May 18, 2016
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Swords to Plowshares is hosting an online seminar to take a hard look at national efforts to end veteran homelessness, and what still needs to be done. “Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness” set forth an ambitious goal to alleviate veteran homelessness and poverty. The five year plan began in 2010, and as the scheduled end came near, was amended in 2015 to reflect the learnings among communities and outline strategies to get to a "functional zero."
Where are we now in our goal to prevent and end veteran homelessness? This online seminar will discuss the national and community picture of efforts in the last five years, veteran populations most at risk, systematic responses in place throughout communities and strategies moving forward to address the unmet needs.
Participants will learn how to:
1. Recognize risk factors for veteran homelessness, and populations most affected
2. Understand the national and community efforts of homeless prevention and housing efforts
3. Identify effective strategies moving forward to end and continue to prevent veteran homelessness
Two continuing education units are available for MFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW professionals licensed in California.
Baylee Crone, Executive Director, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
Baylee 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 executes 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.
Leon Winston, COO, Swords to Plowshares
Leon has worked on the housing, treatment, and income support needs of homeless and low income veterans since 1995, and is a nationally recognized veterans advocate. Referred by the SF VA Medical Center, he came to Swords as a homeless client in 1993, and is a graduate of its Transitional Housing Program. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and in 2013 was recipient of the first Veterans Champion Award bestowed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Megan Zottarelli, Senior Analyst at the Institute for Veteran Policy at Swords to Plowshares
Megan manages research and data analysis of issues pertaining to veteran healthcare access and treatment quality; leads public education efforts, including an online behavioral health training series for providers and advocates which explores the intersection of mental health and social justice issues among veterans; and writes curricula and publications for behavioral health providers. She has a long history working on mental health issues among underserved populations, including suicide prevention, mental health of underserved communities with HIV/AIDS, and poverty prevention with minority families.