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POTS’ Fall Breakfast Forum: Then and Now: The journeys of families in shelters – 2008 to 2016

For the Fall Breakfast Forum, POTS’ Executive Director, Chris Bean presented findings from interviews with POTS’ clients to explore correlations and deviations between the country and city’s economic status and ever-increasing shelter occupancies

The presentation was followed by a Q & A with panelists:

Raysa S. Rodriguez is the Vice President of Policy and Planning at Women in Need, Inc. (Win). In this role, she leads research and program evaluation, innovative training initiatives, grant management, and advocates for homeless families with government, communities, and policymakers.

Natasha Lifton is the Senior Program Officer, Promising Futures | Social Services, Hunger and Homelessness at The New York Community Trust. Natasha Lifton manages grants that address hunger and homelessness, and social services and welfare.

Emily Marano is the Manager of Policy & Research at Single Stop, a nonprofit anti-poverty organization that streamlines access to available resources in the communities of their clients, such as public benefit programs, financial capability services, free tax preparation, legal services, and housing programs. In her role, Ms. Marano has developed an expertise in the eligibility rules for public benefit programs, helps to identify ways that programs can be more effectively coordinated, and highlights how accessing resources can improve college completion.

Gracie was a stay-at-home mom living with her partner and three children until two years ago. After her relationship ended, she struggled to make ends meet and entered the NYC shelter system. Gracie is now employed with a major corporation, and keeps busy advocating for her children and searching for permanent housing.

POTS would like to express a huge thanks to our panelists and attendees for joining this important discussion.

Here you will find a copy of the presentation slides from the forum.

Fall Breakfast Forum Presentation Slides