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NCHV is currently accepting applications for a Program Assistant.

Program Assistant

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

NCHV is seeking a dynamic, full time Program Assistant to support activities across the organization with a primary focus on the Technical Assistance Center. The Technical Assistance Center at NCHV provides trainings, funding resources, publications and reference materials for organizations serving homeless veteran clients throughout the country. This hard working, energetic individual will be an active member of the NCHV team, engaging in research support and publication development. This position reports to the Director of Technical Assistance and Executive Director.

The Program Assistant will be responsible for the following essential activities:
• Support planning and preparation for NCHV’s Housing Summit, Annual Conference, and other NCHV events;
• Develop guides, fact sheets, case studies, and research summaries informed by peer-reviewed research and evidence based practices;
• Provide technical and logistical support for TA Center activities including webinars, conferences and on-site consultations;
• Update and maintain website content for assigned areas;
• Support NCHV operations by providing excellent customer service to homeless, veterans, grantees, federal staff and other partners;
• Write original articles for the NCHV print newsletter;
• Create multi-media best practice resources that can be accessed by service provider grantees;
• Translate complex research into practical tools and strategies for service providers;
• Provide administrative support to the Policy team (<5%);
• Represent the organization at local homeless veteran events;
• Communicate effectively with Director of Technical Assistance and NCHV team.

Desired Skills and Experience Include:
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills
• Ability to take ownership of routine tasks and special projects as assigned
• Ability to work on independent projects and collaborate with team members
• Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and employees
• Strong planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage time effectively
• Familiarity with homeless services, veteran programs, and military service preferred
• Bachelor’s degree required

Application Process
Email a cover letter, resume, and a two-page writing sample to with "Program Assistant" in the subject line. Applications received without these materials WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Housing Summit

HUD Secretary Julián Castro to Deliver Remarks at 2015 NCHV Housing Summit, Download Wrap-Up Report Now
"The Drive to December" | Oct. 5-6, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Download The Drive to December: NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit Wrap-Up Report (Dec. 10, 2015)

Download the 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit program (Updated Oct. 1).

The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", was held Oct. 5-6 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro and Executive Director of Joining Forces Colonel Nicole Malachowski were on hand to help us kick off two days of intense working sessions with updates on national policy and progress on preventing and ending veteran homelessness.

This year's Summit gathered Federal agencies involved in ending veteran homelessness, technical assistance partners for the major homeless veteran service programs, and experts from around the country to help attendees set a high-speed plan for the final 100 days of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness.

No matter a community's target date for ending veteran homelessness, it must be treated as an emergency situation. This event equipped attendees with tools and strategies to increase the urgency and efficiency in their area to effectively identify each individual homeless veteran and guide them to the most effective solution available to get them stably housed.

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2014 NCHV Housing Summit November 13-14, 2014

Hyatt Regency

New Orleans, LA

On November 13-14, 2014, NCHV and our community partners gathered in New Orleans at the 2014 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit. Expert panelists shared engagement strategies and outcomes from 25 Cities, Zero: 2016, the Mayor’s Initiative, and other coordinated local efforts to end veteran homelessness. The NCHV Housing Summit included several interactive workshops which allowed participants to:

  • Give local perspective on changing Federal programs,
  • Develop concrete action items for approaching local stakeholders
  • Learn about new funding mechanisms to increase your community’s housing stock.

New Orleans is nationally recognized for their extraordinary progress in alleviating homelessness. The city's efforts to end veteran homelessness show ingenuity, creativity and dedication. Over the past two years, veteran homelessness dropped 66 percent, a fact made all the more impressive given the city's spike in homelessness after Hurricane Katrina.

In summer 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the City of New Orleans' drive to be the first city in the country to end all veteran homelessness by 2014. "The President sent out a clarion call that this is not who we are as a nation and that we need to come together as one people to make sure that all the veterans have what they need, from housing to health care to jobs," Mayor Landrieu said at a ceremony on the 4th of July. New Orleans has already shown this dedication as an active member of the VA's 25 Cities Initiative. This effort is an example of the success possible when a community merges ending veteran homelessness into its overall homelessness plan.

New Orleans provided the NCHV Housing Summit with fitting surroundings to discuss what is possible as we strive to ensure affordable housing access for all veterans experiencing homelessness. Representatives from New Orleans have been invited to share their strategies, victories and challenges with Summit attendees.

