Nili Soni serves as the first-ever Continuum of Care Coordinator for Interagency Commission on Homelessness in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. She oversees implementation of a community-wide plan to end homelessness and coordinates public-private partnership. She successfully led the Zero:2016 Veterans Initiative and Inside (Not Outside) initiative focused on ending Chronic homelessness. Montgomery County achieved functional zero for Veterans experiencing homelessness at the end of December 2015. The County’s effort has been recognized by both the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Zero:2016 campaign. Prior to her current job, she worked with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) for 7 years, where she served as the Director for Safe Havens, Veteran Safe Havens, and Permanent Supportive Housing programs with 55+ staff members. Prior to that, Nili worked as a social worker at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Child Welfare Division, where she provided case management to children and families in the Kinship system. In addition, she worked in India as a social activist working for women rights and combating sexual harassment. In her university days, she staged and supervised different seminars to increase awareness about sexual harassment. In August 1999, India’s Supreme Court treated as a writ petition letters written by women’s organizations to the chief justice regarding a case of sexual harassment. Nili, holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Families and Children. She also acquired a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
4:00 PM–5:30 PM Jul 24, 2018 (US - Eastern)