Christine Achre, CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, Speaks at a Congressional Briefing in Washington

Chicago, Illinois – February 1, 2016 – Primo Center for Women and Children (Primo Center) announces its CEO Christine Achre is going to speak in Washington at a Congressional briefing on Services Matter – How Housing and Services can End Family Homelessness. The event is sponsored by The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness on February 3, 2016.

February 3, 2016
3:30 – 4:30 PM (EST)
S. Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC – 200
Washington D.C.

“Family homelessness is at a critical point across America and this briefing is a big step in facilitating change,” said Christine Achre, CEO Primo Center for Women and Children. “It’s an honor to participate in this briefing and to partner with The Bassuk Center, my industry colleagues and our supporting organizations.”

In addition to Ms. Achre, additional speakers include: Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D. Chair, Advisory Board, The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth, Needham, MA; Mary E. Haskett, Ph.D. Director, Family Studies Research Team, Professor of Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Alisa Thornton Client Advocate and Speaker, Doorways for Woman and Families, Arlington, VA and Joe Willard, MA Vice President, Policy, People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Supporting Organizations
Center for Social Innovation, Center for Transforming Lives (Tarrant County, TX), Doorways for Women and Families (Arlington, VA), First Focus Campaign for Children, Homeless Prenatal Program (San Francisco, CA), Homes for Families (MA), Homestretch (Falls Church, VA), kettlebells4kids, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, National Coalition for the Homeless, People’s Emergency Center (Philadelphia, PA), Primo Center for Women and Children (Chicago, IL), and Project CATCH (Raleigh, NC).

About The Bassuk Center
The Bassuk Center connects and supports communities across the nation that are responding to family homelessness. Using research-based knowledge and evidence-based solutions, we advance policies and practices that ensure stabilization of homeless and vulnerable children, youth, and families, and promote their wellbeing. For more info, visit

About Primo Center for Women and Children
The Primo Center provides a continuum of housing solutions combined with mental health and support services to homeless women, men and children. The agency is committed to breaking the cycles of poverty, violence and homelessness, allowing families to eventually thrive in their home communities. Learn more at

About Christine Achre
Ms. Achre is presently the CEO of Primo Center for Women and Children, a comprehensive social services organization located in Chicago and focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness in families. As a trained clinician with expertise in trauma-informed care, Ms. Achre has provided services to homeless families since 1995 and has focused on program development, research, and clinical practice, geared towards the implementation of best practices for homeless families. She has also worked within the children’s mental health sector and has participated in the dialogue on the administration and financing for a comprehensive system of care for children.