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One in Four Convening





Inaugural Convening of Programs that Serve Unaccompanied Women


Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Friday, October 24, 2014

Harvard University

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The Aileen Getty Foundation

Downtown Women's Center of Los Angeles

Institute for Urban Initiatives of Southern California

Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance

South Middlesex Opportunity Council of Massachusetts

Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard University

American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness

and other sponsoring groups

  9 Harvard When: 2 full days of ideas & inspiration . . .

Thursday, October 23, 2014 (full day 9 am to 7 pm)
Friday, October 24, 2014
(full day 9 am to 7 pm)

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One in Four Convening Faculty

Lisa Watson, Downtown Women's Center, Los Angeles, a nationally recognized program for women on Skid Row. DWC's initiatives include a Day Center and permanent supportive housing, along with a community-based needs assessment and a national survey of best practices in serving unaccompanied women.

Roseanna H. Means, MD, Women of Means, a gender-specific and barrier-free medical access model for homeless women, with volunteers physicians and specialists serving seven Boston area shelters.

Dr. Carol L.M. Caton, Columbia University Medical Center, on research on homeless women, chronic homelessness. and behavioral and primary health issues.

Vincent Kane, Director, VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, on planning to end homelessness, VA resources for housing and services, and initiatives targeted to homeless women veterans.

Darlene Assencoa-Mazurek and Susan Gentili, South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Massachusetts, serving unaccompanied women across Massachusetts through triage/diversion/emergency housing/rapid rehousing, residential recovery programs, women's supportive housing, and wraparound services in an agenda using a Trauma Informed Care model.

Amy Turk, Downtown Women's Center, Los Angeles, oversees DWC Clinical Services, Vocational Education, Social Enterprises, and Permanent Supportive Housing.

Julie Batten, Glass House Shelter Project in Massachusetts, on her work bringing accredited college level English courses into homeless shelters to encourage residents, through narrative discussion and personal essay, to see themselves as part of the larger collective. Battens teaches accredited courses through Salem State University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. 

Lisa Marsh, Executive Director, Piece by Piece, a social enterprise in Los Angeles Skid Row.

Jean-Michel Giraud, Friendship Place, Washington, DC,  on ending homelessness through a focus on program re-design for consumer empowerment and unaccompanied young women in the Under Thirty program.

Molly Moen, COO, Downtown Women's Center, Los Angeles, guides day-to-day operations and provides strategic leadership for this Skid Row program.

Dr. Monica Bharel, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, on research, strategies, and opportunities to end homelessness through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, and issues of aging in the homeless population.




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Harvard University 
Cambridge, MA 02138  


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Philip F. Mangano
The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (ART) 

American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (ART)
5 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108

Innovation .. . Information . . . Inspiration


Questions about Convening or Registration?

Call ART at 617.557.0057

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Two full days

focused on research, policy, practice, and resources

One in Four Convening

Thursday, October 23: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

followed by an informal reception

Dinner on your own

Friday, October 24: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

including annual Robert Coles Call of Service Lecture


Registration Fee is $250

Please Note:

You will receive an automatic acknowledgement
when you complete the registration form and pay. 

Your registration will be confirmed and final
when you receive a confirmation email.

Registration payment requires use of a credit card.

No split registrations or 1-day registrations.

No refunds once registration is confirmed.



One in Four Convening

Hotel information

All One in Four sessions will convene

on the Harvard University campus.

Two nearby hotels have extended special rates to attendees of One in Four.

Both hotels are accessible by public transit.

You are responsible for your own lodging reservations.

Sheraton Commander

16 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA 02138


Sheraton Commander is offering attendees a special rate of $289 per night for October 22 - 24,

discounted from its standard $369 rate, subject to availability.

Book online at


Hotel Tria

220 Alewife Brook Parkway

Cambridge, MA 02138

617.491.8000 or 866.333.TRIA (8742)

Reference the One in Four Convening to secure the special rate.

Hotel Tria has a One in Four room block discounted at $229 per night for October 22 - 24.

Call 617.491.8000 or 866.333.8742 to make reservations, now subject to availability.

Hotel Tria runs a scheduled shuttle to the hotel
from the Harvard Square transit station.


Public Transit

MBTA Public Transit is available from Logan Airport (Silver Line to Red Line to Harvard Square Station)

and Amtrak at Boston's South Station (Red Line to Harvard Square Station)

Visit for travel planning.




The Aileen Getty Foundation supports organizations and endeavors that enhance the environment, our communities, and the lives of individuals through innovation, preservation, connection, and kindness.

The mission of the Downtown Women's Center (DWC) is to provide permanent supportive housing
and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate
ending homelessness among women. Founded in 1978 and now reaching nearly 4,000 women per year,
DWC is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the immediate
and long-term needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness on downtown's Skid Row.

The Institute for Urban Initiatives is a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Southern California
that consists of several community-based and faith-based institutes that respond to the economic,
housing, and special needs of neighborhoods, cities, and counties from local, community, regional,
national, international, and faith-based perspectives. The Institute for Urban Initiatives plays a leading
role in homelessness planning and program development in several Southern California communities.

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The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) is a non-profit public policy advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. Founded in 1988, MHSA represents 100
community-based agencies statewide. Since its founding, MHSA and its members have worked closely
with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to shift the Commonwealth's  response to homelessness
away from an emphasis on emergency shelter and toward a focus on permanent housing solutions.
Through strategic partnerships formed with government, private philathropy, business leaders,
homeless individuals, and service providers, MHSA works to ensure that homelessness does not
become a permanent part of the social landscape. 

The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) works in communities across Massachusetts to provide opportunities to enhance self-sufficiency and to create a safety net of support. Founded in 1965, SMOC
is the designated community-based anti-poverty agency for ten local jurisdictions. SMOC's major areas
of programming include: behavioral health services; economic development, education, employment
and workforce development services; energy and financial assistance services; family and nutrition
services; and comprehensive housing services. SMOC serves unaccompanied homeless women through triage/diversion/emergency housing/rapid rehousing; residential recovery programs; women's supportive housing; and wraparound services. SMOC Housing Corporation has developed, owns, and manages a real estate portfolio of over 120 properties with over 1,400 units in 18 communities across the Commonwealth. 


The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run, community-based, non-profit public service organization at Harvard University. PBHA is the umbrella organization for student-directed programs, supported by full-time staff members. Founded in 1904, this student-led organization is more vibrant
than ever and currently engages over 1,500 undergraduates in in 83 student-led social service and
social action programs that benefit over 10,000 people in Boston and Cambridge. Among the core
PBHA programs is the 30-year-old student-run Harvard Square Homeless Shelter which works in
partnership with University Lutheran Church to serve homeless people with dignity and respect.
PBHA convenes the annual Robert Coles Call of Service Lecture.

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The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (ART), developer of the NEXT PRACTICES approach,
is based in Boston. In pursuit of its mission to abolish homelessness, the Round Table works across the
nation to ensure the rapid dissemination of NEXT PRACTICES that scale solutions to end homelessness
and advance innovations that are data and research driven, consumer preferred, results-oriented,
field-tested, and evidence-based. The Round Table is committed to strategies that ensure that
policymakers are partnered with researchers to inform policy direction and budget investment on homelessness. The Round Table convenes interactive NEXT PRACTICES Colloquies (including one at
Harvard in October 2013 and one at USC in June 2014), to look forward to the future, to position
partners for the opening to accomplish the mission, to be opportunistic. All with the intent of scaling
what works and discovering what may work in the future to end the long misery of homelessness
for our poorest neighbors.