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Georgia Alliance To End Homelessness 
770 575-5785 


Tuesday February 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM EST
Thursday March 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM EST

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Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center 
500 Powder Springs St.
Marietta, GA 30064

Reservations: 770-427-2500

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Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center

Southern Hospitality is alive and well at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. Located just 20 miles Northwest of downtown Atlanta and 2 miles from the Historic Marietta Square. They offer 18 holes of championship golf, lighted tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, complimentary business center and shuttle service. The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center is  pleased to host the 2012 Georgia Alliance To End Homelessness Annual Conference and Learning Institute.
For Reservations Call:   770-427-2500


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Comfortable Rooms

Our typical upscale, contemporary double/double or king bedded standard guestroom includes a 42'' flat screen television, Hilton Serenity beds and bedding, Crabtree & Evelyn Bath Amenities, and striking city or golf views. What a great way to retreat after a long day of conferencing.

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Enjoy Yourself

After your conference day is done, why not relax and enjoy your favorite sporting event, unwind over the daily news, or engage in casual conversation in our pub featuring a warm atmosphere with over stuffed leather chairs, 2 pool tables, and numerous flat panel wall mounted television screens. We proudly offer an unlimited array of specialty cocktails and cordials and a full menu for casual dining. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and hand made pizzas are available for your enjoyment.

Qesst Orientation

Learning and Networking

Be assured that you and your associates will benefit from:

  •  Knowledge and instruction from many nationally recognized best practice program providers;
  •  Experienced, award winning keynote speakers; 
  •  Networking opportunities with national, state and local service leaders and providers; and 
  •  CEU credits are available to participants approved through the Georgia Chapter of the NASW.


Georgia Alliance To End Homelessness Annual Conference and Learning Institute
Innovations Forum 2012  Working To End Homelessness and Hunger

February 28, 29 and March 1, 2012

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Nan Roman
President and CEO
National Alliance To End Homelessness

 Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance is a public education, advocacy, and capacity-building organization with a network of over 10,000 nonprofit and public sector agencies and corporate partners around the country. Under her leadership, the Alliance has developed a pragmatic plan to end homelessness within ten years. To implement this plan, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with cities and states across the nation. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and successful solutions. She has researched and written on the issue, is frequently interviewed by the press, and regularly speaks at events around the country. Her unique perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from over twenty years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.


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David Wertheimer
Deputy Director
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Pacific Northwest Iniitiative

David M. Wertheimer, has worked in a variety of capacities in the non-profit, government and philanthropic sectors for almost three decades. He currently serves as the deputy director for the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. He carries lead responsibilities for oversight of the Foundation’s programs addressing housing and family homelessness. A native of New York City, David worked in the non-profit sector as executive director of the NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and served as a New York City Human Rights Commissioner. He is a graduate of Haverford College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.


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Secretary Shaun Donovan
Housing and Urban Development

On January 26, 2009, Shaun Donovan was sworn in as the 15th United States Secretary for Housing and Urban Development. He has devoted his career to ensuring access to safe, decent, and affordable housing and he will continue that effort in the Obama Administration. Secretary Donovan believes that America's homes are the foundation for family, safe neighborhoods, good schools, and solid businesses. He has a strong commitment to make quality housing possible for every American. Secretary Donovan has worked in the private sector on financing affordable housing, and was a visiting scholar at New York University, where he researched and wrote about the preservation of federally-assisted housing. He was also a consultant to the Millennial Housing Commission on strategies for increasing the production of multifamily housing. Secretary Donovan holds a B.A. and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Architecture from Harvard.


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Barbara Poppe
Executive Director

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Barbara Poppe has more than 25 years of non-profit experience working on homelessness with housing-related organizations.  She was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness in October 2009. Ms. Poppe served as executive director of the Columbus, Ohio-based Community Shelter Board (CSB) from October 1995 to November 2009. The CSB is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that creates collaborations, innovates solutions, and invests in quality programs to end homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio.   She was responsible for strategic planning and collaborative efforts, private sector fundraising, resource development, effective governmental systems and private sector relationships. Barbara earned a Masters of Science Degree in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati.  She has published and presented on various topics related to homelessness and is a frequent national and statewide speaker. 

  Special Guests

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     Jack Hardin           Shirley Franklin       Milton Little        Anne Miskey
          Co- Chair                            Co - Chair                          President                  Executive Director
Regional Commisssion     Regional Commission          United Way of            Funders Together 
    on Homelessness            on Homelessness         Metropolitan Atlanta     To  End Homelessness

Institute and Session Speakers and Presenters

Felicia DeLeone
Principal Policy Researcher, Institute on Children, Poverty and Homelessness, New York, NY

Wayne E. Rawlins
Lead Consultant, Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy and the Miami-Dade Reenty Task Force, Miami, FL

Ryan Moser
Managing Director, Corporation For Supportive Housing, New York, NY

Diane Nilan
President and Founder, HEAR US  Inc.,  Naperville, IL

Dr. Michael Chesser
Executive Director, Upstate Homeless Coalition of South Carolina, Greenville, SC

 Manuel Sarria
Administrator of Supportive Housing Programs, Citrus Health Network, Miami, FL

