Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

The full 2015 Schedule-At-A-Glance is attached at the bottom of the page.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

6:00PM - 8:00PM Early Registration

Coalition Members will be at the Downtown Marriott for Early Check-In

Monday, October 12, 2015

Anchorage Marriott Downtown.

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Opening Statements

  • Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage City Mayor
  • Bryan Butcher, CEO/Executive Director, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
  • Jeff Jessee, CEO/Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness: Moving Forward Together

State Coalition Update: Board Chair Scott Ciambor will discuss Coalition priorities in the areas of data, collaboration, and additional financing opportunities for the creation of more affordable housing and services to address homelessness in Alaska.

Scott Ciambor, Board Chair

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Alaska Homeless Management Information System - Institute for Community Alliances

A brief overview of the Institute for Community Alliances work with the Homeless Management Information System around the country. This will include a discussion of ICA work with Alaska agencies and AKHMIS since June 1, 2015 and the  vision for future work.

  • Adam Smith, Institute for Commnity Alliances
  • Alissa Murphy, Institute for Community Alliances

10:45AM - Noon 

Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC): Alaska's Strategic Supportive Housing Plan

A presentation on the importance of robust supportive housing options and insight into TAC's work with the Department of Health and Social Services on the Strategic Supportive Housing Plan

  • Patti Holland, TAC Director, Human Services Practice

12:30 PM Plenary Speaker: Lloyd Pendleton, President, LPendleton Enterprise (Former Director, Utah Homeless Task Force)

For more than nine years Lloyd has been an advocate for the homeless. In 2004 as a loaned executive, he took the lead in writing and implementing the State of Utah’s Ten-Year Plan for ending chronic homelessness.

In 2006, Lloyd retired from his employment and went to work for the state as Director of the Homeless Task Force to continue implementation of the plan to end chronic homelessness and reduce overall homelessness by 2015. Because of his work with Utah’s homeless population and the agencies that serve them, he was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence. Also, in 2009 Lloyd was selected as one of 39 Purpose Prize Fellows from 1,200 applicants as a social entrepreneur in a second career.

Lloyd also was loaned by the State of Utah to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness for six months – September 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013 where he worked with the Department of Justice on reducing homelessness for those coming out of incarceration.

 1:45PM - 3:00PM Breakout Sessions  (4 sessions per timeslot)

Alaska Homeless Management Information System - Executive Director and Stakeholder Session

This session is specifically for agency Executive Directors and leaders who are interested in learning more about AKHMIS and what information it can provide. AKHMIS is a powerful tool, and this session will highlight how it can benefit agencies.

  • Adam Smith & Alissa Murphy, Institute for Community Alliances

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care: Strategic Defense Against the Insidious Effects of Trauma

This workshop will explore secondary traumatic stress. Participants will be challenged to examine and think strategically about their own resources, risk and protective factors.  This workshop will be interactive and experiential.

  • Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Anchorage Community Mental Health Services

Housing and the Continuum of Care Within the Department of Social Services

The Department of Health and Social Services Is Committed to Improving Integrated Housing Outcomes for Alaskans.  Learn about expanded housing initiatives and the role of services provided  by  behavioral health and aging and disabilities services in Alaska. Learn how current initiatives are implementing a permanent supported housing philosophy. 

  • Kelda Barstad, Health Program Manager 3, Senior and Disabilities Services
  • Susan Musante, Social Services Program Officer for Integrated Housing and Services, Division of Behavioral Health

Progress on Ending Veteran Homelessness in Anchorage

Anchorage is participating in the Mayor’s Pledge to End Homelessness.  Hear about the lessons that have been learned and the progress the team is making on achieving an end to veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

  • Steve Ashman, Municipality of Anchorage,
  • John Pendry, Alaska VA Healthcare System

3:15PM- 5:00PM Breakout Sessions (4 sessions per timeslot)

Alaska Homeless Management Information System - Technical Assistance For Users

This will be an interactive Q&A session, led by the attendees. Attendees will be able to ask questions of ICA staff, who will be available “live and in person” to answer. 

  • Adam Smith & Alissa Murphy, Institute for Community Alliances

Senior and Disability Services

How could Medicaid help Alaskans with disabilities or who are frail elders get hands-on care or other kinds of help they need for everyday living? Find out about Medicaid choices for long term care while living at home and in the community. A short presentation followed by Q and A. 

