2014 Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference Breakout Sessions and Materials

Breakout Session Group I: 10:30 – 12:00

Session I. A

Diversion Works Better the Second Time Around:
Cutting Edge Supportive Housing Initiatives and Evaluation for Frequent Users of Jail, Shelter and Crisis Systems
This presentation describes Mecklenburg County’s unique path to a service-enriched supportive housing program for 45 homeless men and women with behavioral health issues who have been frequent users of the jails, makeshift camps and shelters. Short-term outcomes, implementation challenges, and formal evaluation design will be covered.
PresentersStacy M. Lowry, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Department
Caroline Chambre, Urban Ministry Center
Kim Keaton, CSH (M)

Session I. B
Integration of Supportive Housing and Mainstream Health Services
The Boston Public Health Commission has worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, partners from the Emergency Departments of Boston Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center and Mass. General Hospital. Their partnership identified, assessed and placed high-cost users of Boston’s emergency services in housing. In Camden, NJ, a unique partnership between Fair Share Northgate II, an affordable housing complex, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, an organization whose mission includes increasing healthcare access, has been developed to enhance the quality of healthcare to Northgate II residents. These partnerships will present the strategies they have developed to improve health and lower healthcare costs of the populations they serve.
Beth Grand, Boston Public Health Commission
Marilyn Mock, Fair Share Housing
Nadia Ali, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Sarah Gallagher, CSH (M)


 Session I. C

Reentry Supportive Housing Models and Partnerships with Public Housing and Corrections
Returning Home Ohio (RHO) is a unique reentry supportive housing pilot partnering with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to reduce criminal recidivism, and homelessness. The Syracuse Housing Authority and the Center of Community Alternatives have adapted the Fortune Society’s Castle model for reentry supportive housing. Their approach to providing reentry supportive housing of these initiatives will be explored.
JoAnne Page, The Fortune Society
Marsha Weissman, Center for Community Alternatives
William J. Simmons, Syracuse Housing Authority
Terri Power, CSH 
Gayle Bickle, Ohio Department. of Rehabilitation and Correction
April E. Morrison, CSH (M)
Session1C_Fortunes Castle_Castle Gardens

Session I. D
Evaluating Impact: Interim Results of Supportive Housing Evaluation and Implications for Policy
Supportive housing in New York City serves multiple populations. This panel will describe ongoing program evaluations of two New York City supportive housing programs: New York/New York III and New York City Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Participants will learn about methodologies, metrics, and interim outcomes from evaluations of these two programs.
Amber Levanon Seligson, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
John Rojas, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Laura Hollod, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene​
Benjamin Charvat, Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, New York City Office of the Mayor
Jessica Raithel, Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, New York City Office of the Mayor
Janette Kawachi, CSH (M)
Session 1 D: Evaluating_Impact_NY_NY_III

Session I. E
Presenting the Finalists: Supportive Housing Design for The Developed Project of the Year Award Finalists
This marked session will feature the three finalists for the Project of the Year award in a developed site. Come learn about three innovative approaches including: the nation’s first supportive housing project built on an extended use lease site from the Veterans Administration; a unique partnership between supportive housing and a hospital campus, and a neighborhood redevelopment effort featuring supportive housing as a lynchpin of resilient community planning.
CAMBA Gardens : Joanne Oplustil, CAMBA and CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. & David Rowe, CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc., Sharon Browne, Executive Vice President CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
Navy Green:  Jeff Nemetsky, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services; Deb Howard, Pratt Area Community Council; Martin Dunn, Dunn Development Corporation
Valley Brook Village: Michael Armstrong, Community Hope & Betsy Collins, Peabody Properties
Jennifer Trepinski, CSH (M)


Breakout Session Group II: 1:45 – 3:00

Session II. A

From the HEART: Supportive Housing Through Multi-Agency Collaboration
This workshop will provide an overview of the innovative collaboration and planning utilized by a local community to establish a supportive housing initiative for families experiencing homelessness and child welfare involvement. Specific implementation and evaluation strategies of the HEART Project in Broward County, Florida will be presented.
Stephen Ferrante, Group Victory, LLC
Leah Lindstrom, CSH (M)


Session II. B
Work First, Specialized Employment Services and Barrier Free Engagement; Are You Ready for Employment Services?
Using the Vocational Stages of Changes approach, Work First provides intensive employment services parallel to the “Housing First” model. The workshop will explore how the emphasis on placement in competitive employment, the dismissal of the “job readiness” concept, and assessments of how clients’ motivation for change impacts the program’s engagement and outcomes.
Wendy Lauser, IMPACT Employment Services
Doreen M. Straka, Jericho Project
Michelle Brophy, Rhode Island Behavioral Health (M)

Session II. C
New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH): Litigation, Systems Change and Advocacy to Ensure Inclusive Community Development in New Jersey
The decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court on the Mount Laurel cases set a national turning point for community and state responsibility to plan for and take affirmative steps to create housing opportunities for affordable housing, and leading to the NJ Fair Housing Act and the establishment of COAH to carry out this mandate. Since 2005, COAH and its relationship to affordable housing resources and development have been a national hotspot of litigation and advocacy and high stakes for the future of inclusive development. Come hear up to the minute information on COAH and related advocacy efforts to expand access to supportive and affordable housing in NJ.
Adam Gordon, Fair Share Housing
Gail Levinson, Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey
Deb Ellis, New Jersey Coalition to End Homelessness
Alison Recca-Ryan, Double R. Consulting (M)


