National Leaders in Ending Homelessness to Open and Keynote Upcoming Annual Training Institute on Ending Homelessness

May 9, 2016

Hartford- Thursday, May 12, 2016 the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness will convene leaders, practitioners, and advocates in the field of housing and homelessness for the 14th Annual Training Institute (ATI). The Annual Training Institute is the premier capacity-building event for organizations working to prevent and end homelessness across Connecticut. Prominent national leaders Jennifer Ho and Lisa Pape will be the keynote and opening speakers for this occasion.

Jennifer Ho

Keynote speaker Jennifer Ho is the Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While serving as Deputy Director for the United States Interagency council on Homelessness, Ms. Ho was a chief architect of “Opening Doors,” the country’s first-ever, revolutionary coordinated federal plan to end homelessness, upon which Connecticut has modeled its state plan to align state resources toward building momentum to end homelessness through this coordinated initiative.

Ms. Ho will be providing insight from the highest level of the campaign across the nation in addition to heading an executive roundtable discussion with leadership from across Connecticut on ending chronic homelessness, maintaining functional zero on veteran homelessness, and carrying the momentum to end family and youth homelessness by 2022.


The accomplished Lisa M. Pape, LISW,  National Director of Homeless Programs for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be the morning speaker as well as participating in a workshop on veteran homelessness. She has served at the VA for 21 years and is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of the Department’s plan to end veteran homelessness, which Connecticut accomplished last February. In addition to her opening address, she will be a panelist in a workshop on maintaining zero for veterans, which will celebrate the end of veteran homelessness in Connecticut and discuss best practices for sustaining functional zero throughout the state.

CCEH is proud to host these distinguished national speakers at the ATI and energized to hear what insights and strategies they will put forward to help end homelessness in Connecticut. For more information, click here.