Affordable, Accessible, Integrated Housing – Expanding Options for People with Disabilities

CIL-NET Presents… A National Onsite Training:

August 23-25, 2016; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

Registration Fee: $150.00

  • Registration Deadline: Extended to August 15, 2016
  • Guestroom Reservation Deadline: Extended to August 12, 2016

CIL-NET is organizing this outstanding training opportunity to make sure that you and your co-workers are equipped to help individuals find housing, all while increasing the stock of affordable, accessible, integrated housing in your community!

Please join us in Pittsburgh this summer to learn from leading housing experts in Independent Living and housing.

Target Audience

CIL Administrators, Housing Specialists, Advocates and others concerned with increasing the availability of integrated, affordable, accessible housing for persons with disabilities


Sheraton Station Square

300 W Station Square Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

  • Front Desk: (412) 261-2000
  • Reservations: 866-716-8134
  • Rate: $159 / night (single / double). Mention “IL-NET Training” when making your reservation to receive the group rate.
  • Guestroom reservation deadline has been extended to August 12, 2016.


August 23rd

  • 8:30: Registration Opens
  • 9:00: Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:45: Overview of Public Policy
  • 10:30: Break
  • 10:45: How the Housing System Works: Housing Vocabulary and Concepts
  • 11:15: Housing Issues for People with Behavioral Health Disorders
  • 11:45: Show Me the Money
  • 12:15: Lunch with presentation
  • 1:30: Accessing Housing – Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, A Successful Example
  • 3:00: Break
  • 3:15: Rural and Frontier Housing
  • 4:00: Effective Advocacy
  • 4:30: Wrap-Up & Discussion

August 24th

  • 9:00: Questions & Review
  • 9:15: Getting Started Assisting Consumers in Choosing, Getting, and Keeping Integrated Community Housing
  • 10:30: Break
  • 10:45: Planning and Preparing for Housing
  • 12:00: Lunch with presentation
  • 1:30: Finding Affordable Units
  • 3:00: Break
  • 3:15: Finding Affordable Units
  • 4:15: Wrap-Up & Discussion

August 25th

  • 9:00: Questions & Review
  • 9:15: Supporting Choice through Reasonable Accommodation
  • 10:15: Choosing Housing: Supporting People as they Refine and Focus Choice
  • 10:45: Break
  • 11:00: Getting Housing: Now or later?  Applying, waiting, or moving now
  • 11:30: Realistic planning – what might come up?
  • 12:00: Lunch with presentation
  • 1:30: Housing Transition Action Plan
  • 3:00: Final Wrap-up, Discussion, and Evaluation
  • 3:15: Training Ends

Meet Your Presenters

Ann Denton is the Director of the Center for Technical Assistance and Training at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). Ann is a recognized expert on homelessness, mental illness, system change and housing issues for people with mental health and other disabilities.

Sherri Downing, B.A., is a senior program manager for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) who is nationally recognized for her expertise in addressing homelessness and housing issues, particularly in rural and frontier areas.

Karen Michalski-Karney is the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center, providing services in and around Roanoke, Virginia.

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET and SILC-NETCIL-NET is a program of the IL NET national training and technical assistance project for Centers for Independent Living (CIL-NET) and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC-NET). The IL NET is operated by the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL).