Community of Learning: Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Light of COVID-19 - Session 3 (June 24, 2020)

June 24, 2020

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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.

Our presenters from Sessions 1 and 2 will join NCUIH as panelists for an exciting conversation about next steps UIOs can take to address the Housing Insecurity and Homelessness crisis among AI/AN families.

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Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President/CEO 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.  NAC is a 501 (c) 3 Native American operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing, and community based economic development opportunities.  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.  In addition, NAC developed, owns and operates over 1,000 units of affordable housing for working families and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals along the light-rail in Central Phoenix, and shelter and transitional housing for homeless youth age 18-24.  NAC is also a leader in multi-family housing LEED Platinum Certified building.  In 2016, NAC in partnership with the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Indian Center, renovated one of the remaining Phoenix Indian School (1891-1990) buildings, and now operate the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center and Gallery at Steele Indian School Park – telling the 99-year history of the school. 

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.

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 2-3 planned sessions during this fiscal year. 

Series Objectives

By NCUIH, posted on Monday June 15, 2020