Beyond Housing 2018


Thursday January 11

(click on individual sessions for more info)
10:45 am–12:15 pm
Providing Wrap-around Legal Services to Homeless Families

Homeless families have a constellation of legal needs. Panelists identify best practices for how to meet these needs by outlining key priorities in their respective states that others could consider adopting, and sharing personal experiences working with state and local agencies. Existing innovative legal clinics and advocacy strategies will be discussed.

Michael Santos
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Amy Horton-Newell
American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

Income Building Program: Improving Outcomes through Employment Gains

Clients transition to the workforce and make employment gains that lead to self-sufficiency. This income building program partners with employers, job training and placement specialists, and volunteer organizations to achieve results. Attendees leave with knowledge of best practices, including data-driven methods of service delivery.

Raysa S. Rodriguez, Moderator
Vice President, Policy & Planning

Kathleen Agaton
Director, Research & Evaluation

Elizabeth Figueroa
Associate Vice President, Support Services

Karen Cole
Income-building Specialist

Using Educational Data to Find Practical Solutions

Education researchers discuss the various factors impacting the educational outcomes of homeless students. Presenters analyze the approaches to addressing these barriers from the perspectives of both families, and educational service providers. Attendees will emerge with a better understanding of the service landscape and best practices.

Liz Cohen, Moderator
Chief of Staff
Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

Stacy Deck, PhD, MSSW
Associate Professor of Social Work
Spalding University

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, PhD
Associate Professor & Director, Center for College Readiness
Seton Hall University, College of Education and Human Services

Alexandra Pavlakis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Simmons School of Education
Southern Methodist University

Achieving Remarkable Outcomes with Homeless Families without Government Funding

Speakers will describe methods used by Homestretch to minimize dependence on government funding, and replace all revenue with private sources, in order to maintain its remarkable client outcomes. Presenters hope to inspire other service providers to do the same, while also advocating for more sensible government policy.

Christopher Fay
Executive Director

Ken Bradford
Director of Development

Building Community Wellness Partnerships

Promoting family wellness is an essential component when providing holistic homeless services. With a scope that includes both mental health (including loss and grief), and physical health, this session educates participants in the development of community partnerships and programming to assess and address family wellness.

Claas Ehlers
Chief Executive Officer
Family Promise

Christina Johnson, MD
Maplewood Family Medicine

Affordable Housing: New Horizons

This session unpacks The New Horizons Housing Collaborative, a program The City Mission of Cleveland has developed to move single-mother families from homelessness to homeownership by leveraging community partnerships. Participants emerge with practical, innovative ways to combat the affordable housing crisis and break the cycle of poverty in their communities.

Rich Trickel
Chief Executive Officer
The City Mission

Linda Uveges
Chief Operating Officer
The City Mission

Summer: An Opportunity for Learning

This session provides participants with tactics for establishing summer enrichment programs and camps for homeless children and youth. Each presenter provides a case study of their summer programs which offer learning enrichment opportunities, in addition to forging partnerships between communities, shelters, and school organizations.

Lisa Phillips
State Coordinator
North Carolina Homeless Education Program, SERVE Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greg Essenpreis
Senior Operations Associate
Homes for the Homeless

James Canfield
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati and Representative of UpSpring

Self-care for Leaders: More than Yoga

Incorporating self-care into work can make for stronger leaders and more productive organizations. This session focuses on important concepts of trauma stewardship, resonant leadership, and emotional intelligence. Participants will then create a plan of self-care for themselves and those they lead.

Beth L. Morrison
Chief Executive Officer
Our Family Services

Using an Executive Functioning Informed Coaching Approach and Tools to Disrupt Poverty for Families in Temporary and Transitional Residential Settings

This session introduces attendees to an evidence-based executive functioning informed model, called Mobility Mentoring®. It is designed to mitigate the high levels of stress caused by poverty, trauma, and oppression, using long-term planning, goal setting, and coaching to reinforce skills that serve as pathways from poverty. Multiple provider perspectives will be shared to enhance participants’ understanding of how this model could be used in various settings.

