Training Agenda

Agenda for CARES Act Virtual Conference

Below is the agenda for the two-day event. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. All times listed are in the Eastern Timezone. View an acronym key below.

DAY 1 – JULY 27

All times shown are in Eastern Time.


9:00-9:30 AM ET

Opening Plenary: CPD PDAS


Lisa L. Williams

Community Planning and Development Specialist, Entitlement Communities Division
Office of Block Grant Assistance, Community Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development



J. Arthur Jemison

As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Arthur Jemison is the leader of the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), the policy lead and HUD partner for American Cities, Counties, States and other local units of government. To advance this partnership, CPD administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and CDBG – Disaster Recovery Funds, as well as the HOME Partnership program, Homelessness Assistance Grants (HAG) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), among other funds.Mr. Jemison joined HUD from the City of Detroit, where he was Group Executive for Planning, Housing & Development, leading the City’s efforts toward equitable growth, working in partnership with Directors of the Housing & Revitalization Department, the Planning & Development Department, the Detroit Land Bank Authority, Detroit Housing Commission, and the Bridging Neighborhoods program. In early 2014, he was recruited by Mayor Duggan to be the Director of the Housing & Revitalization Department for the City of Detroit to assist as the City recovered from bankruptcy. In that capacity, Mr. Jemison led strategy, deployment and management of the City’s housing policy and U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) entitlement funding.Before coming to Detroit, Mr. Jemison served as Deputy Undersecretary and Deputy Director for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick. Prior to that, Mr. Jemison held a variety of public- and private-sector positions, all related to city planning and urban development, primarily in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Locally, this includes his role in the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development in the District of Columbia, as the City recovered from Control Board management during the first term of Mayor Anthony Williams.


9:30-10:30 AM ET

Track 1: Rural Coronavirus Response (CDBG)





Stan Fitterman

Stan Fitterman is a Senior Consultant for Housing and Disaster Recovery for Civitas. Stan is a researcher, planner and implementer of housing, community development, and disaster recovery programs. Over his 25-year career, he has conducted tours of duty in local government, led a statewide housing nonprofit organization, provided management consulting services for Capital Access and Ability Housing. Stan recently joined the Civitas team bringing national-level expertise and professional experience in community development, disaster recovery, HUD compliance, and housing strategies. His deep understanding and skilled navigation of regulatory systems, market research, and financial feasibility have promoted Mr. Fitterman to a national expert.


Erich Chatham

Erich is the Principal Owner for Civitas LLC’s Charleston, South Carolina office. Civitas works with public, nonprofit and private organizations throughout the United States in the areas of community economic development and urban revitalization planning. Erich has 13 years of professional experience in the field and, as Project Manager. Erich has worked on economic and community development projects with local governments, for-profits, and non-profits throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Georgia, Texas, and Colorado to name a few. He serves as a national technical assistance provider for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and is a HOME Certified Specialist. In his role as a HUD TA Provider, Erich provides technical assistance to HUD grantees related to CDBG, CDBG-DR, HOME, and ESG program management. He has also conducted numerous IDIS and DRGR training workshops throughout the country.

Track 2: HOPWA-CV Implementation


Collaborative Solutions



This HOPWA-CV webinar is intended to provide a broad overview of key implementation facts and strategies for addressing COVID-19 when utilizing CARES Act funds and HOPWA program flexibilities to serve eligible households during the pandemic. The training focus will include HOPWA/CARES Act waivers, response recommendations to ensure client and program staff safety, and discussion of key activities for expanding client support and care efforts for household impacted by HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. Additionally, the webinar will provide critical updates and resources for HOPWA grantees and project sponsors.



Crystal Pope

Crystal Pope is a Consultant for Collaborative Solutions (CS). In this role, she manages the national HOPWA Ask-A-Question desk, delivers TA as a HOPWA subject matter expert, and provides TA/Training on affordable housing program development and operations, housing case management methods and HIV/AIDS program strategies, including those related to the HOPWA/CARES Act implementation. Ms. Pope has more than 35 years of experience in planning, program design and organizational management, with a focus on policy and programs related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and affordable housing. Her background includes direct practice experience in executive director, program manager and direct staff positions as well as 15+ years as a national consultant and trainer.  Ms. Pope earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.


Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell, MSOD, is Sole Proprietor CMConsulting, focusing on social justice strategy management with the highest levels of stakeholder engagement and integration. With more than 30 years of experience, she has worked for nonprofit organizations focused on social justice issues, including poverty, racism, health disparities, homelessness and housing, and other human rights issues. She has served in just about every capacity, from direct service, development, management, technical assistance, advocacy to leadership. Her career has been built on her primary professional value – furthering social justice for all in terms of rights, opportunities, privilege, power, and distribution of wealth within society. Christine consults with Collaborative Solutions Health and Housing Program as one of their HOPWA, ESG, and YHDP TA Providers in one of her roles. Ms. Campbell has her Master of Science in Organization Development from American University. In her free time, she sings with the Holy Comforter St-Cyprian Choir in Southeast DC, where her family has been members for three generations.


Emily Fischbein

Emily Fischbein is a Senior Program Associate with Collaborative Solutions and provides technical assistance to Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grantees and Continuums of Care. Previously, Emily managed a HOPWA Program for a HOPWA grantee and also worked with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME program. Her prior urban planning experience includes historic preservation, small area master planning, and transportation planning.  Emily received a Master of City Planning from The University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.


Ms. Kate Briddell

Ms. Kate Briddell, MPA, is the HIV Housing and Health Program Manager for Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (CS). Ms. Briddell has 20 years’ experience working with issues related to homelessness, affordable housing, and housing for persons with HIV/AIDS. Prior to her current role, she was the Project Director for the Ryan White Part A program for the Seattle Transitional Grant area. Before this, Ms. Briddell served as the Director of Homeless Services in Baltimore City, Maryland. Her experience in Baltimore culminated as Director, however, previous to that position she worked as the agency’s Program Manager and its Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program manager for the Baltimore Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area. Ms. Briddell earned her Master’s degree at The George Washington University.


10:30 AM – 10:40 AM ET
Break (10 minutes)


10:40-11:40 AM ET

Track 1: State CV Implementation





Doug Carlson

Doug Carlson, TDA Senior Consultant, has more than 35 years of experience with the CDBG program and extensive experience with other federal and state housing and community development programs. Over a more than 30-year career in public service, he has facilitated hundreds of community and neighborhood-based engagements and partnerships. As a former HUD Field Office Director and Community Planning and Development Director in the Portland, OR field office, he successfully managed more than $1 billion in CDBG awards. As a Senior Consultant for TDA, Mr. Carlson has provided CDBG and CDBG-CV technical assistance to multiple jurisdictions, including the states of California and Texas. He is a subject matter expert for HUD’s CDBG-CV Ask A Question (AAQ) portal and co-developed two CDBG-CV quick guides for HUD’s Office of Block Grant Assistance. Mr. Carlson holds a master’s in public administration (MPA) from Harvard University.


Randall D. Mullen

Randall Mullen is a Vice-President at TDA Consulting, Inc. He has advised various organizations on inner-city and rural redevelopment for over 25 years.  Mr. Mullen provides a wide range of quality services including redevelopment planning, program design and project implementation.


As a consultant, he has assisted local and state governments and other organizations with redevelopment plans including strategic plans, disaster recovery plans and project-specific plans as well as designed all types of housing and community development programs. Most recently, this work has focused on plans  and program  designs for the CDBG-CV program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such engagements also featured preparation of policies and procedures for program implementation, particularly of HUD funded programs under CDBG (both DR and CV), HOME and related grants. Mr. Mullen has guided grantees’ recovery from both natural disasters and the current public health crisis, including the related economic recovery, in numerous states and territories from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He has specifically advised states on their implementation of the CDBG-CV program through webinars and guides.


Before consulting, he directed top rated redevelopment agencies across the nation for 17 years, concluding a public service career as Director of Housing for Portland, OR.


Mr. Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University. He has also received Executive Director Certification from NAHRO. And he is HOME certified by HUD.

Track 2: Addressing Unsheltered Homelessness in the Midst of COVID (ESG)


Now more than ever, there is great urgency to ending unsheltered homelessness. Many communities have had some successes in addressing unsheltered homelessness, but COVID has had a significant impact on community circumstances, and it is important to revisit strategies and think about how to use CARES resources to meet the needs of this population. A multi-pronged approach rooted in considerations of racial equity is the most effective way to address unsheltered homelessness and reduce public health concerns. This session will explore local assessment, rehousing, meeting basic needs, outreach, shelter access, targeted prevention, testing and vaccination as approaches communities can take in ending unsheltered homelessness.



