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Director of Program and Practice Innovation

Kris Billhardt, M.ED., ED.S., has worked in the domestic and sexual violence movement for over three decades. As a service provider, manager, and activist, her work has been fueled by a commitment to shape and implement approaches that push toward ever more meaningful and effective response to survivors. Kris’ accomplishments include development of a nationally recognized innovative program design, extensive training, coaching, and technical assistance, and authorship of several publications. The Home Free program, which Kris built and directed over a span of 21 years, has been recognized for programmatic innovation that helped to move the field. Named as a best practice in 2010, Home Free’s “Housing First” program pioneered provision of DV-specific rapid re-housing, mobile advocacy, and flexible financial assistance. After many years of working as a service provider and program manager, Kris brings her experience to her work as a technical assistance provider for the National Alliance for Safe Housing and as an independent consultant. She is excited to partner with others who aspire to enhance our approaches and effect broad systems change built on insights and innovations in the DSV field and other social change movements.

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