  • Kara Thrasher-Livingston, Training Specialist II,
  • Cina Fisher, Training Specialist I, Senior and Disabilities Services

Understanding Alaska’s Regional Housing Authorities

Alaska’s fourteen Regional Housing Authorities (RHAs) play a critical role in the delivery of housing and housing-related services throughout every region of the state.  Through a brief presentation, a panel discussion, and a question and answer session, attendees will learn about the role of Alaska’s RHAs, the products and services they provide, barriers to the delivery of housing in diverse Alaskan communities, and innovative practices employed by RHAs to address the housing needs of lower-income Alaskans.

  • Colleen Dushkin – Administrator, Association of Alaska Housing Authorities
  • Gabe Layman – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • Olen Harris – Executive Director, North Pacific Rim Housing Authority
  • Teri Nutter – Executive Director, Copper River Basin Regional Housing Authority
  • Jana George – Chief Executive Officer, Interior Regional Housing Authority

NeighborWorks Alaska

NeighborWorks® Alaska is working to ensure that all Alaskans have access to safe, stable, quality housing that is affordable, be it rental housing or homeownership, in neighborhoods of choice.  This session will highlight our efforts to expand to more communities in Alaska, how we are tailoring our programs and services to be responsive to local needs, and leveraging technology to serve more Alaskans.  Included will be a demonstration of our new online client portal for financial capacity, coaching, and education, and other services.  

  • Brian Shelton-Kelley; Director of Community Development
  • Dave Lamothe; Homeownership Coordinator

Community Forum on Homelessness

Please join the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness in welcoming Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Lloyd Pendleton, Key Note speaker for the annual conference on housing and homelessness to discuss community planning, strategies to address homelessness and for a conversation on the Mayor’s developing plans to end homelessness in our community.

This session will provide an opportunity for Mayor Berkowitz and our Anchorage Community Council partners to have a conversation with a national expert and a leader in community change on successful strategies to end homelessness.   Please join us for this important conversation to help us implement strategies for a safer, stronger, and secure Anchorage.

  • Anchorage City Mayor Ethan Berkowitz 
  • Lloyd Pendleton

Afterwards, lite fare will be served and music by Karmic quorum  -- so stick around and socialize.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Anchorage Marriott Downtown

8:45AM - 10:15AM Breakout Sessions

Lloyd Pendleton, LPendleton Enterprises

The state of Utah's 2015 point-in-time homeless count reflected a 91% reduction in their chronic homeless count since 2005.  In addition, they reduced their chronic homeless veterans to a function zero at the end of 2013 and are close to a functional zero on all homeless veterans.  This session will review how Utah organized to accomplish these reductions, the champions that were part of the process, and the collaboration that occurred the homeless service providers.     

Basics of the Fair Housing Act and Reasonable Accommodations

This session will cover the basics of the Fair Housing Act with an emphasis on disability and reasonable accommodations, as well as some recent developments in fair housing law. The training also includes ample time for Q&A to address your specific questions.

  • Jeremy Baker, Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Housing Development 101

What Do Funders Expect From Housing Development Partners? 
This session involves a panel of housing development funders that will give some thoughts on what is needed in order to get started on the path to providing funding for a housing project and take questions from the audience. 

  • Daniel Delfino, AHFC
  • Phillip Porter, Enterprise 

The Effectiveness of Reentry on Alaska Returning Citizens

Discussion of the model’s being used to assist in the reentry of citizens  in our major, small,  and interior cities. Our focus will be on the programs that allow us to be effective when working with each  individual person. 

Kelvin Lee, Executive Director, No Limits, Inc.

Senator Lisa Murkowski and Local Coalition Reports 

Moderator, Carrie Collins, AHFC


Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Lisa Murkowski will address the Coaltion and take questions from the local housing and homeless coalition panel as well as members of the audience. Afterwards local coalitions will report on highlights and issues in their community.