Susan Starrett

Susan Starrett, MPH, Drexel University, is a detail-oriented project manager with eighteen years of experience in homeless programs and systems change. Currently the Director for Federal TA at CSH, Ms. Starrett is responsible for developing policies and programs to help end homelessness in communities through systems change and capacity building and responsible for managing all aspects of CSH’s federal grant and contract work.


Donald Whitehead, Jr.

Donald Whitehead, Jr. is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless and a co-founder of Racial Equity Partners. Donald is serving his second term as the Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. Donald has been working on Homelessness, Recovery, and Racial Equity for over 25 years, ranging from outreach worker to Executive Director. Donald currently trains, teaches, and coaches racial equity work across the country in collaboration with the REP’s dynamic team.


11:40-11:45 AM ET
Break (5 minutes)


11:45 AM-12:45 PM ET

Lunch Plenary Speaker: CPD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Grant Programs


Kevin Bush
As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs, Mr. Bush oversees affordable housing and community development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships program, the Housing Trust Fund, and CDBG Disaster Recovery funds, in addition to Department-wide energy and environmental policy.

Previously, he served as Washington, DC’s first Chief Resilience Officer, where he led efforts to prepare the nation’s capital for climate change, technological disruption, and a changing economy. He also served as the Chief of Resilience and Emergency Preparedness at the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency during the District’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bush also served on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Not a stranger to HUD, Mr. Bush previously served in the Office of Field Policy and Management, Office of Community Planning and Development, and Office of the Secretary. He has also been both a Presidential Management Fellow and City of Chicago Mayoral Fellow. Bush holds a Master’s of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business from Michigan State University.


12:45-1:00 PM ET
Break (15 minutes)


1:00-2:00 PM ET
Track 1: National Objectives (CDBG)
Track 2: Economic Development: An Overview (CDBG)


2:00-2:10 PM ET
Break (10 minutes)


2:10-3:10 PM ET

Joint Session: Financial Management (CDBG/ESG/HOPWA)

HOST: Cloudburst



Review fund, waiver, and requirements tracking for HOPWA-CV and HOPWA-C-CV awards. Focus on distinctive CV elements.



Jonathan Sherwood

Jonathan Sherwood, HUD Compliance Expert, has over 20 years of experience in planning, development, and management of affordable housing with a focus on very low-income populations, including homeless and persons living with HIV/AIDS. Current HUD support focuses on CPD program performance data management and analysis.


3:10-3:20 PM ET
Break (10 minutes)


3:20-4:20 PM ET

Track 1: Accomplishments Reporting in IDIS for CDBG-CV (CDBG)

HOST: Cloudburst


This session will review options for grantees to report progress using CDBG and CDBG-CV funds to respond to the coronavirus within the CAPER. The session will cover where and how to report progress in responding to the coronavirus in the CAPER template, options to report CDBG-CV accomplishment data in the CAPER, and useful IDIS reports to help verify CDBG-CV accomplishment data.



Jon Kunz
Jon Kunz is a Senior Technical and Management Advisor with over twenty-five years of experience in improving the capacity of public agencies and nonprofit organizations to effectively provide affordable housing and community development services to their constituents. His expertise includes HUD CPD planning, financial and reporting systems including the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and the eCon Planning Suite, serving as a curricular designer and national trainer in the rollout of the Consolidated Plan, IDIS, and the eCon Planning Suite. He has developed guidance and worked closely with grantees as they develop programs to carry out activities funded with CDBG-CV and other resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.


Joel Warren
Joel Warren has worked on and managed the eCon Planning Suite Ask A Question pool for over 4 years, providing direction and support to grantees working on Consolidated Plans, Annual Action Plans, CAPERs and integrating CARES Act funding within the eCon Planning Suite. Mr. Warren has worked closely with states, counties, and municipalities to develop clear and effective goal, project, and activity structures to align data within the eCon Planning Suite. With Cloudburst, Mr. Warren has experience in data and system analysis, strategic planning, goal development, community engagement, outcome measurement, and CPD program regulations and requirements.

Track 2: Rehousing Strategy in the Midst of COVID-19 (ESG)


Communities have used Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and other funds to adapt and expand upon pre-pandemic re-housing strategies in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are now focused on preventing exits to homelessness as they have begun to wind down operations of protective non-congregate shelter (NCS), isolation/quarantine facilities, and other pandemic-driven interventions. By leveraging lessons learned through Coordinated Investment Planning, re-housing surges, and partnering with community health care providers, they can identify an array of opportunites for accelerating and maximizing placement into permanent housing people who have experienced high risk for COVID-19 complications and death. For example, pandemic responses like NCS can provide a platform for enhanced resident engagement and pre-placement preparation and help surface needs for modified policies and procedures. This session will review how community-wide strategies can be adapted to increase flexibility, enable a central focus on equity, and spur innovative approaches to re-housing of some of our most vulnerable homeless neighbors.