Session Descriptions

Homeownership "Speed Training"


Hala Farid

Ray Pennie

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Philanthropy in Affordable Housing


Heather Pritchard

Section 1 - Transitions in Transitional Housing: GPD, Next Steps, and SSVF

GPD Myth-Busting and Scope Changes Part One

GPD Myth-Busting and Scope Changes Part Two


Jeff Quarles

Anthony Love

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SSVF-GPD Integration


Jeff Quarles

Anthony Love

John Kuhn

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Section 2 - Building Blocks: Creating New Affordable Housing Options for Veterans

Developing Permanent Supportive Housing: Tools and Best Practices


Katrina Van Valkenburg, Managing Director, Central Region for the Corporation for Supportive Housing

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Innovative Financing Tools and Stability Strategies


Katrina Van Valkenburg, Managing Director, Central Region for the Corporation for Supportive Housing

Milo Peinemann, Senior Director of Housing and Public Policy; New Directions for Veterans

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Proposition 41: A Case Study from California


Burt McChesney, Former NCHV Board Member, thirty year Board member of Veteran Resource Centers of America and Executive Director of the Veteran Housing Development Corporation

Integrated Housing Opportunities


Jim Yates

Katrina Van Valkenburg, Managing Director, Central Region for the Corporation for Supportive Housing

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Olmstead Planning for Housing


Jim Yates

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Section 3 - Overlapping National Initiatives

Filling the Gaps: Working through the Mayor's Challenge


Jessica Venegas, Community Solutions

Elisha Harig-Blaine, National League of Cities

Intersections of Major Initiatives: What Comes Next?


Jessica Venegas, Community Solutions

Elisha Harig-Blaine, National League of Cities

Who is NCHV?

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

NCHV also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work. NCHV's advocacy has strengthened and increased funding for virtually every federal homeless veteran assistance program in existence today.

Under a technical assistance grant awarded by the Department of Labor-Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), NCHV provides guidance and information about program development, administration, governance and funding to all of the nation’s homeless veteran service providers. This is achieved through conferences, webinars, personal consultations, publications, and this website – the nation’s most comprehensive information resource about homeless veterans and the programs that serve them.

The NCHV Central Office staff offers service providers assistance with administrative organization and program development; information about government, foundation and corporate grants; and guidance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. We operate a toll-free homeless veterans assistance phone line and a comprehensive website to direct those who need help to the people who can provide it.

NCHV was organized in 1990 by a small group of community-based service providers who were troubled by the disproportionately large percentage of homeless people who were veterans, and the lack of veteran-specific programs to help them. We opened our Washington, D.C., office in 1993 in order to work more closely with Congress and Executive Branch agencies to ensure the inclusion of veterans in federal assistance programs.

According to its own estimates, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs will reach slightly more than 40 percent of America’s homeless veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the only national organization specifically dedicated to improving the opportunities for these deserving Americans to regain control of their lives and once again enjoy the freedoms they helped preserve. Our community-based service providers represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and we offer assistance to any homeless service provider that contacts our office.

NCHV is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on homeless veterans issues by several agencies and departments of the U.S. government, and has worked in partnership on projects with VA, DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. NCHV has helped develop and increase funding for homeless veteran-specific programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, both of which are currently funded at their highest levels ever. We helped write and worked to ensure passage of the hallmark Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001, which had the potential to provide $1 billion for homeless veteran service providers and programs. In the current Congress, in addition to various other measures, NCHV was instrumental in crafting and passing the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 – the most significant piece of legislation for homeless veterans in more than two years.


Kathryn Monet,
Executive Director    

Kathryn Monet is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. In this role, she focuses on the execution of NCHV’s strategic policy and technical assistance agenda, and on expanding NCHV’s strategic partnerships to more effectively end veteran homelessness.  Kathryn has spent over eight years in the public and nonprofit sector working to address housing instability and homelessness among veterans. Prior to joining NCHV, she was with the National Alliance to End Homelessness focusing on the promotion of data-driven, evidence-based interventions to end homelessness, particularly among veterans. Kathryn also was involved in veteran homelessness in a legislative capacity during her time at the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. She earned a Masters of Public Administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.


Randy Brown,
Director of Communications


Randy Brown has been the Director of Communications at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans since 2011. He leads strategic communications efforts aimed at advancing the organization’s mission by reaching key audiences with outcome-oriented messages in various forms. These include publications, partnerships with other organizations, online communications, social media, media relations, and the NCHV Annual Conference and Veterans’ Access to Housing Summit.

Brown previously served at NCHV as a Program Assistant, and then as Communications Officer. In these roles he gained a technical knowledge of homeless veteran issues and programs, and led efforts to boost the organization’s visibility through improved organization, design, targeting, and reach of communications output. He has been a featured subject matter expert representing NCHV for print, radio, and online news sources as well as conventions, panel discussions, and other special events.

Brown earned a B.A. in Communication with a Public Relations and Advertising emphasis from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators.


Joshua Stewart,
Director of Policy

Joshua Stewart has been with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) since 2013. His portfolio has included congressional and governmental relations, policy development, and advocacy-focused communications.The common theme between all of his duties is the drive to educate: to inform Congress and other policy-makers of the reality of the situation in the field, to relay to them the needs of the service provider community, and to highlight for them what they can do to best help homeless and at-risk veterans.  

