2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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Tentative Agenda 

The conference agenda is tentative and subject to change. Please visit the conference website frequently for updates! 


Workshop tracks are designed to guide participants who are interested in a given topic through a progressive set of workshops. Each workshop in a track builds on the previous one, resulting in as complete as possible a picture of that issue.

This year’s conference offers an array of workshop tracks. Track notations are listed in parenthesis after the workshop title. Many workshops will fall into more than one track. 


  • The Advocacy Track includes a series of workshops geared toward participants interested in better honing their advocacy skills, learning what federal budget cuts may mean for ending homelessness, state advocacy opportunities, and for those interested in getting involved in Capitol Hill Day 2014. The track will also focus on efforts to integrate advocacy into your systems work to ensure we continue to have the resources needs to address homelessness in our communities. 


  • The Families Track is geared toward attendees interested in learning about successful methods to serve families experiencing homelessness. In many cases, families experiencing homelessness can successfully regain housing with rapid re-housing assistance.  Conference participants interested in helping families escape homelessness are therefore also urged to consider the workshops in the Rapid Re-Housing Track.  The conference also offers an array of workshops that are designed to help practitioners and systems improve the services families receive. 
  • The Funders Track will be useful for funders looking for ways to influence change in their communities. Speakers will provide strategies and tools for creating systems-level change along with specific community examples. Workshops will be geared toward beginners and experts alike. 
  • The Rapid Re-Housing Track includes a series of workshops geared toward participants interested in exploring how to implement rapid re-housing for single adults, families, and youth in their community.  Workshops in the track will provide an overview of the rapid re-housing model and its core components and explore how community leaders and providers can ramp up rapid re-housing services, negotiate with landlords, tackle difficult issues, design programs for specific populations, and deliver services in high-cost areas. 
  • Single adults who are not chronically homeless make up the largest portion of the overall homeless population, but mainstream resources and homeless assistance are not generally targeted to this population. The Serving Single Adults Track will explore emerging research, system design, and promising practices for rapidly re-housing single adults experiencing homelessness. This track has a variety of workshop targeted to different audiences ranging from system planners to program directors to front line staff. 
  • The Systems Track features workshops for people who oversee and coordinate homeless assistance in their communities. It includes sessions devoted to governance, coordinated assessment, community planning, improving community-wide outcomes, and collaborative funding strategies. Geared toward change agents and community leaders, the track incorporates many themes from the HEARTH Act that encourage communities to develop systemic responses to homelessness. 
  • The Veterans Track has a variety of workshops focusing on the housing and service needs of homeless veterans. These workshops are geared toward advocates, veterans’ providers, and participants interested in learning more about efforts to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, the unique needs of veterans, and what resources are available specifically for this population. This track includes workshops focused on chronically homeless veterans, single adult veterans, and veterans and their families. 
  • The Youth Track includes a series of workshops geared toward participants exploring systemic and practical ways of ending homelessness among youth in their communities. These workshops are targeted to stakeholders engaged in building a community-wide systemic response to youth homelessness, tailoring rapid re-housing interventions for homeless youth, getting and using better data on homeless youth, and working with other systems with which youth may be engaged. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Pre-Registration - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Registration - 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Meetings- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A Community Listening Session: Addressing Homelessness through HIV/AIDS Housing:  What’s Working, What’s Not, and Why 

Join HIV/AIDS housing and service providers, consumers and officials to learn about both successful models and challenges in fulfilling housing’s promise as a powerful prevention and healthcare intervention for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.  Share how your community is including housing in implementation of the Affordable Care Act and learn about successful models for addressing homelessness for people living with HIV/AIDS from across the country. Learn about community strategies to coordinate services and programs to ensure homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS have access to care and treatment. Updates on modernization of the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) formula and the status of the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing will be provided. 

Becoming Awesome: Radical Transformations in Homeless and Housing Service Design to Improve Services and End Homelessness

Making the leap to radically transform services and your homeless delivery system often requires professional development, strategic investment, effective communication, altering staffing, patience and perseverance. Are you doing those things? And if so, are you doing them in the most effective manner? In this session, you will meet the large multi-service organization that completely revamped everything they do, a state coalition that believed in implementing effective practices and reforming data approaches even in rural and medium sized communities, and a CoC that found strategic philanthropic investment to be the best strategy for demonstrating proof of concept in delivering services differently while putting coordinated access into place. Presenters will guide you through the essential ingredients to becoming awesome and successfully achieving radical transformation in services - in theory and practice – drawing in stories from Australia, Canada and the United States along the way. You will laugh, learn and be challenged through provocative examples and mind blowing conclusions that reforming how your organization or entire community can deliver services to get closer to ending homelessness.

