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

Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s Annual Training Institute. For those who were able to attend, please complete our evaluation survey here. To enter the giftcard raffle, complete the survey by June 21st and follow the instructions at the end of the survey.

Schedule   |    Keynote Speakers    |    Tracks & Workshops    |    Sponsors    

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Annual Training Institute (ATI) is Connecticut’s premier capacity-building event for organizations, 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.

Check back periodically as more details about speakers and workshops are added to the website!


8:45–9:20 A.M.WELCOME: RICHARD CHO, Chief Executive Office, CT Coalition to End Homelessness
MORNING SPEAKER: MARC DONES, National Innovation Service
9:30–10:45 A.M.WORKSHOP A
11:00–12:15 A.M.WORKSHOP B
12:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.LUNCH
REMARKS: RICHARD CHO, Chief Executive Office, CT Coalition to End Homelessness

DAVID MCGUIRE, ACLU of Connecticut
ANN OLIVA, Corporation for Supportive Housing
2:45–4:00 P.M.WORKSHOP C


Keynote Panel

Chiraag Bains, Keynote Panelist

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.

David McGuire, Keynote Panelist

David J. McGuire joined the ACLU of Connecticut as a staff attorney in 2007 and served as its legislative and policy director from 2015 through 2016. In 2016, McGuire was chosen to lead the organization as its executive director. In his decade-plus with the ACLU-CT, McGuire has litigated cases to protect incarcerated people’s rights, separation of church, and state and free speech rights. He also played a leading role in advocating for police accountability, and successfully pressed for the passage of dozens of laws to protect civil rights and liberties. A past recipient of Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40” award, McGuire also is the chair of the Connecticut Special Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serves on the state’s Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board, and is a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. McGuire received his B.A. in history from Purdue University and graduated cum laude from Western New England University School of Law.

Ann Oliva, Keynote Panelist

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.


Lucy Nalpathanchil, Moderator

Lucy is the host of WNPR’s popular talk show, “Where We Live,” a 2018 winner of two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. She’s been a public radio journalist for more than 20 years covering everything from education to immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues to veterans’ affairs and the military. Lucy moved to Connecticut in 2006 to become WNPR’s Assignment Editor. She contributes to National Public Radio and her stories have aired on several national NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, Here and Now, and Latino USA. During her time in Connecticut, Lucy has focused on immigration including New Haven’s controversial ID card program, efforts for an in-state tuition law for undocumented students, and the Becoming American series: stories of immigrants and the citizenship process. Lucy has worked in several states as a public radio reporter after beginning her career at WDUQ in Pittsburgh. She’s received awards from Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill, the New York State Associated Press, the Mayor’s Asian American Advisory Board in Jacksonville, Florida, the Connecticut Associated Press and the state’s Society for Professional Journalists chapter.


Morning Speaker

Marc Dones

Marc Dones is the Senior Lead for Equitable Systems at Future Laboratories and Executive Director of the National Innovation Service. 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.



Become a sponsor of the 2019 Annual Training Institute and receive recognition, ads in the program, complimentary tickets, and more. View the list of the benefits to sponsor the ATI. Contact Ryan Beach,, for more information or to become a sponsor.

Presenting Sponsor

Bank of America

Track Sponsors

Department of Housing
Connecticut State Dept. of Education
Liberty Bank Foundation
Nutmeg Consulting, LLC
Office of Early Childhood



Workshop Sponsor

Fosdick Fulfillment

Partnering Sponsors

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
Melville Charitable Trust

Supporting Sponsors

Connecticut Housing Coalition

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Partnership for Strong Communities

Friend Sponsors

Community Renewal Team

CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.
Heritage Printers
Liberty Community Services
Simtech Solutions, Inc.
Supportive Housing Works, Inc.
The Connection, Inc.

Member Sponsors

Always Home, Inc.

Beth-El Center, Inc.
Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Columbus House, Inc.
Community Health Resources, Inc.
ImmaCare Inc.
Inspirica, Inc.
Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford, Inc.
Noank Community Support Services
Operation Hope of Fairfield, Inc.
Pacific House, Inc.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Stonington Human Services
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
YWCA of the Hartford Region, Inc.