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Homelessness Policy Update

Monday, October 8, 2018
12:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
1150 S Olive Street, 4th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Funders Together to End Homelessness – Los Angeles Network is pleased to invite private philanthropic funders to a Federal and State Policy Update on Homelessness. The current unpredictable federal administration, a forthcoming election and a new state governor of California are only a few of the dynamics creating a rapidly changing political climate. What does this mean for philanthropy’s efforts to eradicate homelessness? Please join us for an in-depth conversation with federal and state policy experts for an update on the current state of housing and homelessness policy. Bring all of your most pressing questions around policy changes and the challenges and opportunities ahead to our dynamic panel of guests, including Nan Roman from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Sharon Rapport from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), Christopher Martin of Housing California and Eric Ares from United Way of Greater Los Angeles.



Eric Ares, Manager of Homeless Systems Change, Home for Good, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Eric Ares serves as the Manager of Homeless Systems Change for the Home for Good team at United Way of Greater Los Angeles. In this role, he works to improve policies and performance in key systems to end homelessness in L.A. County. Ares previously worked as a Research and Policy Analyst with the National Law Center on Homelessness in Poverty in Washington, D.C.; as a Direct Service Provider and Case Manager/Outreach Worker at LAMP Community (now known as The People Concern); as a Community Organizer and Affordable Housing Policy Advocate with the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) and the Los Angeles Community Action Network. He earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College.


Christopher Martin, Legislative Advocate, Housing California

Christopher Martin joined Housing California in August 2017 as a Legislative Advocate with a focus on California homelessness policy. Martin has worked in the State Capitols of Illinois and Michigan, and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., he worked for then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth to secure funding for homeless veteran care for various non-governmental organizations in Illinois and around the country. After working for the Congresswoman, Martin started with JDRF Advocacy as a grassroots coordinator to advocate for federal Type 1 diabetes research funding and support for programs assisting those affected by the disease, with which he lives. While in this position, he supported and managed volunteers along the west coast including in the state of California.


Sharon Rapport, Associate Director for California Policy, Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)

As the Associate Director for California policy at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, Sharon Rapport advances a California policy agenda across multiple issues affecting people experiencing homelessness. Rapport was instrumental in passing CSH-sponsored legislation to create a Medicaid benefit for housing-based services, a program to fund housing and services for homeless child-welfare-involved families and a ballot initiative to repurpose existing bonds to create thousands of apartments affordable to veterans experiencing homelessness or poverty. Prior to joining CSH, Rapport worked as a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), focusing on housing and judiciary issues, and managed a large legal office as a hearing office director for the Office of Hearings and Appeals (SSA).


Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Nan Roman is President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose sole mission is preventing and ending homelessness. Roman works with members of Congress and senior members of the Administration on a variety of issues affecting people experiencing homelessness, including affordable housing, income assistance, education, job training, job placement, veterans and service delivery. Roman also lends her expertise to local and state governments and nonprofit service and housing delivery organizations across the nation to design and implement systems to end, not simply manage, homelessness. Prior to joining the National Alliance to End Homelessness, she worked on issues of poverty and housing at various national and local nonprofit organizations.


Event sponsored and developed by:

Funders Together to End Homelessness in Los Angeles

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Open to private philanthropic funders only

RSVP with your name, organization and title to Emma Heffernan ([email protected]). 


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