Homelessness Pecha Kucha
Wednesday, November 7: 1:45pm – 3:00pm
Pecha Kucha 20x20 is a concise and fast-paced presentation style where speakers are challenged to present a topic through twenty images, for twenty seconds each. Industry influencers will quickly cover a broad range of emerging issues in the homelessness field including racial equity, community partnerships, strategic planning, and population trends.
Carlie Boos, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Carlie J. Boos, Esq. is the Program and Policy Manager at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency where she develops the Qualified Allocation Plan, oversees the Ohio and National Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plans, and creates other affordable housing tools. Previously, she directed housing and economic recovery programming, including the Neighborhood Initiative Program and Save the Dream Ohio. After graduating from the Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ms. Boos practiced as a consumer rights and housing attorney and consulted for The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's faculty on consumer rights issues.
Beth Long, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Ms. Long joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in August 2001. As a Senior Development Analyst, she provides ongoing underwriting, programmatic and technical assistance to government, for-profit and nonprofit development partners. Ms. Long specializes in working with the OCCH Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) portfolio and in underwriting and structuring new PSH developments. In addition, Ms. Long works on the preparation of applications for LIHTC, HUD-secured financing, tax-exempt bond financing, and gap financing programs for a variety of family, senior and special needs populations in rural and urban communities throughout Ohio. She manages these projects through the development and investment process. Ms. Long serves on the executive committee of the Ohio Community Development Corporation Association (Ohio CDC) Board of Directors and on the Balance of State Continuum of Care (BOSCOC) Board of Directors. Ms. Long has a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University's Western College Program.
Kelan Craig, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Kelan Craig is the Director of the Office of Planning, Preservation and Development at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA), leading the day to day functions of the office and providing oversight over affordable housing developments during the construction process. Prior to joining OHFA, he served as a Compliance Specialist for housing and community development programs at the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). Kelan also served as Housing Preservation Coordinator at COHHIO, undertaking housing preservation program planning, implementation and evaluation as part of the Ohio Preservation Compact, a joint effort between the OHFA, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) and COHHIO to preserve thousands of affordable housing units across the state. Kelan earned a dual degree in Political Science and Economics from Kent State University and also holds Master Degrees from Ohio State University in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy and Management.
Katie Kitchin, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
Katie Kitchin is the Director of CSH's Ohio office where she is responsible for managing partnerships with state agencies and local communities that serve to improve capacity throughout the state to house and support vulnerable populations. Prior to joining CSH in 2014, Katie served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance for the Homeless, the lead agency for the Continuum of Care and City and County Mayors' Action Plan to End Homelessness in Memphis, Tennessee. Under Katie's leadership, homelessness in Memphis fell more than 20% in three years, and chronic homelessness was reduced by nearly 40%. She was appointed to the National Alliance to End Homelessness's Leadership Council in 2013. Katie previously was the Director of the Office to End Homelessness for the City of Norfolk Virginia where she developed and implemented a ten-year plan that led to a 25% reduction in homelessness in the City after three years. Ms. Kitchin has over 20 years of experience in local, state, and federal government including as a professional staff member of the US House Ways and Means Committee and as the federal legislative director for Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
James Alexander, Columbus Coalition Against Racism and Homelessness (CCARH)
James Alexander has over twenty-five years' experience working in behavioral healthcare. He holds an MSW from The Ohio State University, BSW from Capital University and is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependence Counselor with Supervision designation. James' experience spans the continuum working with individuals suffering from addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, mass incarceration and developed violence prevention programs. One of his greatest accomplishments was spearheading the conversation concerning the increase number of Black people entering the homeless system in Columbus and Franklin County. Because of the initial conversation the Columbus Coalition Against Racism and Homelessness (CCARH), formerly the Homeless Service Providers Committee on Racism was formed. James brings his own knowledge and wisdom in messaging racism and homelessness through personal and professional experiences. He recognizes there is no single approach to challenging racism. James hope is through working with CCARH individuals will openly engage in meaningful dialogue.
