Taiisa Kelly is a dedicated advocate for social justice, who has worked with Monarch Housing Associates for over 10 years and now serves as the recently appointed CEO for the agency. Monarch's mission is to expand the supply, accessibility and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships. Working closely with local governments, non-profit agencies and other community stakeholders, Mrs. Kelly has facilitated the development and implementation of strategies to end homelessness, expand housing opportunities and create innovative programs targeting those most in need. Taiisa has worked with 12 of the 16 Continuums of Care in the state of New Jersey on all aspects of homeless planning since 2008 and has coordinated the statewide point in time count since 2014. With an eye towards moving communities in New Jersey closer to ending homelessness, Taiisa has assisted Monarch in expanding homeless planning services offered to include 10 year plan development, Continuum of Care grant writing and system oversight, project monitoring, CoC grant administration technical assistance and innovative program development. These efforts also include assisting communities in effectively using data for planning, coordinating & analyzing the statewide Point-in-Time Count, and conducting local analysis of HMIS data for CoC planning and program evaluation purposes. Taiisa has worked tirelessly for over 10 years in the field of homeless planning to ensure everyone has access to the basic human right of housing. Through intentional action, beautiful transformation is possible.
3:30 PM–4:45 PM Feb 21, 2019 (US - Pacific)