat Lilley, Family Promise of Colorado Springs As a key partner in a community’s efforts towards ending homelessness, faith-based organizations bring a variety of housing and service resources to the homelessness crisis response system. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Inventory data show that faith-based organizations operate at least thirty percent of the nation’s emergency shelter beds for single adults and families.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 119

Homeless to Housed: Qualitative Analysis of Permanent Supportive Housing Cohorts

Independence

James Petrovich, Texas Christian University Erin Murphy, University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work This study examined the experiences of formerly homeless individuals entering an innovative, privately developed site-based permanent supportive housing program located in Fort Worth, Texas. Qualitative interviews conducted at program entry and every three months after for one calendar year examined housing-related challenges, available support systems, goals, and needs.

Workshop 120

Housing First, and Healthcare Too: Coordinated Entry and Mental Health Providers

Gold Coin

Christine Laguna, Integral Care Preston Petty, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) While mental health should not be a barrier to entering housing, many individuals need support after move-in. Effective homeless services systems must include mental health as a core service within assessment, referral, and housing. Learn how Austin’s Continuum of Care and Local Mental Health Authority partnered to redesign their system.

Workshop 121

Outcomes From the Doorway Program (an Australian Housing First program)

Matchless

Beth Fogerty, Rosalie Frankish, Wellways Australia Doorway is a Housing First program that supports individuals to secure housing within the private rental market in Australia. This presentation will explore preliminary results from the current Doorway evaluation. Outcomes for both mental health and housing will be explored using case examples to illustrate the findings and future program directions.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 122

Mind the Gap: Bridging Crisis Services and Housing First Principles

Colorado A-B

Caren Sumption, Shanee Colston, Dana Dunklin, DESC Crisis services are an essential component of a successful Housing First program. At DESC’s Crisis Solutions Center, a diverse staff – including Chemical Dependency Professionals, Case Managers, and Peer Specialists – connect client-residents in crisis to resources, model positive relationships, and build skill sets that keep client-residents in their housing. Come discuss strategies bridging trauma-informed care and Housing First principles.

Workshop 123

The Hard Work to Bring the Housing and Child Welfare Systems Together

Colorado C-D

Zelimna Taveras, KID Inc Leah Rhea, CSH Debra Struzinski, Betsy Cronin, The Connection Inc. This session examines supportive housing specifically designed to keep together families that are involved with child welfare systems and to achieve optimal behavioral health, housing stability and successful family functioning. The child welfare system was a required partner in these programs, a system historically operating with a housing last framework.

Workshop 124

Site-Based Coordinated Care: Maximizing In-Home Care in Supportive Housing

Denver 1-2

Noah Fay, CSH Patrick Duffie, DESC Kelli Larsen, Plymouth Housing Group Site-Based Coordinated Care is a pilot partnership between SH providers, In-Home Care Agencies, and Long-Term Care Services. This presentation will offer details on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a new model of service delivery for tenants receiving InHome Care Services in Supportive Housing Sites.

NBCC Approved Session

Workshop 125

Using Data to Support Coordinated Entry Systems (CES)

Denver 3

John Horn, Martha Macias, LA Family Housing Good data is required to measure impact and instill public confidence in Coordinated Entry Systems. This presentation will detail how data strengthens CES through successful collection, analysis, and reporting. Examples of outcome dashboards will be provided that can be replicated for use. Participants will learn how to make data come alive.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 126

Leveraging Stories of Success to Empower Individuals and Influence Policy

Denver 4

Ann English, Sharon Rapport, CSH Dorothy Edwards, Speak Up! Advocate The CSH Speak Up! Initiative invests in tenants with lived experience of homelessness to develop leadership, advocacy, and storytelling skills to become active participants in the programming and policies of their communities. Personal stories of success provide a foundation for effective advocacy with local and state policymakers around ending homelessness.

Workshop 127

Rethinking Community Building: Leveraging Expertise through Interdisciplinary Programming

Denver 5-6

Rica Bryan, Amy Sharp, Janice Walker, Ana Moran, Community Access This presentation will offer practical tools to leverage tenant, staff, and neighbor expertise in order to activate meaningful community cohesion. We’ll focus on identifying both needs and assets, and address those through interdisciplinary programming such as urban agriculture, art, and entrepreneurship in order to create lasting change in supportive housing.

Workshop 128

HUD’s Housing First Assessment Tool: Measuring Your Agency’s Capacity to Operate

Penrose 1

Norm Suchar, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Learn to use HUD’s ‘Housing First Assessment Tool’ released on September 20, 2017 to review housing first standards in systems and programs. The tool is designed for internal self-evaluation, external fidelity assessment and for use with coordinated entry, street outreach, emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing.

Workshop 129

The Role of Resilience Skills Training with Homeless Veterans to Strengthen Protective Factors

Penrose 2

Keith Wilson, VA Housing Program (HUD-VASH)-VAPAHCS Daniel Smee, Greater Los Angeles-VAMC Building resilience in homeless veterans offers a powerful method to mitigate destructive behaviors. Resilience is the ability to recover from adversity. Protective factors are defined as psychological and social elements that enhance positive coping and inner strength when faced with adversity. Resilience skills are from CSF2, a US Army program.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 130

Upscaling Housing First as a Social Policy Towards Ending Homelessness in Europe

Independence

Jose Ornelas, Ispa – Iu The Project HOME_EU: Reversing Homelessness in Europe is a Horizon 2020 research grant on reversing inequalities within the European Union territory. It is being implemented by a consortium of 12 partners from 9 countries is to contribute towards an empirically based EU theory & practice of justice for political guidance.

Workshop 131

Myth Busting: Common and Persistent Misconceptions about Barriers to Housing

Gold Coin

Piper Ehlen, Gillian Morshedi, HomeBase: The Center for Common Concerns Many assumptions about legal barriers to HUD-funded affordable and homeless housing resources are based on outdated or misunderstood regulations. This session will break down some of the most prevalent myths about eligibility for HUD-funded housing and discuss strategies to address those myths in local communities to facilitate quicker housing placements.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

12:00 PM - 1:30PM

COLORADO E-J

CONFERENCE WELCOME PLENARY WELCOME TO CONFERENCE Daniel Malone, DESC Sam Tsemberis, Pathways Housing First Institute WELCOME TO THE STATE OF COLORADO AND THE CITY OF DENVER Introduction by: John Parvensky, President and CEO, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Denver Deputy Mayor Brendan Hanlon REMARKS BY FEDERAL HOUSING AND HOMELESS LEADERS Jemine Bryon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Populations, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Join conference hosts Daniel Malone, Executive Director of DESC in Seattle, and Sam Tsemberis, Founder and President of Pathways Housing First Institute, for their welcomes to the conference and brief comments from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper; Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; Jemine Bryon, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs Populations at the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; and Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. This dynamic sextet of visionary and compassionate leaders will help set the tone for a robust learning experience at this year’s conference. Matthew Doherty and other USICH staff will be holding listening sessions at 2 o’clock for consumers/peers and at 3 o’clock for providers and other stakeholders to get feedback and input on proposed changes to “Opening Doors: the Federal Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.” Please join them if your schedule permits!

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 133

Innovative Strategies in Landlord Recruitment for Housing Programs

Colorado A-B

Matt Hurd, Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative Open Doors recruits companies with professionally managed properties willing to rent to individuals and families in need of affordable housing. Working with skilled case managers employed by the best nonprofits in Metro Atlanta, Open Doors connects rental communities with Housing First programs providing financial subsidy and ongoing supports to households.

Workshop 134

Housing First in Edmonton, Alberta: A Coordinated Systems Approach

Colorado C-D

Susan McGee, Homeward Trust Edmonton Homeward Trust Edmonton brings funding, planning, and coordination under one umbrella, with direct management of centralized functions including coordinated access, training, landlord relations and property management. This presentation will explore the evolution of a community approach informed by principles of Housing First throughout a variety of programs models and system level planning.

Workshop 135

Having Difficult Conversations

Denver 1-2

Lindsay Casale, Robert McVety, Pathways Vermont ‘Housing First’ doesn’t mean ‘Housing Only!’ We believe our primary goal is to have conversations with participants that other people in their lives aren’t having – and, quite often, these are difficult conversations. This interactive presentation will explore challenges and provide an opportunity to practice this core component of our work.

Workshop 136

Innovative Outreach Strategies and Meaningful Engagement

Denver 3

Howard Jefferson Bess II, Samantha Oppenheimer, DESC Meaningful community-based outreach is proven to result in positive outcomes for clients, and yet what is considered appropriate, reasonable, and effective varies wildly across programs. This panel will explore non-traditional strategies outreach workers can use to address system inequities and develop strong working alliances with people experiencing chronic homelessness.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 137

Cultural Competency among Providers: Navigating Social Privilege within Housing First

Denver 4

Joel Berdie, Ilyas El-Amin, Christina GarcĂ­a, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless As global communities become more segregated through increased commercial globalization, climate change, and resource scarcity, HF providers have a responsibility to challenge gender, racial, and socioeconomic biases that oppress our clients. This presentation will explore strategies of how providers can most effectively utilize their social capital to empower clients.