Jennifer Lowe, PhD
Vice President of Shared Learning & Member Networks
Economic Mobility Pathways

Delphia Simmons
Chief Strategy & Learning Officer
Coalition on Temporary Shelter

Raysheema Rainey
Assistant Director of STEPS & Stabilization Programs
Economic Mobility Pathways

Breaking Down Silos: Shining a Light on the Education of Homeless Students Through Practical Partnerships

Homelessness is often considered the exclusive responsibility of one government department. More cities, counties, and states, however, are realizing the vital intersections between not only government offices, nonprofits, schools, and the community, but intra-agency as well. Participants will learn about an integrated approach in LA County that bridges the gap between homeless services and the education system to focus on prevention efforts; an advocacy model in Chicago that addresses the housing and educational needs of homeless families in public schools, and the community schools initiative in NYC that forged partnerships with city agencies, private partners, and higher education to provide resources and support to homeless students. Attendees will gain strategies for developing partnerships, steps to integrate efforts among stakeholders, and possible pitfalls to look out for along the way.

Chloe Stein, Moderator
Policy Analyst
Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness

Wayne Richard
Associate Director of Organizing
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chris Chenet
Community Development Professional
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Jennifer Mitchell-Mayer
Program Development & Design Manager
New York City Department of Education, Office of Community Schools

Joshua Hall
Family System Integration Manager
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Mary Tarullo
Associate Director of Policy
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Melissa Schoonmaker
Consultant II, Homeless Education, Division of Student Support Services
Los Angeles County Office of Education

All About ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act Changed Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The ESSA changed the McKinney-Vento Act in many ways, including improving access to preschool services, increasing staff capacity and monitoring, enhancements to school stability, and several measures designed to increase high school graduation. This session will review these changes and corresponding improvements to Title I.

Barbara Duffield
Executive Director
SchoolHouse Connection

Patricia Julianelle
Director of Program Advancement & Legal Affairs
SchoolHouse Connection

Christina Dukes
Federal Liaison
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

2:45 pm–4:15 pm
Evidence-based Stabilization: A Solution to End Family Homelessness

This session provides participants with evidence that, for homeless families, stabilization requires more than rapid rehousing. The presenters examine the strengths and weaknesses of stabilization practices in programs currently serving families experiencing homelessness, and will leave participants with a framework and model for implementing an evidence-based stabilization program in their own work.

Carmela DeCandia
Artemis Associates, LLC

The Math Doesn't Add Up: The Illusory Success of Rapid Rehousing in High-rent Communities

Across the country, rapid rehousing is among the most common tools for addressing the family homelessness crisis. This session provides data from a 2017 report showing DC’s rapid rehousing of families sets many up to fail. Attendees leave with alternatives to rapid rehousing, and strategies for conducting critical analyses of program efficacy in their own communities.

Max Tipping
Staff Attorney & Spitzer Fellow
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Advocacy 101 and Coalition-building

The most effective way to change public policy is through citizen-centric advocacy. This session provides basic information on policy advocacy, including the difference between “lobbying” and “educating.” It also provides attendees practical techniques for holding meetings, sending letters, making phone calls, relationship-building, and using the media as an advocacy tool. There are opportunities to plug into state and issue-oriented groups.

Paul Webster
Director of Strategic Advancement
Solutions for Change

Barbara Duffield
Executive Director
SchoolHouse Connection

Cara Baldari
Senior Policy Director for Poverty & Family Economics, Housing and Homelessness
First Focus Campaign for Children

Mapping A Path Forward: How District Data and Geographic Analysis Can Create Locally-informed Insights into the Impact of Homelessness on Students

Regardless of the size of a school district, data analysis can be a useful tool for improving the lives of homeless students. In this session, evidence from Seattle on the academic impact of homelessness will be used to show how local data can be translated into action. Mapping where these students attend school illustrates the effect that gentrification and other factors have had and where educators and policymakers can direct assistance. Attendees will also hear how a multi-pronged approach with local stakeholders created this project, and how similar strategies could be used to generate data-driven insights of their own.