Colleen Velez

Colleen Velez MSW; MCRP, Rutgers University, is a detail-oriented project manager with over ten years in supportive housing and systems change. Currently Associate Director, Federal TA at CSH, Ms. Velez is part of the team responsible for managing all aspects of CSH’s federal grant and contract work.


John Gilvar

John Gilvar started and managed Health Care for the Homeless programs in Austin, Texas and King County, Washington. He founded Gilvar Consulting after 20 years of creating cross-silo partnerships to eliminate barriers for people with complex and chronic health and housing needs.  John’s current work includes strategic planning and technical assistance around healthcare/housing service integration, COVID-19 and other public health disaster responses, and medical respite care. He is also a TA provider on the HUD SNAPS Equity Demonstration Project.


4:20 PM ET
Close out the day; housekeeping for the next day; announcements etc.

DAY 2 – JULY 28

All times shown are in Eastern Time.


9:00-10:00 AM ET
Joint Session: Housing Instability (CDBG)


10:00-10:10 AM ET
Break (10 minutes)


10:10-11:10 AM ET
Track 1: Economic Development: To Prevent, Prepare for, and Respond to Coronavirus (CDBG)

Track 2: Public Facilities (CDBG)

HOST: Cloudburst



This session helps grantees select and implement Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funded public facility and infrastructure projects. Dive deep into how CDBG-CV funds can fill in the gaps left by other funding programs, offers guidance on how to determine if the CDBG-CV program is an appropriate fit for a proposed project, provides examples of how funds can be used to improve public facilities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus now and in the future, and highlights major steps necessary for the successful implementation of a public facilities project.



Sara Anne Daines
Sara Anne Daines is a Subject Matter Expert in the Cloudburst Group’s Housing and Community Development practice area, providing technical assistance and support to Cloudburst’s state and local clients. Ms. Daines has over 30 years of community development experience, working with local governmental entities to address their unique affordable housing, and economic development challenges. Before joining the Cloudburst Group, she provided direct services while serving in leadership and management roles for communities in Iowa, Maryland, and Minnesota. A co-author of the CDBG-CV Public Facilities Quick Guide and other CDBG-CV products, Ms. Daines provides on-call Technical Assistance to CDBG-CV entitlement communities throughout the mid-west and responds to grantees questions submitted through the HUD Exchanges’ CDBG-CV Ask-a-Question helpdesk.


Stephanie Jennings
Stephanie Jennings is an affordable housing and community development professional with over 20 years of experience working in the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors at the local, state, and national levels. She has significant direct experience with Consolidated Planning, CDBG, HOME, HUD Sustainable Communities, ARRA, and CARES Act funding.  Her current work includes multiple projects in collaboration with The Cloudburst Group to provide technical assistance resources to support local and state recipients of HUD funds.   Previously, Ms. Jennings led the Housing Opportunities Team at the City of Eugene, Oregon for over a decade to strategically plan and implement an innovative set of affordable housing, fair housing, human service, and community development programs using multiple federal and local resources.


11:10-11:20 AM ET
Break (10 minutes)


11:20 AM-12:20 PM ET
Track 1: Broadband (CDBG)

Track 2: Enhancing Safety in the Homeless Response System (ESG)


The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to a variety of factors that put people experiencing homelessness –both sheltered and unsheltered—at high risk for communicable disease infection and poor outcomes, including death.  This session will highlight numerous lessons learned over the past 16 months about how homeless response systems can better protect clients and staff by partnering with public health, community health care, emergency management and other agencies to stand up responses specifically tailored to address a variety of these risk factors. Using examples from around the country, it will describe innovative strategies to reduce disease transmission in congregate settings such as shelters; enable specialized testing, vaccination, education, and basic needs supports to people living unsheltered; accelerate rehousing processes for those with the highest risk of complications; and protect staff.



John Gilvar

John Gilvar started and managed Health Care for the Homeless programs in Austin, Texas and King County, Washington. He founded Gilvar Consulting after 20 years of creating cross-silo partnerships to eliminate barriers for people with complex and chronic health and housing needs.  John’s current work includes strategic planning and technical assistance around healthcare/housing service integration, COVID-19 and other public health disaster responses, and medical respite care. He is also a TA provider on the HUD SNAPS Equity Demonstration Project.


