Community of Learning: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Light of COVID-19 Series

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About the Series

On behalf of NCUIH’s Technical Assistance and Research Center (TARC) we invite you to join us for a Community of Learning (COL) on homelessness and housing insecurity among Urban Indians, with a lens to the current COVID-19 impacts. This is an opportunity to address these topics through a new Community of Learning with 3 planned sessions from November 2020 to January 2021.

Strategic Planning and Youth Homelessness: How to Create Successful Homeless Services and Resources 

November 24, 2020 | 1 - 2PM EST 

Presenter: Diana Yazzie Devine 

Objectives: 

  • Discuss how to strategically plan for homeless youth programs,  
  • Identifying local information resources  
  • Discuss Best practices for coordination of care for homeless youth services. 

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Building Safe Havens for Native American Youth and Adults Through Coalition Building 

in collaboration with the Mental Wellness Series

December 15, 2020 | 1 – 2PM EST 

Presenters: 

Amy Thompson, NARA NW

Travis Decory and Angela Gauthier, Ain Dah Yung Center

Paul Lumley, Native American Youth and Family Center

Objectives: 

  • Learn about building safe havens for homeless youth, 
  • Discuss healthcare prevention and disease management programs for homeless youth, and  
  • Discuss how to engage local organizations to build coalition network 

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Best Practices for Outreach and Referrals for Homeless Youth during COVID-19 

January 26, 2021 2PM EST

Audience: UIO Staff, UIO Leadership, Frontline Workers

Presenter: 

Angel Galvez , CEO.,

Bakersfield American Indian Health Project

Objectives: 

  • Advance crisis planning for your organization,
  • Ensuring your organizations stays open.  
  • How to address the quality of network partners' youth services

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Spring Series

Session 1

April 22, 2020

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Resources from the CDC

Whether it is described as an “affordable housing crisis” or Social Determinant of Health, there is a growing awareness that housing instability is a fundamental threat to health and wellness. UIOs have begun to address housing or are interested in doing so based on recognized need, as it impacts your patients, especially with concerns with the spread of COVID-19 for this population.

Presenters

Sue Taylor, Native American Development Corporation

Ms. Taylor is employed as the Development Director for the Native American Development Corporation in Billings, specializing in strategic organizational planning and resource management. Sue is an experienced economic and community development professional with a passion for helping small and rural businesses, communities, and residents thrive. She believes in the power of building on a regions’ assets and thinking beyond immediate needs to focus on the broader view of possibilities.

Darrell Lamere, Native American Development Corporation

Mr. LaMere is presently leading NADCs 2020 Census effort. His history with NADC has been varied. For the past twelve years his work experience has included: homebuyer education, financial literacy educator and loan officer. Darrell is currently a certified consumer credit counselor and homebuyer pre-purchase educator.

Objectives

  1. Understanding the myths and facts about rural homelessness in relation to social, economic and cultural realities
  2. Understand that homelessness is a community issue, not just that of the homeless - it is seldom a choice and more of a last resort
  3. Belief that a concerted community effort can have a positive impact in alleviating homelessness with proactive programs addressing a range of services that promote self-sufficiency

Session 2

May 13, 2020

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Featuring: Native American Connections

Presenters

Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President/CEO

Diana Yazzie Devine has been working with Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979 – for over 40 years. Ms. Devine has an MBA from Arizona State University and was inducted into the ASU WP Carey School of Business Hall of Fame (2012). With Native Americans determined as a priority population, NAC offers innovative research-based residential and outpatient behavioral health services integrated with Native cultural and traditional healing practices.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Understanding the process of developing, financing and operating several hundred units of Permanent Supportive Housing for chronic homeless individuals
  2. Understanding NAC’s commitment to financial sustainable and the importance of developing 3 budgets for each development project: 1.Development/Construction, 2.) Operating the facility/physical building, and 3.) Long term funding for Supportive Services and case management
  3. Understanding the integration of services with behavioral health, housing, and the social determinants of health

Session 3

June 24, 2020

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Presented By: DArrell LaMere, Sue Taylor, and Diana Yazzie Devine

Presenters

Sue Taylor, Native American Development Corporation

Ms. Taylor is employed as the Development Director for the Native American Development Corporation in Billings, specializing in strategic organizational planning and resource management. Sue is an experienced economic and community development professional with a passion for helping small and rural businesses, communities, and residents thrive. She believes in the power of building on a regions’ assets and thinking beyond immediate needs to focus on the broader view of possibilities.

Darrell Lamere, Native American Development Corporation

Mr. LaMere is presently leading NADCs 2020 Census effort. His history with NADC has been varied. For the past twelve years his work experience has included: homebuyer education, financial literacy educator and loan officer. Darrell is currently a certified consumer credit counselor and homebuyer pre-purchase educator.

Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President/CEO

Diana Yazzie Devine has been working with Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979 – for over 40 years. Ms. Devine has an MBA from Arizona State University and was inducted into the ASU WP Carey School of Business Hall of Fame (2012). With Native Americans determined as a priority population, NAC offers innovative research-based residential and outpatient behavioral health services integrated with Native cultural and traditional healing practices.

Objectives:

  1. Promote Strategic Planning to address housing needs by UIOs
  2. Assist NCUIH with developing a topic driven survey for data collection among UIOs (polling ?)
  3. Identify future topics and (begin to) recruit presenters to address topics