Angela Lariviere, YouthMOVE Ohio
Angela Lariviere is the Director of YouthMOVE Ohio. Angela grew up homeless and transitional, moving 40 times by the age of 20 and living in seven different states all over the county. She and her husband have two biological children and two adopted children. They have also fostered and housed an additional 23 children over the years. She attended Otterbein College. Angela has over 22 years professional experience in trauma informed youth development, advocacy, peer support, program development, and leadership. In 1997 she used her life experience to create the Youth Empowerment Program to give disconnected cross-systems youth a voice. Angela has worked for Kitsap County Schools, Kitsap County Community Action Agency, the Ohio Governors Community Service Council, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, The Ohio State University Department of Human Development, Star House Youth Drop IN Center, Case Western Reserve University, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, and NAMI Ohio YouthMOVE. She was selected as a Diversity Fellow with the Kellogg Foundation to connect youth in poverty to leadership opportunities. In 2002 she was given the Bishop Bernadine Award as the National Catholic Leader of the year. She has also received recognition for her work from the Community Shelter Board, Amethyst, and the Family and Youth Law Center.
Katie Fallon, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Before coming to OHFA, Katie Fallon completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation used a mixed methods approach to examine resource mirages: regions where some residents are unable to access local resources, such as grocery stores and banks, due to barriers related to economic and social inequality. Prior to her graduate work, Katie worked on building sustainable housing and transportation systems at Nica HOPE in Managua, Nicaragua and the Rockefeller Foundation. She received her Bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs with a minor in urban studies.
Erin Upchurch, Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Erin Upchurch, MSSA, LISW-S is a seasoned advocate, community leader, and facilitator of conversations centered on reducing harm and the experiences of oppression for marginalized and minority communities. She presently serves as the Executive Director for Kaleidoscope Youth Center, an organization that works in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering spaces for LGBTQ+ youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement. Earning her Bachelors in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, and her Masters in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, she has experience working with youth and families in areas of mental health, substance use, and trauma recovery. Erin has served on numerous agency boards including TransOhio, Ohio AIDS Coalition, and Central Ohio Fair Housing Association. As a social worker and advocate, Erin has dedicated her life to supporting under-served and marginalized communities. Her work has garnered her numerous awards as well as featured speaking engagements with ACLU Columbus, Equality Ohio, and TEDx Columbus.
Matthew Slater, Family & Community Services, Inc.
Mr. Slater is a life-long Kent, Ohio resident and graduate of Kent State University. Mr. Slater has worked in several different capacities for Family & Community Services, Inc, a private non-profit organization in Northeast Ohio. Mr. Slater began his career as a part-time housing monitor at one of Family & Community Services homeless shelters. In less than a year he was promoted to a full time position administering grants to individuals who were being evicted, had utility disconnects, or assisting homeless individuals and families in obtaining affordable housing. In 2005 Mr. Slater was approached by the Executive Director to assist in the development of new programming that would enable Family & Community Services to provide assistance to homeless veterans. This program was realized as a 90-day eight bed emergency shelter called Freedom House. Under Mr. Slater's leadership, Family & Community Services veteran's programming has grown from one 8 bed 90 day emergency shelter for homeless veterans to over 100 beds of emergency, transitional, permanent supportive housing, and a rapid re-housing and homeless prevention program for homeless veterans. The agency now serves over 500 veterans a year and programming for veterans has grown from one county in Northeast Ohio to eight. Mr. Slater has increased the agency's budget for homeless veterans from under $100,000 to over 3 million.
Elaina Bradley, Interfaith Hospitality Network
Elaina Bradley is the current Executive Director of Interfaith Hospitality Network in Springfield, Ohio. She graduated in 2007 from Clark State Community College in Springfield, with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Social Services Technology. She obtained her bachelor's degree in the Art of Science focusing on Human Service Management in July of 2011 and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2015. She has been married for 17 years and the mother of three children, and step mother of two children and proud Gigi to their first grandchild. She began working in the human service field in the early 2000's. Elaina played a key role in completing the first phase of the men's renovated emergency homeless shelter. IHN collaborated with the City of Springfield's Community Development Department to renovate a home consisting of two furnished units as part of the City of Springfield's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Elaina completed the Corporation for Supportive Housing Institute in 2010 and Seven Dimensions of Supportive Housing in 2011. She completed the second phase of the Clark County emergency homeless shelter increasing beds for homeless men in 2011. Elaina leads the regionalization homeless management coordinated intake and assessment for Region 15 in Ohio. Elaina co-developed a 34 unit Permanent Supportive Housing Tax Project in the City of Springfield, Clark County area to serve at risk of homeless and homeless individuals and Federal Home Loan bank recognized Interfaith Hospitality Network of Springfield, Ohio, Executive Director, Elaina Bradley, with the 2013 Carol M. Peterson Excellence in Service Award, at the Ohio Housing Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Elaina is very active within the community and Region participating on various boards and committees. She currently is working on a plan to develop additional Permanent Supportive Housing in Region 15 to serve the homeless and attending classes to obtain her real estate licensure.