The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness proudly hosted the 22nd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness, Arizona's largest and only statewide conference on homelessness, on October 7th & 8th, 2015 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ.  

This year's conference featured dynamic storytellers and prominent leaders in the field of ending homelessness, and was an exciting networking opportunity for the more than 450 individuals who attended the two-day event, representing all corners of the state and coming from diverse backgrounds, including direct-service providers, program managers, executives and board members, advocates, school liaisons, policy makers, and individuals concerned with the issues of homelessness in Arizona.

This year’s conference sessions were based on jobs and skill set with an ‘academy feel’ – Homelessness 101, Case Management 201, Grant Writing 301, etc. Utilizing skills and knowledge obtained from their direct work, these sessions provided Arizona’s homeless service professionals the opportunity to engage with their peers and enhance the work that is done at all levels – direct-service, program management, advocacy, data management, and fundraising & development.

Please click below for session documents, as provided by presenters, including PowerPoint presentations (PPT) and handouts (HO#). 

101 Level Sessions: Novice

Designed for professionals new to homeless services, those in direct-service roles, and individuals seeking to expand their knowledge base through cross-education. These sessions are meant to enhance and improve client engagement and program success through foundational education about the history and causes of homelessness in our community.

  • History of Homelessness 101 
    Jeff Olivet (Center for Social Innovation) and Fred Karnas (Kresge Foundation)

  • Serving & Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals (PPT, HO#1)
    Stacey Jay Cavaliere, Kado Stewart, David Garrett & Erin Cullen (one•n•ten)

  • Better Bucks (PPT)
    Sandi Flores (Catholic Charities), Vicki Burton (Shadow's Foundation) & Paul Lasiewicki (Flagstaff Police Department) 

  • Youth Empowerment, Engagement & Outreach
    Brandon Rawls & Sage Nelson (Northland Family Help Center)

  • Probation 101: How the Adult Probation Department is Assisting the Homeless Probationer (PPT)
    Joseph Pallo, Martha Mays, David Cook & Fred Wilhalme (Maricopa County Adult Probation)

  • Navigating the Crisis System: Crisis Line Mobile Teams, Transportation & Warm Line (PPT)
    Vanessa Williams, Todd Habeger & Jeff Dragan (Crisis Response Network)

  • Arizona & the Aging Population (PPT)
    Sarah Esperanza (Phoenix Rescue Mission) and Donna Bleyle

  • Landlord/Tenant 101: An Overview of the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (PPT#1, PPT#2)
    Mark Zinman (Williams, Zinman & Parham, PC) & Alona Del Rosario (AZ Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence)

  • McKinney-Vento Homeless Education: From Homeroom to Home
    Frank Migali (Arizona Department of Education) & Dorothy Watkins (Washington Elementary School District) 

  • Will NAVIGATE to End Homelessness
    Scott Hall (Community Bridges, Inc.), Nick Margiotta (Phoenix Police Department) & Erica Ramirez-Chestnut (La Frontera-EMPACT)

  • SOAR Works in AZ! (PPT, HO#1, HO#2, HO#3)
    Adam Robson (ADHS/DBHS), Ruben Soliz & Loren Gallegly (Lodestar Day Resource Center), Austin Smith (Catholic Charities), and Amber Allery (SSA)

  • Trauma-Informed Care Practices & Strategies for Addressing Compassion Fatigue (PPT, HO#1)
    Vicki Staples (ASU-Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)

201 Level Sessions: Intermediate

Geared towards professionals working within advanced case management/direct-service, advocacy, social justice, data quality/management, and policy, these sessions are meant to highlight new information about community-wide best practices for successful program/project management.

  • Resources & Best Practices for Young Adults Who Have Experienced Foster Care (HO#1, HO#2, HO#3, HO#4, HO#5, HO#6, HO#7)
    Meghan Arrigo & Andrea Kappas (Children's Action Alliance) 

  • The SAMHSA Permanent Supportive Housing Fidelity Review: Supporting Best Practices (PPT)
    Barbara Montrose, Patti Scott-Lopez & Tina Benitez (Cenpatico)

  • Motivational Interviewing: Utilizing a Strength-Based Approach (PPT)
    Harold Thomas, Rochelle Neff & Miguel Villalpando (National Community Health Partners)

  • Housing Options for Behavioral Health System Enrollees (PPT)
    Nicky Stevens (AZ Behavioral Health Corporation), Cheryl Anderson & Elaine Cummings (MARC Community Resources)