Workshop 138

Innovations in Health and Housing

Denver 5-6

Joshua Bamberger, University of California The research that supports the value of supportive housing is undeniable. In a recent report, we document nine communities around the country where the healthcare system has invested to expand permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless adults. These cases can serve as a template for innovation and expansion.

Workshop 139

Incorporating Housing First Supportive Housing Standards into Medicaid and Managed Care Provider Contracts

Penrose 1

Debbie Thiele, Cheryl Winter, CSH As more U.S. states move to cover supportive housing services through their Medicaid program, state agencies and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations are setting standards for housing first services providers seeking Medicaid reimbursement. Learn what standards are being used and how supportive housing providers are becoming Medicaid providers across the U.S.

Workshop 140

Integrating Dual Diagnosis Treatment within Veteran Housing First Program

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Stephanie Lynam, Yale University

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Interdisciplinary Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) is a team-based treatment modality that utilizes Motivational Interviewing techniques among others to enhance recovery for individuals diagnosed with substance abuse disorders and severe mental illnesses. This presentation will explain IDDT and its unique implementation process within a Housing First model at VA Connecticut.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 141

Substance Use and Social Networks after Moving into Permanent Supportive Housing

Independence

Harmony Rhoades, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work This presentation describes changes in substance use and the relationship between social network characteristics and individual substance use among a sample of more than 400 formerly-homeless persons during their first year living in permanent supportive housing.

Workshop 143

USICH Feedback Session for Consumers and Peers

Matchless

Matthew Doherty, USICH During his lunchtime plenary talk, Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), will have introduced the framework for a planned update later this spring to revise and strengthen the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. In this session, Matthew and other USICH staff will solicit input, comments and feedback on proposed changes that relate to Housing First approaches at the federal, state and local levels. Here’s your chance to be heard by the man who writes the plan. Don’t miss it! (See the current plan at: https://www.usich.gov/opening-doors)

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 145

Racism and Homelessness: Findings from the SPARC Initiative

Colorado C-D

Jeff Olivet, Center For Social Innovation This presentation examines the intersection of racism and homelessness across the United States. The session will present findings from the six-city SPARC study on race and homelessness. Participants will learn how racism and homelessness intersect and they will leave equipped to create change in their communities.

Workshop 146

Go with the Flow: Movement and Graduation

Denver 1-2

Steve Gaspar, Gill Roussel, The Alex Community Health Centre – Homebase HomeBase has started to increase client movement through programs to promote client capacity. The presenters will discuss key indicators that show if a client should move, how to ensure the client and new program feels supported during the flow, and how increases in flow has impacted both staff and clients.

Workshop 147

Training for Fidelity: Taking Housing First to Scale in Charlotte, NC

Denver 3

Lori Thomas, Chloe Vercruysse, University of North Carolina At Charlotte Karen Pelletier, Robert Nesbit, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Sam Tsemberis, Pathways Housing First Institute Training and evaluation play key roles in ensuring Housing First program fidelity in efforts to end chronic homelessness. This presentation describes the interrelated processes of training and evaluation in Charlotte, NC and reports on research findings related to program fidelity and implementation. Challenges to taking effective programs to scale are discussed.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 148

Negative Effects: Hurdles in Telling the Housing First Story

Denver 4

Rob Wetherington, Pathways to Housing PA When program participants share their story, there is a tendency for them to relapse, experience intense mental health episodes, or to generally distance themselves. This makes sharing the purpose and impact of Housing First initiatives difficult and has led to proactive and preventative measures to address this nuanced need.

Workshop 149

Better Health through Housing: A Collaboration between Permanent Supportive Housing Providers and the Health Care Sector

Denver 5-6

Brandi Calvert, Abbie See, Center for Housing and Health The Better Health through Housing partnership between Hospitals and Managed Care Organizations and the Center for Housing for Health is an innovative program that provides permanent supportive housing to high emergency room and in-patient hospital users that are experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing providers in our collaborative practice Housing First and Harm Reduction in their programs. We introduce Housing First principles to our health care partners because housing provides the foundation for wellness. People experiencing homelessness are offered permanent housing with no programmatic preconditions such as demonstration of sobriety, completion of alcohol or drug treatment, or agreeing to comply with medical treatment upon entry into the program.

Workshop 150

Mergers and Affiliations as a Housing First Survival Strategy

Penrose 1

Stacy Olsen DiStefano, Bill Maroon, Resources For Human Development (RHD) Organizations must find ways to survive in the rapidly changing landscape of human services. RHD is embracing the mergers and affiliations mindset to create sustainable groups of experienced providers that share the Housing First vision. Learn about the value of this strategy and how to get started.

Workshop 151

Nursing Role(s) within Housing First Teams: Promoting Community Integration

Penrose 2

Nenna Arnold, Carrie Craig, Allan Crandell, Jenny Dearing, Sarah McBride, Rachael Miller, Andrea Vigil, Maria Whetsel, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has incorporated nursing services on their modified Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams. We will demonstrate how our roles continue to evolve in order to provide integrated care. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn from our successes and challenges. We will discuss how we strategize community integration.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 152

Back to Basics: Correcting Program Drift in Housing First

Independence

Jennifer Harrison, Michael Rudolph, FrontLine Service FrontLine Service and EDEN, Inc. have partnered since 2006, providing property management and social services to Cleveland’s nine permanent supportive housing sites. This presentation offers an overview of how to ensure strategic alignment with Housing First principles, and ways they have adapted when aspects of the program have drifted.

Workshop 153

Hand in Glove: Housing First and Supported Employment

Gold Coin

Navid Daee, Ishan Heru, Community Connections Community Connections (CC), Washington, DC’s largest non-profit behavioral health agency, will present two Housing First initiatives utilizing supportive employment: 1) SAMHSA-funded CABHI program with SOAR and also Supported Employment with Individual Placement & Support approach; and 2) HUD-funded Supportive Housing Programs for Veterans and Families with Supported Employment. CC staff will also provide preview of newest Housing First program harnessing Supported Employment approach with transitional aged youth.

Workshop 154

USICH Feedback Session for Housing First Providers and Other Community Stakeholders

Matchless

Matthew Doherty, USICH During his lunchtime plenary talk, Matthew Doherty, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), will have introduced the framework for a planned update later this spring to revise and strengthen the federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. In this session, Matthew and other USICH staff will solicit input, comments and feedback on proposed changes that relate to Housing First approaches at the federal, state and local levels. Here’s your chance to be heard by the man who writes the plan. Don’t miss it! (See the current plan at: https://www.usich.gov/opening-doors)

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 155

Engaging and Retaining Landlords in a Housing First Model

Colorado A-B

Jennifer Lee, PATH High rent and low vacancy cities have a multitude of challenges for any Housing First provider to overcome. PATH’s Housing Partnership Department share their ideas and experiments, for a data driven landlord engagement and retention model, to overcome the challenges of finding affordable housing in Los Angeles.

Workshop 156

Drug, Set, Setting: A Training Tool for Bridging Theory with Practice

Colorado C-D NBCC Approved Session

Karen Rosenthal, Duysal Karakus, Community Access, Inc.

Workshop 157

We’re All in This Together: Coordinated Care Enhances Housing First Interventions

Denver 1-2 NBCC Approved Session

Mike Savara, Central City Concern

Workshop 158

Development and Testing of a Distance-Based Housing First Implementation Strategy

Denver 3

Dennis Watson, Indiana University Valery Shuman, Midwest Harm Reduction Institute The Housing First Technical Assistance and Training Program (HFTAT) is a distance-based implementation strategy developed to assist programs to implement the Housing First model. This presentation discusses results from research demonstrating improvements in organizational- and staff-level outcomes from three programs that participated in the HFTAT pilot.

Come learn how ‘Drug, Set, Setting’ can grow beyond an academic concept into a concrete tool with workers experiencing helplessness around complex drug use in supportive housing. Facilitators will share how implementing the model in training/supervision supports workers to enhance their harm reduction service delivery.

The Bud Clark Commons houses some of Portland, Oregon’s most vulnerable and complex individuals. Residents often intersect multiple systems, including hospitals, criminal justice, health clinics, substance use and mental health supports and housing. This presentation is a conversation about how to link systems together while engaging and supporting Housing First participants.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 159

Building the Next Homeless Services System: Trends, Challenges and Solutions

Denver 4

Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship Place The homeless services field has made tremendous progress thanks to the Housing First Model. This workshop is a three-part conversation on trends, challenges and solutions in the homeless services space. Workshop participants will examine current needs and conditions and discuss their impact on consumers and staff. We will develop a vision for the next service space and discuss effective strategies to implement it.

Workshop 160

Landlord Engagement Strategies for Housing First Programs

Denver 5-6

Ashley Mann-McLellan, Technical Assistance Collaborative As communities and housing programs work to adopt a Housing First approach, it is critical that they have an implemented strategy to both recruit and maintain positive landlord relationships. Workshop attendees will learn both program and system-level landlord engagement strategies from the presenter and their peers.