Combating Criminalization of Homelessness

Local use of the criminal justice system to move homeless people out of public spaces is both inhumane and counter-productive to local efforts to end homelessness.  This session will discuss the latest national trends in criminalization, from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty’s recent report (to be released just before the conference), provide a forum for discussion of local issues related to criminalization, and offer advocates the opportunity to strategize together about effectively promoting constructive alternatives in their own communities.  Advocates will also learn about legal strategies for challenging local criminalization measures.  Faculty will include staff from the Law Center and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Critical Time Intervention Training

This half-day training is targeted to service providers working with persons transitioning from homelessness or other institutions to the community.  Critical Time Intervention (CTI) is a cost-effective Evidence Based Practice (EBP) designed to prevent recurrent homelessness, recidivism, and other adverse outcomes during the period following placement into the community from shelters, hospitals and other institutions.  This time limited intervention is delivered in three phases, each usually lasting three months.  Each phase decreases in service intensity and results with the intervention ensuring the participant is linked to the appropriate community services to ensure housing and life stability.  The training includes an overview of CTI and reviews the specific treatment areas supported by this intervention and is appropriate for individual and family practitioners.

Innovative Collaboration in Strengthening Models to End Youth Homelessness

Take a deeper look into providing services and housing for homeless youth by exploring how some communities are collaborating to provide services and models that work best for homeless youth. Collaboration and innovation at the local level among community-based service providers and at the federal level among federal agencies, national organizations and legislators is necessary to increase communities’ capacity to appropriately care for runaway and homeless youth. We invite you to engage in a conversation with our speakers: community-based providers, federal agency staff, federal policy experts and young people. 

National Shelter Plus Care Coalition 2014 Annual Meeting

The National Shelter Plus Care Coalition (NSC) is a nationwide coalition of rental assistance program grantees (formerly known as Shelter Plus Care grantees), project sponsors, service providers, local and state government entities, elected officials, national policy and advocacy organizations, and other interested organizations and individuals. NSC’s mission since its inception in 1999 is to improve, expand, and preserve adequate funding for permanent housing. The 2014 Annual Meeting will provide federal and other policy updates that impact grantees and service providers in their efforts to end homelessness. This meeting will also focus on sharing information, best practices, and new trends, and providing technical assistance and support to realign strategies so that they address the requirements of the HEARTH Act.

Opening Doors Input Session

Since the launch in 2010 of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, we’ve worked together to change the trajectory of homelessness in America, with our progress clearly documented in the reductions seen in the annual Point-in-Time Count data nationally.  This progress has demonstrated that Opening Doors is the right Plan and that it set forth the right set of goals and the right set of objectives and strategies. Opening Doors is working because we developed the plan together and because we’ve implemented it together. Opening Doors is working because it brings the right people to the table—providers, practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, and people with firsthand experience of homelessness from all over the country and from every level of government and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Using Your HMIS Data for Local Rapid Re-housing Evaluation

To expand our understanding of what we know and don’t know about Rapid Re-housing,this workshop presents data quality review and analysis strategies to help communities evaluate their own RRH services and meet HUD's new performance measurements.  Learn how to choose data elements necessary to design your own local RRH evaluation; how to prepare your data for a rigorous evaluation design; how to develop and implement a data quality improvement plan for validating your HMIS data; and how to use data results to develop a continuous quality improvement program for your RRH service system.

ZERO: 2016 – From the Folks Who Brought You the 100,000 Homes Campaign

Launched at NAEH four years ago, the 100,000 Homes Campaign was a major success and officially ends this week. Join us to hear about our next moon shot, ZERO: 2016, and how your city can apply to be a part of the next big thing. This session will include: what we learned from the 100,000 Homes Campaign (hint: it’s about much more than getting to 100,000); how we plan to help communities get to zero on chronic and veterans homelessness by December 31st, 2016; the science of improvement; setting (and reaching) big audacious goals; share your expertise and help us design strategies for getting to Zero.

Lunch on Own- 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker - 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

  • Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness

Workshops I - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

1.1  Partnering to Support Young Children and Their Parents (FAM)

Over the last few years, the federal government has expanded its investment in early childhood development programs, such as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation Program, to improve the wellbeing of some of the nation's most disadvantaged young children. This workshop will examine how homeless service providers and systems can partner with early childhood development providers to quickly re-house young children and their families who are homeless, and use a holistic response to help them stabilize. 

1.2 Promoting Housing Stability for Older Foster Youth and Their Families (Y)

The Fostering Connections for Success Act allows states to use federal resources to extend foster care for youth until age 21. This workshop will examine how states are using extended foster care to design and expand developmentally appropriate housing and service options for youth age 18 to 21. Workshop speakers will also discuss how child welfare agencies and homeless service and housing systems can collaborate to reduce homelessness among youth and young parents exiting foster care.

