OCHH Past Conference Experience



The 2016 OCHH Annual Conference was a

Great Success!


"Human Rights: Everyone Counts"


Held November 2-4, 2016


We want to thank all of our attendees, presenters and keynote speakers for their contribution to this success.


We would also like to thank Seven Feathers Casino Resort, Canyonville, OR


2016 Keynote Speakers


Paul Boden

Executive and Organizing Director of WRAP (Western Regional Advocacy Project).


Paul became homeless at the age of 16. He began volunteering at a drop-in shelter in San Francisco in 1983, eventually becoming a program director there. He then worked as a case manager in a supportive hotel program for mentally ill people. Paul served as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness for 16 years and was a founder of the Community Housing Partnership, a nationally recognized permanent housing corporation with optional supportive services. He served as president of its Board for 10 years. Paul was also a board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless and co-chair of its civil rights and grassroots organizing workgroup. He has received dozens of community awards during the last twenty-five years and recognition from the city and county of San Francisco, the State of California, and the Congress of the United States. Paul regularly writes articles and op-eds and travels throughout the country giving talks and trainings.


Martin Rafferty

Executive Director of Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO).


YMO is a statewide, peer-run, youth empowerment non-profit organization that operations in 11 counties across the state. Martin and YMO have won several state and national awards for their work, including an international video award for its best practices. Most recently Martin was featured in the Huffington Post being called the Next Generation Advocate for his work in Oregon and Nationally.

Martin was a winner of the 2010 Ma Curtis award and was homeless as a youth before being adopted. He spends a great deal of his time educating stake holders on effective youth programming and engagement. He is an advisory board member for the Children’s Mental Health Network and has been a dedicated voice for Assisted Out Patient Treatment. His outstanding work is behind many national products such as the Mental Health Youth Bill of Rights and the creation of a leadership program, called ERA, for youth who identify as “system weary”.

A prime example of Martin’s work includes a community based event put on by YMO in response to a school shooting that brought national attention in Troutdale, Oregon. The event brought together over 220 youth who were affected from the traumatic event. State media suggested that “YMO [had] found a way for communities to respond to these ever increasing tragedies” in an effective way. This work continued in the tragic events last year at UCC. YMO is still operating services for UCC students.

Martin provides technical assistance to youth serving systems and organizations across the state and the country. For example, YMO’s model is being duplicated in Kentucky where the organization is recreating three drop in centers and utilizing YMO’s programming to work with young adults in their community. 


Claire Seguin

Interim Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services


Claire Seguin currently serves as Interim Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. She joined the Department in January 2015 after serving five years as Executive Director for both the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (“NEDCO”) and Community LendingWorks, its affiliate community development financial institution, which provide coordinated and comprehensive asset building programs to Lane, Marion, and Clackamas counties in Oregon. 

Ms. Seguin has over 25 years of experience in community development during which time she has lead successful community development corporations in southern California and Oregon, built affordable housing, worked on urban revitalization and has been a strong advocate for anti-poverty programs. She attended the University of Arizona and has completed executive education programs at San Diego State University in 2002, Indiana University in 2006 and the Harvard Business School in 2007.


A Continuing Thank you to our 2016 Conference Sponsors!


Red Diamond Sponsors:





 Diamond Sponsors:


Alexandrite Sponsors:

Jean Lasater


Fire Opal Sponsors:

Conference at a Glance

2016 at a glance.pdf
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Conference Presentations


WRAP - Paul Boden
WRAP - Without Housing Presentation - Pa[...]
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Sex Trafficking 101 - Amanda Monaco
Sex Trafficking 101 6.7.16 for Distro - [...]
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Safe Here - Cristina Clerico
Safe Here.OCHH - Cristina Clerico.docx
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Safe Here - Cristina Clerico
OCHH.Handouts.2016 - Cristina Clerico.do[...]
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Mindfulness Teens - Safe Here - Cristina Clerico
Mindfulness.Teens - Safe Here - Cristina[...]
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Collaborating Across Systems - Patricia McLean
Collaborating Across Systems - Patricia [...]
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Fair Housing Council of Oregon - Diane Hess
Fair Housing Council of Oregon Presentat[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [3.8 MB]
First Hour Needs - Rick Burton
First Hour Needs Power Point - Rick Burt[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [6.2 MB]
Hearing Voices - Nathan Fiedler
Hearing Voices - Nathan Fiedler.pptx
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Mental Health First Aid - Amara Thelen
Mental Health First Aid Handout - Amara [...]
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Not as Different as We Think - Erika Silver
Not as Different as We Think - Erika Sil[...]
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Trauma Informed Approaches to Working with LGBTQ Youth in Housing and Treatment Services - Amanda Antenucci
Trauma Informed Approaches to Working wi[...]
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HTAG - Lessons Learned - Jim Caplan
OCHHs Conference 2016 Lessons Learned - [...]
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HTAG - Goals & Priorities - Jim Caplan
Homeless Transitions Action Group Februa[...]
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Conference Workshops and Seminars




Paul Boden

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP)


Presentation: The Homeless Bill of Rights is a grassroots organizing campaign fighting to end the criminalization of poor and homeless people's existence. The campaign strives to ensure that all people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization at the hands of the police.


