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.

Upcoming Events

COL 2 hybrid

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 


Amy Thompson, NARA

Travis Decory and Angela Gauthier, Ain Dah Yung Center


  • 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 



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

January 26, 2021 2PM EST


Angel Galvez , CEO.,

Bakersfield American Indian Health Project


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


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Past Events


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

November 24, 2020 | 1 - 2PM EST 

Presenter: Diana Yazzie Devine 


  • 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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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.


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.


  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

Session 3

June 24, 2020

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