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Thursday, September 13

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Breakout I
  1. Utilizing SOAR to Advance Minnesota’s Mission to Prevent and End Veteran Homelessness
    Dawn Holmen, Department of Human Services; Paul Williams, MPA, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs; Alexandra Fleming, Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs
  2. We Got This!: Cultivating Power, Starting from Our Own Place and Position
    SPPN Parent Council
  3. Matrix Emergency Shelter: Mobilizing Community Support & Developing a Rotating Shelter Model
    Kristen Brown, Matrix Housing Services; Rebecca Bowers, Dakota County
  4. “I’m not getting paid to do this”: Creating Change at Community Meetings
    Heather Duchscherer, Hearth Connection; Courtney Knoll, MESH; James Scott, LSS
  5. Evaluating Barriers to Shelter Access: A panel discussion on implementation of shelter first strategies
    Isaac Wengerd, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Human Services; Katelyn Warburton, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Human Services
  6. Vote, Run, Lead
    Liz Johnson, Vote Run Lead
  7. Supporting Renters Through Education:  Building Successful Futures
    Becky Hagen Jokela, University of Minnesota Extension; Lori Hendrickson, University of Minnesota Extension
  8. Ensuring Justice Involvement Does Not Increase Youth Homelessness
    Leah Lindstrom Rhea, CHS; Josephine Puffpaff, MANY; Callie J. Hargett, Minnesota’s Juvenile Justice Specialist, with Minnesota Department of Public Safety
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout II
  1. A Coordinated, Competent, Complete Response to Homeless Minor Youth  
    Paul Minehart, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Donna Nelson, Hennepin County Public Health and Human Services Department; Stacy Sweeney, YMCA; James Lewis; Lisa Robinson Gustner, YMCA; Dan Stewart, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; Laura Swan, Hennepin County
  2. Are You Ethical?
    Carrie Johnson, LICSW, MSW, Avivo; Emily Bastian, LICSW, MSW; Avivo
  3. Being Bold for Families and Breaking the Intergenerational Cycles of Poor Outcomes: Lessons Learning and Practical Implementation
    Leah Lindstrom Rhea, CSH; TBD, DHS
  4. Community Conversations: Trans Individuals and Homelessness
    Sean Hayes, Trans Plus; Charlie Johnson, Trans Plus
  5. Continuing to Develop ​and​ ​Maximize ​Relationships​ with Rental Properties
    Warren Duncan, Hearth Connection; Keith Nance, Mental Health Resources
  6. The (not so) Surprising Connection Between Foster Care and Homelessness
    Hoang Murphy, Foster Advocates
  7. Workplace Mortgage – Everything a non-profit employee needs to know to become a happy homeowner
    Clifford Morse, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage
  8. Best Practices in Supporting Housing Stability and Preventing Evictions
    Jessie Hendel, CommonBond Communities; Annie McCabe, CommonBond Communities
1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Breakout III
  1. Criminal background and success in affordable housing: which backgrounds actually matter? Evidence from four nonprofit affordable housing developers
    Cael Warren, Wilder Research
  2. Cultivating Community through Co-Production
    Gabrielle Clowdus, University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Center; Professor Tom Fisher, University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Center
  3. Ending homelessness among students and families: Early lessons from Homework Starts with Home
    Eric Grumdahl, Minnesota Department of Education; Dr. Maria Hanratty, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  4. Parent Engagement in Youth Work: What works and why we should be advocating for more of it
    Charlotte Kinzley, Simpson Housing Services; Jocelyn Pickreign, SImpson Housing Services; Christy Caez, Simpson Housing Services
  5. Recovery Capital: Generating Resources to Support Recovery for People Affected by Homelessness and Addiction
    Laura Palombi, University of Minnesota-Duluth; Elizabeth Bowen, University at Buffalo School of Social Work
  6. Youth Prevention: Moving from Transactional to Supportive Program Model
    Betty Notto, YMCA Youth Intervention Services; Tnanita Hatley, YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
  7. Building a More Inclusive Movement and Solutions For Housing People With Disabilities
    Ellen Baudler, The Arc Minnesota; Emily Mack, Arc Northland
  8. Wage Theft and State Labor Standards Law
    David Skovholt, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
3:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Breakout IV
  1. 100 Day Challenge to Combat Youth Homelessness
    Casey Schleisman, Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness; Stacy Sweeney YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
  2. 2018 Minnesota Homeless Study: Coordinating Efforts for Non-shelter Interviewing
    Michelle Gerrard, Wilder Research; Rebecca Sales, Wilder Research
  3. A Conversation with The Minnesota Tribal Collaborative About Native American Individuality, Reality, Homeless Experiences
    Tammy Moreland, Minnesota Tribal Collaborative
  4. From One 4-letter Word to Another: Leveraging Your HMIS Data as a Tool for Agency, Community, and Statewide Insights
    Britt Heinz-Amborn, Institute for Community Alliances; Drew Klinkert, Institute for Community Alliances
  5. Human Trafficking and Homelessness
    Amanda Colegrove, MN Department of Health; Amy Smith, International Institute of MN
  6. The New Heading Home Together Leadership Circle: connecting stakeholder groups to accelerate our progress to ending homelessness
    Heading Home Together Leadership Circle
  7. Leveraging and Sustaining Partnerships to End Veteran Homelessness
    Matt Leslie, Virginia Department of Veterans Services; Jeff Doyle,US Department of Veterans Affairs; Elisha Harig-Blaine, National League of Cities
  8. Resident Panel Discussion
    Meredith Kunitz, People Serving People; Noah Gerding, People Serving People; Billy Brownlee, Community Advocate with Aeon; Nicole Laumer, House of Charity

Friday, September 14

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Breakout V
  1. Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Our Communities
    Ryan Berg, Avenues for Homeless Youth
  2. Minnesota Homeless Study Survey Training for Volunteer Interviewers
    Christin Lindberg, Wilder Research; Stephanie Nelson-Dusek, Wilder Research
  3. MN Coordinated Entry Assessment Tool
    Ji Choi, MN Housing
  4. What the heck is Housing Support (GRH)?: A Community Perspective
    Courtney Gunderson, Avivo; Danyell Easter, Avivo
  5. Housing Justice as Praxis: Creating New Futures through Policy, Activism, and Scholarship
    Eric Goldfischer, University of Minnesota
  6. The Corporation for Supportive Housing: Who we are, what we’re up to, and how we can partner with you for a bolder Minnesota
    Amy Stetzel, Upper Midwest-Minnesota Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
11:00 p.m. – 12: 15 p.m. – Keynote Address
12:30 p.m. – 1: 30 p.m. – Lunch is served
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Break / Visit the Exhibitor Hall to see #MCHConf Exhibitors
2:00 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Breakout VI
  1. It Takes a Village: Engaging the Faith Community in Advocacy and the Fight for Economic Stability
    Katie Powell, Joint Religious Legislative Coalition
  2. Let’s Talk About Length of Stay: An Opportunity for Statewide Discussion
    Tom Balsley, Department of Human Services
  3. The History of Affordable Housing in America
    David Thomas O’Leary, Hearth Connection; Liz Young, Hearth Connection
  4. Trauma Informed Care- From Trend to Lens
    Jennifer Swick, People Serving People; Rinal Ray, People Serving People
  5. Coordinated Entry Through the Lens of HMIS Data
    Amy Olsen-Highness, Institute for Community Alliances; Swathi Mummini, Institute for Community Alliances
  6. How Your Congressional Offices Can Help with Housing Issues
    Katie Kottenbrock, Office of Tina Smith; Jake Schwitzer, Office of Tina Smith
  7. Heading Home Together