1.3 Targeting and Preventing Homelessness (FAM)

Prevention and diversion, when used strategically and targeted properly, can assist households in maintaining their current housing and avert homelessness entirely. Using this intervention can greatly reduce the disruption to a household's life and may reduce the number of people entering into homelessness and the homelessness system. This workshop will focus on cost-effective implementation of diversion and prevention strategies, as well as relevant research.

1.4 Medicaid 101: The Basics for Homeless Advocates

Some vulnerable adults and children may be newly eligible for Medicaid services. This session will outline Medicaid eligibility and benefits and the intersections with other low-income health care programs. Presenters will also provide a foundation for understanding how Medicaid services are reimbursed. 

1.5 Right Sizing Your Homeless Assistance System (S; F)

As community leaders focus on creating a system of service that is geared toward both meeting consumers' needs and high performance standards, the issue of how to “right size” the homeless assistance system becomes critical. This workshop will discuss strategies and tools that communities can utilize to analyze the effectiveness of their current system and determine the strategies and interventions to create the most effective system for the community.

1.6 Improving Local Data on Youth Homelessness (Y)

To date, there are very limited data on the scope and needs of unaccompanied homeless children and youth. In 2013, for the first time, communities were mandated to differentiate unaccompanied youth and children in point-in-time (PIT) counts. Since then, some promising practices in conducting youth point-in-time counts have emerged. This workshop will focus on strategies for improving PIT counts of youth, including incorporating surveys into the count.

1.7 Non-Chronic Homelessness Among Single Adults: An Overview (SSA; S; V)

Each year, point-in-time counts show that the majority of homeless individuals are not chronically homeless. Yet resources are generally not targeted toward this group. Speakers in this workshop will discuss characteristics of non-chronically homeless individuals, including length of stay in the homeless assistance system, and practical targeted strategies.

1.8 Transatlantic Practice Exchange: Lessons from Across the Pond

This year the Alliance and Homeless Link, a homeless charity based in England, jointly offered a Transatlantic Practice Exchange program, through which five U.S. homeless assistance providers traveled to organizations in the United Kingdom (UK) to learn about best practices there. During this workshop, Exchange participants will provide an overview of their experiences and lessons they learned in their practice areas of focus, including youth homelessness, rapid response, coordination and assessment strategies, hospital discharge practices, comparisons of Psychologically Informed Environments and Trauma Informed Care, and serving people with complex needs.

1.9 Communities and Veterans Affairs Working Together (V)

Ending veteran homelessness in a community may hinge on collaborations between public agencies, communities, and private organizations. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has emphasized the need for partnerships on the community level. The new 25 Cities Initiative is one example of work being done to develop coordinated assessment, data sharing, and communication between VA medical centers and Continuums of Care. This workshop will highlight communities where this is already happening, show best practices, and take a closer look at work to improve the partnership between VA medical centers and local Continuums of Care.

1.10 The Framework for Ending Family Homelessness (FAM; S)

How can your community end family homelessness? This workshop will provide a broad overview of the policy and practice strategies that are helping communities to end family homelessness with a particular focus on rapid re-housing, coordinated assessment, and targeted services. The workshop will highlight communities that have made progress in reducing family homelessness.

1.11: Person-Centered Options for People in Recovery

For people with substance use problems, permanent housing is an important factor in recovery. However, preferences regarding supports and services received while in housing vary by person. This workshop will focus on housing and voluntary service models and will cover person-centered strategies for helping people experiencing homelessness to pursue their recovery goals.

1.12 Fair Housing and Olmstead: Implications for Ending Homelessness

Housing providers and others operating U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs for low-income populations must comply with federal civil rights provisions including the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act. In this workshop presenters will discuss application and enforcement of key requirements, including aspects of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision and implications for communities.

1.13 Providing Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence (RRH)

Rapid re-housing has proven to be an effective and beneficial model for survivors of domestic violence. This workshop will focus on the core elements of providing rapid re-housing to survivors, discuss safety planning for survivors and staff, and share experiences with the specific challenges this population may face. Speakers will also discuss the impact rapid re-housing has had on their program or community’s capacity to serve survivors.

1.14 Targeted and Effective Outreach Strategies

This workshop will examine strategies to engage people who remain largely outside of the homeless service system, living in cars, on the streets, or in encampments.  Partnerships with police and housing providers to offer rapid connection to permanent housing will be among the strategies explored in this workshop.  

Workshops II - 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

2.1 Sexual Exploitation: Intersections with Youth Homelessness (Y)

For many homeless youth, the dangers of sexual exploitation are a sad fact of life. Providers for both youth and adults should be aware of these dangers, their consequences, and overall impact on youth experiencing homelessness. In this workshop, presenters will provide an overview of sexual exploitation and discuss how to identify survivors, provide appropriate housing, and keep survivors safe.

