Samantha Batko

Director, Homeless Research Institute
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Washington, DC , US

Samantha Batko, Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, leads the research arm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. In that role, she monitors trends in homelessness, homeless assistance and at-risk populations; identifies and promotes promising local practices; and translates research to improve homelessness policy and practice. Ms. Batko also serves as the co-chair of the Alliance?s Research Council. Before this position, Ms. Batko focused on crafting policy and identifying promising programs that end homelessness for unaccompanied youth and young parents as a member of the Alliance?s policy team. She also served as the Alliance?s lead staff person on issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. She has previous experience helping state and local governments, communities and nonprofits design and implement rapid re-housing/Housing First systems and programs. Ms. Batko joined the Alliance in February 2006 after graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Psychology.

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