Rural Challenges: Operating HOPWA Housing Programs in Rural Communities
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.