Family and Youth Homelessness: Across the US to the Bay Area

Each February, leaders from across the nation gather to share solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing our communities: family and youth homelessness. This event will provide an opportunity to connect the nonprofit sector with civic technologists and local citizens who care about making an impact. Please join HandUp.org with a special unofficial happy hour in conjunction with the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness!


Hear from experts who have dedicated their careers to eradicating homelessness as we discuss the current landscape, challenges, local versus national strategy, and where technology and the community (you!) fit in. 

Enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres while networking with others who focus their work on poverty, technology, civic engagement, political objectives and more. We'll host a short panel discussion featuring national policy experts who are in town for the conference as well local organizations who are putting new solutions into practice.

Jessica Delaney, Resident Services Manager, Abode Services (Oakland)

Jessica Delaney is the Resident Services Manager at Abode Services and has dedicated 20 years to improving the lives of underserved families and individuals throughout the Bay Area. She is a leader in her agency’s efforts to create affordable housing solutions through new and innovative programs and partnerships. Jessica currently oversees Abode’s permanent supportive housing communities in Alameda, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. These programs provide on-site case management and supportive services to help vulnerable families and individuals maintain their housing and end the cycle of homelessness.

Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator, US Interagency Council on Homelessness (Seattle)

Katy has worked with local leaders to design and implement innovative solutions to homelessness in the northwestern United States for more than two decades. For 13 years, both in government and non-profit sectors, she led high-performing teams to maximize local, state, and Federal resources for the greatest impact. As a public and private funder, she formed partnerships that created thousands of housing and service opportunities for individuals and families and launched new initiatives that helped people move out of homelessness permanently.

Sammie Rayner, Co-founder and COO, HandUp (San Francisco)

Sammie Rayner is a Co-Founder and the COO for HandUp, a fundraising tool for human service nonprofits in the US. In just two years, Sammie has grown HandUp’s partner network to over 20 organizations, with over $1 million raised through their platform for homelessness neighbors to date. Before joining HandUp, Sammie co-founded and served as Executive Director for Lumana, a microfinance organization in West Africa. Sammie is passionate about market-based solutions to poverty and excited to bring her experience internationally to tackle urban poverty in the U.S.

Aimee Armata, MFTI, Chief of Program Operations, Bay Area Community Services (Oakland)

Aimee Armata is the Chief Program Officer at Bay Area Community Services. Aimee has worked in community mental health, housing, harm reduction, acute crisis and advocacy service settings in the Bay Area for over 15 years exclusively with Adolescents, TAY, LGBTQ youth and Adults with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. Aimee situates clinical work as social justice intervention and prioritizes community led, culturally responsive practices that specially address mental health, health, access and resource related cultural disparity and socially sanctioned disparities. Aimee is an advocate for youth and communities that have persistently under and inappropriately served and has worked to integrate recovery services into non-traditional mental health settings where folks are more likely to already be connected through the transformational power of choice, values and relationships. She has an MA Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Transformation and an MA Counseling Psychology, Specialization in Community Mental Health.