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“State of Housing for Vulnerable Populations in the Tri-Valley” presented by TVNPA’s Anti-Poverty Collaborative

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for TVNPA’s Anti-Poverty Collaborative event, “State of Housing for Vulnerable Populations in the Tri-Valley,” on May 2, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore.

The program will feature key presentations by Michelle Starratt, Alameda County Housing Director, and Jonathan Russell Director of Alameda County Health Housing and Homelessness, where they aim to address the urgent need for housing solutions for seniors, transitioned-age youth, people with disabilities, homeless and the nearly homeless.

Following the lead discussion, a panel of local nonprofit leaders including City Serve of the Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen, Interfaith Housing, Sunflower Hill, Tri-Valley Haven, and Goodness Village, will share insights on current trends, successful strategies, and ongoing community needs. This collaborative event is a call to action for all stakeholders to join forces in the fight against poverty and homelessness in the Tri-Valley area.

The event is open to the public and free of charge, underscoring TVNPA’s commitment to inclusive community engagement and solution-oriented dialogue.


Thank you to our sponsor for this event:

Sharan Aminy has been employed in the nonprofit field for over 25 years. She worked for La Familia Counseling Services and then became Alameda County’s Eden Information & Referral, 2-1-1 Program Manager for over a decade. Sharan’s served diverse populations over her career including serving at-risk youth, the homeless, the formerly incarcerated, and individuals impacted by domestic violence, gun, and gang violence. Currently, Sharan is Tri-Valley Haven’s Director of Domestic Violence Services where she oversees their confidential Domestic Violence Shelter, Transitional Housing Program, and two housing assistance programs. Sharan graduated the University of California Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She is motivated by a passion for social equity and justice to create safer and more caring communities.


Christine Beitsch-Bahmani joined CityServe of the Tri-Valley in September 2019 as the Chief Executive Officer. With 28 years of proven leadership experience, she specializes in coordinating services through collaborative efforts among local faith groups, businesses, schools, nonprofits, and local governments. Her expertise lies in organizational development, innovation, collaboration, executive coaching, volunteer recruitment, strategic project coordination, and creative direction, serving as a catalyst for constructive change across various platforms.

Christine holds a distinctive Masters in Leadership degree from William Jessup University and actively participates in discussions locally and nationwide on topics that engage volunteerism, create local impact, analyze trends and gaps, and inspire community collaboration.

She is also the Founding Executive Director of Compassion Network, which partners with 70 Non-Denominational Christian congregations and 27 social service agencies in Newark, Fremont, and Union City, CA. Christine established the Compassion Network office at the Fremont City Hall complex in 2006 and passed the baton after 13 years of dedicated service, transitioning to her current role of extending assistance to more individuals in need in the Tri-Valley region.

Under her leadership, CityServe of the Tri-Valley has experienced remarkable growth and impact, including a significant increase in the quality and volume of care provided to the community. She created initiatives such as the Venture Up Internship Program, Collab Labs, Season of Serving, Compassion Month, BeWell Camps, Right Track Courses, Care Wheel Model, and the launch of Newszine have further strengthened CityServe’s mission and reach.

Christine is known for her creative vision and deep commitment to driving positive change for the most vulnerable community members. Her future plans include expanding services, engaging new partnerships, and continuing to advocate for vulnerable populations in the Tri-Valley region. Colleagues and partners commend her leadership style, collaborative approach, and unwavering dedication to serving others.


John Bost has served as Executive Director of Open Heart Kitchen since January 2023. Before coming on staff, John served from 2006-2022 as Lead Pastor and Head of Staff at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School in Livermore. He has served churches in Illinois, Ohio, and southern California. John has also served as President of the Advisory Council of the Livermore Homeless Refuge, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Haitian Timoun Foundation, a Dialysis Chaplain in Vellore, India, and as a Child Protective Services Investigator in North Carolina. He holds degrees from Appalachian State University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a background in social work, sociology, theology, ethics, project management, leadership development, microfinance, and poverty eradication. John and his wife, Shawnda, are the lucky parents of three above-average children: Zoey, 21, Journey, 18, and Sam, 14. John, Shawnda, and their three children have called Livermore home since 2006.