Workshop 162

Costs of Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Findings from the High Needs Family Evaluation

Penrose 2

Kathryn Henderson, Deb Rog, Westat The High Needs Family Program, supported through the Washington Youth and Families Fund, provided an opportunity to examine the costs that families in supportive housing incur on various mainstream service systems compared to families in shelter and those in public housing. High utilizer families also were identified.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY APRIL 10

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 163

When Housing First Becomes a Dirty Word: Overcoming Resistance and Anxiety when Implementing Housing First for Families

Independence

Amanda Harris, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services The focus is on applying Housing First principles to family services. In many communities, Housing First has a bad rap due to poor fidelity to the model. Housing First is more than housing and must include services. We will explore how to repair the reputation by appealing to shared values.

Workshop 164

Implementation of a North Texas County’s Coordinated Entry System

Gold Coin

Erin Murphy, University of Texas at Arlington James Petrovich, Texas Christian University, Department of Social Work This study presents findings from a monitoring evaluation examining a newly implemented Coordinated Entry System (CES). The mixed-methods study leveraged local HMIS data to evaluate system-level performance metrics and qualitative focus groups with clients, navigators and program administrators to identify system strengths and opportunities for system improvement.

Workshop 165

Engaging and Housing the Most Vulnerable Using an Integrated Team

Matchless NBCC Approved Session

Brittany Jasker, Rachel Giles, St. Joseph Center The Integrated Mobile Health Team is a street team of professionals from multiple disciplines who serve individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, severe mental illness, medical conditions, and substance use. Participants will learn how this integrated, field based approach is effective in getting people off the street using the Housing First model.

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TUESDAY APRIL 10

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

COLORADO E-F

SHORT TALKS Peggy Bailey, Director of Health Integration, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Va Lecia Adams Kellum, President & CEO, St. Joseph Center Jacqueline Martin, Seattle, WA Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub Nicole Macri, Deputy Director for Strategy, DESC and WA State Representative, 43rd Legislative District Daniel Malone (Moderator), Executive Director, DESC

Hear inspirational, energizing, 15-minute short talks offering new perspectives, ideas, spark deep discussion and connection with the work we do to prevent and end homelessness.

TUESDAY APRIL 10

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

COLORADO C-D

NETWORKING RECEPTION

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 200

The FUSE Model of Supportive Housing in Oregon: Community Activation to Create Housing for Frequent Users

Colorado A-B

Annie Bacci, Heather Lyons, CSH Danielle Bautista, Lane County This session focuses on the Lane County, OR, FUSE program that is currently in implementation, in addition to a new effort in Multnomah County that brings together partners from the county and city with housing and philanthropy to create supportive housing for frequent users of jails, homeless, and health systems. This session will look at all aspects of the model, from project planning to implementation and sustainability.

Workshop 201

A Managed Care Organization (MCO) and a Provider Talk about Housing First in a Managed Care Environment

Colorado C-D

Stacy Olsen DiStefano, Resources For Human Development Michael Golinkoff, PerformCare Can Housing First programs survive with fidelity in a fee-for-service world? Which services are billable, what can be bundled, what must be absorbed, and how can providers prepare for pay for value? A presenter dialogue will be followed by audience participation in sharing experiences, insights and actionable information.

Workshop 202

Denver’s HUD/VASH: Housing as the Door to Recovery

Matchless NBCC Approved Session

Jennifer Daly, Hannah Lambert, Heather Powers, Veterans Affairs

Workshop 203

Community Health and Wellness: Mobile Integrated Healthcare Partnered with Supportive Housing

Denver 3

Michael Brose, Mental Health Association Oklahoma Whitney Phillips, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine Mental Health Association Oklahoma and University of Oklahoma Community Medicine designed a mobile, integrated healthcare model using mid-level and nursing providers, and peer support specialists to bring ‘to the door’ integrated care to untreated medically/psychiatrically vulnerable, formally homeless individuals living in PSH with 2 years of outcome measurements.

Denver’s HUD-VASH program demonstrated their commitment to Housing First most notably in January of 2016. After 20 years of combined service to the Homeless Veteran population managers considered challenges faced by veterans and staff and redesigned. We approach our most vulnerable homeless with a Veteran-centered, recovery focused, Housing First process.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 204

Housing First Residents as Educators on the Mental and Physical Health Crises among People Who Experience Chronic Homelessness

Denver 4

Jennie Ann Cole, East Carolina University A small body of research has explored how the aging formerly homeless population can inform health policy on how to secure housing for the chronically homeless. Drawing on their own experiences, participants offer suggestions regarding the best ways to understand the recovery process as clients’ transition into housing.

Workshop 205

Integrated Models for Treatment and Support

Denver 5-6

Mike Savara, Central City Concern Shalonna Jackson, Home Forward Housing First often involves a heavy orchestration of services and supports across agencies. This presentation will focus on the challenges and benefits of collaboration between local housing authority, Home Forward, and a local non-profit, Central City Concern. Presenters will facilitate a discussion on the intersecting roles that Resident Services, Case Management and Property Management staff hold.

Workshop 206

Housing First for Youth and Young Adults

Penrose 1

Amy Louttit, National Network For Youth Options are critical to a community-based system that is effective at preventing and responding to youth homelessness. Housing First is a necessary component of any system and must be tailored to the needs of young people. But what does Housing First for youth look like? Where does it fit?

Workshop 207

Team-Based Approaches for Opioid Addicted Participants: Leveraging Your Role

Penrose 2

Kate Gleason-Bachman, Joe Quinn, Pathways to Housing PA This presentation will address specific strategies for fully utilizing a team approach to meet the needs of those with opioid addiction while also adhering to housing first and harm reduction principles. We will use discussion/case studies to explore the role of nursing and peer support in moving participants towards goals.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 208

Naloxone for All: An Agency Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Independence NBCC Approved Session

Monica Fisk, DESC

Workshop 209

HF and Client Engagement: Implementing Motivational Interviewing and Other Client-Centered Models

Gold Coin NBCC Approved Session

Mayte Antelo-Ovando, Heading Home

Workshop 210

Maintaining Program Integrity During Housing First Replications

Denver 1-2

Tod Lipka, Step Up On Second

This workshop will explore how DESC has responded to the crisis of opioid overdoses among our clients by implementing an agency-wide Opioid Overdose and Naloxone Administration policy. We will review the legal and social context that led to the creation of this policy, in particular the rise in Opioid-related deaths and a Washington state law that allows for institutional Naloxone prescriptions. We will discuss agency considerations around the policy, including agency size and structure, service provision in a Housing First context, and the particular needs of our client population, which is highly vulnerable, chronically homeless, mentally ill, and substancedependent. The workshop will then cover the management processes and training mechanisms for implementing this policy on the ground, including supplying all sites with Naloxone and regular ongoing training for all staff. Finally, we will reflect on the success and lessons of the policy after two years, and engage the audience in conversation about they could replicate this in their own housing first programs.

This presentation aims to share an overview of how Housing First is implemented in our programs, while making the point that this philosophy is very much aligned with client-centered models such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care and Harm Reduction, asserting that clients have autonomy and deserve respect.

Step Up has replicated its services into numerous new communities. We will cover lessons learned in successful replication including how to maintain program integrity and service continuity, developing and managing new relationships, creating goodwill through responsiveness to community needs, handling diverse funding and strategies to build capacity within each community.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 211

Beyond Housing First: Community Planning and Investment Strategies for Vulnerable Populations

Colorado A-B

Gregory Shinn, Mental Health Association Oklahoma Bill Major, Zarrow Family Foundations Mental Health Association Oklahoma and Zarrow Family Foundations have partnered to establish a portfolio of 1,500 units of housing and programs in Oklahoma. Speakers will demonstrate how leveraging public and private resources drives an intentional community plan that serves vulnerable populations and forges business relationships that advance the Housing First philosophy.

Workshop 212

Maintaining Traction in a Rebuilding System: Tips for Early Adopters

Colorado C-D

Sara Schwab, Truman Behavioral Health Assertive Community Outreach As communities embrace Coordinated Entry and Housing First practices, early adopters of the models may feel stuck, even derailed as the rest of their systems catch up. Attendees will learn the benefits and challenges of early adoption including their role as leaders in broader efforts.

Workshop 213

Dignity in Death: Housing Clients with Palliative Conditions

Matchless

Steve Gasper, James Murch, The Alex—HomeBase More and more programs find themselves providing housing first to clients with palliative conditions. This presentation will focus on interventions and strategies used at HomeBase to support clients with terminal illness and prevent compassion fatigue in staff.

Workshop 214

Understanding ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ HF Policy Implementation: Comparative Studies from Canada and the EU

Denver 3

Nienke Boesveldt, Utrecht University Explaining housing and service coverage of homeless persons by looking at elements of policy, structure and management in local administrative-political approaches reveals why Montreal, Copenhagen and initially also Amsterdam are less effective than Glasgow in implementing Housing First. Strength of normative and empirical policy assumptions appears to be a decisive factor in policy making.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 215

Walking the Walk: Building Trauma-Informed Housing First Organizations

Denver 4 NBCC Approved Session

Amy Turk, Downtown Women’s Center

Workshop 216

Against All Odds: Finding Resiliency and Empowerment in Housing First Work

Denver 5-6

Christina Clayton, Laura O’Neill, Dana Dunklin, DESC

It is not enough, to just train professionals about trauma in order to establish a trauma informed workforce. It is critical that we embed principles of trauma informed care throughout our organizations. This session will shift the onus of self-care from the individual to the agency to foster Trauma-Informed Organizations.

Trauma-Informed Supervision is an approach that can train new direct service staff and supervisors learn the underlying aspects of trauma and its impact on those on the front lines. Housing First work inherently means helping people who have experienced trauma and it is our job to be prepared by having the tools to return each day ready to be present and hopeful. To do that, we must invest in ourselves, our supervisors and that crucial supervisory relationship to help those we serve.

Workshop 217

The Soteria Model

Penrose 1

Hilary Melton, Matt Kaigle, Pathways Vermont The Soteria model, developed by Dr. Loren Mosher in the late 1970’s, offers an alternative approach to the experience of psychosis by providing person-centered adaptive care in a homelike environment. In the context of increasing interest in the model, a review of controlled trials suggested the Soteria paradigm yields equal, and in certain specific areas better, results in the treatment of people diagnosed with first- or second-episode schizophrenia spectrum disorders (and with considerably lower use of medication) when compared with conventional, medicationbased approaches.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 218

An In-Depth Conversation: Will There be Funding and Policy Changes That Threaten Housing First?

Penrose 2

Diane Yentel, President & CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Steve Berg, VP for Policy & Programs at the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Homelessness is solvable, but it will take resources and political will at the local, state and federal levels. We must continue advocacy to influence major policy and funding reforms for housing and homeless programs at the federal level! Join this in-depth conversation and a lively Q & A session with Diane Yentel, President & CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), and Steve Berg, VP for Policy & Programs at the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) on next steps in advocacy at the national level. Find out what your elected representatives and officials can do to improve policy and funding reforms for housing and homeless programs at the federal level.

Workshop 219

Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in a Harm Reduction Setting

Independence

Andy Tilton, Anna Siembor, DESC Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is considered to be the gold standard of clinical practice for many of the diagnoses that our clients carry. However there are many barriers to consumers enrolling in a DBT group, including cost, requirements around attendance, language used in these groups, substance use, etc. At the DESC’s SAGE program, we have adapted the DBT skills group and curriculum to better fit our population. Here are some of the things we have learned along the way.

Workshop 220

Building Successful Housing First Teams Using a Change Management Approach

Gold Coin

Jean Field, Ms. Ali Rabe, HomeBase: The Center for Common Concerns Even after an agency commits to Housing First, change is an ongoing process. To build a successful, empowered Housing First team, we will suggest a change management approach involving: (1) self-evaluation, (2) commitment to vision and communication, (3) defining clear roles and providing strong support, and (4) monitoring and evaluation.

Workshop 221

Housing First: Innovative Practices of a Multidisciplinary Team

Denver 1-2

Jaclyn Culleton, Maricruz Gomez, Betty Garfield, Crystal Snow, Michelle Buckman, Humboldt County Dept. of Health and Human Services Staff of the Humboldt County, CA, Department of Health and Human Services Housing Unit will present their Housing First program and a multidisciplinary team. Discussion topics include: care coordination smart phone app, flexible structuring of the field team to meet the changing goals/ needs of clients, challenges of the newly housed, and community engagement.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 222

Realizing the Potential of Olmstead Using a Housing First Approach

Colorado A-B

Ann Oshel, Marti Knisely, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Creating access to affordable housing is a significant challenge. Combine that with an Olmstead violation requiring 3,000 persons be moved to community housing within 8 years and the challenges seem insurmountable. This workshop will describe North Carolina’s efforts to transform the housing system and local innovative strategies to meet the lawsuit requirements.

Workshop 223

Collaborative Engagement: Leveraging Data and Resources across Disciplines to Serve High Utilizers

Colorado C-D

Brian Hardgrave, City of Santa Monica Zachary Coil, The People Concern Santa Monica’s Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team (HMST) provides field-based interventions to the 25 highest utilizers of City resources. Collaboration/data-sharing between Human Services, Police, Fire, City Attorney, and hospitals developed the cohort and guide HMST’s work. HMST works across systems daily to stabilize clients while linking to appropriate housing and services.

Workshop 224

Encountering Ethical Decision Making in Housing First and Harm Reduction

Matchless NBCC Approved Session

Matt Tice, Christina Wall, Pathways to Housing PA

Workshop 225

Promising Evidence for Adapting Housing First for Domestic Violence (DV) Survivors

Denver 3

Cris Sullivan, Michigan State University Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Elizabeth Eastlund, Rainbow Services, Inc. Erika Hartman, Downtown Women’s Center This presentation describes how the Housing First model has been adapted for domestic violence survivors and provides evidence for this approach. Findings will be provided from DV survivors about how this model impacted their safety and housing stability over 9 months. Lessons learned from providing this approach will be shared.

Harm Reduction in professional practice can often be abstract and difficult to define especially if the issues participants and professionals face are ethical dilemmas. This workshop will examine ethical dilemmas posed by the approach and define an ethics model for decision-making informed by the Harm Reduction philosophy.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 226

Participant Choice, Participant Empowerment: A Panel Discussion on the Viability of Self-Directed Programming

Denver 4

Ilyas El-Amin, Sophia Lawson, Matt Mollica, Arthur Quintana, Sarah Turnbach, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless In the current housing market, there is a decrease of affordable housing options for individuals experiencing homelessness. Does the restrictive market allow for Housing First programs to encourage and support participant choice? Are there limits to participant choice? If not, how can participant choice be implemented in Housing First programs?

Workshop 227

Pure Peer Power: Using Peer Advocates to Achieve Resident Success

Denver 5-6

Stacey Hartnett, Anthony Haynes, Dennis King, Pamela Marshall, Brent Smith, Skid Row Housing Trust Peer advocates can be an invaluable asset to an organization where working with clients can be challenging. In this presentation the Skid Row Housing Trust peer advocate team will talk about how they creatively connect with residents, service providers, student interns, and most importantly life experience to navigate the housing process and assist residents achieving their goals.

Workshop 228

The Effectiveness and Future Sustainability of Homeless Services

Penrose 1

Lacheryl Porter, Va Lecia Kellum, St. Joseph Center Andrea Ilouian, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Sarah Mahin, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Capacity building from three perspectives: non-profit, government and philanthropic foundations. Presenters will discuss what the increase means to their respective agencies when a sudden higher level of activity exposes the vulnerability of our processes and systems, which are already reaching or exceeding capacity.

Workshop 229

Words Hurt: Examining Stigma and Unintentional Harms from Commonly Used Terms

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Duysal Karakus, Jessica Nagel, Karen Rosenthal, Community Access, Inc.

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Common words we use as Harm Reduction providers can perpetuate stigma and shame, when our goal is to promote the opposite. In this workshop we will lead a discussion of frequently used terms, e.g. ‘clean,’ ‘enable,’ ‘replacement therapy,’ the complexities of judgment and stigma, and unintentional harms that may result.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 230

Stepping Stones to Sustained Engagement: Developing Skills in Therapeutic Communication and Reducing Program Barriers

Independence

M. Auden, Brittany Meek, DESC Presenters will draw on their experience in outreach and crisis diversion programs at DESC, one of the greater Seattle-area’s harm reduction mental health agencies. Those attending this presentation will discuss and create tangible tools for creatively engaging with individual clients through strengths-based approaches, properly setting boundaries, all while fostering an environment for continued engagement. We will also discuss strategies for attendees to identify program barriers and advocate for changes and creation of new policies within their own organizations that support engagement rather than ceasing to serve individuals at their time of need.

Workshop 231

Stuck in the Middle: Navigating the Demands and Responsibilities of Middle Management

Gold Coin

Cheryl Winter, CSH Niki Novak, Pathways to Housing DC This session focuses on supporting the Housing First workforce, particularly middle managers juggling multiple demands and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities. Topics including recruiting and investing in frontline staff, supporting your peer workforce, training front line staff and leading with a trauma-informed lens through change.

NBCC Approved Session

Workshop 232

Integrating Shelter Diversion

Denver 1-2

Sarah Chess, Diversion 1st Shelter Diversion has emerged as an important approach to ending homelessness. This low-cost intervention is meant to end homelessness at the front door of the shelter and can be a key component of in any community strategy to end homelessness. This workshop is designed to help practitioners understand what diversion is, present recent research findings, and highlight several programs and implementation strategies.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

12:00 PM - 1:30PM

Colorado E-J

Plenary Lunch HARM REDUCTION: A CORNERSTONE OF HOUSING FIRST Maia Szalavitz, author and neuroscience journalist Alice Dembner, Director of the Substance Use Disorders Project, Community Catalyst Peggy Bailey (Moderator), Director of the Health Integration Project, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Lisa Grillo, Chemical Dependency Supervisor, DESC

Housing First focuses directly on housing people regardless of current patterns of substance use. As such, Harm Reduction is a key principle of Housing First. Peggy Bailey, expert on intersection of housing and health will moderate a discussion that will follow an introductory talk. HFPC 2018 is excited to bring keynote speaker Maia Szalavitz, award-winning author and journalist, who covers addiction and neuroscience. In her book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, she uses her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine addiction to explore how reframing addiction as a developmental disorder can transform prevention, treatment and policy. Joining Ms. Szalavitz on the panel discussion is Alice Dembner, Director of the Substance Use Disorders Project at Community Catalyst, which focuses on promoting new ways to prevent and treat alcohol and drug problems. Key initiatives include advancing early intervention with youth, ensuring access to quality services, promoting treatment and social services rather than incarceration, and integrating substance use treatment fully into the health system. Also joining the discussion will be people with lived experience of homelessness and substance addiction and people serving that group.

Join Ms. Szalavitz later in the day for a workshop entitled: Fighting Myths About Addiction at 3:00 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 233

Same Pie, Different Slices: Housing Prioritization for Single Adults

Colorado A-B

Christina Clayton, Lauren Fay, Samantha Oppenheimer, DESC DESC has operated three successive outreach teams designed to find and connect with those prioritized for permanent supportive housing (PSH) units. The difference: the eligibility criteria, housing available or dedicated, and the process for accessing PSH. Come hear the pros and cons, lessons learned and suggestions for successfully implementing prioritization in your community.

Workshop 234

Reaching Functional Zero: How Milwaukee County is Ending Chronic Homelessness

Colorado C-D

James Mathy, Eric Collins-Dyke, Milwaukee County Housing Division Though a combination of innovative public and private funding sources for permanent housing, Milwaukee County reduced homelessness by 40% in two years and chronic homelessness by 80% with a housing retention rate of 97% through the use of multidisciplinary community partnerships.

Workshop 235

On-site Management of Alcohol Withdrawal in a Supportive Housing Setting

Matchless

Sonya Starr, Patrick Duffie, DESC This interactive workshop gives an overview of the methods, application and outcomes of managing alcohol withdrawal in a supportive housing setting, using a simple medical model of evaluation, assessment and planning. Discussion focuses on applicability in different settings, such as in housing where medical staff may not be available on-site.

Workshop 236

The Challenges of Medicaid in Housing First, Harm Reduction Permanent Supportive Housing

Denver 3

Michael Banghart, Renaissance Social Services, Inc. Funding for evidence-based service delivery in supportive housing can be a challenge as it often requires a lower client to staff ratio. Medicaid is a potential source for service funding that can bring with it great opportunity as well as big risks. Using an operating program as an example, this presentation will discuss those opportunities as well as other potential sources for service funding.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 237

From Push Pins to GIS Coordinates: Anchorage’s Commitment to Outreach

Denver 4

Nancy Burke, Tina Miller, Municipality Of Anchorage Officer Araceli Jones, Anchorage Police Department Melina Breland, United Way of Anchorage A cop, therapist, social worker and engineer walk into a room… Learn how this scenario works out! Anchorage has utilized an innovative approach to conducting outreach in a Housing First focused implementation of coordinated entry. Using GIS mapping and smart phone technology, outreach workers, police, mental health providers and supporting non-profits can coordinate location, engagement and prioritization of people for housing in the community.

NBCC Approved Session

Workshop 238

“High In Fidelity”: From HF Self-Asessments to Formal External Reviews

Denver 5-6

Wally Czech, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Sam Tsemberis, Pathways Housing First Institute As communities become increasingly creative in the development of Housing First programs, it is equally important that they do not loose their connection to the core components and principles associated with fidelity to the Housing First model. This session will discuss the value of fidelity along with various methods of assessing it.

Workshop 239

Community, Organized: Coalition Building for Housing First-Oriented Systems

Penrose 1

Ian Fletcher, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative This interactive workshop will share the important role of broad-based community organizing in building effective Housing First-oriented homeless crisis response systems, through case studies on coordinated entry and faith communities. Learn to navigate complex funding sources, hierarchical bureaucracies, and stakeholders that do not believe in Housing First as a model.

Workshop 240

Under One Umbrella: The Housing in Place (HIP) Team

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Maryanne Smallwood, Cory O’Handley, Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP)

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The Housing in Place Team aims to secure housing for individuals as it relates to their preferred communities and service needs promoting recovery, independence, housing stability and increased quality of life. The Housing in Place has built a network of non-traditional disciplines committed to meet you where you already are.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Workshop 241

Trauma-informed Care in an Integrated Healthcare and Housing Provider

Independence

Molly Brown, DePaul University Valery Shuman, Heartland Health Outreach This presentation will provide a case example of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) implementation in an integrated healthcare and housing provider. The TIC implementation strategies utilized within the organization will be described. Findings from a qualitative study with service participants on the needs of trauma survivors in homeless services will be presented.

NBCC Approved Session

Workshop 242

Navigating the World of Medicaid in Support of Housing First

Gold Coin

Paul Rossi, Foothold Technology Lindsay Casale, Pathways Vermont Housing First organizations can leverage Medicaid dollars to support services. Rules and requirements vary state to state. Documentation requirements can feel overwhelming. Some providers are sharing tips through an information exchange called the Supportive Housing Resource Center. In this session we take a closer look at best practices from across the nation.

Workshop 243

Building Your Identity, Skills and Confidence as a Supervisor

Denver 1-2

Ken Kraybill, Center for Social Innovations/T3 Quality supervision is critical to fostering staff members’ development, enhancing their skills, implementing best practices, and improving client outcomes. This workshop will provide an overview of the administrative, evaluative, educative, and supportive functions of supervision. It will also incorporate aspects of trauma-informed care and motivational interviewing that inform supervision.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 244

Diversion for Families: A Housing First Strategy

Colorado A-B

Anne Marie Edmunds, Pierce County Human Services Annie Pennucci, Building Changes With support from Building Changes, in 2014-16, Pierce County implemented a pilot diversion project for families seeking help from their homelessness crisis response system. This presentation describes the project and includes data on family characteristics and outcomes.

Workshop 245

Beyond a Roof: Support and the Role of Community

Colorado C-D

Donald Burnes, Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness Michelle McHenry-Edrington, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition Barbara Jackson, Daniels School of Business Leanne Wheeler, Wheeler Group Jamie Rife, Purposity Session participants will hear from a panel of individuals who at one or more points in their lives lacked a safe, stable place to call home but moved beyond this experience. First-person accounts will frame a discussion on housing, community

Workshop 246

Autism and Homelessness: Strategies for Identification and Support, And as Examples of Innovation from across the Country

Matchless

Desiree Kameka, Autism Housing Network Brain Be, Artist & Autistic Self-Advocate Do you know who in your program is autistic? Join us to discuss autism and homelessness, try a quick autism/Asperger’s identification tool, learn simple strategies to supporting the needs of adults with autism, and a walkthrough of innovative models across the country that are meeting this need.

Workshop 247

Prediction, Retention and Cost Utilization of Emergency Services in the First Massachusetts Social Innovation Financing Housing First Program

Denver 3

Singumbe Muyeba, Massachusetts Housing And Shelter Alliance This presentation examines the impact of Massachusetts’ first Housing First ‘Pay for Success’ (PFS) initiative. It evaluates the extent to which the PFS triage assessment tool predicts high utilization of emergency services, and examines the effects of housing first on utilization of emergency medical services, cost-savings and housing retention.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 248

Intersectionality and Ending Homelessness for Women

Denver 4

Anne Miskey, Downtown Women’s Center Building off of Housing First movements to end homelessness for Veterans, chronically homeless, and youth, it’s time to address women as a unique population of their own. Cutting through intersections of poverty, structural racism, violence, LGBTQIA experiences, and age-related dynamics, this session helps build programs meeting women’s unique needs.

Workshop 249

Fighting Myths About Addiction

Denver 5-6

Maia Szalavitz, Author This workshop will explore common myths about addiction and how they can harm people with addiction and their loved ones. For example, failing to understand why methadone treatment is not ‘replacing one addiction with another’ causes medication use to be stigmatized. Myths about coercive treatment, the possibility of recovery and moderation and stereotypes about people with addiction will also be examined and debunked.

Workshop 250

You’re Leaving Money on the Table: Why You Should Consider Using Direct Response Fundraising

Penrose 1

John Thompson, TrueSense Marketing Cindy Funkhauser, Sulzbacher Center Most Housing First agencies are adept at securing government funds, but few have created an ongoing revenue stream from committed local donors. Cindy, CEO at the Sulzbacher Center, and John, TrueSene’s Chief Creative Officer, will highlight Cindy’s history of successes and discuss several key learning points, including: how direct response fundraising fits into your overall funding model; pursuing ‘multi-channel’ approaches; using the right kind of creative; taking a long-range (investment) view; and knowing who your donors are…and how to treat them.

