Lauren Knott (she, her, hers) has over 10 years of experience in policies and practices related to affordable housing and homelessness. She has extensive knowledge of federal programs serving low-income populations. Ms. Knott is the one of the lead technical assistance providers for HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, working with Seattle, Boston, and Vermont Balance of State Continuums of Care (CoCs) to draft plans to end youth homelessness. Ms. Knott also leads TAC’s efforts on youth homelessness, including facilitating community planning processes, developing products for community use, and helping communities ensure that youth voice is central in their strategies. She helped to author HUD’s Guidebooks on Ending Youth Homelessness series and has been a featured speaker on youth homelessness at national conferences. Additionally, Ms. Knott works with communities on designing and implementing their coordinated entry systems, applying a Housing First philosophy at both the agency and community levels, and navigating the requirements of the HUD CoC Program.
Prior to joining TAC, Ms. Knott was the Policy Coordinator at the North Carolina Housing Coalition, working on national and statewide policy initiatives. In other nonprofit settings, she has coordinated housing search programs and provided technical assistance to other shelter providers to improve their housing search programs.