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

Adam Petkun
Data and Policy Advisor, Innovation Team at City of Seattle
Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation

Working Together: The Power of Faith-based Partnerships for Long-term Outcomes

This session highlights ways to initiate and maximize partnerships with faith-based organizations. With a focus on garnering time, treasure, and territory to benefit children and families experiencing homelessness, the discussion includes information on how to implement innovative models to empower these families, using Charlotte Family Housing programs as examples.

Elizabeth Trotman
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
Charlotte Family Housing

Lisa Bradford
Community Engagement Manager
Charlotte Family Housing

Improving Tenancy Sustainability through Tenancy Training

This session gives attendees insight into an innovative model, tenancy training, which improves housing placements and tenancy sustainability. Attendees explore the model—what it is, who it’s for, why it’s useful—and learn how Crisis UK utilizes tenancy training to improve the access that homeless people have to housing.

Nicole Bramstedt
Director of Policy
Urban Pathways

Kids' Power: Creating Positive Futures

When children experience adversity, there are lifelong effects for them, their families, and their communities. This workshop explores how to help these children rise above challenges and create promising futures by teaching them essential coping skills like mindfulness. Participants also learn to build resilience through five major messages: Autonomy, Social Competence, Interdependence, Problem Solving, and a Sense of Purpose.

Cathey Brown
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Rainbow Days, Inc.

Kelly Wierzbinski
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Services
Rainbow Days, Inc.

Break Payday Lending: A Model to Strengthen Low-income Families

This session educates attendees about toxic lending, and how it keeps families entrenched in poverty and debt. Using the work of Community Services League and Holy Rosary Credit Union of Missouri as a case study, presenters provide alternative lending schemes for low-income families, and a framework for dismantling the payday loan industry.

Doug Cowan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Community Services League

Award-winning Academics Meets Safe & Stable Housing for Homeless Students

San Francisco leaders use an academic model that works by providing supports from workforce development, conflict resolution, and family support, to college and transition services. In this session, they come together for an action-oriented conversation addressing education for homeless youth, speaking to the efficacy of their model, as well as its expansion to include housing.

Teri Delane, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Principal
Life Learning Academy

Amy Price
Program Executive
Zellerbach Family Foundation

Tomiquia Moss
Executive Director
Hamilton Families

Patricia Lee
Managing Attorney
Office of the Public Defender

Establishing the Permanency of Hope: Affecting Meaningful Change for Homeless Children and Families in Tennessee Using a Trauma-informed Statewide Integrative Approach

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has reduced the impact of poverty and homelessness on children and families through the use of a trauma-informed, statewide integrative approach. This session delves deeper into the details of this approach, and provides an opportunity for attendees to interact with members of the panel.

Michael Davis, PhD
Director of Housing & Homeless Services
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Marie Williams, LCSW
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Kisha Ledlow, MA
Project Director, Tennessee Healthy Transitions Initiative
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Jessica Mullins, LMSW
Assistant Director, Office of Child & Youth Mental Health
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Beyond ESSA: Using State Law to Strengthen Protections for Students in Temporary Housing

While ESSA established important new educational rights for homeless students, in the first year since it took effect, many questions have come to light about how to best meet homeless students’ needs while also considering school districts’ budgets. A few states, including New York State, have implemented their own statutes and regulations to address questions like these. For states that are considering adopting their own homeless education statutes, the challenges and lessons learned in New York can offer a springboard for effective steps forward—especially since New York State includes diverse environments such as rural communities, suburban settings, and major urban centers. New York’s new policies set up funding and reimbursement protocols for school districts, and they offer innovative tools to improve cooperation between school districts and county service providers. In this session, participants will hear about what works, and what questions have arisen in New York. Participants will also learn about tools they can use to support legislative change in their own states to better meet the needs of students in temporary housing.