Synopsis: The Homeless Bill of Rights is a grassroots organizing campaign fighting to end the criminalization of poor and homeless people's existence. The campaign strives to ensure that all people have the basic right to live where they choose without fear of harassment and criminalization at the hands of the police. This campaign is a way of working collectively with groups possessing different talents to address the many injustices that we face in our communities. We are building the power to create a social justice movement that will create a society where we can all thrive. The goals and priorities of the campaign come from the results of 1,000s of street outreach surveys to people in various cities being criminalized for sitting, lying, resting, sleeping and eating while poor and/or homeless. The campaign includes a legislative strategy, a grassroots organizing strategy to engage organizations through community forums and direct action, and media and legal strategies.



Veronica Guerra

Oregon Health Authority

Kenny LaPoint

Oregon Housing and Community Services


Presentation: The state’s efforts to integrate health care and supportive housing for individuals served by Medicaid.


Synopsis: To promote population health and further address social determinants of health, Oregon proposes to create a five-year pilot program under the 1115 waiver demonstration, referred to as the Coordinated Health Partnerships (CHP), for adults at risk of homelessness, including adults eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid programs (often referred to as dual eligibles), and families. Through the CHPs, at-risk populations would be offered a combination of housing, health care integration, care transitions and supportive services to improve health outcomes and reduce Medicaid costs.  The CHPs interventions are designed to help communities across Oregon adopt a multi-faceted and multi-sectoral approach to simultaneously address issues around access to health and health care and those of the physical environment such as housing that affect behavioral and physical health outcomes among those served by Medicaid. The CHPs serve as an unprecedented opportunity to address policy, system, organizational and individual level changes through the development of new community-based partnerships that focus on transitions of care and stable, affordable housing. The CHPs will also offer an effective set of strategies for improving health and health care for underserved individuals, communities and populations across Oregon.



Eileen Chanti

Barbara Miller

First Place Family Center - First Place Kids/Early Childhood Center


Presentation: Reaching the Invisible Children-- A Wraparound Model for Homeless Families with Young Children: How a therapeutic early childhood program provides education, respite, and support for unhoused families with young children. This is a model accessible to all, and can be replicated in your community.


Synopsis: Young children and their families who are experiencing homelessness and/or trauma, have unique needs that may have long term effects on growth and development. Our program reaches children who may be otherwise invisible until schooling becomes compulsory. Come hear about this wonderful therapeutic and trauma based program and learn and explore the process for replication in your own community.



Erika Silver

Amy Dowd

Angie Drake

Clackamas County Social Services


Presentation: Not as Different as we Think: Integrating Domestic Violence into Coordinated Housing Systems


Synopsis: Many communities’ domestic violence and homeless systems function separately despite many shared participants. We will describe a practical and trauma-informed model for integration, streamlining and increasing access for survivors, capturing needed data, overcoming barriers to partnership and maximizing the resources of both systems. Attendees will also discuss their needs and concerns.



Jamie Sanchez

Betsy Cunningham

Citizens Education & Advocacy, Homeless Action Project


Presentation: Guerrilla Advocacy: Making Sure Everyone Counts


Synopsis: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an advocate is- “a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy.” Each one of us is an advocate and our advocacy can make the difference. Lack of advocacy enslaves: Good advocacy empowers.
Learn how to empower through learning the skills of a "Guerrilla Advocate".
For anyone working in any helping profession, the ability to advocate for your clients and supporting interventions that lead to positive change is a vital part of your job. Your role is to meet your clients where they are and to work towards empowering them by providing the necessary tools and resources needed to build a sense of self-efficacy within their environment in order to become their own advocate. Guerrilla advocacy can help you do that.



Amara Thelen, M.Ed.

Options for Southern Oregon


Presentation: Mental Health First Aid


Synopsis: A Mental Health First Aider has a better understanding of the impact mental illness has on a person and their function in the community. We will learn an action plan to assess, select and implement appropriate interventions, and secure appropriate care for a person experiencing a mental health problem.



Patricia J. McLean

Jaclyn Eaton

Blair Schaeffer-Blisht

Jake Mendenhall

Human Solutions, Inc.


Presentation: Collaborating Across Systems


Synopsis: Housing services providers in Multnomah County are collaborating with employment services to provide rent assistance for job seekers who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, enabling them to complete training and attain their career goals. Panel presentation and workgroup activities will be focused on foundations for successful collaborations across systems.



