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Summit on Ending Homelessness

The Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness partners offer a Summit on Ending Homelessness in the fall of each year. The Summit provides a forum for federal and state government, as well as statewide services agencies, to share best practices in ending homelessness. This two-day event allows time for networking and collaboration for case managers and administrators alike who are diligently working to improve the welfare of people in Michigan who are living in poverty and homelessness.

2023 Summit on Ending Homelessness, October 23 & 24, Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire

More information coming soon.

You can find select presentations from previous Summits here:

2020 Virtual Summit on Ending Homelessness

2015-2019 Summits on Ending Homelessness

Carla Javits Award

The Carla Javits award honors the hard work and commitment of a dedicated individual who embodies the defining characteristics possessed by the people and organizations that are immersed in Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness. This award is given out each year at the Summit to a deserving member of the Campaign as an acknowledgement of exemplary work being done to help Michigan reach its goal of ending homelessness.

About Carla Javits - Carla Javits was President and CEO of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) for six years, founding CSH’s California program in 1992.  Carla was known for her vision, leadership and humor. Under her leadership, Carla elevated CSH from a small nonprofit to an organization with a national footprint, impact and prominence.

Since February 2007, Carla has served as the President of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF). The REDF was created to expand economic opportunity for homeless and very low-income individuals through the creation of social purpose business ventures. “Carla’s forward thinking approach and commitment to ending homelessness served as tremendous inspiration to CSH staff, Carla’s peers, the housing and homelessness industry, and a former MSHDA Director who initiated Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness.”—Mercedes Brown, Michigan Director, CSH.


The values that we would like to acknowledge this year center around one or more of the following items:

  • A leader who is engaging the community to end homelessness with proven results.
  • An individual who has changed systems within the community, streamlining processes, using resources in a new way.
  • Someone who has forged new partnerships effectively and positively impacted their community, county, or region.


2021      Cynthia Arneson, Staircase Youth Services

2020      Tina Allen, Northwest Michigan Coalition to End Homelessness

2019      Melinda Johnson, Blue Water Community Action Agency

2018      Selwin O’NeaL, Homeless Action Network of Detroit

2017      Carole McCabe, Avalon Housing

2016      Cecil McNally, Goodwill Northern Michigan

2015      Kittie Tuinstra, Oceana’s Home Partnership

2014      Stephanie Kasprzak, Monroe County Opportunity Program

2013      Joan Jackson Johnson, City of Lansing

2012      Bret Finzel, Sunrise Centre

2011      Deb Hendren, Community Housing Network

2010      Ellen Kisinger-Rothi, Housing Resources, Inc.

2009      Betty Zylstra, Salvation Army Booth Family Services

2008      Sheila Clay, Neighborhood Service Organization

2007      Joseph Tardella, Southwest Counseling Solutions

2006      Carla Javits, Corporation for Supportive Housing

Update on the Carla Javits Award for 2022

Since 2006 CSH, in partnership with the Michigan Campaign to End Homelessness (MCTEH), has selected a recipient for the Carla Javits Leadership award as an acknowledgement of the exemplary work being done to help Michigan reach its goal of ending homelessness. As CSH and the MCTEH re-calibrate the way we work, centering racial equity and inclusivity, we are taking the opportunity to re-think this award, it’s purpose and it’s significance. To that end, we will not be presenting the Carla Javits Leadership award this year. Instead, CSH and the MCTEH will be soliciting input from those closest to the work of ending homelessness to understand how we can collectively acknowledge the incredible work of leaders across the state as well as what leadership and progress truly mean to you.

Please look for additional details on opportunities to provide input.