2.2 Systemic Responses to Youth Homelessness (S; Y)

Youth homelessness is best addressed through a comprehensive response that includes crisis services, a variety of housing opportunities, and developmentally appropriate assistance. This workshop will examine communities that have successfully developed a systemic response to youth homelessness and review emerging frameworks for responding to the needs of youth.

2.3 Addressing Substance Use (FAM; SSA)

Many housing and support options for people with substance abuse issues are reserved for chronically homeless people. In this workshop, participants will learn about strategies for serving individuals who are not chronically homeless, but are dealing with substance use problems. Strategies for managing substance use in various types of programs, including emergency shelter and permanent housing, will also be included.

2.4 The Federal Budget: What Is Congress Doing to Address Homelessness? (A)

Congress has made and will continue to make many funding decisions this year that will have important implications for efforts to prevent and end homelessness. This workshop will provide participants with an update on what current funding levels mean for homeless assistance programs. Presenters will review key budget decisions, where we are in the budgetary process, and how you can use advocacy to make an impact on critical funding decisions.

2.5 Going to Scale: Utilizing PHA Resources to End Chronic Homelessness

Many communities are coming closer to ending chronic homelessness, but there is still work to be done. Partnering with Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) is often a key part of this effort.   In this workshop, presenters will describe collaborations with PHAs to expand the supply of supporting housing, including the creation of new housing, and the use of housing vouchers to free up existing permanent supportive housing units.

2.6 Strategies for Individuals with Employment Barriers (FAM; SSA)

Employment is an important component of housing retention and stability for many households that exit homelessness. However, formerly homeless people with disabilities and people re-entering the community from institutions such as correctional facilities face unique barriers to employment. Speakers will present on effective vocational models and resources to support employment for these populations.

2.7 Getting Technical with Coordinated Assessment (S)

This workshop will provide tips on the successful implementation of coordinated assessment through the development of strong system-wide prioritization standards for housing and services and policies and procedures that describe and govern the process. Participants will also be connected with model resources to use to create their own documents.

2.8 Funding Efficiently: Using Data to Allocate and Reallocate Resources (F)

Communities are always interested in allocating their resources efficiently; however, it is challenging to identify which programs are the most effective and efficient. This workshop will provide examples of how to use data to determine what kinds of programs your community should fund and to what scale.

2.9 Good Governance: The Essential Elements (S)

Effective governance is essential to unite homeless services providers, manage and measure performance, and set the tone for a systemic focus on ending homelessness. This workshop will discuss how different communities have successfully attended to each of these key areas.

2.10 Housing and Serving Undocumented Immigrants

Identifying and providing assistance to undocumented immigrants is complicated by a number of barriers, including questions about legal eligibility for programs, language, and cultural differences. Presenters will discuss legal restrictions on resources, including from federal programs.  They will also examine options available to programs serving undocumented immigrants experiencing homelessness, including those who are survivors of domestic violence. 

2.11 Rapidly Re-Housing Veterans Using SSVF (RRH; V)

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant is the popular and effective rapid re-housing program for veterans. Funding for this program has continued to increase toward a scale necessary to house all the homeless veterans in most communities. This workshop will highlight the overall vision of this program, emerging best practices, and proper implementation and program design.

2.12 Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing: An Introduction (RRH)

The core components of rapid re-housing, developed by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, include housing search and landlord negotiation, financial assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. This workshop will provide an introductory overview of rapid re-housing and the core components, and will feature some exemplary programs.

2.13 The Role of Faith-Based Groups in Ending Homelessness

Many faith-based groups across the country provide shelter, permanent housing, services, and meals to people experiencing homelessness. This workshop will highlight faith-based providers who play key roles in their communities’ homeless assistance systems. It will also examine innovative, effective ways faith communities are working to end homelessness, including through partnerships between homeless assistance providers and congregations that are successfully housing and mentoring families. 

2.14 Improving Emergency Shelter (FAM)

In this workshop, emergency shelter providers will discuss how to establish inclusive emergency shelter policies, incorporate rapid re-housing principles, and ensure high standards of health and safety. The workshop is designed for shelter providers who wish to improve the way they serve families and individuals.

Meet and Mingle - 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

The Meet and Mingle is an opportunity for conference attendees to network. There will be a cash bar and light fare.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Continental Breakfast - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshops III - 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

3.1 Creative Strategies for Building Landlord Partnerships (RRH)

A key component of successful rapid re-housing programs is creating and maintaining strong partnerships with a variety of private and public landlords. This workshop will cover strategies that housing specialists have used to develop these relationships, including marketing techniques, and incentives.

