Founder and Of Counsel
With over 30 years of experience with homelessness and legal issues, Ms. Fleetwood has successfully developed local, regional and national strategies to enhance both targeted and mainstream resources available to address homelessness. She has extensive expertise working with local, state and federal government on homelessness policy, planning and program development. Known as a master facilitator, Ms. Fleetwood provides technical assistance to community programs nationwide and has extensive expertise working with local, state and federal government to develop strategies for effective service delivery. She has led numerous strategic planning efforts, including ten year plans for the State of California, San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County. She has also been a facilitator for federal agency efforts, including Policy Academies on co-occurring disorders and chronic and family homelessness. Ms. Fleetwood works hand-in-hand with communities to implement homelessness prevention programming, and to enhance access to housing and other needed services, including health and mental health care. She designs programs, facilitates program start-up, develops agency and community level policies, and secures funding to support housing and services for homeless people. Her work has included assisting local communities in securing millions of dollars in grants and awards through HUD Homeless Assistance funding, FEMA, SAMHSA, and other sources—including a $7 million federal discretionary award to launch the Bay Area’s Regional Innovative Initiative to Reduce Homelessness. Ms. Fleetwood also founded and actualized the Bay Area Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness and Housing and the Reducing Homelessness Task Force, which have launched numerous new programs, including The Regional Homeless Volunteer Corps. Ms. Fleetwood has extensive experience assisting communities in developing and implementing homeless prevention and rapid rehousing projects, multi-disciplinary outreach teams, and multi-service centers—including an award-winning comprehensive program for people who are chronically homeless that includes outreach, treatment, housing, and integrated services. Ms. Fleetwood also served as co-lead facilitator for the National African American Mental Health and Substance Abuse Summit (DHHS SAMHSA). She is an expert presenter for SAMHSA on Cultural Competency in Serving People Who Are Homeless, and Discharge Planning to Prevent Homelessness, and has designed a comprehensive TA conference to expand access to Medicaid and other benefit programs. She oversaw the development of the Homelessness 101: Managing HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grants training materials and the Homeless 101: Calculating Resident Rent materials. She also provided HUD Technical Assistance on various projects such as California Regional Continuum/Balance of State Needs Assessment, Creating Policies and Procedures for Continuums of Care, and Department of Labor Mainstreaming Needs Assessment.