Joshua has been a contributing author to documents including the “Independent Budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs”, the “Veterans Housing Agenda”, and two amicus curiae briefs for the Supreme Court of the United States.

Prior to his time at NCHV, Joshua conducted historical research on social support structures, poverty, and homelessness in 19th and 20th century New England. Other of his published works focus on veteran’s issues, memorialization, and social theory more broadly. He received his M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2013, and his B.A. in Anthropology from Gettysburg College in 2011. 


Cindy Borden,
Assistant Director of Technical Assistance and Training



Cindy Sturtevant Borden is the Assistant Director, Technical Assistance and Training for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV). In this role, she leads NCHV’s Technical Assistance Center with a focus on the DOL-VETS Homeless Veteran’s Reintegration Program (HVRP). Borden provides intensive coaching in program design and implementation to grantee service providers and works closely with federal staff. She oversees the development of TA Center products including webinars, research briefs and best practice guides.

Prior to joining NCHV, Borden provided training and technical assistance to a variety of community service organizations. Her work included product development, management coaching and capacity building.

Borden earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Language and Literature both from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Katherine Klassa,
Program Assistant

Katherine Klassa is the Program Assistant for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. In this role, she assists in the development of TA Center products, including research briefs and best practice guides.

Prior to joining NCHV, Klassa provided communications assistance for several community service organizations, where she assisted in efforts to boost the organizations’ community visibility through social media and online communications.

Klassa earned a B.A. in International Studies from North Carolina State University.



Karen Christian,
Office Manager


Karen Christian comes to us with over 12 years of administration, operations, and office management experience. Majoring in Business Administration at Morgan State University, following a tour of duty in the Army, she plans on completing her degree next year. She enjoys making a meaningful contribution to NCHV and the veterans we serve.



Board of Directors

Charles "Chick" Ciccolella, Chair
CSC Group, LLC - Alexandria, VA

Leon Winston, Vice Chair
Swords to Plowshares - San Francisco, CA

Marc Deal, Secretary
Santa Rosa, CA

Mitchell Milner, Treasurer
Milner & Caringella, Inc. - Highland Park, IL

John Altenburg, Jr.
Greenberg Traurig - Washington, DC

Michael Armstrong
Community Hope, Inc. - Parsippany, NJ

Steve Benz
Eli Lilly and Co. - Carmel, IN

Brad Bridwell
Cloudbreak Communities - Phoenix, AZ

Pete Dougherty
Jefferson County - Charles Town, WV

Matthew Leslie
Virginia Department of Veterans Services - Richmond, VA

Tori Lyon
The Jericho Project - New York, NY

Carlos Martinez
American GI Forum Nat’l Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

Wendy McClinton
Black Veterans for Social Justice - Brooklyn, NY

Mitchell Milner
Milner & Caringella, Inc. - Highland Park, IL

Gwen Muse-Evans
Bethesda, MD

Cathrene "Cat" Nichols
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs - Spokane, WA

Robert Norris
Inglewood, CA

Vincent Perrone
Veterans Inc. - Worcester, MA

Elinor Reiners
New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers - Albuquerque, NM

Patrick E. Ryan
Pat Ryan Consulting LLC - Silver Spring, MD

Andre Simpson
Veterans Village of San Diego - San Diego, CA

Janet Stringfellow
Volunteers of America of Florida - St. Petersburg, FL

Annual Conference

2018 NCHV Annual Conference | May 30 - June 1, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED - Due to popular demand we will be offering walk-up registration at this year's event.

Download the 2018 Conference program, including full schedule, session descriptions, and presenters.

2018 NCHV Annual Conference Sessions

On the Cutting Edge: Innovations in Practice

A1 Improving Care and Access to Treatment for Veterans Through an Innovative Clinical Partnership (Lena Asmar, MSW, LICSW)
A2 Using VASH for Ineligible Veterans: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program (Jason Loughran)
A3 Harnessing the Power of Peers (Ellen Bruder-Moore Abramowitz)
A4 Creative Solutions for Staff Retention (Anyah Hoang, Adam Wawrynek, and Adriana Rodriguez, LCSW)
A5 Active Shooter: Threat Awareness and Planning (Luis A. Ramirez)
A6 Improving Resiliency and Hope with HUD-VASH Veterans (Tanya Tabon, LCSW)
A7 Progressive Engagement and Stages of Change (Chelsea Maillet)
A8 Empowering Homeless Veterans (Dr. Alonzo Peterson, Arlene Hackbarth)
A9 Incubator: Grow the Organization, Not the Budget (Maria Mola)