3.2 Research on Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)

As rapid re-housing becomes more of a staple in community responses to homelessness, data on effectiveness of the model has begun to accumulate. This workshop will present a history of evidence for rapid re-housing as well as new and emerging research on the model. Particular attention will be paid to research that compares rapid re-housing to other available intervention models.

3.3 Ending Homelessness for Everyone: Harm Reduction in Housing (SSA)

Substance use is not uncommon among persons experiencing homelessness, and yet, it is not a reason for a person to remain homeless. Adopting a harm reduction model can help a program end homelessness for more families and individuals and can decrease the number of ejections from a program. This workshop will focus on the core tenets of the harm reduction philosophy as well as feature program providers who have successfully adopted a harm reduction model for individuals, families, and youth.

3.4 Increase Your Resources: Making the Case for More on Capitol Hill (A)

This year, as in the past, advocates working to end homelessness will have to fight for every dollar of federal funding. Ensuring that Congress understands the key role homeless assistance programs play in our communities is an important part of this process. In this workshop, presenters will discuss the importance of advocacy in ending homelessness, key strategies for working with Members of Congress, and messaging that works in the current environment. Both seasoned advocates and those new to federal advocacy are encouraged to come and share their strategies and thoughts.

3.5 Putting the Pieces Back Together: Family Intervention for Youth (Y)

Family conflict is the most frequently identified cause of youth homelessness. Research shows that family intervention is an effective strategy for youth exiting homelessness and returning home. Participants in this workshop will learn how family intervention models are used to reconnect runaway and homeless youth to their families or other caring adults.

3.6 Strengthening Housing and Health Care Connections

In a changing health care landscape, communities are finding new ways to integrate resources and service strategies to improve lives of vulnerable community members. This workshop will highlight communities that have successfully integrated housing and health care to re-house people who have been homeless for long periods and have significant health care needs. Presenters will explore implications and potential issues for local system changes that can have an impact on ending chronic homelessness.

3.7 Homelessness in the Media: The Journalist’s Perspective

Have you ever wondered why a particular story about homelessness ends up in the news or why the issue is covered in a certain way? In this workshop, journalists will provide their perspective on the issue of homelessness. Speakers will discuss their own reasons for writing about homelessness and the media’s role in telling stories about the issue and the people it affects.

3.8 A Conversion Conversation: Retooling Transitional Housing (FAM; S)

Providers and community leaders across the country are exploring options for retooling their transitional housing programs in order to improve overall performance. Presenters will cover the journey these communities took to successfully change their programs, including their challenges, solutions, and successes. This workshop will highlight communities that have retooled their transitional housing resources to increase rapid re-housing resources and the conversion of buildings to new uses.

3.9 This Is What Ending Veteran Homelessness Looks Like (S; V)

How will the homeless assistance system for veterans look as the number of veterans experiencing homelessness approaches zero? This workshop will explore this scenario and how a crisis response system for veterans should be structured to meet their emergency housing needs. Presenters will describe the roles of prevention, shelter, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing.

3.10 Introduction to System Thinking (S; F)

Developing an effective community-wide response to homelessness, which is in the best interests of providers and consumers, requires thinking beyond individual programs and understanding systems. This workshop will teach communities how to pull disparate partners together through system visioning and planning exercises.

3.11 Improving Youth Outcomes: Preventing and Shortening Homelessness for Youth (Y)

Youth sleeping on the streets or in other dangerous locations are at particular risk of experiencing physical and sexual violence, exposure to drugs, possible recruitment into gangs, and sexual exploitation. This workshop will focus on strategies to identify and intervene with youth before a runaway or homeless episode. Workshop speakers will focus on possible identification and intervention points within homeless and mainstream systems as well as community models that can be easily identified by youth who may be in need.

3.12 Working with TANF Agencies to End Family Homelessness (FAM)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides states with resources to help low-income families achieve greater self-sufficiency. This is often an underutilized resource in the effort to end family homelessness. This workshop will examine how homeless service leaders have successfully persuaded TANF officials in their community to reallocate TANF resources locally to help families escape homelessness.

3.13 Working with Schools to Assist At-Risk and Homeless Children, Families and Youth

Close coordination with schools, and homeless school liaisons can help ensure that children and youth they serve remain connected to school and avoid disruption in their education.  School personnel can also be an important resource for identifying families and unaccompanied youth who are in critical need of shelter and housing assistance to escape unsafe situations.  This workshop will examine successful models of collaboration between school personnel and homeless service providers to combat family and youth homelessness.

