6th Annual Summit - The Petition: Building A Community Voice To End Homelessness

    November 19, 2015
    8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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    First Church of the Nazarene - Pasadena
    3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91107


    2015 Homeless Summit

    The Petition - Building a Community Voice to End Homelessness 

    19 November 2015 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

    First Church of the Nazarene – Pasadena, CA

    3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

    Online registration has closed, but you can register at the door Thursday morning. See you there! Check out the program speakers and panels below

      The Program

    8:30a – Registration Opens – Gilmore Hall Lobby

    8:30a - 10a – Coffee, Networking and Exhibits –Patio and Sanctuary Lobby

    10 - 10:45a – Opening Session – Sanctuary

    • Welcome – Todd Palmquist, ED and Richard Corral, Board President – SGV Consortium
    • Welcome – First Church of the Nazarene – Pasadena
    • Awards – Richard Corral
    • Presentation of the Petition and Update on County’s Homeless Initiative Program - Todd Palmquist, Michael Castillo, Representatives: Offices of Supervisors Antonovich, Knabe and Solis


    11a -12n “Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing” - Sanctuary 



    12n - 1p - Lunch –Gilmore Hall 

    • As in the past, The Summit registration and lunch are free. But donations of any amount to help us cover the costs of The Summit are welcome, and can be made by clicking the DONATE button below and scrolling down to "Invidual Donations" to make a tax deductible gift via credit card, debit card, or PayPal. Thank you!


    1p - 2:30p - “Scaling the Solution:  Private and Public Initiatives to House Our Neighbors”  –– Sanctuary


    2:45 - 4:15p - Second Afternoon Session (3 breakouts):

    1. “Finding the Balance” – Gilmore North – Representatives from the City of Claremont and Azusa, including Reggie Clark, VOA, Karl Hilgert, Claremont Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP), Mike Ciszek, Claremont PD and Lt. Michael Harrington, City of Azusa PD
    2.  “Loving Our Homeless Neighbor: Faith-based Partnerships and Effective Service/Stewardship?” – Gilmore Middle - Sheldon Hess (St. Paul’s Lutheran Church), Dan Davidson (Rose City Church), Sofia Herrera (Urban Initiatives/Fuller Theological Seminary) and Cathy Fisher (Azusa Pacific University)
    3. “Partners and Providers - Working Effectively with Continuum of Care Programs” – Gilmore South - Jerry Jones (Inner City Law), Chris Ko (United Way), Grace Weltman (LAHSA), Michael Castillo (LA County Exec’s Office) and Todd Palmquist (SGV Consortium)



    2015 Summit - Speaker Bios

    Dr. Sam Tsemberis

    Sam Tsemberis

    Sometimes called the "father" of Housing First. Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in 1992, based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. There he developed the consumer-driven Housing First model, which provides immediate access to permanent supportive housing for people who are homelessness and have mental health and addiction problems. Today, in addition to directing the Pathways' Housing First Institute, Dr. Tsemberis is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He’s participating in national studies of homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and recovery and has published numerous articles and book chapters onthese topics, including the newly released Housing First: Transforming Systems and Changing Lives (Oxford University Press, 2015).


    Philip F. Mangano

    Philip Mangano

    Founder and President of the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness. Prior to his work with the Round Table, Mangano was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the Executive Director of the White House United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. In that role, he shaped and led the national strategy to prevent and end homelessness from 2002-2009, including in the transitional phase of the Obama Administration. During that time, the first documented decrease in homelessness, a 37% decrease in street and chronic homelessness, was achieved. Mangano has been recognized for his strategic leadership in applying business principles and practices to the issue of homelessness, including the application of cost benefit analysis to policy considerations. He’s been recognized for his work with numerous awards and honors from a variety of public and private sector entities, including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, TIME magazine, International Downtown Association, the first International Homelessness Research Conference, and state and local organizations. Over the past three decades, he has forwarded the cause of the abolition of homelessness across the world, invited to speak in Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and Denmark, at United Nations and European Union sponsored events at national meetings in a number of countries, and at Harvard, Oxford, and a number of university campuses in the US and abroad.


    Tod Lipka

    President and CEO of Step Up on Second, based in Santa Monica. He holds an MS and MPA from USC. During Lipka's tenure at Step Up, the organization has expanded significantly in Southern California and is nationally recognized for implementation of the "housing first" model and permanent supportive housing projects for those who are the most chronically homeless with a mental illness. Step Up is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and was a 2010 commitment maker for its work in Hollywood and this year made a commitment within CGI to address ending Veteran homelessness. Under Lipka’s guidance, Step Up has developed a unique capability to provide comprehensive mental and health services for those who have been living on the street the longest.


    Joe Colletti

    Joe CollettiAn Affiliate Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and the co-founder of the seminary's Office for Urban Initiatives. Much of his teaching and community and economic development experience focuses on the issues of affordable housing, economic development, fair housing, health and mental health care, homelessness, human trafficking, and substance abuse. He has recently established a Homelessness Solutions Lab that helps students learn and implement evidence-based and best practices to end homelessness among chronically homeless individuals and families, mentally ill, substance abusers, veterans, and youth. Colletti is also the co-founder and CEO of the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development. He is the progenitor of Chefs Center, a well-known, successful small business kitchen incubator. Chefs Center of California is a program of the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development                              



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