2019 NCHV Annual Conference | May 29-31, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

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

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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)

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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).

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

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

2016’s Conference was an important turning point as we took the momentum and energy of the Five-Year Plan and leveraged it into a new era for homeless veteran services, where functional zero was 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
A2 – Super Utilizers of Acute Heathcare Services and Breaking the Cycle (Tom O’Toole)
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
A8 – Social Determinants of Health (Tom O’Toole)
A9 – Increased Mortality/Death Rates
A10 – Return on Investment (Tom O’Toole)
A11 – Screening for Homelessness (Ann Elizabeth Montgomery)
A12 – Migration Patterns (Stephen Metraux, Tom O’Toole, Dan Treglia)

Track B – Community Profiles

B2 – Daytona/Volusia & Flagler Counties; Community Capacity Building and Continuous  Quality Improvement or Intensive Case Management (Toni Deobil)
B3 – Washington, DC: Integrating GPD Into Your Coordinated Entry System ( Ben Cattell Noll and David Tweedie)
B4 – Virginia: By-Name List as a Tool to End Veteran Homelessness ( Matt Leslie and Thomas Bednar)
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
C5 – Connecting Locally to Build Safety Nets (Jessica Cruz and Randy Hade)
C6 – Built to Last: 4 Keys to Building a System to (Continually) End Veterans Homelessness (Tom Albanese)
C7 – Thinking Outside of the Box: Connecting to Local Veteran Serving and Homeless Groups
C8 –  Serving Minority Veterans (Ralph Cooper)

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
D3 –  IPS Supported Employment
D4 – Modernizing Homeless: Techno-Socially Connected Homeless Veterans
D5 – Benefits Assistance: Partnering with local VSOs
D6 – Creating Better Job-Driven Employment Programs (Dave Lopez and Jim Beamesderfer)
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
E3 – Innovative Partnerships to Embed Lawyers: Identifying and Addressing Legal Needs (Samuel Strike)
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

F1 – Lessons from the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Process (Tom Albanese, Anthony Love, Joe Savage, Emily Gargiulo, Beverley Ebersold)
F2 – Tools from the Federal Benchmarks
F3 – Lessons Learned from Zero: 2016 Communities (Linda Kaufman, Aras Jizan, K.O. Campbell)
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

G1 – One Stop Shop, No Wrong Door (Milo Peinemann, Kirk Johnson, Alison Korte, Emily Andrade, Jamie Cannon)
G2 – Repurposing Federal Land to House Homeless Veterans
G3 – Housing Development and Access in Rural Areas (Joe Belden)
G4 – The Benefits of Long-Term Case Management (Matthew Slater)
G4 – Services for Disengaged Veterans in New York City (Daniel Farrell, Bobby Bell)
G5 – Bridge Housing in GPD, A Provider Perspective
G6 – Improving Landlord Engagement, Engaging PHAs, and Developing Housing Plans (Jonathan Chi)
G6 – How to Better Partner with Landlords and PHAs (Dr. Alonzo Peterson)
G7 – Building Permanent Supportive Housing for Homeless Veterans (Mitch Milner, Joe Caringella)
G7 – Financing Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing (Deb Burkhart)
G7 – Veteran Housing: Structuring for Success (Brad Bridwell)
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 Award – American 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.

AnchorPublic 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.

2015 NCHV Annual Conference

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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

Dazara Ware (SAMSHA SOAR TA Center)

Jen Elder (SAMSHA SOAR TA Center)

Mary Clark (United Way of Greater Atlanta)

A2 –Ticket to Work

Melissa Stipa (Ticket to Work)

David Jones (Ticket to Work)

Amy Wallish (Full Circle Employment Solutions)

A3 – Keeping the Connection: Serving Aging and Young Veterans

Carol A. Salter (Easter Seals, Inc.)