Anna Sage, B.S.

David Rugh

Dana Schultz

Central City Concern
HOPE Collaborative


Presentation: From Homeless to Housed: How the HOPE Collaborative is utilizing Housing First and Harm Reduction models to house and empower vulnerable and chronically homeless adults and families.


Synopsis: Central City Concern's HOPE Collaborative and Permanent Supportive Housing Choice Voucher programs: what we are, who we serve and how we draw on the principles of Housing First and Harm Reduction models to best serve our participants, their families and the community.



Rick Burton

Juliana Marez

Douglas County School District #4 Roseburg


Presentation: First Hour Needs This presentation is focused on students but could be easily adapted to any social service model.


Synopsis: First Hour Needs are key to student success. Investing just a few key elements into a student’s morning, and filling in the gaps to their ability to engage as equals in their learning community, can make all the difference. It reduces absences, behavior referrals, and drop outs. Learn the facts, strategies and the stories that lead to success. Some of our most challenging students can become some of our most earnest learners if given the right tools to start their day.



Gene McVae

Oxford House Outreach Services for the State of Oregon and California


Presentation: The Oxford House Model, Understanding to Implementation or Social network support for recovery with abstinence: the Oxford House Model


Synopsis: Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the foundation, role and support the Oxford House (OH) recovery home model can have in a treatment approach as a tool in the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care [ROSC]. Participants will also have the tools necessary to begin coordination with the National Organization to implement the model in their area.



Amanda Antenucci, LCSW

Emily Etzkorn

Outside In


Presentation: Trauma Informed Approaches to Working with LGBTQ Youth in Housing and Treatment Services


Synopsis: Outside In offers mental health and substance use treatment as well as case management and housing resources to transition age youth (17-24). In this workshop we will present models used to treat, support and house LGBTQ youth in treatment, case management and milieu contexts. This workshop will be interactive, supportive and focused on implementing trauma informed practices.



Megan Shultz

Martin Rafferty

Rayin Jordan

Transformational Community Alignment (TCA) is helping organizations solve problems through assessment, planning and innovation.


Presentation: The 15th Night Initiative: A Youth Centered Community Movement to End Youth Homelessness


Synopsis: What does it take to end youth homelessness in your community? This workshop will provide you with an overview of the 15th Night Initiative; a youth centered community movement working across systems, engaging the community and helping youth access resources and services in real time.



Celeste Goulding

United Church of Christ


Presentation: Organizing while making Obsolete; Emergency shelter in Semi-Rural Oregon


Synopsis: Hear and discuss one journey of organizing in semi-rural OR to provide severe weather shelter and the intentions of moving forward. Informed by compassion and justice this volunteer based shelter has been operating 8 years, transitioning to guaranteed nights in 2015; and is looking toward adequate housing for all.



Andrea Myhre

Kendra Phillips Neal

Jackson Street Youth Services


Presentation: Collaboration Success: What Makes Working Together Work


Synopsis: Collaboration is a basic concept of human culture, yet why do we struggle? Working together is an art form that takes patience, creativity, proper tools, and the knowledge to use them. Learn about the collaboration continuum (cooperation to collective impact) and the elements of working together -relationships, power, and communication.



Ross Banister D.Min., NAADAC II

Chaplain to the Marginalized, Housing Transitions Action Group Douglas County (HTAG)


Presentation: A Drop In Center for Douglas County


Synopsis: Providing a setting where the homeless in our community can go to access basic needs and other community resources to help transition them into permanent housing and to gain employment or systems assistance.



Nathan Fiedler, MA, QMHP

Deschutes County Behavioral Health


Presentation: Hearing Voices: Improving Communication with People Living with Voices, Spirits, Visions, and Other Unique Experiences


Synopsis: In our work to end homelessness, we undoubtedly will encounter individuals who experience a reality that we find unusual or maybe even disturbing: voices, visions, spirits, and bizarre beliefs just to name a few. This presentation aims to help participants become more comfortable in these interactions, improve outcomes for those living with unusual experiences, and offer ideas we can take back to our communities to foster inclusiveness and understanding.



Jim "Cap" Caplan

Ross Banister

Mike Fieldman

Merten Bangemann-Jonhnson

Bryan Trenkle

Brian Prawitz

Lance Colley

Homeless Transitions Action Group (HTAG), a cooperative formed by United Community Action Network, Greater Douglas United Way, Housing Authority of Douglas County, BP Media, ADAPT, Downtown Roseburg Association, and NeighborWorks Umpqua


Presentation: Building Public Support for Meeting the Challenges Faced by Homeless People and the Communities They Live In: Lessons from the Homeless Transitions Action Group in Douglas County, Oregon


Synopsis: After a year-long, grass-roots, and sometimes controversial effort, a group of cooperating agencies and individuals has developed fourteen projects that provide a comprehensive approach to dealing with homelessness in the Roseburg Area and elsewhere in Douglas County, Oregon. This group calls itself the Homeless Transitions Action Group of HTAG. Currently, nine of the fourteen projects are staffed and work is on-going with broad-based community support. A panel of representatives from HTAG will discuss how public process was used to help homeless people, property owners, and the general public.