Workshop 251

Improving Practice with Housing First Populations: A New Perspective

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Marjorie Wherley, Abt Associates, Inc. Some practitioners reject the Housing First approach because they believe their clients are too impaired or disabled to be capable of immediately moving into permanent housing. Science is providing increasing evidence of the impact of stress on behavior, emotions and cognition. This is essential information for effective Housing First practice.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Workshop 252

Meeting the Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence: Housing First Approaches

Independence

Brittani Manzo, USICH Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Ginny Ware, New Beginnings Building on the research and model offered by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, many domestic violence housing providers are working to shift to implement Housing First principles in their work and, thereby, expand the range of Housing First options available in communities across the country. This session will explore the five key components of Washington’s Domestic Violence Housing First model (survivor-driven engagement, traumainformed care, mobile advocacy, flexible financial assistance and community engagement) in comparison to the core principles of Housing First.

Workshop 253

What’s the Harm? Applying Harm Reduction in Housing First Settings

Gold Coin NBCC Approved Session

Robert Nesbit, Mecklenburg County - Community Support Services

Workshop 254

Tiny Houses: A Crisis Response to Homelessness

Denver 1-2

Sharon Lee, Stephanie Endres, Low Income Housing Institute Dusty Olson, City of Seattle, Homeless Strategy and Investment Division How seven ‘tiny house villages,’ located on public, private and church-owned properties in Seattle, provide an effective, high-quality crisis response to homelessness, with strong support from stakeholders, including neighbors, businesses and government/public health. The workshop includes best practices for building partnerships, overcoming ‘Not In My Back Yard’ (NIMBY) opposition, crafting legislation, resident self-governance, case/crisis management and house rules.

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‘What’s the Harm’ offers practical Harm Reduction (HR) skills and strategies to help service providers support tenants of Housing First programs. Participants will have the opportunity to role-play different scenarios and discuss how to apply HR principles in clinical practice.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 255

Creating a Comprehensive Service Delivery Model: From Police to Housing

Colorado A-B

Lana Dalton, Salt Lake City Police Department Ed Snoddy, Volunteers of America–Utah and the 4th Street Clinic Salt Lake City has a long history of creating and maintaining inter-agency and inter-disciplinary relationships utilizing a ‘no wrong door’ approach and the ‘sequential intercept’ model. Attendees will look at how Salt Lake Valley entities have developed a multidisciplinary comprehensive model to reduce barriers and increase access to housing services.

Workshop 256

Will Montgomery County, MD Be Next to Achieve Functional Zero for Chronic Homelessness Using a Housing First Model?

Colorado C-D

George Leventhal, Montgomery County Council Amanda Harris, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services In 2015, Montgomery County achieved functional zero for veteran homelessness. Building upon this success, the community aims toward functional zero for chronic homelessness by March 2018. This presentation will tell how we gained political momentum, leveraged new and existing resources, and engaged the housing community to implement Housing First system wide.

Workshop 257

Harm Reduction: Practical Strategies to Support Participants with High-Risk Behaviors

Matchless NBCC Approved Session

Shalonna Jackson, Mike Savara, Central City Concern – Bud Clark Commons

Workshop 258

Using Evidence to Expand Housing Options for Vulnerable, Justice-Involved Populations

Denver 3

Kim Keaton, CSH Regenia Hicks, Harris County Stacy Lowry, Mecklenburg County

Housing First cannot be implemented to fidelity without a strong underlying Harm Reduction approach. We will tackle practical strategies that HF programs can utilize to serve clients who are engaging in high-risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. Going deeper into Harm Reduction will ensure commitment to HF principles.

Recent evaluations of supportive housing initiatives for frequent users of jails and homeless systems were completed in Harris Co., TX, and Mecklenburg Co., NC. Both studies found significant reductions in homeless and jail systems use, and contain rich findings on health and housing outcomes that will have far-reaching policy implications. Housing First Partners Conference 2018

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 259

Peers and Housing First

Denver 4

Shanee Colston, Tracey Compton, DESC Join the discussion on how Peer Support, an evidence-based mental health model of care, improves the recovery outcomes of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders, from the perspective of a certified peer.

Workshop 261

Employment and Housing First: A Square Peg in a Round Hole?

Penrose 1

Cindy Borden, National Coalition For Homeless Veterans For many individuals and families experiencing homelessness, employment is the key to long-term housing stability. Traditionally, housing and employment programs have operated separately resulting in delays and missed opportunities. This session will examine the role of employment in Housing First, discuss individual/organizational barriers, and explore real world examples.

Workshop 262

Trauma Informed Care: Housing First through a Trauma Lens

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Erica Ernst, Renaissance Social Services, Inc.

Workshop 264

After Making It Home: Procedures to Promote Housing Stability

Gold Coin

Laura Sandoval, Maria Brown, PATH Ventures

NBCC Approved Session

PATH Ventures staff shares a four-step retention model to address common housing challenges for persons emerging from homelessness. Presenters guide a group discussion and practice exercise to apply this integrated approach for Property Management and Supportive Service professionals to create opportunities for tenants’ success in their new communities.

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Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is a key intervention in Housing First. Our participants have commonly experienced repeated traumatic events that can impact their lives and interactions with their environments. Changing the focus from symptoms to an individual’s story, that story’s effect on their lives, and their related adaptations.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Workshop 265

Housing First, Homelessness and Legalized Cannabis: Challenges and Opportunities

Denver 1-2

Courtney Mathis, kindcolorado Shelley McKittrick Jessica Klinger Over two dozen states (58% of states) have legalized medical cannabis and/or recreational cannabis. Legalized cannabis brings with it new challenges and opportunities which may impact the issues of housing and homelessness. By showcasing a group of expert panelists as well as a Q&A dialogue, the Burnes Center hopes to create a platform for dialogue and action.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Workshop 263

Helping Children Thrive in Harm Reduction Programs

Independence

Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Janelle Leppa, Simpson Housing Services Anica Leon-Weil, Episcopal Community Services Lauren Velez, Avalon House

(this is a 2-hour session, ending at 6:00 pm)

Enabling children and parents to thrive will be the focus of this interactive discussion with practitioners operating low-barrier Housing First/Harm Reduction programs for families. Promoting child development, well-being, and safety through supporting the parenting resources of adults will be among the issues explored. Bring positive experiences, barriers, questions and concerns from your community to participate and learn in this lively dialogue with experienced colleagues.

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Signing

Level 2 Pre Function area

Maia Szalavitz Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction The Tattered Cover Book Store will be selling her book (and others) throughout the day on Wednesday in the Exhibit Area.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 11

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Film Presentation

Colorado E-F

Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness

UNDER THE BRIDGE: The Criminalization of Homelessness is a documentary film about one summer in Indianapolis, and a tent city under a bridge. The unofficial “mayor” of the camp is Maurice. He is a big man with a long, graying beard and dreadlocks. He left his “normal” life to live on the streets, organize the camp, and coordinate with outreach groups who provide the homeless campers with food, clothing and the hygiene items necessary to maintain a daily life. The city wants the camp closed. Join us for this film presentation and meet the filmmaker, Don Sawyer. Following the presentation Mr. Sawyer will answer questions from the audience.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 300

Housing First in a Coordinated Entry System

Colorado A-B

Elizabeth Heger, Haley Fuselier, Meredith Berkson, PATH The Coordinated Entry System in Los Angeles, CA provides an avenue for families, individuals and veterans to receive services via a ‘no wrong door’ policy. Putting the housing first for these populations allows for the stability they need to be successful.

Workshop 301

Tiny Houses and Housing First: Rethinking Cost, Community and Control

Colorado C-D

Cole Chandler, Nathan Hunt, Colorado Village Collaborative Experience creating ‘tiny house’ villages provides a backdrop for conversation on the complexities of establishing housing as a human right: a) the growing unaffordability of building affordable housing, b) inclusive, caring community as key to long-term success, c) justly distributing power to disempowered (and traumatized) people and d) identifying emerging options.

Workshop 302

Implementation Science for Evidence-Based, Medically Necessary, ValuesBased Services

Denver 1-2 NBCC Approved Session

John Monahan, Integrated Care for Recovery

Workshop 303

Supported Employment in the 21st Century: Understanding Ethical, Moral and Professional Boundaries in Today’s Society

Denver 3

Michael Swann, Danielle Burt, DESC

Providers must manage: (1) evidence-based practice, (2) consumer and staff safety and (3) documentation compliance to succeed in a Medicaid fee-for-service environment. All three can be effectively managed by using Implementation Science to create an infrastructure with clear staff instructions, ongoing coaching supports, real-time supervisory reporting and managerial oversight.

