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What is a "charrette"?

A charrette is a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions. Find out more from the Corporation for Supportive Housing here.

Anyone from across the Cambridge community who has a stake in the issue of homelessness is warmly invited to join the conversation and lend their voice.

You can come for as much or as little as you like: whether for just one session, or all three days!

Schedule of Sessions

Tuesday, September 15

Location: Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden Street

  • 9:00 am: Welcome (opening remarks from Mayor David Maher and City Manager Richard Rossi)
  • 9:30 to 11:30 am:  Serving Frequent Users of Emergency Services
  • 12:30 to 2:30 pm: "Housing First" Service Models
  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm: Strategies for Increasing Investment
Complimentary refreshments: Coffee offered throughout the day, pastries served beginning at 8:45 for the Welcome session, and popcorn bar from 2:30 to 3:00. Lunch not served but participants will have time to eat on their own.

Wednesday, September 16

Location: Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden Street

  • 9:00 am: Welcome (opening remarks from City Councilor Marc McGovern)
  • 9:30 to 11:30 am: Increasing Housing Supply for People Experiencing Homelessness
  • 12:30 to 2:30 pm: Services and Policies to Prevent Homelessness
  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm: Service Navigation and Systems Coordination
Complimentary refreshments: Coffee offered throughout the day, pastries served beginning at 8:45 for the Welcome session, and popcorn bar from 2:30 to 3:00. Lunch not served but participants will have time to eat on their own.

Friday, September 18

Location: YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple Street

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Community Recommendations
Complimentary refreshments: Coffee and pastries.


Panelists

(Watch this space as we add further panelists to the program!)

Serving Frequent Users of Emergency Services

  • Mark Casanova, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
  • Sarah Ciambrone, Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Kevin Irwin, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Heather Patrick, Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Cathy Pemberton, Cambridge Police Department
  • Mary Shannon Thomas, Eliot Community Human Services

"Housing First" Service Models

  • Suzanne Armstrong, Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Emily Buzzell, Miriam's Kitchen (Washington, DC)
  • Lori Cain, HomeStart
  • Mark Casanova, Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
  • Sam Dodge, San Francisco Mayor's Office of HOPE
  • Heather Patrick, Boston Health Care for the Homeless

Strategies for Increasing Investment

  • Chris Cotter, City of Cambridge  Community Development Department
  • Peter Daly, Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. 
  • Larry Gottlieb, Eliot Community Human Services
  • Aimee Hendrigan, Melville Charitable Trust
  • Tom Lorello, Heading Home
  • Eva Martin-Blythe, YWCA Cambridge

Increasing Housing Supply for People Experiencing Homelessness

  • Chris Cotter, City of Cambridge  Community Development Department
  • Peter Daly, Homeowner's Rehab, Inc. 
  • John Dunne, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Aaron Gornstein, Preservation of Affordable Housing
  • Greg Russ, Cambridge Housing Authority
  • Mark Winkeller, Caritas Communities

Services and Policies to Prevent Homelessness

  • Beth Anderson, HomeStart
  • Larry Gottlieb, Eliot Community Human Services
  • Miriam Greenburg, Eliot Community Human Services
  • Risa Mednick, Transition House
  • Ellen Shachter, Greater Boston Legal Services

Service Navigation and Systems Coordination

  • Emily Buzzell, Miriam's Kitchen (Washington, DC)
  • Sam Dodge, San Francisco Mayor's Office of HOPE
  • Josh Levin, City of Cambridge — Department of Human Service Programs
  • Jim O'Connell, Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Tom Plihcik, New Lease for Homeless Families
  • Lisa Tepper Bates, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness



We encourage the use of public transportation to charrette venues. However, the Sheraton Commander has paid parking available for $10 a day.

We thank Lesley University's Child Homelessness Initiative for their contribution to the event refreshments.


Diagram of Charrette Process
 

Questions? Contact us