Kim Curtis is the Executive Director and Program Founder of Goodness Village. She leads the Village’s mission to provide the Tri-Valley’s formerly unhoused neighbors a safe and supportive community to live independently, heal, and thrive! Goodness Village is an innovative, low barrier, community centric program that incorporates the use of tiny homes, 24/7 wrap-around mental health services, onsite case management, and a three-tier vocational program to assist individuals successfully transition out of chronic homelessness. Thanks to the support of Senator Glazer’s office, Goodness Village has secured funding for a phase 2 expansion, which includes the addition of a spacious community center and extra homes. Construction for this expansion is scheduled to commence in early 2024.

With 18+ years of experience, Kim Curtis launched her career with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Since 2012, she has held the distinguished title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker, demonstrating her commitment to professional growth and expertise in the field. Her unwavering dedication has been directed towards forming partnerships with the chronically unhoused population. She has developed a specialization in addressing the co-occurrence of mental health challenges and substance use within this community.

Susan Houghton is the Founder of Sunflower Hill, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of affordable housing, life skills and enrichment programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).   Sunflower HIll’s 30-unit complex at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton opened in 2021 and was the first affordable residential community in the Tri-Valley designed entirely for individuals with I/DD. Other communities are now in development – including Grace Point in Dublin – designed for 60+ residents with a dedicated art gallery.  Sunflower Hill’s strong garden program at Hagemann Ranch in Livermore also provides opportunities for adults with disabilities from throughout the Tri-Valley to learn horticulture skills. More than 80 percent of the produce grown at Hagemann Ranch is donated to local nonprofits, including Tri-Valley Haven, Open Heart Kitchen, Culinary Angels, Shepherds Gate and Hope Hospice.

In her day job, Susan manages the climate resilience and carbon management portfolio at the Livermore Lab Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit supporting the fundamental research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A former television journalist, she served in senior public affairs and communications positions at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and UC Berkeley, among others.  She is on the board of directors for Three Valleys Community Foundation and loves being at the intersection of philanthropy, community and academic engagement. Susan has a BS degree in Journalism from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, an MS degree in Nonprofit Management from Louisiana State University and is both a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and CANDID Expert Trainer – often teaching for TVNPA as part of The Philanthropy Institute.


Jonathan serves as the Director of the Alameda County Office of Homeless Care and Coordination. As a seasoned systems strategist and former non-profit executive, he brings a wealth of experience and to his role. Before his appointment in March 2024, Jonathan was the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at Bay Area Community Services (BACS), a leading non-profit organization specializing in behavioral health, homelessness services, and housing development across five counties in the greater Bay Area. In this capacity, he was responsible for steering strategic direction, program design, and new business and fund development. His role also encompassed managing government and external relations, real estate development, data analytics, evaluations, community engagement, advocacy, and policy.

Jonathan’s extensive experience includes leading direct service teams and large scale program operations on Skid Row, Los Angeles, and overseeing a diverse portfolio of program operations, from homelessness prevention to affordable housing development, throughout the Bay Area. This background has endowed him with a deep and diverse practitioner’s knowledge and a solid grounding in systems and policy, particularly in the areas of homelessness and behavioral health, rooted in a racial and housing justice lens. Residing on Ohlone Chochenyo land in the East Bay, he continues to advocate for and contribute to impactful change at the intersections of these critical social issues.

Michelle Starratt, with 30 years of career experience in housing and community development in progressively responsible leadership roles, brings compassion to her role as Alameda County’s Housing Director. She has led large-scale initiatives that enhance community programs and address public needs, successfully raising funding for housing and special needs programs through research, grant writing, and program development.  She ensures successful deployment of local, state and federal funds to maximize funds and deliver results to those in need.

Michelle returned to the County in March of 2020 just as the COVID-19 Pandemic began after spending eighteen months at UC Berkeley as their Director of Housing Development.  During the pandemic, she successfully implemented the County-wide Emergency Rental Assistance Program, providing more than 9k households with funds to cover rent.  She oversaw the reorganization of HCD, and successfully implemented the Measure A1 Affordable Housing Bond Programs.

Prior to UC Berkeley, Michelle spent 20 years working for Alameda County’s Housing and Community Development Department, 8 years as the Deputy Director.  In her career, Michelle has focused on public funding for housing development that focus on special needs tenants, including those with HIV/AIDS, Mental health Issues and those who have been homeless.


Laning Thompson is currently the vice-president of the Interfaith Housing board, which owns and operates three apartment communities for low-income seniors in Livermore. A native of Philadelphia, she moved to Livermore in 2006 and has been involved with other non-profits providing shelter or housing for almost 30 years.




Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550 United States
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