Stability and Security: Housing One

B1 Effective Emergency Shelter (Kristi Schulenberg)
B2 Diversion and Rapid Exit (John Kuhn, Doug Tetrault, Luke Drotar, Joyce MacAlpline)
B3 Transitional Housing  (Janis Ikeda)
B4 Progressive Landlord Engagement: A Multi-Phased Strategy to Accelerating Housing Placements (Elisha Harig-Blaine)
B5 Transitioning Homeless Veterans Into Permanent Housing ( Glory Udoh, M.Ed.)
B6 By-Name List: A Powerful Tool for Communities (Garen Nigon, K.O. Campbell)
B7 A Holistic Approach to Addressing Housing Barriers (Sara Sommarstrom, Nina Davis, Amanda Johnson, Nili Soni)
B8 GPD models (Jeff Quarrels, Amanda Barry)
B9 Incubator: Making Master Leasing Work for Veterans and Programs (Nathaniel Saltz)

Efficient and Effective: Systems Coordination

C1 Community Planning: Leadership and Impact (TAC) (Panel) (Jim Yates, Joyce MacAlpline, Christine Pietryga, Dr. Nonie Brennan, Rob Hamilton, Kimberly Schmitt)
C2 Federal Benchmarks and Criteria (Beverly Ebersold, Anthony Love)
C3 State Dept of Veterans Affairs: Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships (Cathrene Nichols, Shane Groen)
C4 Working With the CoC (Brendan Haley, Norm Suchar, Carole Benedict)
C5 VA's Path Forward: Open Q and A Session (John Kuhn, Jesse Vazzano, Jeff Quarles, Anthony Love)
C6 Achieving and Maintaining Functional Zero (Henry Busby)
C7 VAMC Integration in Coordinated Entry: System Approaches and Strategy (Phil Allen, Adrienne Nash Melendez, Kimberly Schmitt, Shannon Parker, Melissa Russell)
C8 HUD-VASH 101 (Jesse Vazzano)
C9 Incubator: Leveraging Federal Initiatives at Local/State Level (Ben Wilson, MPA, Mark Walker)

Informed and Aware: Working with Special Populations

D1 Serving LGBTQ Veterans (Deb Burkhart, Heidi Marston, Kiera Pollock, Jean-Michel Giraud)
D2 Aging Veterans: The Intersection of Homelessness, Mental Health Need and Physical Frailty (Michael Blecker)
D3 Serving Veterans with Disabilities and ADA Compliance (Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW)
D4 Legal Services at Stand Downs: Administrative, Civil, and Criminal (Sara Sommarstrom, Steve Binder)
D5 Combat to Community®: Cultural Competency for Veteran Providers (Shannon Kissinger)
D6 Meeting the Housing and Employment Needs of Chronically Homeless Veterans (John Rio, Sean Terry, John Briggs)
D7 Discharge Status Upgrades: Identifying Opportunities, Resources, and Assistance (Coco Culhane, Erin McBurney)
D8 Incubator: Serving Rural Homeless Veterans (HAC)
D9 Incubator on Criminal Backgrounds and Sex Offenders (Sara Sommarstrom, John Robertson, Jean-Michel Giraud)

Providing Purpose: Employment and Income

E1 Integrating Housing and Employment: SSVF and HVRP (Ian Lisman, Tammy Bellofatto, Becca Bettis)
E2 DOL Listening Session (Ken Fenner, Maria Temiquel)
E3 Making Employment a Reality for Homeless Veterans (Anne Greenlee, Bridget Komine, Jackie Nguyen, Erin Rutherford)
E4 Leveraging Partnerships to Maximize Employment (John Briggs, Toscha Wilkins)
E5 Utilizing SOAR to Advance Minnesota’s Mission to Prevent and End Veteran Homelessness (Ben Wilson, MPA)
E6 Safely Connecting Homeless Veterans to Technology (Dee Albritton)
E7 Federal Grant Management (Wendy Harrison)
E8 Financial Management (Ray Pennie)
E9 Connecting Homeless Veterans to Income and Other Benefits (Jen Elder, Alex Ashbrook)

Data and Trends: Latest Research

F1 Homelessness and Suicide (Dennis Culhane, Jack Tsai, Grant Metcalf, Woodburne Levy)
F2 Pathways Into Homelessness Among Post-9/11 Era Veterans: Continuing the Conversation  (Part 2) (Steve Metraux, Nikkole Weiss)
F3 Homelessness Among Rural Veterans (Part 2) (Steve Metraux, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery)
F4 Housing Permanency  (Part 2) (Dennis Culhane, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery)
F5 Connecting Research and Practice: Listening Session (Roger Casey, Nora Hunt-Johnson, researchers)