  • Hearing Voices
    Denise Beagley (ASU - Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy)

  • Implementing the Trauma-Informed Care Model (PPT)
    Erin Callinan (AZ Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence)

  • Medical Care & Treatment of Homeless Populations (PPT)
    Holly Monka, Maria 'Mia' Dominguez & Sonia Camacho (El Rio Community Health Services)

  • Social Media Marketing for Social Service Agencies (PPT)
    Kevin Dumcum (Maricopa County Workforce Development)

  • Legal Services: What Resources Exist and How to Access Them (PPT)
    Ruth Szanto & Nina Targovnik (Community Legal Services)

  • Will EMPOWER to End Homelessness: Cooperative Abuse Recovery Housing Initiative (PPT)
    Deena Stewart-Hitzke (Administration of Research & Choices)

  • Swimming with the Big Fish: Best Practices in Statewide Coordinated Access
    Facilitated by Iain De Jong (OrgCode Consulting), featuring discussion from Mattie Lord (UMOM New Day Centers), David Bridge (Human Services Campus & Lodestar Day Resource Center), Eliza Louden (Catholic Charities), Kenneth McKinley (Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development), Pam Moseley (Pima County), and Karia Basta (AZ Department of Housing)

  • Will WORK in Rural and Frontier AZ to End Homelessness (PPT)
    Maria Esposito (Health Choice Integrated Care)

301 Level Sessions: Advanced

Designed for systems-level professionals, such as executive directors, CEOs, program directors, etc., with advanced knowledge of the issues and areas of improvement that can and will help advance the work of ending homelessness in Arizona. These sessions are meant to begin conversations at the systems-level for continued success in funding, data quality, management, collaboration, and so much more.

  • Will FUND to End Homelessness: The Funders Collaborative (PPT)
    Director Michael Trailor (AZ Department of Housing), Amy Jacobson (Maricopa County Human Services Department), Moises 'Moe' Gallegos (City of Phoenix Human Services Department), & Amy Schwabenlender (Valley of the Sun United Way)

  • Using a Multi-Sector Approach to Create Healthy Communities (PPT)
    Serena Unrein (AZ Partnership for Healthy Communities) & Val Iverson (Arizona Housing Alliance)

  • Homelessness Data: Informing, Illuminating, and Sometimes Infuriating (PPT)
    Melissa Kovacs (FirstEval, LLC), Margaret Kilman (Maricopa County Human Services Department), Kelli Donley (ADHS/DBHS), Eric Hedberg (ASU-Morrison Institute), & Dawn Noggle (Maricopa County Human Services Department)

  • Gearing Up to Tackle Systemic Oppression (PPT)
    Luke Black (Arizona Community Action Association)

  • Will ADVOCATE to End Homelessness (PPT)
    Joan Serviss (AZ Coalition to End Homelessness), Bahney Dedolph (AZ Council of Human Service Providers), & Samuel Richard (Protecting AZ's Family Coalition)

  • What's the 411 on the 3 AZ CoCs? (PPT)
    Karia Basta (AZ Department of Housing), Brande Mead (Maricopa Association of Governments), and Pam Moseley (Pima County)

  • The Impact of Racial Inequality on Homelessness
    Jeff Olivet (Center for Social Innovation)

  • Q&A About the AZ State Budget & Taxes (PPT)
    Karen McLaughlin (Children's Action Alliance)

  • Continuing the Conversation: Homeless LGBT Youth
    Dr. Jama Shelton (True Colors Fund) & Stacey Jay Cavaliere (one•n•ten)

  • Advance Directive Advocacy: Empowering Homeless and Recently-Housed Individuals to Voice Their End-of-Life Care Requests (PPT)
    Melissa Morrison (ASU-College of Nursing and Health Innovation)


Principal Sponsors ($10,000)

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona Lottery

Champion Sponsor ($5,000)

Arizona Department of Veterans' Services
Cloudbreak Communities
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Conference Sponsor ($2,500)

ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Partner Sponsors ($2,500)

AZ Dept. of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services
Arizona Department of Housing
Central Arizona Shelter Services/Arizona Housing, Inc.
Community Bridges, Inc.

Community Partners, Inc. /MHRI
The Lodestar Foundation

Member Sponsors ($1,500)

A New Leaf
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation
Crisis Response Network
CODAC Behavioral Health Services, Inc.

Friend Sponsors ($1,000)

Valley of the Sun United Way

Supporter Sponsors ($500)


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