2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Online registration is now closed.
Onsite registration opens Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m.
The movement to end homelessness has faced three years of strong economic headwinds, leaving us sometimes struggling to keep our balance, much less push forward toward our goal of ending homelessness. Yet as sometimes happens, adversity has also resulted in innovation, creativity, and the evolution of new skills. Despite the challenges, progress has been made.
- We have continued to reduce homelessness for the most disabled people who have been on the streets the longest, and we have begun to develop the tools that will help turn Medicaid into the linchpin that could take permanent supportive housing to scale.
- We made the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program an engine for housing over a million Americans, mostly families with children. Although HPRP is ending, by finding ways to link it with longer-lasting resources like the Emergency Solutions Grants and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, we can see the way toward rapidly re-housing every single homeless family and linking them to the services they need to thrive.
- We have developed a more sophisticated understanding of homelessness among youth, and for the first time we can speak hopefully, not only of excellent programs, but of a system that could solve the problem.
- We have seen a budget from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that spells out, in concrete terms, how to bring the number of homeless veterans to zero in a few years’ time; and exactly where the money will come from.
These are exciting accomplishments: bright spots in a stormy environment. They provide a strong foundation to build upon, but even with this hope the future is not certain. As state and local resources shows signs of re-bounding, the federal budget tightens. Despite heroic work, ten year plans have not been fully implemented and homelessness has not been ended. Can we keep up the momentum? Can we scale the interventions? Can we acquire the resources? While outside factors will impact the answers to these questions, much of the future is in our hands. We will have to make the most of the resources we have, put forward the best case for more, improve our effectiveness, and continue to get stronger and better every day.
To fulfill that promise and build upon the foundation we have established, we invite everyone in the movement to end homelessness to our nation’s capital for the Alliance’s 2012 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. Come to learn, share what you know, inspire others, and be inspired. No matter how the wind blows this summer and in the year to come, we know we will need to work closely together to achieve our goal of ending homelessness. That will be the work of the conference.
We look forward to seeing you in July!