Michelle Frank
Assistant Director

Friday January 12

(click on individual sessions for more info)
9:15 am–10:45 am
Homelessness: A Cause and Effect of Incarceration

Public policy should reflect the fundamental role of housing in community safety, family unity, economic equality, and successful reentry. This session explores incarceration as both a cause and an effect of homelessness. The Fortune Society’s service and advocacy programs are discussed, as well as the myriad of ways attendees can get involved with the issue.

Stanley Richards
Executive Vice President
Fortune Society

Casimiro Torres
Superintendent at Castle Gardens
Fortune Society

JoAnne Page
Chief Executive Officer & President
Fortune Society

Employment Training and Debt Reduction as Critical Components to Solving Homelessness: Strategies and Challenges in Increasing Incomes for the Formerly Homeless

Three employment training programs from diverse areas of the country will present their findings, strategies, and challenges in preparing participants for employment. Presenters discuss issues of overcoming debt, financial management, workforce training, social enterprise, and employment readiness for a diverse population, as well as long-term strategies to increase incomes.

Paul Webster
Director of Strategic Advancement
Solutions for Change

Katie Allston
Executive Director
Marian House

Christopher Fay
Executive Director

Human Trafficking & Family Homelessness: Identification and Intervention Strategies

This session provides an overview of human trafficking, focusing on domestic trafficking within the United States. Using the risk factors identified for victims of trafficking and research on vulnerability within the homeless experience, attendees gain knowledge on the impact of trafficking within a family unit, and how homelessness impacts victims. Attendees leave with strategies that can be implemented by agencies serving homeless families to identify and support human trafficking victims.

Melissa Brockie
New Day Center Director

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, PhD
Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research

Understanding the Uniqueness of Unaccompanied Youth Homelessness

Unaccompanied youth face unique challenges. While there are housing and supportive services available to this demographic, it is often difficult to know what to look for or what might be appropriate. This session helps participants understand what programs are available to these young people, and how they can help unaccompanied youth access these services.

Eric Masten
Director of Public Policy
National Network for Youth

Grandfamily Housing Needs: Grandparent, Child, and Professional Perspectives

Grandparent caregivers face significant housing challenges stemming from the experience of poverty, which can trap their families in unsuitable homes and unsafe neighborhoods, and may place them at risk of homelessness. This session discusses the needs of these caregivers, based on the findings of a recent qualitative study.

Lauren Polvere, PhD
Senior Research Scientist & Research Professor, Center for Human Services Research
University at Albany

Camille Barnes, PhD
Research Scientist & Research Professor, Center for Human Services Research
University at Albany

Bringing Education Home: Building Partnerships to Improve Educational Outcomes

The research is clear: children and youth experiencing homelessness have worse educational outcomes. This session outlines the current housing-education partnership landscape in the United States, and explores the successes of the Vancouver Housing Authority’s partnership with Vancouver Public Schools. Audience members emerge with a better understanding of why connecting education and housing is so critical.

Abra Lyons-Warren
Senior Program & Policy Manager
Council of Large Public Housing Authorities

Jan Wichert
Director of Employee & Resident Services
Vancouver Housing Authority

Tamara Shoup
Director of Family Engagement & Family-Community Resource Centers
Vancouver Public Schools

Amy Reynolds
Deputy Director

Photovoice as a Tool for Exploring Perceptions of Hope and Well-being Among Impoverished Children and Families

This session explores perceptions of hope and well-being among impoverished children and families. The workshop will include a discussion about the construct of hope and how it’s culturally and contextually shaped. The use of photography as a tool to guide personal narratives is emphasized in discussion, and applied through a hands-on demonstration of the Photovoice process.

Dana Harley
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati

James Canfield
Assistant Professor
University of Cincinnati

Viann Barnett
Director, Off the Streets Program
Cincinnati Union Bethel

Aarin Cox
Master of Social Work Graduate Student
University of Cincinnati

Advocacy at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Housing, and Homelessness

Interpersonal violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and the need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for survivors of violence and abuse. However, many advocates find it challenging to engage with complex housing systems and provide effective advocacy at this intersection. This interactive session is designed to promote a critical conversation among attendees to inquire about needed services, challenges in their own communities and identify emerging practices.

Anne Menard
Chief Executive Officer
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Debbie Fox
Senior Policy & Practice Specialist
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Peg Hacskaylo
Chief Executive Officer
National Alliance for Safe Housing, District Alliance for Safe Housing

Trauma-informed Care for Families and Staff

In this session, participants learn about the principles of trauma-informed care—emotional and physical safety, building dignity, restoring power, and promoting autonomy—as well as the science driving advancements in the field. Participants also engage with the tenants of the Assertive Engagement approach to working with clients, and learn how to apply this to their own organizations.

Samuel Freni-Rothschild
Housing & Diversion Specialist
Portland Homeless Family Solutions

Kurt Briggs-Ungerer
Program Director
Portland Homeless Family Solutions

11:00 am–12:30 pm
NYC Every Student, Every Day: Supporting Our Most Vulnerable Students

This session provides an overview of chronic absenteeism, including its negative impact on the City’s most vulnerable youth. Participants will leave with effective attendance strategies as developed through New York City Community Schools’ “Every Student, Every Day” campaign.

Sarah Peterson
Director of Research & Development
New York City Department of Education

Sarah Jonas
Deputy Executive Director, Office of Community Schools
New York City Department of Education

Jean Lahage Cohen
Executive Director
Mentor New York

A Movement Begins: Los Angeles County's Homeless Initiative

The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative (HI) is leading a social movement to combat homelessness by coordinating a comprehensive regional approach and securing dedicated funding of $3.55 billion through 2027. In this session, leaders of the initiative discuss the planning process that HI underwent to bring together both public and private stakeholders with a sense of shared ownership for all involved.

Leticia Colchado
Principal Analyst
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Homeless Initiative

Jerry Ramirez
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Homeless Initiative

Federal Child Care Policy Impacts States Serving Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 authorized the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Panelists discuss how the CCDF serves children receiving federal assistance, focusing on state efforts that specifically benefit families experiencing homelessness.

Marsha Basloe
Senior Advisor for the Office of Early Childhood Development
Administration for Children and Families
Department of Health and Human Services

Christi L. Jeffcoat
South Carolina Voucher Program Control Center Division of Early Care & Education
South Carolina Department of Social Services

Grace Whitney
Director of Early Childhood Initiatives
SchoolHouse Connection

Meeting the Health Needs of Homeless Families

The overall health of homeless children and families is of the utmost importance. Panelists conduct an immersive discussion on innovative ways to reach their most vulnerable patients.

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

Iván Romero
Director of Shelter Outreach
The Floating Hospital

Kathy Zeisel, Esq.
Senior Supervising Attorney
Children’s Law Center

Diana Sisson
Equal Justice Works Fellow
Children’s Law Center

Yvonne Doerre
Community Social Worker
Children’s National Health System

A Tale of Two Partnerships (and Everything in Between): Creating Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

This session uses interactive storytelling to share two real-life programming partnership examples, one ideal and one undesirable, to highlight best practices for creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Participants learn to set organizational standards and requirements for partnerships, and learn how to determine appropriate partnership levels for programming—including forgoing partnerships altogether.

Lila Anna Sauls
President & Chief Executive Officer
Homeless No More

Kayla Mallet
Children’s Services Coordinator
Homeless No More/St. Lawrence Place

Laura Stokes
Special Projects Associate
Homeless No More

Advantages of After Care to Aid in Ending Homelessness

Looking at the best practices of Drueding Center’s After Care Program, this session gives details about the 7-year program’s rates of success. This After Care model shows how access to a support system once permanent housing is secured can add to the chances of long-term housing retention, and advancement in self-sufficiency.

Cheree Webster-Jones
After Care Family Advocate
Drueding Center

Sherlonda Dozier
After Care Family Advocate
Drueding Center

Ronald Allen
Director of Community Services
Drueding Center

Two-generational Approach in Practice: Organizational and Programmatic Considerations

Our House uses a two-generation approach to lifting families out of homelessness and poverty, built on high-quality, closely integrated programming for parents and children alike. This session provides practical guidance on how social service providers and advocates can incorporate two-generation principles into their program design and increase the effectiveness of their work.

Ben Goodwin
Assistant Director
Our House, Inc.

Chris Ramsey
Lead Central Arkansas Family Stability Institute Case Manager
Our House, Inc.

Give "Littles" Their Due: What Can ‘Yay Babies!’ Do for Your Community?

Babies and toddlers experiencing homelessness are often met with little consideration for their needs. In this session, participants consider their local community’s attention to babies and toddlers, and learn local and state-wide strategies for improving care and services for this often-overlooked homeless population.

Diane Nilan
Founder & President

Mary Haskett
Professor of Psychology
North Carolina State University

Nurturing Resilience in Youth and Adults

Resilience is incredibly important to young people experiencing homelessness. Luckily, research shows that anyone can learn the thoughts and behaviors that comprise resilience. This session reviews that research, suggesting specific ways school staff and service providers can nurture resilience in young people. Most importantly, youth who have, themselves, experienced homelessness will share practical advice and describe how adults have helped them to succeed.

Patricia Julianelle
Director of Program Advancement & Legal Affairs
SchoolHouse Connection

Jose Mendoza
Student, Columbia University
SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader

Katlin Pridy
Graduate, University of Central Florida
Parent pursuing second advanced degree
SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader

Sasha Mansaray
Student, Delaware County Community College
SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader

Paul Turner
Student, Hamilton College
SchoolHouse Connection Young Leader

The Power of Community Partnership to Make Research Possible and System Change a Reality

Utilizing community research on family homelessness, this workshop will focus on the essential components that make community research possible and how to transform research to change. By including examples from local projects that use linked data with other systems impacting families, presenters reflect on lessons learned from these projects, and their measurable outcomes.

Ashley Williams Clark
Assistant Director, Institute for Social Capital
University of North Carolina Charlotte Urban Institute

Courtney Morton
Housing & Homelessness Research Coordinator
Mecklenburg County

Preventing Family Displacement and Homelessness at Earl Boyles Elementary School

In the high-poverty and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Southeast Portland, multi-sector partners have come together to implement a short-term rent assistance program in an elementary school. Panelists discuss the evolution of their partnership and explore their challenges and best practice recommendations for preventing family displacement and homelessness.

Rachel Langford
Education & Youth Initiative Program Director
Home Forward

Josue Peña-Juárez
Earl Boyles Housing and Family Advocate
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Dana Hepper
Director of Policy & Program
Children’s Institute

Christine McHone
Licensed School Counselor
Earl Boyles Elementary School

2:15 pm–3:00 pm
Homeless Prevention and Behavioral Economics: Curating Critically Timed Choices to Prevent Homelessness

Behavioral economics offers a unique perspective into the phenomenon of homelessness. By examining how and why individuals are forced to make choices that may result in homelessness, this economic method offers attendees insight into how upstream interventions in housing instability and the curating of critically timed choice sets can preserve housing and prevent homelessness. This work is especially targeted to high-risk populations, such as young adults with children.

