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6th July
written by Catherine An

The Alliance is pleased to announce that Sam Tsemberis, CEO of Pathways to Housing, and Derek Douglas, Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, will give keynote addresses at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.

As many people in the homeless assistance industry already know, Dr. Tsemberis founded Pathways to Housing in 1992 based on the belief that housing is a basic human right. He also pioneered the Housing First concept, suggesting that people experiencing homelessness need to be stably housed before the address other challenges preventing them from maintaining housing (mental illness, medical problems, etc.). Dr. Tsemberis is a clinical-community psychologist and serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He will deliver keynote remarks on Wednesday, July 14 at the conference.

Mr. Douglas leads work on urban and metropolitan policy issues for the White House Domestic Policy Council. As Special Assistant to the President on urban and metropolitan issues, Mr. Douglas helps examine and find ways to improve the way federal resources are spent in cities. Prior to joining the Administration, he worked for the Center for American Progress and served in the Office of the Governor in New York.  He will deliver keynote remarks on Thursday, July 15 at the conference.

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