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  • Utilization of Tribal HUD-VASH Reporting Tool for Grantees

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/29/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The goal of this webinar is to inform Tribal HUD-VASH grantees about the required 50058 Reporting Tool and to provide instructions on how grantees should use it.

    The goal of this webinar is to inform Tribal HUD-VASH grantees about the required 50058 Reporting Tool and to provide instructions on how grantees should use it. 

    Iris Friday

    Acting Administrator

    NW Office of Native American Programs (OAPI)
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   

    Kanitra Cobbs

    Grants Management Specialist

    Office of Native American Programs
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   

  • Rural Challenges: Operating HOPWA Housing Programs in Rural Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/29/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.
     
    The presentation will address some of the key challenges faced by organizations that operate housing programs, including TBRA and Master Leasing, in rural communities. These challenges include lack of affordable rental housing, connecting successfully with landlords, inadequate transportation and other issues that can impact the successful placement and housing stability of PLWH. The presenters will discuss methods and best practices for rural housing delivery, outreach, landlord engagement and leveraging additional resources, among others.

    Amanda "Mande" Ellison-Weed, BS

    Program Associate, Collaborative Solutions

    Mande Ellison-Weed is a Program Associate in the Affordable and Rural Housing program area of Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Mande has 20 years of rural focused experience in housing provision for vulnerable populations including those living with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness. During her career Mande has developed expertise in the following areas: direct client service provision; program development & supervision; permanent supportive & affordable housing development; property management; Technical Assistant provision; project management; and grant writing.

    As the daughter of a minister, Mande has lived in several extremely rural areas in the Southeast and has a passion for building the capacity of rural communities to better serve vulnerable populations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University. Mande currently resides in Auburn, AL.

    Crystal Pope (Moderator)

    Program Consultant HIV/AIDS Housing & Health

    Crystal Pope is a senior consultant for Collaborative Solutions (CS). In this role, she manages the national HOPWA Ask-A-Question desk, delivers TA as a HOPWA subject matter expert, and provides TA/Training on affordable housing program development and operations, housing case management methods and HIV/AIDS program strategies.

    Ms. Pope has more than 35 years of experience in planning, program design and organizational management, with a focus on policy and programs related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and affordable housing. Prior to joining Collaborative Solutions in 2005, Ms. Pope lived in New Orleans for nearly 25 years, where her work focused on programs related to homelessness, poverty, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV/AIDS. She was Executive Director of Travelers Aid New Orleans, an early homeless provider organization, Vice President of VOA of GNO, Director of the New Orleans Rape Crisis Center, and owner of CP & Associates, a private consulting firm. Ms. Pope earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

  • Utilization of Tribal HUD-VASH Reporting Tool for ONAP Staff

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/27/2018 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    The goal of this webinar is to inform HUD personnel about the new Tribal HUD-VASH 50058 reporting tool and how it will be utilized for the purposes of collecting program information. This webinar is for ONAP staff.

    The goal of this webinar is to inform HUD personnel about the new Tribal HUD-VASH 50058 reporting tool and how it will be utilized for the purposes of collecting program information. This webinar is for ONAP staff.

    Iris Friday

    Acting Administrator

    NW Office of Native American Programs (OAPI)
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   

    Kanitra Cobbs

    Grants Management Specialist

    Office of Native American Programs
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   

  • The Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!)

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    The Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!)

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    November 14-16, 2018

    Perdido Beach Resort

    27200 Perdido Beach Blvd

    Orange Beach, AL 36561

    The Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!) is an opportunity for affordable housing developers and providers, supportive service providers, practitioners, social workers, elected officials, researchers, and those who have experienced housing instability or homelessness to come together to address the ongoing issues of poverty and the lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing in our region. This conference provides a venue for participants to collaborate with new partners in an effort to address these issues in their communities. The 2018 conference will highlight best practices to reduce and eliminate homelessness, as well as focus on the need for new affordable housing opportunities in the Southern region. 


    Type of Registration  Early Bird Starts NOW!      After September 30, 2018
    Standard$250$280
    Student$175$205
    One Day Attendance$200$230

    Group Rate (3 or more registrations from one organization

    should email: elizabeth@collaborative-solutions.net

    for the discount code)            

    $200$230

    Speaker (confirmed speakers will be issued

    a registration discount code)

    $125$155
    Limited scholarships available : Please email Rachel at  rachel@collaborative-solutions.net if you would like to apply for a scholarship.


