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Wednesday, 1:45PM - 3:15PM

Helping Those Who Have Experience Trauma

Assisting people to a safe and stable housing environment is even harder when they have experienced trauma. These residents may be lonely, angry and scared. Making sure that wounds are not reopened and understanding why resident’s behaviors fluctuate. This panel will start to break down barriers and give you tools to help.


Learning Objectives:

  • Why residents exhibit challenging behavior.
  • Results that work in moving people.
  • Building knowledge to respond to trauma.

Speakers: Holly Cappello, Psychologist, Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan; Randle Loeb, Advocate; Michael McManus, Outreach Worker,  Colorado Coalition for the Homeless; Jami Swegarden,  Social Worker, Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan

Wednesday, 3:45PM - 5PM

Healthy Aging Strategies to Increase Occupancy

Provide strategies and methods to support aging in place to include: Identifying community and corporate partners to assist the resident with social services, health and nutrition, home safety and caregiving. Upon, completing this workshop, attendees will be able to identify resources and strategies to support their communities and residents.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify if a resident needs additional support.
  • Build local partnerships within your communities to support seniors.
  • Resources for seniors to age in place and reduce apartment turnover rates.


Speakers: Michael Klein, Executive Director, Kavod Senior Life; Renee Nicolosi, Director of Resident and Client Services, Denver Housing Authority; Jan Peterson, Strategic Account Executive, InnovAge PACE; Sandy Rodgers, Director of Business Development, InnovAge PACE

Thursday, 10AM - 11:30AM

Partnerships Creating Digital Inclusion in Affordable Housing

Denver Housing Authority and Comcast will lead a panel presentation on how affordable housing organizations can partner with Internet Essentials to increase access to high-speed internet and online training opportunities. Mercy Loan Fund will present information on recent HUD rules requiring broadband access in new construction and substantial rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:

  • High-speed internet access for affordable housing residents.
  • Challenges and strategies for multiple demographic groups.
  • Technologies and online platforms that will support outreach, training, and program delivery.

Speakers: Andy Davis, Director of Government Affairs in Comcast’s Mountain West Region, Comcast; Tony Frank,  Digital Inclusion Director, Denver Housing Authority; Brian Sample,  Director of Asset Management, Mercy Loan Fund; Mary Spillane,  Director of Community Investment for Comcast’s Mountain West Region, Comcast


Thursday, 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Bridges Out of Poverty

How does one stop the cycle of poverty?  Housing is a great foundation but it doesn’t solve all problems.  This panel will step into the next set of challenges tenants face as they start to build their life back.  Topics will include: resume/job skills, childcare, healthy living/food program, and transportation.


Speakers: Kelly Causey, PhD., President, Colorado Children's Campaign; Sharon Knight, President and CEO, Hope Communities; Widd Medford, Ready to Work Program Director, Boulder BridgeHouse


Thursday, 3:15PM - 4:30PM

An Age-Friendly Certification Program for Colorado?

Join workshop participants in a lively round-table session focused on creating a Colorado program to certify universally designed and built residences. The workshop leaders seek input on features and strategies to help design, develop and market housing that allows people to age successfully in place.


Learning Objectives: 

  • Become aware of existing best practices to design and build housing that spans a lifetime.
  • Identify low-cost, easy-to-incorporate, barrier-free design features.
  • Consider what would be included in a successful statewide age-friendly certification program.

Speakers: Sue Ballou, Executive Director, Partnership for Age Friendly Communities in Larimer County; Stephanie Barr, M.S., LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, Institute for the Built Environment, CSU; Sam Betters, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Loveland;  Moderator: Brian Dunbar, Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment, CSU

Friday, 10AM - 11:30AM

2017 Charrettes

See the innovative results of the 2017 Design by Community Charrettes. Showcasing the collaborative efforts of design, development, finance, construction professionals, graduate students and community stakeholders.

Speakers: Charrettes Team Leaders


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