Brenna Bernardin (Fast Forward)

Dee Albritton (Fast Forward)

A4 – The Role of HVRP in Ending Homelessness

Mike Palumbo (Easter Seals, MD-DC-VA)

Dana Niemela (Denver DHS)

Rossina Schroeer-Santiago (Denver DHS)

Bill Darnell (Goodwill)

Kevin Driscoll (Jericho Project)

Tori Lyon (Jericho Project)

A5 – VA Employment Tools and Programs

Rosye Cloud (Veterans Benefits Administration)

A6 – HVRP Only: Retention Bootcamps

Bret Anderson (H2 Communications)

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

Dr. Lorenzo McFarland (VHA)

Dr. David Ross (VA)

B2 – Traumatic Brain Injury: Addressing Co-Occurring Challenges

Elizabeth Pletcher (DVBIC)

Anastasia Edmonston (MD Behavioral Health Administration)

B3 – Trauma-Informed Care

Kathleen Guarino (The National Center on Family Homelessness)

Karen Guthrie (National Center on PTSD, VA)

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

Dennis Culhane (National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans)

B5 – Deploying Creative Community Interventions

Shalimar T. Cabrera (U.S.VETS Las Vegas)

Daniel Farrell (HELP USA)

Carlos Gonzalez (PATH)

Jonathan Castillo (PATH)

B6 – Serving Minority Veterans

Ralph Cooper (Cloudbreak Houston)

Ron E. Armstead (Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust)

Track C – Transforming Systems

C1 – Working within Levels of Government

Stacy Studebaker (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)

Jennifer Knapp (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)

Allison Ulrich (VA Palo Alto Health Care System)

Eric I. Grumdahl (MN Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs)

Kathleen Schwartz (MN Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs)

Jonelle Glubke (Homeless Programs and VA Community Resource Refferal Center)

Patricia Wolschon (John D. Dingell VA Hosptial)

Lynn Hendges (Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency)

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

Jim Zenner (VOALA)

Caroline Meehan (VOA)

Brad Bridwell (Cloudbreak Communities)

Shane Groen (AZ Coalition to End Homelessness)

Bill Boyer (Community Bridges)

John Sherin (VOA)

C4 – The Mayor’s Challenge

Melanie Zamora (The Road Home)

Elisha Harig-Blaine (National League of Cities)

Matthew Leslie (Virginia DVS)

Virginia Williams (VCEH)

Brad Bridwell (Cloudbreak Communities)

Kate Seif (NAEH)

Jeffrey Doyle (VA)

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

Rachael Dietkus Miller (VA Illiana)

David A. Pennington (Longview Housing Authority)

Joe Belden (Housing Assistance Counsel)

Elizabeth Morgan (Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center)

Jeff Willgale (Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center)

Lillie Prince (Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center)

C7 – Integrating SSVF and GPD

John Kuhn (VA)

Jeff Quarles (VA)

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

Nesreen Khashan (U.S. Census Bureau)

D2 – Centralized Planning and Coordinated Assessment

Cathie Hughes (SW-WRAP)

Dave Lopez (Swords and Plowshares)

D3 – Using Gaps Analysis and CHALENG

Keith W. Harris (VA)

Jessica Blue-Howells (VA – VJO)

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

Michael Tomlinson (EUMA)

Michael Wehrer (Erie VAMC)

Track E – Building the Housing Continuum

E1 – Set Foundations: National Housing Trust

Jim Yates (Technical Assistance Collaborative)

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

Tramecia Garner (Swords to Plowshares)

Darryl Vincent (U.S. Vets)

Kim Cook (U.S. Vets)

Kristine DiNardo (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)

Marta Budu-Arthur (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)

Bernard Coleman (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)

Kevin Ward (New England Center for Homeless Veterans)

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

Sara Sommarstrom (MAC-V)

Jessica Blue-Howells (VA – VJO)

Bryan Dysert (HVAF)

Coco Culhane (Urban Justice Center)

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

Scott R. Swain (Justice for Vets)

Steve Binder (Office of the Primary Public Defender)

Brock Hunter (Veteran Defense Project)

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)