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Wednesday, 1:45PM - 3:15PM

Creating Family Stability Through Multi-system Partnerships
The session will provide lessons learned about building partnerships, implementing evidence-based practices and using data to identify families. Each panelist is working across systems (homeless, child welfare, and domestic violence and health) to provide a trauma-informed, holistic response. They are also working to break down programmatic and policy barriers that get in the way of effective service delivery. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Lessons from a national demonstration focused on cross-system partnerships to improve outcomes for families
  2. Concrete strategies for using data to identify and target a set of families for housing and services
  3. How to work with Public housing Authorities and child welfare to partner and improve services and outcomes for children and families

Speakers: Frank Alexander, Director, Boulder County Dept of HHS; Betsy Cronin, Director of Housing Development, The Connection Inc.; Deb DeSantis, CEO, CSH; Anne F. Farrell, Ph.D., Director of Research, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; Jenn Lopez, Director of Homeless Initiatives, Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper

Wednesday, 3:45PM - 5PM

Bringing School Home
Bringing School Home is a national demonstration program being co-incubated by Boulder Housing Partners and the Affordable Housing Institute. This session will feature the theories of impact that seek to catalyze the role of housing in education delivery and fundamentally change the achievement odds for low-income children. The workshop will be rich with new ideas for wholesale system change and will introduce a new paradigm for housers to think about their role.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Share a new perspective on the role of housing in education
  2. Share new program ideas for housing organizations related to children
  3. Engage our colleagues in new policy ideas related to housing

Speakers: Betsey Martens, Executive Director, Boulder Housing Partners; David Smith, CEO, Affordable Housing Institute

Thursday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Attainable Housing, The Missing Middle and the Economy
An exploration of what Attainable Housing means and what Missing Middle densities look like is a precursor to a discussion of the metrics which explain the relationships between the Missing Middle densities, transit, household demographics, workforce, fiscal impact, and local businesses/entrepreneurship—and the challenges we face to build it!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attainable Housing versus Affordable or Workforce Housing
  2. Positive Outcomes of building the Missing Middle
  3. Fiscal Resilience of neighborhoods and communities

Speakers: Jesse Silverstein, Senior Economist, Development Research Partners; Deana Swetlik, Director, Entelechy


Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Housing That Works for People with Disabilities
Come learn about the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program and other ways to provide accessible integrated housing for people with disabilities. Learn the best ways to maximize use of your accessible units, strategies for outreach to the community, wait list management and the latest on Fair Housing and Section 504.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the NEW Section 811 program.
  2. Learn efficient and effective ways manage Fair Housing and Section 504 issues.
  3. Get tools to ensure that your accessible units benefit people with disabilities.

Speakers: Arturo Alvarado, Executive Director, Denver Metro Fair Housing Center; Naomi Hubert, Housing Rehabilitation and Accessibility Specialist, Colorado Division of Housing; Deborah G.E. Manigault, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Equal Opportunity Specialist, US HUD; Ann Watts, Home Modifications Program Manager, Colorado Division of Housing

Thursday, 3:15PM - 4:30PM

Demystifying Affordable Home Ownership Development and Administration
Attendees will be exposed to various approaches to the administration of affordable home ownership programs. The panelists will discuss Habitat for Humanity, deed restrictions and community land trusts. Topics covered will be: home pricing, resale pricing formulas to assure affordability over time, and working with mortgage lenders and housing counselors.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Increase the awareness of approaches to affordable home ownership
  2. Highlight the importance of working with mortgage lenders in program design
  3. Describe the importance in home buyer training and financial counseling to the success of a home owner experience

Speakers: Jane Harrington, Executive Director, Colorado Community Land Trust; Jennifer Kermode, Executive Director, Summit Combined Housing Authority; John Welaj, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley

Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Economic Self Sufficiency-Doing It Differently-Achieving Results!
Economic self-sufficiency (ESS) is a critical milestone in helping all households have sustainable affordable housing. Private and public presenters will share their innovative programs that help families learn how to change their financial behavior. The presenters, as well, will discuss how to build strong ESS collaborative partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Acquire tools for your clientele that will help them change their financial behavior
  2. Learn reporting methodologies that will reflect incoming data and measurable outcome data
  3. Create ESS partnerships that maximize results for your organization and clientele.

Speakers: Katie Pague, Housing and Financial Counseling Program Coordinator, Boulder County Housing Authority; Jay Salas, Director, Denver Office of Financial Empowerment; Alyssa Wasick, Resident Community Services Specialist Lead, Denver Housing Authority; Shawn B. Young, Founder, Financial Health Institute

Moderator: Charlotte O'Donnell, Human Service Supervisor, Denver Housing Authority

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