MENDing Poverty Conference

MENDValley Nonprofit Resources invites you to the 9th Annual MENDing Poverty Conference on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Each year this conference brings together at the MEND Center in Pacoima 200 or more Southern California nonprofit, philanthropic, government and academic leaders to focus on challenges and opportunities of serving people living in poverty.  This year the conference, co-hosted by MEND and VNR, is Affordable Housing and Healthy Neighborhoods: Working Together Toward Sustainability.

Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, CEO of Los Angeles Family Housing is chair of the conference’s Planning Committee.  Confirmed keynote speakers are Mercedes Marquez, President of Marquez Community Strategy and former Assistant Secretary of HUD; Rushmore Cervantes, General Manager of LA Housing and Community Investment Department; and Trent Stamp, CEO of Eisner Foundation.  Three breakout workshops, each with knowledgeable speakers and community leaders, also will be presented: (1) What’s the Housing Mix in Your Neighborhood? Housing 101; (2) Who is Your Best Advocate? Engaging Clients in Public Policy What Does Stable Housing Look Like? and (3) Models & Resources for Housing Stability.  A conference invitation can be mailed or e-mailed to you by contacting VNR, or to learn more and register directly, go

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