Beyond Barriers: Enhancing Access to Housing Solutions

17th Annual Training Institute
May 16th, 2019 | 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM

Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT

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The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Annual Training Institute (ATI) is Connecticut’s premier capacity-building event for organizations, frontline providers, and partners working to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. National and state presenters gather to provide training and information on best practices, promising innovations, and new system-wide initiatives as they relate to ending homelessness. With over 400 attendees, this event is the largest gathering of the state’s homeless service sector and its partners and has sold-out for the past three years. The ATI is a highly-visible event that has been attended by the Governor, other key officials, and national leaders.

This year, we seek to Enhance Access to Housing Solutions by removing barriers – like racial or cultural bias, mental health status, poor practices/policies, lack of understanding – and enhancing promising practices and partnerships that ensure equitable access.

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Keynote Speaker Panel

Chiraag Bains

Chiraag Bains is the Director of Legal Strategies supervising all litigation and legal advocacy at Demos, a policy and advocacy organization that centers race and communities of color as it seeks to build a more inclusive democracy and fair economy. From 2010 to 2017, Chiraag served in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, he supervised matters from the Special Litigation, Voting, Housing, and Appellate Sections, and helped lead DOJ’s work on criminal justice reform. He co-wrote the Ferguson Report and sued Ferguson, Missouri, over unconstitutional policing and court practices; served on the senior DOJ team that worked to end abusive solitary confinement practices; and led the Division’s strategy on bail and court fines and fees reform and the criminalization of homelessness. He also prosecuted policy brutality, hate crimes, and other civil rights offenses. Chiraag received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Harvard Law Review; his M.Phil. in criminology from the University of Cambridge; and his B.A. from Yale. He has run five marathons and bakes occasionally.

Ann Oliva

Ann Oliva is the Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO at the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), currently focused on increasing local capacity to develop a system-level response to homelessness. Prior to joining CSH, Ms. Oliva was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar portfolio that included the Department’s work on homelessness and housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. During her 10-year tenure at HUD, Ms. Oliva successfully designed and implemented a variety of initiatives and programs, including a $1.5 billion homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing program funded through the Recovery Act, and a demonstration to end youth homelessness in 10 communities. Ms. Oliva has also worked at the community level, including as Director of Programs at the Community Partnership in Washington, DC. In 2015, Ms. Oliva was named one of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in HUD’s 50 year history, and was honored with the True Colors Fund’s True Leader Award. Ms. Oliva was a finalist for a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammie) in management excellence in 2011, and was part of an inter-agency team that won a Sammie for the team’s work on reducing Veteran homelessness in 2012.


Morning Speaker

Marc Dones

Marc Dones is the Senior Lead for Equitable Systems at Future Laboratories. Marc is a leader in equity-based systems transformation. Marc’s work has focused on transforming service delivery systems to better care for vulnerable populations. Currently, Marc leads work across the country helping governments and system administrators transform their work to center historically marginalized populations. Previously, Marc has served as the Director of SPARC (Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities) where they helped transform the national conversation around homelessness to include a racial equity lens. Prior to that Marc worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services designing and implementing program and policy responses for youth violence, youth experiencing homelessness, and LGBTQ communities facing health inequities.



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