Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless 2013 Conference

Going Upstream – Making Public Programs Work for People

October 14 and 15, 2013 ~ Willmar, MN

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Schedule at a Glance

Monday, October 14

9:30am 10:00am       Registration

10:00am – 10:45am     Conference Kickoff

10:45am – 11:45am      Morning Workshops

  1. Healthy Food on a Budget (Nancy Hoyt Taff and Ross Safford)
  2.  Motivational Interviewing – Rapport Building and Client Engagement (Bradley Dreis)
  3.  Preventing Nursing Home Discharges to Homeless Shelters (Jim Dostal)
  4. Family Promise, a Service Model (Jess Hartfiel)
  5. Point in Time Counts and Surveys (Dina Chou, Allan Henden, Pat Leary, Mary Ulland Evans, and Monica Nilsson)
  6. Considering Shelter and Drop In Center Clients as Consumers (Kate Searls and Ana Ashby)
  7. Affordable Care Act: Eligibility and Enrollment (Maureen O’Connell)

12:00pm – 1:15pm     Lunch:  Speaker TBD

1:30pm – 3:00pm     Afternoon Institutes

  1. MFIP- Prosperity for All (Jessica Webster and Katherine Wagoner)
  2. SOAR Basics:  SSI/SSDI. Your Questions Answered! (Julia Welle Ayres and Heather Jeseritz)
  3.  Everything You Need to Know about Free Cell Phones and the Federal Lifeline Program (Mark Erpelding)
  4. Take this Job and Love It (Jennifer Swick)
  5. Breaking Down Barriers:  Systems, Services, and Outcomes (Kati Neher, Bradley Dreis, Amy Solberg,  and Amanda Jensen-Stahl)
  6.  Women Working: Applying the gender lens to workforce development programming (Lorrie Janatopoulos and Beth Peterson)
  7.  Affordable Care Act:  Navigator roles (Maureen O’Connell)

3:15pm – 4:15pm                      Afternoon Workshops

  1. MFIP Action – You Can Be a Force for Prosperity for All! (Jessica Webster and Katherine Wagoner)
  2. Leveraging the City’s Resources: Using the Tenant Remedy Act to Repair Blighted Properties (Perry M. de Stefano and Evon M. Spangler)
  3. Financial Asset Building through FAIM (Pam Johnson)
  4. Best Practices in Continuum of Care (Mary Ulland Evans and Melissa Brandt)
  5. SNAP 101 (John Randolph)
  6. Chair Yoga (TBD)
  7.  Affordable Care Act – What Small Employers Need to Know (Maureen O’Connell)

Monday, October 14 Continued

4:30pm-6:30pm     The PLAN to End Homelessness

8:30pm-9:15pm      Innocente movie

9:30pm                          Karaoke and Cash Bar

Tuesday, October 15

8am – 9am                   Breakfast, zAmya Theater

9:15am – 10:15am    Morning Workshops

  1. 1. Self-Medication, Harm Reduction, and Getting Your Needs Met in the MH System (Matt Horn, Zach Wolgram, Alyssa Paulson, Dave Katzenmeyer, and Cinto Birkhofer)
  2. 2. Domestic Violence and MFIP exemptions (Rebekah Moses and Katherine Wagoner )
  3. 3. Justice 4 All (Justin Terrell)
  4. 4. Building a Youth Host Home Program in Rural Minnesota (Jennifer Erdmann)
  5. 5. Artists Catalyze Change (Brenda Bell Brown)
  6. 6. VAWA 2013 Housing Protections for Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence survivors (Christy Snow-Kaster)
  7. 7. GRH and Families:  Best Practices (TBD)

10:30am – 12:00pm                   Morning Institutes

  1. 1. Understanding Critical Time Intervention (Sara Wenzel, Brittany Clauer, Meagan LeFebvre, and Carla Ellis)
  2. 2. Ensuring the Well-being of Children who have Experienced Homelessness (Sharon Henry Blythe and Alex Fitzsimmons)
  3. 3. The Winds of Change:  Smoke-Free Affordable Housing (Kara Skahen)
  4. 4. Teen Parenting Groups (Angela Mateski)
  5. 5. Tidy Tightwads – Organize your life! (Cindy Haugland)
  6. 6. Homeless Youth and Mental Illness (Andrea Lee)
  7. 7. Expanding GRH to Greater Minnesota (TBD)

12:15pm – 1:15pm                              Lunch:  Speaker TBD

1:30pm – 3:00pm                             Afternoon Workshops

  1. 1. HUD Updates (TBD)
  2. 2. Bridge to Benefits and Economic Stability Indicator (Elaine Cunningham and Stephanie Hogenson)
  3. 3. Housing Access Services:  Circles of Support (Scott Schifsky)
  4. 4. Partnering with Faith-based Organizations: The How, the What and the Why (Rhonda Otteson)
  5. 5. Survival and Success in defeating NIMBYism (Leah Hall, Dana Hiltunen, and  Lorrie Janatopoulos)
  6. 6. Criminal Records, Collateral Consequences, and Potential Remedies (Emily Baxter)
  7. 7. GRH and Employment:  Best Practices (TBD)