Matthew Morton, Ph.D.

Research Fellow
Principal Investigator, Voices of Youth Count
Chapin Hall University

Dr. Matthew Morton is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago with expertise in youth development, homelessness, evaluation, and evidence-based practice. Matt currently leads youth homelessness work and international projects at Chapin Hall. He is principal investigator of Voices of Youth Count, the most comprehensive national research initiative to-date focused on youth homelessness in America. Matt served as Special Advisor in the US Administration for Children and Families, during which time he was a key contributor to the development of the US Government’s national strategy and framework to end youth homelessness and efforts on addressing child trauma. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Matt led international projects and policy engagements in multiple countries on youth, gender, and poverty reduction as an Economist at the World Bank. He has served as a fellow in philanthropic foundations and Congress. Matt has founded and worked with numerous community youth development programs in the US and abroad since he was a teen himself. Matt’s research is widely published and cited. He received his Masters and DPhil in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation from the University of Oxford and a BA in Political Science from Stetson University.


Beau Anderson

CAN Manager, Data Analysis
Department of Housing
Hartford, CT

Beau Anderson is the Statewide CAN Manager, Data Analysis, for the Connecticut Department of Housing. He earned his Master of Arts in Survey Research and a Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wesleyan University. Prior to working for the Department of Housing, Beau worked as a Project Manager for Community Results Center at the United Way of Connecticut.


Carl Asikainen

Youth System Coordinator
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
257 Lawrence St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 315-2898

Carl Asikainen comes to CCEH with years of experience working with to address food insecurity and homelessness. Most Recently, Carl worked as a Food Systems Manager at TEEG, a human service organization that lends aid and support to communities of Northeastern Connecticut. Prior to that, Carl worked as an outreach worker for End Hunger CT! and was responsible to outreach to Eastern CT.

Moving forward, Carl will serve as Youth Systems Coordinator and is working throughout the state helping to advance community capacity building efforts to end homelessness.

Katie Durand

Director of Strategic Initiatives
CT Department of Housing
Hartford, CT

Katie Durand is a Housing Specialist at the Connecticut Department of Housing, currently serving as youth housing services coordinator at DOH, helping lead the statewide effort to end youth homelessness, and managing the HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant implementation. Katie also manages the agency’s bond funding and special projects. Along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Katie helped lead the statewide effort to end veteran homelessness and sustain functional zero. Prior to joining the department, she worked as a congressional aide to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, handling housing matters. Katie graduated from Boston University and earned her Juris Doctorate from the UConn School of Law.