T​ his presentation covers the multidisciplinary facets of modern supported employment, and how technology can improve or detract from the goal of finding adequate employment for clients. Topics covered include clients’ perceptions of the eight IPS principles as they relate to technology, case management and the effort given to even the playing field for clients, and what the future holds for technology and its use in achieving client employment goals. The five core responsibilities of evidence-based supported employment will also be analyzed in this presentation.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 304

Allowing Choices: Serving Transgender Clients Using Housing First Principles

Denver 4

Sydny Watson, Ryan Yanke, Colorado State University–Pueblo Transgender individuals encounter numerous systemic barriers when accessing housing, employment and healthcare. Despite this, many will avoid seeking services due to fear of discrimination from the providers themselves. Through educational development, best practice suggestions, and practical skill building, this session will explore how to help bridge the gap in care for this highly vulnerable population. Practitioners will review supportive strategies to effectively meet the complex needs of transgender individuals when accessing homeless and housing services.

Workshop 305

Creating a Continuum of Housing Options for Unaccompanied Women: Open Arms Housing in Washington, D.C.

Denver 5-6

Marilyn Kresky-Wolff, Open Arms Housing, Inc. Since 2009, Open Arms Housing has operated single-site projects for unaccompanied women in Washington, D.C. We recently launched scattered sites, in partnership with the D.C. Department of Human Services. This presentation will examine networking with landlords, partnering with developers who set aside units and promoting community integration in each setting.

Workshop 306

The Impact of Housing on Sexual Labor

Gold Coin

Magalie Lerman, Reframe Health and Justice This session discusses sex work through a Harm Reduction perspective, highlighting the differences between types of sex work, pathways to entry and barriers to exit. Participants will explore Housing First as a safety and wellness intervention, and best practices in Housing First resource and service provision to this population.

Workshop 307

Psychiatric Drugs: A Harm Reduction, Peer-Informed, Rights-Based Approach

Penrose 2 NBCC Approved Session

Karen Rosenthal, Duysal Karakus, Community Access

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All drugs, including those that psychiatrists prescribe, have potential benefits, risks and longterm consequences. Facilitators will bring their experience with being prescribed/taking psychiatric drugs, and their professional work utilizing self-determination, to share strategies for enhancing conversations and concrete support around individuals’ prescribed drug use preferences/decisions in supportive housing.

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THURSDAY APRIL 12

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Workshop 308

Beyond Training: Developing Proficiency in Motivational Interviewing

Independence

Ken Kraybill, Center for Social Innovation/T3 Training is important, but it’s not enough. How can we ensure that staff is putting the spirit, skills and strategies of Motivational Interviewing (MI) into practice? Ongoing practice with accurate feedback and coaching is what’s needed. Learn about ideas, tools, and methods to help staff members strengthen their MI skills and confidence.

Workshop 309

Moral & Ethical Dilemmas in Housing First: Pushing the Limits of Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care

Penrose 1

Lisa Thompson, James Ginsburg, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Clinicians and housing providers are often faced with tough decisions where the philosophies of Harm Reduction and client-centered care may be in conflict with securing the health and safety of a community. Participants will have a safe place to discuss real-life moral dilemmas encountered in Housing First Programs.

Workshop 310

The Surge Model: Housing First for Elders Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

Matchless

Ian Gendreau, Masschusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs Laila Bernstein, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development

NBCC Approved Session

In Boston there are 250+ chronically homeless (CH) elders. The City, Housing Authority, Elder Affairs, and MassHealth held a ‘surge’ event so that attendees could get an address and needed services the same day. With instant access to housing, the Surges linked 135+ CH older adults to housing and Medicaid services.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 311

Stabilization Case Management and Community Integration in a Housing First Model

Colorado A-B

Ilyas El-Amin, Kamrey Lucero, Hollee Hagen, Sarah Schlabach, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless After the lease-up what comes next? What are the necessary steps to reintegrate chronically homeless individuals back into a community setting and how to provide the necessary supports to help ensure housing stability?

Workshop 312

The Seattle Navigation Center

Colorado C-D

Jessica (Jess) Chow, City of Seattle Human Services Department Charles Schragg, Margaret King, DESC Jacqueline Martin, Seattle, WA

Exploring the implementation of a new 24-hour, low-barrier and Harm Reduction shelter in a shifting homelessness and crisis response system and City administration in Seattle, WA.

Workshop 313

Making a Ham Sandwich: Mental Health and Harm Reduction

Denver 1-2

Valery Shuman, Erica Ernst, Heartland Health Outreach (HHO)/ Midwest Harm Reduction Institute

NBCC Approved Session

Harm Reduction is often narrowly applied only to substance use, even though social service and health care providers apply the framework beyond behaviors related to drug use. Organizations providing housing or community support to people with a mental illness can also benefit from using a Harm Reduction approach.

Workshop 314

Vetting the VI-SPDAT: Use and Measurement Validity in Charlotte, NC

Denver 3

Lori Thomas, Justin Lane, Jenny Hutchison, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Stacy Lowry, Mecklenburg County, NC Liz Clasen-Kelly, The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte The VI-SPDAT, while evidence-informed and widely used, lacks a robust evidence base establishing its measurement validity. Researchers and community leaders present and discuss findings from the Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg Research Project that examined the relationship of VI-SPDAT scores to objective and subjective measures of health and mental health.

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THURSDAY APRIL 12

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 315

Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care

Denver 4

Sharon Redsky, Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services The workshop will discuss culturally appropriate services such as Dakota Ojiway Child and Family Services’ strengths-based approach to support Indigenous youth aging out of care with holistic and culturally appropriate supports.

Workshop 316

Using Pay for Success Financing to Scale Housing First Programs

Denver 5-6

Katie Bonamasso, Jessica Monge Coria, CSH Matt Mollica, Carrie Craig, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Pay for Success (PFS) is a contracting approach that drives financial resources toward social programs that deliver results by tying payment to achievement of measureable outcomes. In this session, two existing PFS-funded projects will discuss how this type of financing has been used to scale Housing First programs justice-involved individuals.

Workshop 317

Beyond the Research: Output and Outcome Measures in Housing First

Gold Coin

Will Doyle, Rachel Pierre, Pathways to Housing DC Pathways to Housing DC will share the internal dashboard they created to track outcomes in their Housing First program serving 500+ adults. The dashboard measures length of time between every step from referral to move-in, housing retention, voucher vacancies, health outputs- from micro to macro levels, this tool is invaluable.

Workshop 318

Using Housing First/Harm Reduction in HIV Supportive Housing

Penrose 2

Chuck Peterson, Michele Boyer, Clare Housing Stable housing is a lifeline for people living with HIV/AIDS. Clare Housing staff will discuss how they implement a Housing First/Harm Reduction philosophy while effectively delivering services. They will share challenges faced in achieving positive health outcomes among a low-income population that struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, poverty and homelessness.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Workshop 319

The Role of Systems Change in Fostering Housing First: Preliminary Findings from the Gates Homeless Families Systems Initiative Evaluation

Independence

Kathryn Henderson, Debra Rog, Westat Reforming service delivery systems for homeless families involves shifting from a focus on shelter and transitional housing to diversion, rapid rehousing, and other permanent housing solutions. This presentation will provide six-month findings from the evaluation of three counties’ efforts to reform their systems, with a focus on housing outcomes.

Workshop 320

De-Criminalizing Homelessness: Effective Police and Homeless Services Collaborations

Penrose 1

Richard Cho, Council of State Governments Justice Center Individuals living on the street often encounter the criminalization of homelessness—arrests or citations for status offenses related to living outside such as loitering, curfew laws, public urination, etc. However, law enforcement agencies can also play critical roles in reducing chronic homelessness by helping individuals off the streets and into homes and shelters. Through collaborative partnerships with homeless service providers, social service agencies, and businesses, law enforcement agencies can work with community agencies to address the underlying problems that lead to a life on the streets. Law enforcement agencies have identified teams of officers that focus on the needs of this vulnerable population. They aim to keep homeless individuals out of jail and divert them to shelters, stable housing, or services for health, substance abuse and other behavioral health needs, and connect them to other critical wraparound services.

Workshop 321

Housing First in Sydney, Australia: What Works and What Hasn’t – Lessons Learned!

Matchless

Digby Hughes, Homelessness NSW The data clearly shows that when Housing First approaches were used in Sydney, Australia the number of ‘rough sleepers’ declined dramatically. With little attempt to stop people becoming homeless and no new Housing First models commenced the numbers are higher the ever. Why is government following a failed policy agenda?

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THURSDAY APRIL 12

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 322

Evidenced-Based Supported Employment for Housing First Participants

Colorado A-B

Tonya Ridley, Pathways to Housing DC Supported Employment is a core component of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, yet many teams struggle with implementation in Housing First programs. Learn from an expert at Pathways DC about how her team successfully partners with people across all stages of readiness to change to meet their employment goals.