Ann McCreedy

Ann McCreedy has worked as a consultant providing training and technical assistance (TA) under HUD SNAPS Office since 2018. Prior to that provided, she provided capacity building assistance to nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region and Puerto Rico. She leverages twelve years’ direct service experience working with women experiencing homelessness.


Michele Salters Williams

Michele Salters Williams has over twenty-five years of experience in providing services to vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, individuals and families experiencing homelessness and low-income communities. She is an expert in program development and implementation as well as Continuum of Care Management.


12:20-12:25 PM ET
Break (5 minutes)


12:25-1:25 PM ET
Lunch Plenary Speaker: CPD Deputy Assistant Secretary of SNAPS


1:25-1:40 PM ET
Break (15 minutes)


1:40-2:40 PM ET
Joint Session: Rental Assistance (CDBG/ESG/HOPWA)


2:40-2:50 PM ET
Break (10 minutes)


2:50-3:50 PM ET

Track 1: HOPWA-CV Monitoring/Reporting (HOPWA)

HOST: Cloudburst



Explain and provide examples of the similarities and differences associated with monitoring for both CARES Act funding and regular HOPWA funding as it relates to HUD CPD waivers. Explain HOPWA-CV reporting requirements. Discuss implementing processes for expiration of waivers as part of HOPWA monitoring.



Steven Ellis

Steven Ellis, Senior Analyst, provides direct support to communities across the country serving those affected by HIV/AIDS and those affected by homelessness with a focus on program design and policies, compliance, and community needs. He has over a decade of experience in AIDS housing, community integration, and homelessness.


Heather Rhoda

Heather Rhoda, Senior Analyst, provides direct support to communities across the country serving those affected by HIV/AIDS and those affected by homelessness with a focus on program design and policies, compliance, and community needs. She possesses over 20 years of experience with HUD’s HOPWA Program, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, Continuum of Care funded programs, affordable housing property management and providing direct service to individuals with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness.

Track 2: Targeting Homelessness Prevention in the Midst of COVID-19 (ESG)


This session will cover the most effective and efficient ways to target homeless prevention resources during COVID-19, which are especially important as ESG recipients consider the best uses of their CARES Act funding among other available federal funding sources.  The key concepts include: 1) Knowing the elements of a successful prevention strategy and how it supports an overall rehousing strategy; 2) Understanding the approaches to targeting prevention for maximum effectiveness and efficiency; 3) Understanding a coordinated investment planning approach with concrete examples of planning for targeted prevention; and 4) Identifying the tools to make concrete decisions about the role and scale of targeted prevention efforts.



Julie McFarland

Julie McFarland was a housing provider and coordinated entry implementer for 11 years in Missoula, MT and Seattle/King County before providing TA. For seven years, national TA has focused on coordinated entry systems, housing problem solving, homeless programming and service delivery, change management, performance measurement, Fair Housing, Housing First, and creating more equitable systems for people experiencing homelessness. Julie was on the national COVID response team, is on the S1 coaching team, a HUD Regional TA provider and co-project manager for HUD’s Equity Demonstration Project.


Greg Barchuk

Greg Barchuk is a Lead Homeless Services Specialist at ICF, with over 5 years of experience in the homelessness field as an HMIS Lead/system administrator, CoC staff member, and Technical Assistance provider. Barchuk specializes in data analysis, HMIS capacity building, system administration, data quality, data visualization, and HMIS vendor transitions. He has worked both at the CoC level as well as with communities as a technical assistance provider to understand their data collection, reporting, and analysis procedures to improve strategic planning in local efforts to end homelessness.  Currently, he is one of the technical assistance providers working on HUD’s Racial Equity Demonstration Project to assist communities in understanding and reforming their coordinated entry and prioritization processes toward more equitable outcomes.


3:50-4:00 PM ET
Break (10 minutes)


4:00-5:00 PM ET
Joint Session: DOB (CDBG/ESG/HOPWA)


5:00-5:10 PM ET
Close out conference, announcements, thank you, etc.


  • CPD: Office of Community Planning and Development
  • PDAS: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
  • DAS: Deputy Assistant Secretary
  • CDBG: Community Development Block Grant
  • HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS
  • SNAPS: Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
  • DOB: Duplication of Benefits

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