Daniel Farrell
Senior Vice President, Homeless Prevention & Rehousing Services

Tina Goodrich
Program Director of New Beginnings Critical Time Intervention Program

Vernanda McKnight
Assistant Director, Homebase

Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness

In this session, members of Durham’s Collaborative to End Family Homelessness discuss the methods and successes of their collaborative process to develop an end-to-end system for reducing homelessness in their community. They examine the lessons they’ve learned along the way, and leave attendees with specific strategies to utilize volunteers and partners to empower families.

Ryan Fehrman
Executive Director
Families Moving Forward

Sheldon Mitchell
Executive Director
Urban Ministries of Durham

Laura Benson
Executive Director
Durham’s Partnership for Children

Catherine Pleil
Director of Partnerships & Programs
Families Moving Forward

The ForKids Housing Crisis Hotline: Connecting 14 Cities & 1100 Programs

The ForKids Housing Crisis Hotline is a call center that assists over 18,000 households annually. Organization representatives discuss the center’s history, system metrics, and community data. They also give a system demonstration, and share how communities and service providers were able to overcome barriers and work together to grow a system that connects individuals with services.

Thaler McCormick
Chief Executive Officer

Shirley Brackett
Crisis Response Director

Collaborating for Change: Addressing the Needs of Homeless Children and Youth

Providing an understanding of the complexity of youth homelessness, this panel explores elements that have made San Bernardino’s Homeless Youth Taskforce successful. It also provides advice on best practices for participants and their collaborators.

Brenda Dowdy
Homeless Education Project Manager
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

James Ramos
Third District Supervisor
County of San Bernardino

Andre Bossieux
Transitional Age Youth Program Manager II
San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health

Molly Wiltshire
Chief of Staff
Office of Supervisor James Ramos, Third District

Shelter Transformation: How to Curtail Repeated and Generational Homelessness One Family at a Time

This session introduces audiences to a shelter curriculum model called Going Home. Through the lens of this highly recognized, specifically designed model, attendees are given practical steps to transform services and programs to focus on curtailing generational or repeated homelessness.

Margaret Lovejoy
Founder & Executive Director
Family Place

Susanne Lovejoy
Fund/Program Developer
Family Place

Susan Dyrud MacDonald
Head of School & Guide at Casa de la Bella Montessori
Family Place

Compassion Fatigue: Making Self-care a Priority to Improve Your Effectiveness

Compassion fatigue is common in fields associated with trauma. Prioritizing self-care is critical for long-term success in direct care and supervisory staff. This session engages participants in the important practice of self-care for caregivers, increasing awareness and providing tools to avoid burnout.

Jamie Meyer
Senior Director of Education
Metropolitan Ministries

From Homelessness to Stability: The HomeFront Model

HomeFront serves over fifteen thousand homeless and low-income individuals each year using an innovative campus and a range of housing and supportive services. This session focuses on the role that shelter and effective interventions have in serving families at risk, allowing attendees to improve and integrate their own services.

Sheila Addison
Director of the HomeFront Family Campus

Sarah Steward
Chief Operating Officer

Book Signing with Sapphire (Ramona Lofton)

Books will be available for purchase.

Site Visits

Site visits give Beyond Housing conference participants the opportunity to learn more about exemplary programs that are addressing aspects of family homelessness and poverty in the New York City area, outside the confines of the traditional breakout session format. Some visits provide tours and discussions with staff at the program sites. Other “site” visits take place at the conference hotel and invite participants to immerse themselves in a hands-on activity.

(ASTEP) Artists Striving to End Poverty
(ASTEP) Artists Striving to End Poverty
The Floating Hospital
The Floating Hospital
Per Scholas
Per Scholas
Prospect Family Inn and Prospect Family Support Center
Prospect Family Inn and Prospect Family Support Center
Saratoga Family Inn
Saratoga Family Inn
Notable Speakers
Notable Speakers

See our list of Keynote Speakers—you won't want to miss their compelling and relevant insights.

Workshop Breakouts
Workshop Breakouts

Learn new ideas and strategies from the people and organizations making a difference.


Email us at