Workshop 323

Converting Philadelphia’s Emergency Housing from High-Barrier to LowBarrier Housing-Focused Crisis Beds

Colorado C-D

Fred Gigliotti, City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services Shannon Healey, Jane Addams Place Shelter, Lutheran Settlement House Housing First is a new concept for emergency shelter providers, including those that provide Philadelphia’s 2,200 beds. Using a ‘before and after’ approach, learn about Philadelphia’s change process, including concrete actions taken to convert our shelter system from a highbarrier, punitive, authoritarian system to a low-barrier, person-centered, housing-focused crisis intervention.

Workshop 324

Managing Intoxication in Shared Spaces: Approaches in Shelter and Housing

Denver 1-2

Patrick Duffie, Elizabeth Duffie, DESC Fidelity to a Housing/Shelter First model means encountering the challenges that come with clients being intoxicated in shared spaces. Bringing perspectives from shelter and PSH settings, we will discuss specific strategies for managing the medical risks and disruptive behaviors that often lead service providers to create barriers around intoxication.

Workshop 325

Nourished: Breaking Bread and Building Community – A University-Based Volunteer Program to Provide Meals and Community for Residents in PSH

Denver 3

Jack Lahey, University of Southern California This presentation will explore the methods and outcomes of this innovative pilot program focused on community engagement and nutrition education for the formerly homelessness, as well as formation and education of the university student population on the issues surrounding homelessness, social isolation, policy failure and offering opportunities for leadership.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 326

Building Positive Relationships Within the Community Through Partnerships

Denver 4

Tiffany Chavarria, Fresno Housing Authority Latasha Marin, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Mary Ann Calderon-Knoy, WestCare California Fresno Housing and other non-profits collaborate to provide quality affordable housing to the homeless population using the Housing First model. Fresno Housing assists with housing regulations while the non-profits provide case management and other services to ensure stability for the individual.

Workshop 327

Housing as a Human Right

Denver 5-6

Peter W. Peters, REACH (Rocherstarians Engaging in Action for the Chronically Homeless) Public housing is a failing policy in the U.S. We need to speak of housing as a human right and religious communities, with their commitment of hospitality to the stranger, are potential allies in the Housing First movement.

Workshop 328

How Housing First Leaders Deal with Dilemmas Between Fidelity and Reality

Gold Coin

Rick McHutchion, The Alex–Homebase Wendy Bouwman Oake, Boyle McCauley Health Centre Leaders in Housing First programs regularly negotiate competing interests of stakeholders and programs, and face friction when attempting to stay client centered within funding and performance requirements. We'll explore the challenges leaders face and how to approach decision-making to best meet the needs of clients and staff alike.

Workshop 329

Serving Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors Who Are Homeless

Penrose 2

Amanda Mole, Dawn Center Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

NBCC Approved Session

Trauma is trauma, right? Not necessarily! In this session, participants will learn about the specific needs of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness due to domestic and sexual violence, including child maltreatment, addiction, emotional and behavioral disorders, and specific housing needs.

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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

THURSDAY APRIL 12

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Workshop 330

Housing for Health: Evaluation Shows Cost Savings

Independence

Sarah Hunter, Rand Danielle Wildkress, Brilliant Corners Housing for Health was established to provide supportive housing to patients experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Our results show a dramatic reduction in service use post-housing. Overall, the cost reductions more than covered a year’s worth of supportive housing costs, as we observed a net cost savings of 20 percent.

THURSDAY APRIL 12

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

COLORADO E-J

Closing Plenary FEDERAL POLICY & ADVOCACY UPDATE Diane Yentel, President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition Steve Berg, VP for Programs and Policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness Richard Cho, Director, Behavioral Health, Council of State Governments Justice Center Ann Oliva, Senior Policy Advisor, Corporation for Supportive Housing (moderator) What should we expect from the current federal administration and Congress? Will there be funding and policy changes that threaten Housing First? As Congress moves into its 2019 budget deliberations and federal policies related to non-defense discretionary funding, including housing and services, are being widely discussed and debated, join Diane Yentel, NLIHC, Steve Berg, NAEH, Richard Cho, COSGJC; and Ann Oliva, CSH, to hear their perspectives on what’s hot, what’s possible and what’s likely to unfold. Learn also about innovative strategies at the state and local level for increasing access and funding for housing and services. Ms. Yentel’s opening remarks will be followed by a moderated policy discussion.

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PLENARY PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES Peggy Bailey is the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Director of Health Integration, in which role she identifies opportunities to improve the way health, housing, criminal justice and human services work together for vulnerable people. Peggy holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame, and an MPA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Steve Berg is Vice President for Programs and Policy at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He oversees the Alliance’s work to support effective local practices through federal policy. Before that he worked at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and as a legal services attorney in California and Connecticut. Jemine A. Bryon, prior to her appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary in HUD’s Office of Special Needs, served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing and as HUD’s Chief Procurement Officer. Ms. Bryon brings more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public housing planning, management, development, resident services and procurement. Her career also includes serving as the Deputy Executive Director at the Housing Authority of Baltimore and Assistant Executive Director for Real Estate Development at the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Ms. Bryon holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Music from Syracuse University. Richard Cho, Director for Behavioral Health at the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of homelessness, criminal justice involvement, health care and housing. His prior positions include: serving as Deputy Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and Director of Innovations and Research for the Corporation for Supportive Housing. In that capacity he helped guide the implementation of New York City’s Housing First program for people with active substance use disorders. Mr. Cho holds a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is completing a PhD in public administration at New York University. Alice Dembner is Director of the Substance Use Disorders Project at Community Catalyst, which focuses on promoting new ways to prevent and treat alcohol and drug problems. Her role includes strategic direction, project management, fund raising, overseeing state issue campaigns, policy analysis, and public speaking, coaching and working with state and national partners. Ms. Dembner is also Senior Policy Analyst for long-term services and supports, and participates in all of Community Catalyst’s initiatives to improve access to quality, affordable health care and social supports for vulnerable populations. During 30 years as an award-winning investigative and analytic journalist, she informed policymakers, influenced public opinion and spurred change. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, magna cum laude. Matthew Doherty has more than 25 years of private and public sector experience creating and integrating housing, services programs, and economic opportunities for diverse communities and households. Prior to joining USICH, Matthew held leadership positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the San Diego Housing Commission, and the King County Housing Authority. Deputy Mayor Brendan Hanlon is also the Chief Financial Officer for the City and County of Denver. He has worked in the Mayor’s Office and the Budget Management Office in a variety of roles since 2002, including as Denver’s Budget Director for five years prior to being appointed to CFO by Mayor Hancock in February 2016. He served as a member of the Denver Sheriff Department’s Reform Implementation Committee, acted as the budget analyst for Denver’s bid to win the 2008 Democratic Convention, managed the Better Denver bond process, and has brought his budget expertise to issues facing the city from health insurance to affordable housing. Mr. Hanlon holds a Bachelor’s degree in both history and political science and Master’s degree with a concentration in public budgeting from the University of Connecticut. Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper – John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who added “author” to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated Governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. Again he has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities.

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PLENARY PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES ​ aniel Malone is the Executive Director of DESC, a homelessness service organization providing survival and crisis D services, behavioral health treatment, employment services and permanent supportive housing. Daniel has been at DESC for more than 27 years, first providing direct client services and later becoming the organization’s first Housing Director and then Deputy Director. A major emphasis of Daniel’s work has been designing, implementing, and evaluating programs for chronically homeless people with serious mental illness and addiction problems. Daniel holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. Ann Oliva, prior to joining the Corporation for Supportive Housing as Senior Policy Advisor, was a key policy maker at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, she oversaw a multi-billion dollar portfolio that included HUD’s work on homelessness and housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. During her ten-year tenure, she designed and implemented a succession of successful initiatives, including new homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing programs, and a demonstration to end youth homelessness. Ms. Oliva has also been a technical assistance provider and the Director of Programs at the Community Partnership in Washington, DC. She holds a bachelors degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh. John Parvensky has served as President and CEO of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless since 1985. Under his leadership, the Coalition developed the Stout Street Health Center, a comprehensive healthcare for the homeless program providing integrated primary care, behavioral health care and substance treatment services to more than 13,000 homeless families and individuals annually. Maia Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction. She has written about addiction for three decades for publications including the New York Times, TIME, the Washington Post, Scientific American, The Atlantic and many others. She is author or co-author of six other books and writes a twice-monthly column for VICE on drugs and a monthly column for The Guardian on inequality. Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D. – Dr. Tsemberis developed the Housing First model when he founded founded Pathways to Housing in New York City in 1992. He subsequently started Pathways organizations in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Vermont. His research and advocacy led to working with communities to replicate Housing First across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As CEO of the Pathways Housing First Institute he provides consultation on ending homelessness and supporting recovery. Diane Yentel is the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She is a veteran affordable housing policy expert and advocate with nearly two decades of work on affordable housing and community development issues. Before rejoining NLIHC, Diane was Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Enterprise Community Partners, where she led federal, state and local policy, research and advocacy programs. She is frequently cited in media outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, Mother Jones, NPR and The Guardian.

All biographies of workshop presenters can be found in the HFPC’s Guidebook app.

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