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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
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)

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