    Questions? Email: elizabeth@collaborative-solutions.net

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    Protip Biswas

    Vice President, Homelessness & Place Based Initiatives

    Protip Biswas is the Executive director for the Regional Commission of Homelessness in Atlanta and is on the staff of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. In his current position, he ensures the coordination and implementation of the strategies identified in the Blueprint to end homelessness. The Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCOH) has been the catalyst in creating over 2000 units of supportive housing, creating 1200 jobs for homeless persons, reunified over 12,000 persons and raising over $50 million for homeless projects. The RCOH has engaged 7 counties in the region to take on projects for homeless persons.

    He is also the Vice President for Opportunity Zones for the United Way and provides leadership to United Way’s place based initiatives. This is a new area of work for the organization.

    Prior to his current position he has been active in the field of community development, affordable housing, community building and economic development. He has worked with organizations in neighborhoods in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked for Enterprise foundation, a national intermediary in affordable housing.

    He continues to be active in the community development field through his service on the boards of several community development corporations in Atlanta. He has a masters degree in architecture from University of Cincinnati and another in construction management from SPA, Delhi, India. He also completed his coursework for his doctoral studies in Urban Planning at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His research interest includes affordable housing finance, community economic development and social capital.

    This year's conference will be held at:

    Perdido Beach Resort

    27200 Perdido Beach Blvd

    Orange Beach, AL 36561

    How to book your hotel room at the special conference group rate:

    Please call (800) 634-8001 and use the Booking ID: #15943 to receive the special group rate. Please identify yourself as a participant of Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing.

    OR book online at https://www.perdidobeachresort.com/ 

    PLEASE NOTE: A credit card and first night's room and tax will be required to guarantee the reservation. Also, any special requests in regard to sleeping rooms are based on availability at time of arrival. 

    RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE: The Perdido Beach Resort will accept reservations, provided there are available rooms within your contracted room block, until Monday, October 22, 2018, at which time any unreserved rooms will be released into general availability.

    The Southern Conference on Homelessness & Housing Agenda

    Registration Hours

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Location: Hotel Foyer

    Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Location: Hotel Foyer

    Time: 8:00AM-1:00PM

    Thursday, November 15, 2015

    Location: Hotel Foyer

    Time: 8:00AM-11:00AM

    Wednesday, 11/14/18

     

    8:00 am – 1:00 pm                           Conference Registration


     

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                          Opening Plenary

                                                                    Protip Biswas, Vice President, Homelessness & Place Based Initiatives

                                                                    United Way of Greater Atlanta

                                                                    Location: Grand Reef Ballroom

     

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm                          Session 1

    Family Violence: Best Practices and Innovations in Service (extended session: 2:15pm - 5:15 pm): Paradise Reef

    Helping People with Mental Illness Be Successful in Community Housing: Night Reef I

    Rural Housing Provision that Works: Effective Models for Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing in Rural Communities: Night Reef II

    Lessons Learned and Words of Encouragement from a Comprehensive Housing and Case Management Initiative for People Living with HIV: Grand Reef

     

    3:15 pm – 4:00 pm                          Special Break To Visit Exhibits

     

    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                          Session 2

    The Real Cost of Affordable Housing: Coping with the South’s High Energy Burden: Night Reef I

    Dynamic Prioritization : Night Reef II

    Housing Affordability in the Southeast: Data from the Federal Reserve’s Sixth District: Grand Reef

     

    Thursday 11/15/18

     

    8:00 am -11:30 am                           Conference Registration

     

    8:00 am – 9:00 am                           Continental Breakfast

                                                                    Location: Grand Reef Ballroom

     

    9:15 am – 10:15 am                        Breakfast Session

    Messaging Matters: Relaunching the Housing Trust Fund Campaign in 2019

    Ashley Kerr, MSW, MPH

    Director of Programs, Collaborative Solutions

     

    10:30 am – 11:30 am                      Session 3

    Veteran Homelessness: Best Practices and Innovations: Night Reef I

    Effective Coordinated Entry in Rural CoCs: Night Reef II

     

    11:45 am – 12:45 am                      Session 4

    Green From the Start: Healthier, Efficient, and Long Lasting Buildings Improve the Lives of Occupants and the Bottom Line of Owners: Paradise Reef