Session II. D
Using Mainstream Resources to Develop Supportive Housing
Some State Housing Finance Authorities (HFA’s) have made significant steps toward incentivizing the creation of supportive housing in affordable housing development projects. State officials from Connecticut and Pennsylvania will discuss the evolution of their programs, some of the successes and some of the challenges.
Holly Glauser, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Terry Greco Nash, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Steve DiLella, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
John Dunne, CSH (M)

Session II. E
Best Practices in Supportive Housing for Older Homeless Adults
A panel of supportive housing providers will explore the needs of older adults in supportive housing and the approaches supportive housing can take to meet the needs of aging tenants. The panel will also focus on the development of new housing projects for older adults.
Jeff Nemetsky, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services
Tom Byrne, PhD, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Mark Hinderlie, HEARTH
Connie Tempel, CSH (M)
Materials:to be posted soon!

Session II. F
Increasing Military Cultural Competency in Supportive Housing for Veterans
Veterans represent one of the fastest-growing subpopulations of the larger homeless population nationally. This session will provide an overview of trainings for service providers working with veterans to increase their military cultural competency.
Rebecca Andersen, NYU SCHACK Institute of Real Estate
Adriana Rodriguez,  Jericho Project
Kevin Irwin, CSH (M)

Breakout Session Group II: 3:15 – 4:30

Session III. A
Promising Models of Supportive Housing for Young Adults: True Colors Residence and Chelsea Foyer
True Colors Residence is New York’s first supportive housing program for formerly homeless LGBT youth/young adults. The Chelsea Foyer at The Christopher is a supportive housing program for young adults between the ages of 18-25 years who are aging out of foster care, are homeless, and/or are at risk of becoming homeless. Representatives from each of these programs will explore how supportive housing can respond to the needs of at-risk youth and LGBT young adults.
Colleen K. Jackson, West End Residences HDFC, Inc.
Denise Hinds, Good Shepherd Services
Erin Burns-Maine, CSH (M)

Session III. B

The Hub of Hope: A Multi-Agency Approach to Ending Chronic Street Homelessness
The Hub of Hope, a winter storefront in the subway concourses underneath City Hall, provides housing and integrated healthcare, right where individuals experiencing chronic street homelessness sleep. Learn about this multi-agency public/private partnership to end chronic street homelessness among homeless services providers, healthcare providers, the City of Philadelphia, college students, the SEPTA Transit Police, and local businesses.
Karen Orrick, Hub of Hope, Project HOME
Carol Thomas, Project HOME
Gwendolyn Young-El,  Project HOME
Pascale Leone, CSH (M)

Session III. C
Stepping Up to the Olmstead Mandate for People with Developmental Disabilities
The Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program, an innovative partnership between the State of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities; the NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency; the NJ Department of Community Affairs, and 40 municipalities, was created to address the need for affordable community-based housing for individuals leaving state developmental centers, in accordance with the state’s Olmstead settlement agreement. This unique and innovative initiative used state funds to leverage underutilized municipal affordable housing resources, and to create a streamlined capital financing program for housing developers and service providers.
Yirgu Wolde,  New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency
Janel Winter,  New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Colleen Velez, CSH (M)


Session III. D
Homeless No More: A Three Year Intensive Initiative to Redesign Atlanta’s Approach to Ending Homelessness
The Innovation Delivery Team on Homelessness was established by Mayor Kasim Reed as a time-limited office through a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Susan Lampley has spent the last two years leading the homeless initiative as the Innovation Project Officer for Unsheltered No More!, a partnership between the Mayor and community leaders to dramatically reduce street homelessness in Atlanta. This presentation will delve into the strategy of undertaking bold systemic redesign in a compressed timeframe and look at the resulting changes, including: defining new outcomes and metrics to impact homelessness, redesigning the continuum of care, and housing over 1,000 people.
Susan T. Lampley, Office of the Mayor of Atlanta
Ryan Moser, CSH (M)


Session III. E

A Stitch in Time: The Benefits of Early Assessment and Targeting
Join leaders of innovative models of early assessment, targeting, and homelessness prevention. Danielle Ferrier of Rediscovery (MA) will discuss their model of keeping at-risk youth stably housed and enrolled in school. Ellen Howard-Cooper of Homebase (NY) will explain how their program model targets services to prevent families from becoming homeless.
Ellen Howard-Cooper, New York City Department of Homeless Services
Danielle Ferrier, JRI
Kristin Miller, CSH (M)

Session III. F

Using Acuity and Assessment Tools to Match Services and Needs in Pursuit of Tenant Success
Connecticut has developed an Acuity and Assessment tool to help supportive housing providers and tenants create relevant and better focused service plans. The tool can also be used to develop strategies to balance case loads, training needs and long term planning. This presentation examines how the tool is used to develop service plans and the process that was used to develop the tool.
Alice Minervino, Behavioral Health Program, Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Fred Morton, CSH  (M)
Session3F_Connecticut Supportive Housing Acuity Index

Featured Speakers
A Discussion of Housing and Healthcare
Elizabeth Misa - Deputy Medicaid Director New York State Department of Health
Materials: Lunch_Keynote_Elizabeth_Misa

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