I1 Advocacy 101 (Joshua Stewart, Elisha Harig-Blaine, Burt McChesney, Steve Peck)
I2 Housing Development (Deb Burkhart, Jesse K. Vazzano, Paul C. Macpherson, David Cleghorn, Elizabeth Lunde, Brad Bridwell)
I3 Employment and Rapid Re-housing (Cindy Borden, Doug Tetrault, Phil Allen)
I4 DV and IPV: A Veteran Perspective (Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, C. Brian Clubb, Julia Caplan)
I5 Fundraising Success According to Funders (Tamera Toogood, Hala Farid, Amanda Andere, Tom Ralser)
I6 Issues and Trends: Race and Veteran Homelessness (Amanda Andere, Mike Neely, Muriel Frazier, Chandra Crawford, Harold Raymond, Carmen Wilson II, Ron E. Armstead, Mark Walker, Ralph Cooper)
I7 HVRP Only Session: Employment Retention as a Remedy to Stubborn Veteran Homelessness (Bret Anderson)

2017 NCHV Annual Conference | Yes, In My Back Yard: Putting Veterans First

Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference program, featuring the full Conference schedule, session tracks and descriptions, presenters, and all related information for this year's event.

Did you attend the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference? If so, please complete this short survey to help us plan for next year's event! Your input is important to ensure we continue to have the top training conference on veteran homelessness. Thank you for your help, thank you for attending, and thank you for all you do for veterans in your community!

Dive Into Research: Hot Topics

• A1 Predicting Evictions from HUD-VASH (Dennis Culhane, PhD).
• A2 Connections between Healthcare and Expedited Housing Placement.
• A3 Interventions that Impact Hospital Use.
• A4 Shelter Status and Mortality (Dennis Culhane, PhD).
• A5 The Mission Model: Integrating Peer Support and Case Management.
• A6 Opioid Use and Homelessness.
• A7 Food Insecurity.
• A8 New Findings from Ongoing Research: VA Homelessness Screening Clinical Reminder.
• A9 Legal Needs of Homeless Veterans: The Role of Medico-legal Clinics

Creative Solutions: Community Spotslights

• B1 Washington State: Leveraging Public and Private Partnerships in Rural Areas  (Part 2) (Cat Nichols).
• B2 Detroit: Women Veterans in Transitional Housing Programs (Mena Poole).
• B3 San Francisco: Using Roommate Matching to House Chronically Homeless Veterans (Tramecia Garner).
• B4 New Mexico: Transitional Housing and Jail Diversion (Elinor Reiners).
• B5 Houston: Life Skills and the Path to Permanent Housing (Glory Udoh, M. Ed.).
• B6 Madison, TN: Creating Permanent Supportive Housing (Deborah A Hillin).
• B7 Virginia: Developing a Communitywide Coordinated System (Matt Leslie, MSW).
• B8 New York City: Rapid Re-Housing (Jahmila Vincent).
• B9 Decatur, IL: Assessing the Effectiveness of Day Centers (Dr. Diane Pleasant, PshD, LCPC, CADC).
• B10 Wisconsin: Integrated Behavioral Health Treatment (Lori Kirchgatter).
• B11 Western New York: Stand Down Success through VA/Community Partnerships (Sean Lindstrom).
• B12 New York City: Coordinating Aftercare Resources (Adam Wawrynek). 
• B13 Minnesota: Speeding Up Rapid Re-Housing Placements through Community Partnerships (Nathaniel Saltz). 
• B14 Niagara, NY: Creating Housing Solutions in Small Communities (Jennifer D’Andrea-Terreri). 
• B15 Philadelphia: Lessons Learned from “Ending” Veteran Homelessness (Toneh Williams, M.H.S., and Steven Culbertson).
• B16 Los Angeles: SSVF and the Entry Point (Craig Joyce).

Efficient and Effective: Coordinating Programs

• C1 VA’s Roadmap (Keith Harris, John Kuhn, Jeff Quarles)
• C2 SSVF and GPD Coordination (John Kuhn)
• C3 SSVF and HUD – VASH Coordination (John Kuhn).
• C4 Effective GPD Models (Jeff Quarles).
• C5 Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) (Eileen Devine).
• C6 Low Demand Model Development Initiatives in VA Homeless Programs (M. Scot Young, PhD).

