Sherri Downing, B.A.

Senior Program Manager
Sherri Downing, B.A., is a senior program manager for AHP who is nationally recognized for her expertise in addressing homelessness and housing issues, particularly in rural and frontier areas. She is a systems thinker with excellent capacity-building and organizational skills. Ms. Downing is an experienced leader with solid project management and planning capabilities and a strong background in implementing evidence-based practices. She has expertise in the issues that lead to and sustain homelessness in these and urban environments, including poverty, domestic and sexual violence, trauma, chemical dependencies, mental health disorders, and co-occurring disorders. She is an experienced coalition and capacity builder and is knowledgeable about public housing initiatives and implementing the strategies, public policies, and practices needed to address homelessness.

Ms. Downing has been part of onsite AHP technical assistance (TA) teams that craft, deliver, and report on training targeted to specific groups on topics including cultural competence, trauma-informed practice, fair housing, and services in supportive housing implementation. She has participated in creating a number of resources on a wide range of topics, including substance use treatment, homelessness prevention, youth homelessness, veteran homelessness, Medicaid as a resource for addressing chronic homelessness, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Collaboration Project content. As a national SSI, SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) trainer, Ms. Downing is skilled at training service providers to procure income supports for persons who are experiencing homelessness and struggling with behavioral health disorders.

As the owner/principal of a Helena, Montana-based consulting firm for 18 years, Ms. Downing has worked with a variety of state agencies and other stakeholders to coordinate the Governor’s Council on Homelessness and the statewide effort to conceptualize, write, and implement Montana’s 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness. In this capacity, Ms. Downing established the SOAR Initiative for Montana and served as team lead from 2004 to 2009. Ms. Downing is an experienced writer and has served as the lead for numerous successful grant proposals, including successfully accessing $30.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funds between 2003 and 2010 for projects including new construction, rental rehabilitation, public facilities, first-time homebuyers, and tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA).