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This joint webinar co-hosted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness provided an overview of bank financing of permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. The speakers provided background information on the characteristics of homelessness especially chronic homelessness and its high cost to communities around the country. They addressed how banks can finance more permanent supportive housing by investing in low-income housing tax credits and investing in pre-development loan pools. Speakers also addressed CRA consideration for bankers providing financing to developers of permanent supportive housing. Speakers: U.S. Interagency Council of Homelessness’ Executive Director Barbara Poppe Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs Barry Wides Corporation for Supportive Housing’s President and CEO Deborah De Santis Managing Director at the Huntington National Bank Joseph Molnar+ More details
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Harm reduction is a model that has been very successful helping youth experiencing homelessness gain stability and direction. Using harm reduction for youth requires adapting the model to develop a youth appropriate intervention focused on positive development. Panelists Bob Mecum and Geoffrey Hollenbach from Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, OH and Jon Bradley and Chris Bicknell from Preble Street in Portland, ME joined Jennifer Ho and three youth who have experienced homelessness in an interactive forum. The panel discussed the basics of a harm reduction model for youth and the benefits gained from meeting youth where they are at, offering them the supports and trusting relationships they need to gain stability.+ More details
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USICH's Anthony Love and Laura Zeilinger introduce the Opening Doors Across America initiative and discuss state level actions that will help prevent and end homelessness. Marc Alexander the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness for the State of Hawaii discusses the experience of Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness.+ More details
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