Return to Work and Income Growth

• D1 Employment Services and Rapid Re-Housing: Eligibility Coordination (Maria Temiquel). 
• D2 Assessing VA Benefits through local VSO Partners (Mark Walker, LeRoy Acosta).
• D3 Tickets to Work for America’s Veterans (Mike Greenburg).
• D4 Veteran – Centered Employment Programs (Henry McAllister, Demarcus Rogers, John Briggs). 
• D5 Creating a Geographically Focused Employment Strategy (Dee Albritton).
• D6 Integrating SOAR with VA programs: Success from the Field (Jen Elder).
• D7 Integrated Financial Service Delivery (Michael Palumbo, Ray Pennie).
• D8 IPS Supported Employment and Homelessness (Stacey Teegardin).T

Breaking Through Legal Barriers to Housing Stability

• E1 How to Find Legal Assistance and Build Effective Partnerships (Sara Sommarstrom).
• E2 Removing Criminal History Barriers for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans: The Success of State Level Criminal Justice Reform (Holly Harris, Brock Hunter, Sarah Catherine Walker). 
• E3 Bankruptcy, Bad Credit, and Consumer Debt Defense (Tony Camilli, Renato Izquieta).
• E4 Legal Services and Stand Down: Courts and Civil Legal Assistance (Steve Binder, Sara Sommarstrom).
• E5 Child Support (James Murray, Sara Sommarstrom). 
• E6 Embedding Lawyers in Veteran Service Provider Organizations (Lara Eihardt, Rose Carmen Goldberg, James Heaton, Keith Hoffman)

Health and Wellness: The Whole Veteran

• F1 Trends in Veteran Suicide: Causation and Prevention (Robert Stohr, Paul Freese, Paula Clamurro, Dr. Kathleen West.).
• F2 Harnessing the Power of Peers (Natalie Siva, Matthew Havniear).
• F3 Creative Treatment Models (Carl P. McKnight, PsyD, Lena Asmar, Carston Warner).
• F4 Serving Minority Veterans (Ron E. Armstead). 
• F5 Women Veterans: Ongoing Barriers and Challenges Faces Post-Military (LaShondra Jones). 
• F6 Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say in Person Centered Practice (Ben Cattell Noll).
• F7 Treating Post Traumatic Stress with Yoga & Meditation (Ian Chon).
• F8 HIV and Hep C Testing and Treatment (Lorenzo Mcfarland, Dr. Reggie Dunbar II)

Get Results: Using Data in Community Planning 

• G1 Rapid Re-Housing Standards (Samantha Batko).
• G2 Funding Veteran Housing and Programming through Collaboration (Chapman Todd, C. Andrew McCawley, Robert Stohr).
• G3 Federal Veteran Housing and Programming through Collaboration (Bev Ebersold, Emily Gargiulo). 
• G4 Federal Benchmarks: Insight into the Review Process (Bev Ebersold, Emily Garguilo, Anthony Love). 
• G5 Building a Quality By-Name List (KO Campbell). 
• G6 The Mayor’s Challenge to End Homelessness 2.0 (Elisha Harig-Blaine). 
• G7 Community-wide System Assessment and Improvement (Doug Tetrault). 
• G8 Accreditation: Is it Right for Your Program? (Shannon Green, Pete Hathaway). 

2016 NCHV Annual Conference

Download the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference program | Amendments to the program

The 2016 NCHV Annual Conference took place June 1-3 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

This year's Conference is important turning point as we take the momentum and energy of the Five-Year Plan and leverage it into a new era for homeless veteran services, where funcational zero is the minimum accepted level of services available that will be reached by communities, cities, and states across the country.

The 2016 speaker list and available presentations materials can be found below. 

Track A - Research and Trends

  • A1 – Five Year Projections of Emerging Homeless Veteran Populations
  • A3 – Effective Eviction Prevention Interventions for HUD-VASH
  • A4 – Connecting Data Points: HMIS and Veteran Status
  • A5 – Sub – Population Deeper Dive: Aging Projections
  • A6 – Sub-population Deeper Dive: Female Veterans
  • A7 – Sub-population Deeper Dive: Post 9/11 Cohort
  • A9 – Increased Mortality/Death Rates

Track B - Community Profiles 

  • B5 – Minnesota: Building Community Buy In (Eric Grumdahl, Cassie Streeter, and Nathaniel Saltz)
  • B6 - Boston: Ending Chronic Homelessness in Greater Boston through Local Coordination (Sean Terry and Brittany Golden)
  • B7 - Ohio: Creating Tracks and Other Innovations in GPD ( Michael Salois and Brad Hutchinson)
  • B8 – Phoenix Housing Navigators (Shane Groen)
  • B9 – Erie HMIS and Data Integration (Michael Tomilson)
  • B10 - Las Vegas: Using Stand Down as an Outreach and Engagement Tool ( Shalimar Cabrera)
  • B11 - Philadelphia: Maintaining a Functional Zero System (Steve Culbertson and Roberta Cancellier)
  • B12 - Montgomery County: Reaching both definitions of zero (Amy Horton-Newell, Uma Ahluwalia, and Kevin Morton
  • B13 – Austin Landlord Engagement  (Bree Williams, Megan Podowski, and Greg McCormack)

