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Project Homekey: California’s Newest Plan to Address Homelessness

Friday, September 25, 2020 -
9:30am to 10:30am PDT
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The State of California recently launched Project Homekey as the State’s next phase of response to protect Californians experiencing homeless from COVID-19. This effort leverages $600 million in CARES Act funding to support counties in acquiring and renovating properties to convert them into service-enriched housing units. As a part of this effort, the State joined with private partners to establish a Services Subsidy Fund that is providing funding to support operating costs for services and wraparound service supports for new state-acquired housing units. Join us to learn more about the Project Homekey initiative and its progress to-date, hear learnings from key partners, and what roles philanthropy can play to support Project Homekey and other projects that are in the pipeline.


Noni Ramos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. (ECLF).
Noni Ramos is senior vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. (ECLF).  Noni is responsible for leading the lending, portfolio and risk management, finance, and administration functions to implement ECLF’s strategic direction.  She also oversees Enterprise’s New Markets Tax Credits investments.Noni joined Enterprise in 2008 with more than 15 years of community development experience. Prior to her current position, she was vice president of capital solutions and previously served as chief lending officer of Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Enterprise’s U.S. Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). 

Before joining Enterprise, Noni was the chief credit officer for the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) where she was responsible for directing all lending and portfolio management functions for its national portfolio of community development real estate loans.  She also held various lending and programmatic positions of progressive leadership during her 14-year tenure at LIIF. She began her professional career with Citibank. Noni serves as a board member of Mercy Community Capital, the CDFI affiliate of Mercy Housing, Inc., which provides flexible funding to socially responsible community developers in support of affordable housing and essential community infrastructure projects. She is also a member of Opportunity Finance Network’s NMTC Advisory Board. 

Noni received a bachelor’s degree from the Walter Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master’s in public administration from the California State University, East Bay. She is a proud graduate of INROADS, SF Bay Area. 

Velasquez, Director, California Department of Housing & Community Development.
Gustavo Velasquez is the Director of the California Department of Housing & Community Development. Prior to this role, he was the director of Urban–Greater DC, a cross-center initiative and multidisciplinary program of evidence and policy analysis focused on the national capital region. Velasquez served for nearly three years as an assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He served on behalf of the president as the strategic lead of the fair housing and inclusive community agenda for the Obama administration.
During his tenure, HUD achieved groundbreaking enforcement victories in fair lending and in major housing discrimination cases. Velasquez led efforts to promulgate the landmark. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, a key tool for cities, states, and other HUD funding recipients to reduce inequality and disparities in access to opportunity. Velasquez worked in executive roles in the administrations of DC mayors Anthony Williams, Adrian Fenty, and Vincent Gray. He also has nonprofit experience as executive director of the Latino Economic Development Center, a local community development organization in Washington, DC, and Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the leading social service provider to Latinos in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in public administration.
John Vu, Vice President of strategy, Kaiser Permanente Community Health.
John Vu is Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of strategy for Community Health. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of key strategies to help deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of communities. His focus is to ensure alignment and integration of major priorities and business plans.

John has been with Kaiser Permanente for 18 years and was previously a director in national strategic planning and a management consultant focused on business planning. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he worked in health care consulting in the areas of strategy and board governance. John serves on the advisory council for the Association for Community Health Improvement as part of the American Hospital Association, was a fellow in America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP) Executive Leadership Program, and was named a Diversity MBA Top 100 Under 50 executive leader in 2013. He is a graduate of executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John earned a bachelor's in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a master's in public health from San Diego State University.


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This program is open to members of NCG, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers. 


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