    Creating Family Stability: Night Reef I

    Housing First in Rural Areas: Night Reef II

     

    1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                          Awards Luncheon

                                                                    Location: Grand Reef Ballroom

     

    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                          Session 5

    Advocating for Increased Housing Opportunities One Thousand Words at a Time: Paradise Reef

    Rural Homelessness Data Collection and Utilization 101: Night Reef I

    How Partnerships with Community Can Create Home: Night Reef II

     

    3:30 pm – 3:45 pm                          Break to Visit Exhibits with refreshments

     

    3:45 pm – 4:45 pm                          Session 6

    Developing Impactful Communities in Rural America." : Paradise Reef

    Rural Homelessness Data Collection and Utilization 201: Night Reef I

    Affordable Housing Resources: Night Reef II

    Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative and the Total Cost of Affordable Housing: Grand Reef

     

    Friday, 11/16/18

     

    7:30 am – 8:15 am                           Continental Breakfast

                                                                    Location: Night Reef I

     

    8:30 am – 9:30 am                           Session 7

    Using VOCA and Flexible Funding to Increase Safe Housing Options for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims: Updates and Innovations: Paradise Reef

    Self Care :An Interactive Session : Night Reef I

    Effective Landlord Engagement in Rural Communities: Night Reef II

    Foster-Care: Transitioning from Housing to Homelessness (And Back Again): Grand Reef

     

    9:45 am – 10:45 am                        Session 8

    Common Ground, Complementary Approaches: Adapting the Housing First Model for Domestic Violence Survivors: Paradise Reef

    Housing Challenges and Solutions for People Living with HIV/AIDS: Night Reef I

    Effective Outreach for People Experiencing Homelessness: Night Reef II

    Understanding The Credit Reporting System in the United States and Options for Safe and Affordable Housing: Grand Reef

     

    11:00 am – 11:30 am                      Closing event

                                                                    Location: Grand Reef Ballroom 

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  • Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing– Rapid Re-Housing Component Project for Domestic Violence Survivors Frequently Asked Questions

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    A resource for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers

    Domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) service providers have a critical role to play in ending homelessness in their communities. This FAQ document has been developed by the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium to respond to questions about the Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Re-Housing Component Project (JCP) and how it can be utilized to expand safe housing options for survivors of DV/SA.

  • Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing

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    On Sept. 27, 2018, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Collaborative Solutions, Inc. released the research report Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing.

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    St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 27, 2018) – Today, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg released a new, in-depth report that explores how income, race, and an insufficient supply of housing at a variety of affordability levels are barriers to achieving a safe and healthy home for thousands of Pinellas County (FL) residents.

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. an Alabama-based national research and training firm that supports the need for stable housing, is pleased to play an integral role in the planning process and development of the report, Home: A Pathway to Health Equity through Housing [https://bit.ly/2QqpC8D]; which is a joint project developed with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. 

    Although Pinellas County (FL) is primary focus of this report, issues addressed and recommendations are expected to be applicable to other communities across the country.  


  • NAHC Presents...Housing & Health Equity: A Pathway to Ending HIV

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    A community discussion on ending HIV through a focus on housing, social justice, and health equity.


                                                                                                                             
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    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04/15/2018 – 04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.   

     Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2.5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

             
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    12 Sixth Street South, Minneapolis, 
    Minnesota, 55402, USA 
    612-351-2554
    Click Here for Hotel Reservations: 
    The Group Rate Expires on Monday, October 1, 2018

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  • The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

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    The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

    This resource highlights the relationship between domestic violence (DV) and housing instability within the context of rural America.  It also highlights potential responses to address challenges associated with this intersection of issues.

  • The Peer Network Tools

    Contains 42 Component(s)

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility.

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility. Peer Networks may be formed around geography, populations, or special topic issues and challenges faced in a community. Participants have a common goal, purpose, and investment in the work. The result is rapport and trust within the group and a supportive environment conducive to learning and change. Moreover, the Peer Network approach allows for cross-peer learning. Lastly, the Peer Network creates an advocacy network. Joining together to discuss challenges and successes sheds light on the issues that affect participants and often paves the way for system-level change. The Peer Network provides a forum for beneficiaries to assess community and organizational need, build capacity, and develop innovative strategies to increase housing options connected to health in hard to serve rural communities.