Track C - Connecting the Dots: Interventions through Coordination

  • C1 - A Deeper Dive: Digging into the Future of VA Homeless Programs
  • C2 – The Bridge out of Homelessness: Changes to the GPD Program
  • C3 – Rapid Re-Housing: Co-Enrollment and Coordination between GPD and SSVF
  • C4 – Understanding Prevention: Lessons Learned from SSVF
  • C7 – Thinking Outside of the Box: Connecting to Local Veteran Serving and Homeless Groups

Track D -  Income Maximization: Promoting Housing Stability

  • D1 – Co-Enrollment at an American Job Center: Working Toward Employment Together (Maria Temiquel, Kris Evans, Ken Fenner, Cindy Borden, and John Rio)
  • D2 – Creative Employment Service Providers and Programs
  • D4 – Modernizing Homeless: Techno-Socially Connected Homeless Veterans
  • D5 - Benefits Assistance: Partnering with local VSOs
  • D7 - Using SOAR to Expedite Benefits Processing
  • D8 - Benefits to Hiring Veterans: Strategies and Resources for a Successful Transition
  • D9 - Money Management and Budgeting Tools

Track E - Legal Barriers to Housing Stability

  • E1 - Engaging Attorneys, Deveoloping Programs to Utilize Local Legal Resources
  • E2 - Innovations for Justice Involved Veterans: Diversion, Early Release, and Reentry
  • E4 - Family Law and Child Support: Preparing Your Clients for Court
  • E5 - Credit Reports and Consumer Debt Defense

Track F - Data Integrity and Getting to Goal

  • F2 - Tools from the Federal Benchmarks
  • F4 - Making Data Systems Talk
  • F5 - Trauma Informed Care
  • F6 - VOA Study: Assessing Improvements in the Quality of Life of SSVF Clients

Track G - Access to Housing Stability

  • G2 - Repurposing Federal Land to House Homeless Veterans
  • G5 - Bridge Housing in GPD, A Provider Perspective
  • G8 - Implementing the National Housing Trust Fund


The 2016 Annual NCHV Awards

Every year, NCHV awards individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service to homeless veterans. This year’s awardees have demonstrated an outstanding commitment helping America’s heroes.

Jerald Washington Memorial Founders' Award - Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, USICH

The Jerald Washington Memorial Founders’ Award is the highest honor bestowed in the homeless veteran assistance community. The award honors the memory of Jerald Washington, former organizer of veteran assistance programs in Florida and Tennessee, and a co-founder of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. The award is presented to an individual who embodies the spirit of service and sacrifice displayed by Washington throughout his career, and acknowledges that person’s special place in the history of the homeless veteran assistance movement.

Thomas Wynn Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement - Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Senate
The Thomas Wynn Sr. Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement To a person whose career reflects a strong devotion to bringing attention and services to homeless veterans.

Outstanding Member AwardAmerican GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc.
The outstanding Member Award to the NCHV member that has demonstrated leadership in coalition building.

Meritorious Service Award - Gwen Muse-Evans, NCHV Board of Directors; Bob Simpson, Easter Seals; John Briggs, Ohio Valley Goodwill; Bill Darnell, Ohio Valley Goodwill
The Meritorious Service Award To persons who exemplifies service to NCHV, its members, and homeless veterans in general.

Unsung Hero Award - Nathaniel Saltz, MACV; Travis Pearson, Family Endeavors; Megan Owens Fraught, Swords to Plowshares; Jennifer D'Andrea, S.E.R.V. Niagara 
The Unsung Hero Award To a person who has contributed to the recognition of the homeless veteran issue in a supporting or unrecognized leadership role.

Federal Agency Staff Award -Teresa Gerton, U.S. Department of Labor
Federal Agency Staff Award to a Federal Agency staff member who has exhibited a strong commitment to the service of homeless veterans.

Outstanding Corporate Partner Award - The Home Depot Foundation, Citi Community Development, Harbor Freight Tools, Others First
The Outstanding Corporate Partner Award to one or more corporations whose contributions have helped increase the effectiveness of the homeless veterans movement.

Public Policy Award - Michael Michaud, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training Service 
The Public Policy Award to a public policy partner who has displayed a strong commitment to advancing legislation that serves homeless veterans.

Public Policy Award - Sen. Mazie Hirono, U.S. Senator for the State of Hawaii
The Public Policy Award to a public policy partner who has displayed a strong commitment to advancing legislation that serves homeless veterans. To read her citation, click here

2015 NCHV Annual Conference

Download the 2015 NCHV Annual Conference program here!

25 Years: Thank You for Your Service – This was our message to you, and the theme for the 2015 NCHV Annual Conference, which was held May 27-29, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Last year was NCHV’s 25th anniversary and we still thank you, the NCHV members and partner agencies, for your work over the last 25 years.

