University of Maryland’s Dr. Samuel B. Little Prioritizes Homeless Families

image003Samuel B. Little, PhD, is Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. He manages the functions of field education for more than 900 students in the MSW program. Students are placed at 23 agencies that assist homeless families in the Baltimore-Washington region. These field placements allow interns to have a role in providing housing assistance, job placement, health intervention, behavioral health treatment, inter-agency collaboration, advocacy and research. Dr. Little’s goal in 2016 is to significantly expand opportunities for MSW interns to work with homeless families.

During his tenure as an executive at the housing authority in Baltimore, District of Columbia, and Philadelphia, Dr. Little was a pivotal leader with municipal agencies, local shelters, and community-based programs helping homeless families access affordable housing. In this role, he placed equal emphasis on homelessness prevention and intervention. Recognizing the difficulties faced by children and adolescents, Dr. Little leveraged innovative partnerships with foundations, redevelopment agencies, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He was instrumental in developing a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in several cities.

In addition to his work at the School of Social Work, Dr. Little is the Founding President of the National Alliance of Resident Services in Affordable and Assisted Housing (NAR-SAAH), a national membership organization for public housing professionals, resident council leaders, and service providers. NAR-SAAH advocates for supportive housing, provides technical assistance to prevent eviction, and promotes self-sufficiency for homeless families. It is the largest national resident organization in the country and has successfully sponsored a national resident leaders’ conference for the past thirteen consecutive years, bringing attention to the conditions of public housing for families, the needs of homeless persons, and a prescribed public policy direction.

At present, Dr. Little is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the doctoral program at Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC.

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