3.14 Prioritization Decisions: Strategies for Targeting Resources (S)

With limited resources, communities have to prioritize what assistance households experiencing homelessness receive. Presenters will describe HUD’s policies and incentives for targeting permanent supportive housing resources for those persons that need that assistance the most. This workshop will also present strategies for using coordinated assessment or other mechanism to prioritize households for assistance.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker - 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • Senator Cory Booker, New Jersey

Workshops IV - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

4.1 Continuum of Care Partnerships to Link People with Public Benefits (SSA)

Access to health care and income support can contribute greatly to housing stability, especially for vulnerable people with disabilities in low-income families and communities. This workshop will provide an overview of resources and strategies for homeless assistance agencies to help people connect with benefit enrollment efforts. Successful partnerships with SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recover (SOAR) and Medicaid enrollment programs will be featured.

4.2 Taking Rapid Re-Housing to the Next Level: Strategies for Ramping Up (RRH)

Is your community already doing rapid re-housing? Do you need to do more? This workshop is designed for communities that have already implemented rapid re-housing and are looking for ways to increase their rapid re-housing capacity. Workshop speakers will discuss strategies to identify funding sources and build systemic support to expand rapid re-housing in your community.

4.3 Successful Rapid Re-Housing in High Cost Rental Markets (RRH)

Implementing rapid re-housing in high cost rental markets requires communities to be strategic and creative in their approaches. Providers that have met this challenge “head on” with resourcefulness and ingenuity will share their experience in making rapid re-housing work, in spite of high rents.

4.4 Implementing a Coordinated Assessment Process (S)

Many communities are in the process of developing and implementing a coordinated assessment process. In this workshop, experts will identify challenges in implementing coordinated assessment and recommend strategies for overcoming those challenges. Topics will include reducing eligibility barriers, referral strategies, overcoming resistance from partners, creating policies and procedures, and using coordinated assessment as a platform for systems change.

4.5 Where Does State Policy Fit in Your Advocacy Playbook? (A)

State policies can greatly enhance, or impede, our efforts to end homelessness. This workshop will examine how advocates and providers are effectively influencing state and local policy through advocacy. Topics to be covered include how to secure services funding through Medicaid Health Homes, how to mobilize youth who have experienced homelessness to educate policymakers, and how advocates can prepare locally for implementation of the National Housing Trust Fund.

4.6 Housing and Service Models for Homeless Youth (Y)

Youth experiencing homelessness have a variety of needs and there is great variability in their ages, development stages, and abilities and desire to live independently. This workshop will examine the continuum of housing and service responses intended to meet the varied needs of homeless youth. Workshop speakers will discuss transitional housing, both scattered site and single site; host homes; permanent supportive housing; and rapid re-housing.

4.7 Connecting Youth with Education and Employment Opportunities (Y)

Education and employment opportunities can provide youth with stability and a platform for a successful future. Homeless youth may miss some of these opportunities. This workshop will discuss strategies for reconnecting youth with education and employment, including developing partnerships with local employers, employment resources, and educational institutions.

4.8 Taking Performance Up a Notch: Going from Project-level to System-level Performance (S; F)

The HEARTH Act added a new layer of performance to the selection criteria in the McKinney-Vento Act. The selection criteria expand the analysis of performance at the project level to require CoCs to report to HUD their outcomes in serving homeless persons across their entire system. This session will layout HUD’s vision for system-level performance and outline the details of how CoCs will implement them.

4.9 HUD-VASH: Housing Every Last Chronically Homeless Veteran (V)

As of 2013, there were approximately 25,000 chronically homeless veterans. These veterans can and should be served by the joint-Department of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program (HUD-VASH). This workshop will cover effective program models, targeting, and engaging community partners and case management services to ensure we address the needs of this vulnerable population.

4.10 Homelessness and Jails: Ending the Cycle

Communities spend millions of dollars on a few individuals that cycle though jails and the homelessness system. This workshop will feature communities that have implemented CSH’s FUSE model, which increases stability of the highest users of these systems and reduces the use of multiple crisis systems, resulting in better outcomes and more effective use of public funds.

4.11 Integrating Data and Sharing Research to End Veteran Homelessness (V)

The estimated number of homeless veterans has declined by more than 24 percent since 2010, according to the 2013 point-in-time count. As we rapidly approach the 2015 goal date for ending homelessness among veterans, analyzing critical data and research will become more important than ever.. Presenters will discuss how the face of veteran homelessness will change as the number of homeless veterans is reduced, as well as new program models and outcomes.

4.12 Moving on from PSH: Next Steps for the Individual, Program, and Community

As individuals' and families' lives stabilize in permanent supportive housing (PSH), some decide they no longer need or want the supports provided, and move on to other living situations. This workshop will examine how programs can help individuals and families smoothly transition out of PSH units as well as how programs and communities can strategically target the use these turnover units and vouchers.

