Phoenix: Born of Ashes – Unhoused

Issues/Discussion Points

☼ Unique drivers/risks in Phoenix
☼ Effects of recession/housing bubble
☼ Forces for change

Unhoused in the Heat Track: Keynote Speakers

List of 3 items.

  • JENNIFER KIERNAN | March 1, 2022

    Kiernan is the founder and executive director of Saving Amy, an organization dedicated to accompanying families out of homelessness. Saving Amy coordinates a myriad of resources to aid and build community around those struggling to find their way out of the cycle of homelessness. She’ll be accompanied by women, mothers, who will share stories exploring their personal experience of homelessness and the obstacles they encountered trying to escape its cycle.
  • ED KABOTIE | March 3, 2022

    Kabotie is a third-generation artist from the Hopi village of Shungopavi and the Tewa village of Khap’o Owinge. He is also a singer/songwriter in a reggae/rock band, Tha ‘Yoties, and a notable composer of trilingual/multi-instrumental ‘nu-native’ music. Kabotie’s work emphasizes the historic and current plight of the people and lands of the Colorado Plateau. Kabotie has seen firsthand the devastating effects of mass incarceration on the indigenous community. Much of his art, music and advocacy has been to shed light on past and present conflicts between Arizona cities and neighboring indigenous communities, in order to foster a better understanding.
  • CYNDI TERCERO | March 7, 2022

    Tercero is the family and community engagement manager and Foster and McKinney-Vento point of contact for the Phoenix Union High School District, as well as the president of the Board of Directors of Homeless Youth Connection. An Arizona native, Cyndi has been with PUHSD for 20 years. She is responsible for establishing and coordinating district-wide dropout prevention programs and oversees staff responsible for connecting students and families to services and community resources. In 2016, she was one of 12 professionals nationally recognized by the White House as School Support Champions of Change.