Question and Answer Session for Senator Murkowski with Local Coalition Chair Panel

11:00 AM- 11:15AM

Questions for Senator Murkowski from the audience


Local Coalition Chair Reports

Enterprise & Bellwether Enterprise Sponsored Plenary Session

12:30PM Plenary Speaker: Bill Block, HUD Regional Administrator for Region X

Bill Block is the HUD Regional Administrator for Region X, serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Bill began his career in Seattle as a lawyer focusing on complex real estate transactions on behalf of both private and public entities. In 2005 he left the law to become Director of the Committee to End Homelessness, where he was responsible for working with 70 local government, non-profit and for-profit entities, faith-based communities, philanthropies and formerly homeless people in implementing the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Seattle/King County. 

1:30PM - 4PM Alaska Council on the Homeless Meeting

The Alaska Council on the Homeless meets twice per year to fulfill its mission as a public policy forum for recommendations on the use of state and federal resources to address homelessness. These efforts are outlined in the States’ Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. This plan sets out annual, five year and ten year goals and objectives and is updated on an annual basis. 

The Fall meeting of the Alaska Council on the Homeless will take place during the conference.This meeting is open to the public. Meeting agenda and minutes from previous Council meetings can be found on the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation website. 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM MY House Steamdriven Thrift Shop

Michelle Overstreet, My House

The Steamdriven Thrift Shop is a for-profit business that trains and employ youth in the Mat-Su Valley as well as provides profits to be used for My House case management services. This session will discuss the Spirit of Youth award-winning business, how it was funded and became profitable.

2:30PM Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Board Meeting

The Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homlessness Board will meet briefly after the election announcements to set future Board schedules, Board roles and to make preparations for the new year.

3:00 - 4:00 PM Emergency Shelter Forum

Emergency shelter operators from around the state to meet, network, and address a number of upoming issue including Homeless Management Information System changes, Medicaid enrollment strategies for patrons, and strategies for preserving funding. A teleconference option will be make available for those not attending the conference.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Anchorage Marriott Downtown


Making A Difference

Samuel Johns, Forget-Me-Not Group

Samuel to discuss why he wants to make a difference in the world and the start of the Forget-Me-Not facebook group that reconnects the people that are homeless with their friends and family.


Alaska State Song (Acapella)

Jeff Rognes


Governor Bill Walker to discuss the importance of housing and homelessness issues to his administration.

Two Sessions in this timeslot

10:30AM-12:30PM  Seeking Safety: Supporting People Who Have Trauma Histories and Co-Occurring Substance Abuse Disorders

Summer Krause, LPC, CADCIII is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III, with a clinical practice in Oregon that includes adolescent and adult Seeking Safety, in both individual and group modality.

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It directly addresses both trauma and addiction, but without requiring clients to delve into the trauma narrative (the detailed account of disturbing trauma memories), thus making it relevant to a very broad range of clients and easy to implement. Any clinician can conduct it even without training as it is an extremely safe model; however, there are also many options for training. 

10:30AM-12:30PM Creating Healthy Communities for Returning Citizens—Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative

The Alaska Prisoner Reentry Initiative (AK PRI) is a first step in creating a process, both inside and outside, to help returning Alaska prisoners reengage in their home communities. We know that most Alaska inmates will return to their home communities at some time—DOC is working to develop clear reentry plans for each inmate while they are still incarcerated, develop partnerships with community reentry coalitions for a “warm handoff” to the community, and critical partnerships within communities to make sure we have housing, jobs, treatment, educational and family services to assist returning citizens have the support needed to remain home and not recidivate. This presentation will discuss the initiative, the role of community coalitions, and the need for strong partnerships to assist in all aspects of creating healthy and welcoming communities. By working together and creating community support for all returning citizens we will have safer neighborhoods, better citizens, and stronger families.

  • Natasha Pineda, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority,
  • Morgen Jaco, Department of Corrections

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Lunch and Conference Wrap -Up

2:30PM - 4:30PM

AKHMIS Advisory Board - October Meeting

The AKHMIS Advisory Board is responsible for establishing policies, procedures, and protocols for functions essential to the viability and success of the HMIS, including, but not limited to, data privacy, data quality, analysis, reporting and data sharing protocols. The Board is authorized to serve as the primary conduit between the HMIS Lead Agency, and the two Alaska continua of care, the Alaska Balance of State Continuum of Care and the Anchorage Continuum of Care. This session will serve as the October meeting for the Advisory Board.