4.13 The Role of HUD Multifamily Housing Programs in Ending Homelessness

HUD’s Office of  Multifamily Housing Programs provides a variety of resources that may be used to serve homeless individuals and families. In this workshop, presenters will explain how to best utilize HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing resources to assist people experiencing homelessness. Programs covered will include Project-Based Rental Assistance, Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, and Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities. Presenters will also introduce strategies to engage private multifamily developers in the work of ending homelessness, including barriers and successes. 

4.14 Strategies to Develop and Strengthen Your Continuum of Care (S)

It can be challenging to ensure that all of the key players in a community are engaged in planning and implementation of initiatives to end homelessness. This workshop will provide strategies to strengthen Continuums of Care, including engaging key stakeholders to collect and share data, participate in systems planning, and coordinate services to meet HEARTH Act objectives.

Workshops V - 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

5.1 Building Community Will: Working at All Levels to End Homelessness (5.1)

Ending homelessness requires a community-wide effort, involving all levels of government and a variety of stakeholders. This workshop will explore ways to engage and advocate to local, state, and federal leaders to ensure your community has the resources it needs to achieve the goal of ending homelessness. Presenters from key communities will discuss how they built the necessary political will and leveraged their achievements to advance their missions.

5.2 Integrating Youth, DV Survivors, and Other Populations into Coordinated Assessment

A coordinated assessment process should facilitate access to homeless assistance for any population that needs it. For some, like youth and domestic violence survivors, there are often special accommodations and protections that have to be in place. In this workshop, presenters will describe strategies for incorporating these populations and others into a coordinated assessment process.

5.3 Department of Veteran Affairs: Questions and Answers (V)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is redoubling efforts to meet the goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. This workshop will allow members of the community, grantees, and other providers to have direct access to VA leadership, planners, and researchers who are at the forefront of this effort.

5.4 Lessons on Housing and Serving Vulnerable Youth from California's THP+ Program (Y)

When California extended foster care to age 21, it became one of the largest funders of housing programs for transition-age youth in the country. This workshop will focus on the lessons that can be translated from California’s THP+ program to organizations that serve homeless youth in other states(?). Workshop speakers will examine the models of transitional and independent housing and how they can help youth ages 18 to 24 who are not employed and have no credit or tenancy history.

5.5 Decreasing Moves after Housing Placement

Once households are placed into housing, programs often find that they need to be placed into another housing unit due to eviction, code or lease violations, or overcrowding. This workshop will discuss strategies for unit retention and decreasing the instability that leads to disruptive moves for households.

5.6 Five Keys for Better Performance in Homeless Assistance Systems (S)

Improving performance in a homeless assistance system requires effective collaboration between a strong governance structure, homeless assistance providers, and funders. This workshop will feature leaders who have achieved striking results in communities, and will reveal the five keys to developing and maintaining a high-performing homeless assistance system.

5.7 Tackling Advanced Issues in Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)

Bring your toughest rapid re-housing questions and most difficult challenges to this workshop! Learn from other practitioners who may have faced similar issues and developed strategies to address them. Undertake real-time problem solving with colleagues from around the country.

5.8 The Role of Peer Support in Ending Homelessness

Structured peer groups and peer support opportunities are an integral part of homeless assistance programs. This workshop will focus on how to create positive peer support opportunities for a variety of populations who experience homelessness, including youth, young parents, and individuals struggling with substance use and recovery.

5.9 Research on the Efficacy of Housing First

Housing First is a low-barrier, person-centered housing model for anyone, including people with psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disorders. Since its development, the model has been replicated nationally and internationally, and research and evaluation have repeatedly shown it to be effective in ending chronic homelessness. Speakers in this workshop will present research on the effectiveness of the Housing First model.

5.10 Implementing Rapid Re-Housing for Single Adults (RRH; SSA; V)

Single adults who are not chronically homeless represent a large portion of people experiencing homelessness. While rapid re-housing is routinely thought of as an intervention for homeless families, it can help individuals as well. Workshop speakers will discuss strategies for successfully re-housing individuals and creative ways to improve the effectiveness of the intervention. 

5.11 Funders: Influencing Change in Your Community (S; F)

Funders play an important role in determining what programs and services communities provide. This workshop will discuss how private funders can promote system change by supporting the collection and implementation of good data, as well as the overall systems change process. Presenters will share community examples and successful strategies.

5.12 Providing Affirming and Welcoming Services to Homeless LGBT Youth (Y)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) youth are over-represented among young people who experience homelessness. This workshop will examine tools and strategies that providers are adopting to ensure that all of their services to at-risk and homeless youth are supportive, welcoming, culturally competent and appropriate for LGBT youth.

5.13 Developing and Sustaining PSH

Permanent supportive housing (PSH) is a proven strategy for ending chronic homelessness.  There are more approaches to developing permanent supportive housing than ever before—site-based (purpose built), scattered-site, and integrated (unit set-aside) approaches—and more creative ways to finance these models drawing upon Federal, State, local and private sources.  In addition, with many permanent supportive housing models reaching the end of their initial Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) term, there is a need for preservation and rehabilitation of many units.  This session will review the latest approaches and resources for financing and creating permanent supportive housing, as well as the opportunities and challenges associated with the preservation of supportive housing.  

