Category Archives: Best Practices

One in Four Convening: Best/Next Practices for Serving Unaccompanied Homeless Women

One in Four Convening



Inaugural Convening of Programs that Serve Unaccompanied Women

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Friday, October 24, 2014

Harvard University

More information and registration

2 full days of ideas & inspiration . . .

Thursday, October 23, 2014 (full day to 7 pm)) -to- Friday, October 24, 2014 (full day to 7 pm)

One in Four Convening Faculty

Lisa Watson, Downtown Women’s Center, Los Angeles, a nationally recognized program for women on Skid Row. DWC’s initiatives include a Day Center and permanent supportive housing, along with a community-based needs assessment and a national survey of best practices in serving unaccompanied women.

Roseanna H. Means, MD, Women of Means, a gender-specific and barrier-free medical access model for homeless women, with volunteers physicians and specialists serving seven Boston area shelters.

Dr. Carol L.M. Caton, Columbia University Medical Center, on research on homeless women, chronic homelessness. and behavioral and primary health issues.

Vincent Kane, Director, VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, on planning to end homelessness, VA resources for housing and services, and initiatives targeted to homeless women veterans.

Julie Batten, Glass House Shelter Project in Massachusetts, on her work bringing accredited college level English courses into homeless shelters to encourage residents, through narrative discussion and personal essay, to see themselves as part of the larger collective. Battens teaches accredited courses through Salem State University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship Place, Washington, DC, on ending homelessness through a focus on program re-design for consumer empowerment and unaccompanied young women in the Under Thirty program.

Dr. Monica Bharel, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, on research, strategies, and opportunities to end homelessness through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and issues of aging in the homeless population.


Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138  


Philip F. Mangano
The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (ART)

Registration Fee is $200 [$250 after September 24]

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Zero: 2016 – What does zero look like?

The Hampden County CoC will be deciding on September 19 if we will be part of the Zero: 2016 campaign.

The Zero: 2016 campaign is the national initiative to meet key milestones in ending homelessness:

  • Zero veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and
  • Zero chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.

We all know that homelessness is not static, and that there are new people experiencing housing crisis and becoming homeless all the time.  So what does zero homelessness mean?

The folks at Community Solutions (creators of the Zero: 2016 campaign have provided the answer. New guidelines released today help communities understand what it means to get to zero.  Read the guidelines for more, but here’s the quick answer: the community is housing as many or more of the target population each month–on an ongoing basis–as the number of that population is counted on the night of the point-in-time count. So, if our community is housing 22 veterans a month and we count 17 on the night of the point-in-time count, we’ve reached zero.  For people in the target population who become homeless, this would mean that, in general, they would be housed within the first month of becoming homeless.

Tomorrow (9/10) at 3:30 pm, Community Solutions will host a final Q & A about the campaign and the metrics for reaching zero.  Anyone interested can register for the webinar here.



October 16 Housing First Training Agenda

Registration for the October 16 training event at Holyoke Community College has been open for a few weeks, and many have already registered.  For those of you waiting for an agenda, it is now out:


9:00 – 9:15      Importance of Housing First in State and Federal Policy:  Liz Rogers, MA Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness

9:15 – 9:45      Overview of Housing First: Joe Finn, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

9:45 – 10:45    Panel: Housing First in Practice – Serious Mentally Ill and Dual-Diagnosed, VASH, Families, A Landlord’s Perspective

10:45 – 11:00   Panel: Best Practices and Tools for Success – Change Model & Tools, Promoting Safety & Harm Reduction, The Role of the Housing Court, The Tenancy Preservation Program

12:30 1:30      Lunch and Keynote: Arthur Jemison, DHCD, Update: Pay for Success for Chronically Homeless

1:45 – 2:45      Housing First Case Studies

2:45 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 4:00      Putting it All Together: Housing First, Coordinated Assessment, Prioritization:       Lisa Bahadosingh and Lauren Zimmerman, Supportive Housing Works, Bridgeport, CT

Please join us! REGISTER HERE:

New Resource on the VI-SPDAT

Community Solutions Inc. and OrgCode have just released the 2014 manual for using the VI-SPDAT, which answers some of the questions raised by the Individual Services Committee yesterday and provides more information about the tool.  The manual includes detailed instructions, guidance on which questions may be changed and which may not be changed, and a Q & A about the tool.

Click to access the VI-SPDAT Manual 2014.