 Barbara “Bobbie” Ibarra
Executive Director, Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Miami, FL

 David Wertheimer
Deputy Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

 Anne Miskey
Executive Director, Funders Together To End Homelessness, Seattle, WA

Rayme L. Nuckles
Chief Executive Officer, Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL

Meg VanDeusen
Co-chair, HOPE Gardens, Chapel Hill, NC

Marlei Olsen
PR/Development Director, Thistle Farms, Nashville, TN

Jose Garcia
Program Administrator, Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND), Miami, FL

Anne Colly Rose
Specialized Housing Resources Manager, Kentucky Housing Corporation, Frankfort, KY

Linda Gail Leathers
CEO, The Next Door, Inc. Nashville, TN

Jennifer Moore
President NASW -Georgia Chapter,  Managing Partner of ISIS Consulting, Atlanta, GA

 Corey Beach
Program Analyst, National Center on Family Homelessness, Boston, MA

Tom Bardwell
Senior Analyst, Center for Social Innovation, Needham, MA

Dr. Lana Wachniak
Professor Emeritus - Kennesaw State University

Matthew Adams
Pincipal Policy Analyst, Institute on Children, Poverty and Homelessness, New York, NY

Ashley Kilpatrick
Executive Director, Back On My Feet, Atlanta, GA

Kevin D. Monroe
Founder and Managing Partner, X Factor Consulting, Atlanta, GA

 Donna Watson Lawson
Director, Southeast Region at Family Promise, Inc., Gainesville, FL


Conference Institutes and Sessions

  • Ending Homelessness For Veterans: A Priority Across Sectors
  • Strengthening Connections Between Homelessness and Better Health
    Innovative Social Enterprise
  • Telling The Story: The Importance of Re-entry Programs
  • Innovations in Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Innovative Approaches to Ending Veteran Homelessness
  • Effectively Accessing Healthcare and Health Services and Benefits
  • Engaging Private Sector Partners
  • Strategic and Systematic Planning for Serving Unaccompanied Youth
  • Mental Health: Innovations With ACT & PATH Services
  • Working Across Sectors To Help Veterans
  • Innovative Connections Between Housing, Health and Homelessness
  • Innovative Funding and Coalition Building
  • Housing Across the Region
  • Implementing the HEARTH Act: Preparing for the New Emergency Solutions Grant
  • Opening Doors for Youth and Families: The Federal Plan to End Homelessness
  • Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • Rural Roundtable: Unique Challenges and Innovative Solutions
  • Aligning government leaders, foundations, and private funders on strategies to end homelessness
  • Protecting Homeless Youth from Sexual Trafficking
  • The Role of Faith Based Providers
  • What’s New in Family Homelessness Research and Planning
  •  and many more...

 This is a preliminary sampling of conference offerings. Institutes are subject to change due to facilitator schedule and availablitiy.


 Tuesday, February 28, 2012

8:30am - 3:00pm   2012 Leadership Institute
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Lunch On Your Own
1:00pm -4:30pm    Homeless and Runaway Youth Forum
3:30pm - 5:30pm   Early Registration*  


Wednesday, February 29, 2012 
7:30am – 8:00am       Registration and Networking
8:00am – 9:00am       Southern Collaborative Round Table Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am     Breakfast & Panel 
10:15am - 10:30am    Networking Break
10:30am – 12:00pm   Breakout Sessions  1.0
12:00pm – 1:30pm     Lunch and Keynote
1:30pm – 1:45pm       Networking Break
1:45pm – 3:15pm       Breakout  Sessions  2.0
3:15pm – 3:30pm       Networking Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm       Breakout Sessions  3.0
5:30pm - 7:30pm        Screening of "On The Edge" the documentary    

Thursday, March 1, 2011

7:30am – 8:30am        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30am – 9:45am        Welcome and Opening
9:45am – 10:00am      Networking Break
10:00am – 11:30am    Breakout Sessions  4.0
11:30am – 1:00pm      Lunch and Keynote
1:00pm – 1:15pm        Networking Break
1:15pm – 2:45pm        Breakout  Sessions  5.0



Our host hotel is the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Conference Center. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special GAEH conference rate of $105.00 per night. All conference participants are responsible for their own guest room registration.  Reservations can be made by calling 770- 427- 2500. Be sure to ask for the GAEH Conference room block.

Registration and Deadlines:

Registrations after February 1, 2012

$275.00 for members
$300.00 for non members

On-site Registration On or After February 28, 2012

$350.00 members and non-members

$149.00  One Day Attendance Rate on February 29th or March 1st



Questions: 1-877-540-4671 or 

Additional tickets are available for the GAEH Humanitarian Awards Luncheon at $30.00 each   (Awards Luncheon is included with your Conference Registration) All Conference registration fees include continental breakfast, breaks and lunch on February 29th and March 1st.

Cancellation Policy: Registrations not accompanied by full payment will not be accepted.  Cancellation requests must be in writing and received prior to January 30, 2012. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted for all cancellations. No part of the registration fee will be refunded after February 27, 2012. Refunds are not given for no-shows. All cancellations must be in writing.  Please send all cancellations to The Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness at or fax 770-575-5786