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Housing Summit

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


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

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The 2015 NCHV Veterans Access to Housing Summit, "The Drive to December", will be 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 will be 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 will gather 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 you set a high-speed plan for the final 100 days of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness.

No matter your community's target date for ending veteran homelessness, it must be treated as an emergency situation. This event will equip you with tools and strategies to increase the urgency and efficiency in your 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, 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 46 states and the District of Columbia, 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 (111th) Congress, NCHV helped craft – and continues to advocate for – 14 bills designed to improve and expand services for homeless veterans.


Baylee Crone,
Executive Director


Baylee Crone, Executive Director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), is a nationally recognized voice in efforts to end veteran homelessness. In this capacity, she provides leadership and management over NCHV’s Technical Assistance, Policy, and Communications activities and serves NCHV’s Board of Directors to execute NCHV’s mission and goals. As the only national organization solely committed to ending veteran homelessness, NCHV is a trusted source of information, training, and guidance for community organizations, philanthropic and corporate partners, and government employees at the state, regional, or Federal level.

Crone is a technical expert on veteran homelessness and currently directs NCHV’s Technical Assistance Center. In addition to providing intensive program development consultations with homeless veteran service providers, she regularly gives trainings across the country on several topics related to homeless veterans. Utilizing strong relationships with partners throughout the country, Crone serves as a liaison between NCHV Member organizations and their partners in state and Federal agencies.

Crone earned a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis on Traumatic Brain Injury at the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service and Global Security from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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 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.


Phillip Stringfield,
Administrative Operations Manager


Phillip Stringfield is the Administrative Operations Manager at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV). For the past year, Phillip has handled all of our office administration including maintaining our organization membership database and operating our Veteran Crisis Hotline. In addition to managing our office he is the Logistics Coordinator for our Annual Conference and Housing Summit.

Phillip received his Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences from Old Dominion University focusing on Public Health and Occupational Health & Safety.



Board of Directors

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

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

Gwen Muse-Evans, Secretary
Bethesda, MD

Joseph Caringella, 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

Debbie Burkart
National Equity Fund, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

Marc Deal
Veterans Resource Center - Santa Rosa, CA

Pete Dougherty
Jefferson County - Charles Town, WV

Kenneth Goldsmith
American Bar Association - Washington, DC

Stephani Hardy
Military Women In Need - Altadena, CA

Denis Leary
Veterans Inc. - Worcester, MA

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

Robert Norris
Inglewood, CA

Vin Perrone
Veterans Inc. - Worcester, MA

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

Kathleen Vitalis
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans - Minneapolis, MN

Annual Conference

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

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
333 ½ Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003-1148

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

Fax: 202-546-2063
Toll-free fax: 888-233-8582

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