Diane Hess

Louise Dix

Fair Housing Council of Oregon


Presentation: Civil Rights in Housing and Shelters: Fundamentals and New Developments in Fair Housing Laws


Synopsis: Knowledge of fair housing laws, that protect civil rights in housing and shelters, is critical for advocates and shelter providers. This seminar is packed with useful information, including historical context, a review of relevant laws, and new developments, including HUD’s rulings on criminal history, harassment and protection for trans shelter residents.
Note: This seminar fits both “Social/Legal/Criminalization Issues and Diversity/Race/LGBTQ



Marcia Hall

Melanie Prummer

Battered Persons Advocacy, The Ford Family Foundation, Casa de Belen (This presentation is a joint effort between multiple agencies)


Presentation: Paper Tigers: A Trauma Informed Care Documentary and Accompanying Discussion


Synopsis: Paper Tigers is a documentary directed by James Redford which focuses on the Trauma Informed Care techniques practiced at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington. The film follows a group of at-risk students and their experiences both at school and home. It highlights the positive impact a consistent, caring adult can have on these students’ lives. This screening will be followed by a discussion



Alison McIntosh

Jenny Lee

Neighborhood Partnerships and the Oregon Housing Alliance


Presentation: Housing and Homelessness: Oregon Housing Alliance's 2017 Legislative Agenda & Local Advocacy Training


Synopsis: Communities all across Oregon are experiencing a housing crisis, and homelessness is increasing. In 2017, the Oregon Housing Alliance will be presenting a significant legislative agenda designed to begin to address all pieces of the housing crisis - from homelessness to tenant protections to more affordable housing to homeownership and everything in between. Come to this session to learn more about what's being proposed and how you can get involved! We need all of us working together Communities across Oregon are experiencing a housing crisis. In 2017, the Oregon Housing Alliance will have a significant legislative agenda which will begin to address the housing crisis - from homelessness to affordable housing to homeownership and everything in between. Come and learn what's being proposed.

The 2017 Legislative Agenda for the Oregon Housing Alliance will be significant. It will include requests to prevent and end homelessness, protect tenants, build more affordable housing and preserve the housing we have, and increase homeownership options. It will take all of us working together to achieve these goals and pass new funding for affordable housing.
Participants will learn about what is on the agenda for the Housing Alliance in 2017, as well as how they can get involved in the Legislative session. They will also take away messages that work to use with local elected officials and legislators.
In addition, we’ll spend some time talking about some tools the Legislature passed in 2016 that give local communities more options to address the housing crisis, and participants will get information and tools to advocate with local elected officials to implement these new strategies.



Cristina Clerico

Samaritan House, Inc. Family Transitional Shelter
Second Home, Lincoln County
Lincoln Community Dispute Resolution


Presentation: Safe Here: A trauma-informed approach for systems and the people within them


Synopsis: Understand how trauma can affect you, your clients and your community. Learn and explore ideas that will help you grow and feel emotionally safe and feel confident that you can extend that sense of safety to the people with whom you work



Amanda Monaco

Oregon Department of Justice

Shannon Meyer

FBI Victims Specialist


Presentation: Sex Trafficking 101


Synopsis: An overview of what sex trafficking of minors looks like. From how the victimization starts, to the trauma bond that keeps them, and then what it takes to help victims heal and get out. Includes how to identify the red flags, and tips when working with victims. We will also cover what is being done statewide to combat this issue.


OCHH Annual Awards


Honors Given at OCHH Conference





Beverly "Ma" Curtis Award

This award is given to a homeless or formerly homeless person who has made a significant contribution to ending homelessness. This contribution can take the form of advocacy for the homeless, as a role model for other homeless people, or as a social service provider. The award is a testimony to the inspirational role that Beverly "Ma" Curtis played in the social movement to end homelessness.


2016 Winner - Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project


OCHH Award of Merit - Individual Award

This award is given to an individual who has shown excellence in providing services to alleviate the suffering of homeless men, women, and children.


2016 Winner - Cristina Clerico


OCHH Award of Merit - Organization Award

This award is given to an organization that has shown excellence in providing services to alleviate the suffering of homeless men, women, and children


2016 Winner - First Place Family Center


OCHH Lifetime Achievement Award

This special award is given to a person who has given outstanding service to Oregon's homeless and to ongoing support of OCHH and the OCHH conference


2016 - Jean Lasater

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