Last year was significant for all of us, and the Annual Conference was an opportunity to connect to the expertise of past experience and the planning for the future. As the sun set on the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness, we built upon a quarter century of knowledge that propelled us into a new realm. At last year’s Conference, we focused on how our past set a foundation for the future of services for veterans experiencing and at-risk of homelessness. We shared successes and planned for the future.

Sharing Success: The Conference focused on the momentum found in local communities that is ending veteran homelessness. We shared our energy and experiences in driving down veteran homelessness in every community. We learned from experts across the service continuum who made it happen.

Planning for the Future: We built a plan beyond 2015 to ensure that no veteran sleeps on our nation’s streets. This new sphere of services is defined by prevention, rapid rehousing, increased efficiency, and creative adaptation to meet the emerging needs of homeless veterans in our communities. Join us at the 2016 Conference to continue the progress.

The 2015 Conference speaker list and available presentation materials can be found below:

Track A – Supporting Stability: Income and Employment

A1 – Expediting SOAR

A2 –Ticket to Work

A3 – Keeping the Connection: Serving Aging and Young Veterans

A4 – The Role of HVRP in Ending Homelessness

A5 – VA Employment Tools and Programs

  • Rosye Cloud (Veterans Benefits Administration)

A6 – HVRP Only: Retention Bootcamps

A7 – Money Management and Employment Tools

  • Ray Pennie (ClearPoint Credit Couseling Services)

Track B – Improving Health Care Outcomes

B1 – State of Care for Homeless Veterans with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C

B2 – Traumatic Brain Injury: Addressing Co-Occurring Challenges

B3 – Trauma-Informed Care

B4 – Emerging Clinical Needs: The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans

  • Dennis Culhane (National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans)

B5 – Deploying Creative Community Interventions

B6 – Serving Minority Veterans

Track C – Transforming Systems

C1 – Working within Levels of Government

C2 – Case Studies of Internal Change

  • Kate Severin (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
  • Mona Bazzi (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
  • Shannon Healer (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
  • William Dubose (Veteras Resource Center of America)
  • Bridget Kennedy (Middlesex County Office of Human Services)

C3 – Using a Peer-Driven Model to Deliver Integrated Care

C4 – The Mayor’s Challenge

C5 – Creating Local Partnerships to Fill the Gaps

  • John Briggs (Ohio Valley Goodwill)
  • Linda Twomey (VA Nebraska - Western Iowa Health Care System)
  • LeaAnne Peterson

C6 – Making a Change in Rural Areas

C7 – Integrating SSVF and GPD

C8 – Zero: 2016

  • Jessica Venegas (Community Solutions)
  • Adam Gibbs (Community Solutions)

Track D – Rethinking Data, Improving Targeting

D1 – U.S. Census Bureau Statistic for Veterans Use

D2 – Centralized Planning and Coordinated Assessment

D3 – Using Gaps Analysis and CHALENG

D4 – Intersecting Grants and Data: Federal Grant User Form

  • Nathaniel Saltz (Minnesota Assistant Counsel for Veterans)
  • Kathleen Vitalis (Minnesota Assistant Counsel for Veterans)
  • Bryan Dysert (HVAF of Indiana, Inc.)

D5 – Making Systems Talk: HMIS and Data Tracking

Track E – Building the Housing Continuum

E1 – Set Foundations: National Housing Trust

E2 – Creating New Permanent Supportive Housing

  • C. Andrew McCawley (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)
  • Kevin Ward (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)
  • Rose White (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)

E3 – Transforming Transitional Housing

E4 – Housing First

  • Tanya Tabon (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)
  • Matthew O'Leary (VA)
  • Alana Howard (VA)
  • Calista Nabors (VA)
  • Miguel Mares (VA)
  • Pamela Wilson (VA)
  • Russell Goodman (The Road Home)
  • Elizabeth Oliver (The Road Home)
  • Linda Twomey (VA Nebraska - Western Iowa Health Care System)
  • LeaAnne Peterson
  • Desiree Kochen

Track F – Bridging Legal Barriers

F1 – Bridging the Divide between Social Services and Legal Services

F2 – Connected Communities: SSVF and Legal Services

  • Rob Liscord (PTLA)
  • John Holler (NLS - MI)

F3 – Opening Access through Discharge Updates

  • Jim Richardson (HPRP)
  • Coco Culhane (Urban Justice Center)
  • Brad Adams (Swords to Plowshares)

F4 – Criminal Law: Successes from Veterans Treatment and Homeless Court Systems

F5 – Child Support Issues

  • Sara Sommarstrom (MAC-V)
  • Mike Ginns (OSCE)

F6 – Managing Veteran Consumer Debt

  • Katie McGovern (PTLA)
  • Renato Izquieta (Legal Aid Society of Orange County)

Contact Us

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Suite 705
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-546-1969
Toll-free phone: 800-VET-HELP

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