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Have a Heart Forum on Homelessness

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Community United Methodist Church

6652 Heil Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Homeless United Huntington Beach along with local partners present:

HAVE A HEART FORUM ON HOMELESSNESS

-GATHER with residents and organizations committed to finding solutions to end homelessness.
-CONNECT and share what you and others are doing and learn about what we can do together.
-LISTEN to topic experts discuss solutions including HOUSING FIRST / SAFE PARKING / HB CITY UPDATE.
-TRANSFORM your community by collaborating and taking informed, evidence-based action.

Join us at Community United Methodist Church on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30 pm.

A light dinner and refreshments will be provided (donations on the evening of the event will be gratefully accepted).


SPEAKER BIOS:

Susan Price

Susan Price was hired by the County of Orange, Chief Executive Office, in May of 2016 as the first Director of Care Coordination. This position, dubbed the Homeless Czar by the media, was envisioned by Supervisor Andrew Do, in an endeavor to provide leadership on the issue of homelessness and to better coordinate County Departmental resources to improve the County response to homelessness.

Susan completed “An Assessment of Homeless Services in Orange County”, which was presented to the Board of Supervisors on October 2016. In her assessment, she outlined her findings, recommendations and next steps for Orange County. Susan has been working towards the implementation of these recommendations and provided an update during a Study Session on Building the County’s System of Care on April 2018. She is working with cities and community-based organizations to strengthen regional capacity and multi-city, multi-sector investments to prevent and address homelessness, coordinate public and private resources to meet the needs of the homeless population in Orange County and promote integration of services throughout the community that improve the countywide response to homelessness.

Susan is an Orange County native and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.

http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/care



Dr. Teresa L. Smith

Teresa Smith founded Dreams for Change in 2009 to provide comprehensive social services through innovative programming and research. Through her experiences, Teresa saw the need in promoting a new generation of ideas, institutions and business practices to meet the new set of social challenges. Dreams for Change became a platform to bring innovative programs such as Safe Parking and workforce training to address the growing homeless population in San Diego.

Teresa is a fellow of the REDF Social Enterprise National Accelerator program and was recently awarded the James Irvine Foundation State Leadership Award. Teresa’s education includes a BS in psychology from Western Michigan University, MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and an MA and Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the California Institute in Human Sciences. Teresa also served eight years in the US Army Reserve coordinating mental health services.

http://www.dreamsforchange.org



Lori Ann Ferrell

Lori Ann Farrell Harrison was appointed Assistant City Manager in September 2017. Previously the City's Chief Financial Officer, she is a local government expert with 26 years of management experience in both the public and private sectors.

As the CFO for the City of Huntington Beach, Farrell Harrison was responsible for the financial oversight of the city's $344 million annual budget and former redevelopment agency funding. She was instrumental in creating a financing plan to develop the city's new 50,000 square foot Senior Center in Central Park. She is also attributed with achieving an "AAA" rating for the City of Huntington Beach from Fitch Ratings due to her leadership, financial acumen and expertise.

She previously served as the City Controller for the City of Long Beach, and later became Chief Financial Officer overseeing a department of 136 employees and a City budget of $2.3 billion. She is the former President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Farrell Harrison received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and has a Bachelor's Degree from Barnard College of Columbia University.

https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/services/homeless-solutions/

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