2021 Keynote Speaker:
President and CEO, Pathways to Housing PA
The Northeast Regional Honors Council is excited to announce Christine Simiriglia, President and CEO of Pathways to Housing PA, as our 2021 Keynote Speaker!
Christine established Pathways to Housing PA in Philadelphia in 2008. Pathways currently serves approximately 550 chronically homeless people with multiple disabilities in permanent, scattered site housing, using the Housing First and Harm Reduction models. The program has had remarkable results with a population that doesn’t usually see a lot of successes. You can learn more at: www.pathwaystohousingpa.org
In 2014, she launched the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB), providing free furnishings to individuals and families moving out of homelessness. PFB believes that no one should sleep on the floor (www.phillyfurniturebank.org).
In 2016 Pathways became the first Housing First program to use a scattered site/harm reduction model to work with homeless people struggling with Opioid Use Disorder.
In 2020, Pathways launched Housing First University for agencies and communities looking to adopt the model. Pathways believes that the best trainers are practitioners who can answer questions that no one else can (www.housingfirstuniversity.org).
For fifteen years prior, Chris held several positions with the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, leaving the position of Vice President in 2008. In the early 90’s, she worked as Assistant Director for the Center City Proprietors’ Association, which included managing their I Do Care Foundation. Prior to that, she ran the Outreach Coordination Center at Project H.O.M.E.; was Assistant Director at the City’s newly formed Office of Services to the Homeless and Adults; and served as Assistant Director for the Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless.
On Saturday, April 10th, 2021, Christine will deliver the keynote address in response to the theme “Infrequently Asked Questions: Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems.” Christine’s background of success in community outreach is the perfect example of seeking solutions to difficult problems in order to make a significant impact in one’s surrounding community. Her keynote speech will be followed by an open question-and-answer session from all attendees.
For more information on Pathways to Housing PA, please visit www.pathwaystohousingpa.org
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