5.14 The Role of HUD’s Homeless and Mainstream Housing Programs in Ending Homelessness

HUD programs, including the Emergency Solutions Grants and Continuum of Care programs, provide a variety of resources that can be used to serve homeless individuals and families. In this workshop, presenters will provide an overview of how HUD’s homeless assistance programs will be impacted as a result of new regulations, policies, and federal budgets. Presenters will also discuss strategies that communities can employ to better coordinate and target dedicated homelessness resources and integrate them with available mainstream resources.

Screening of "Lost Angels" – 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Special Session – 4:30 p.m-6:00 p.m.

Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement Systems - Practical Design and Implementation Advice from 100,000 Homes Campaign Communities.

Coordinated Assessment is required by the HEARTH Act, and many communities have already started using a common tool to target and prioritize their housing resources. The good news is that communities participating in the 100,000 Homes Campaign have been building the fundamentals of this "system" over the past four years! Come learn about how Los Angeles and Nashville have locked in these fundamentals and built a Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement System in just 100 Days. Get practical implementation advice - what to steal and what to avoid - to build a similar system in your community!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Continental Breakfast- 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration - 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Discussion with Alliance Staff on Ending Veteran Homelessness - 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

Administrative initiatives such as 25 Cities and the Mayors’ Challenge have involved many communities in the effort to quickly address homelessness among veterans. For those communities not involved in these efforts, the goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 still stands, though resources and guidance are more limited. Join Alliance staff for a discussion about ways your community can work to end homelessness among veterans and the steps you should be taking to ensure you reach the 2015 goal. Feel free to bring your breakfast! 

Capitol Hill Day Visits - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Workshops VI - 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

6.1 Perspectives of People Experiencing Homelessness

In this workshop speakers who have experienced homelessness and other homeless advocates will explore the concerns and needs of consumers of homeless services.  They will discuss a range of topics including the trauma of becoming homeless, the experience of homelessness, the difficulty of accessing services, and ways the homeless assistance system could be more consumer oriented.

6.2 Successful Strategies for Implementing Rapid Re-Housing for Youth (RRH; Y)

Youth experiencing homelessness continue to constitute a sizable portion of the homeless population and communities often do not have the resources to meet their needs. This workshop will examine which youth might benefit from rapid re-housing, and promising program models that meet a youth's housing and unique developmental needs and increase communities’ capacity.

6.3 Improving Your Shelter System and Crisis Response (SSA; S)

Community leaders across the country are grappling with how to evaluate and improve their shelter and crisis response system. This workshop will explore how develop a comprehensive and efficient crisis response, including key metrics to measure, and incorporating effective outreach, rapid re-housing, and coordinated assessment. This workshop is for community planners, funders, and government leaders.

6.4 Q&A with HUD: The Inside Scoop on Homeless Assistance Programs

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be on hand to answers questions about HUD homeless assistance programs and address specific details of HEARTH Act implementation. Topics to be addressed will include the Emergency Solutions Grant program, point-in-time counts, the Continuum of Care program, data standards, and outcome measures. Attendees should come prepared with questions on these topics.

6.5 The Future of Veteran Transitional Housing (V)

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program has long been the workhorse of federal programs designed to end veteran homelessness. Changing resources and opportunities suggest that new roles are emerging for GPD providers.   This workshop will explore new ideas about how GPD can concentrate on housing homeless veterans who need longer term transitional programs or those who have special needs.

6.6 Housing Related Financial Assistance and Case Management

Providing financial assistance and home-based case management are core components of rapid re-housing. This workshop will discuss how to employ the progressive engagement model of financial assistance to maximize limited resources and house as many households as possible. Additionally, this workshop will explore strategies for providing effective home-based case management that connects re-housed households to resources that help them improve their safety and well-being, and achieve their long-term goals.

6.7 Helping People Living with a Serious Mental Illness Avoid and Escape Homelessness

This workshop will examine strategies to reduce homelessness among people living with a serious mental illness. Workshop speakers will explore targeted outreach strategies, prioritizing people with severe disabilities for permanent supportive housing, and innovative partnerships with mental health and law enforcement personnel. Workshop speakers will also address homelessness prevention efforts for people exiting institutional care.

6.8 New Research on Homeless and Runaway Youth (Y)

Quality research on youth homelessness aids in the development of effective practice and policy. In this workshop, researchers will present findings from recent studies as well as key policy and practice implications. Topics that will be covered include the effectiveness of family intervention, and service use and trauma among homeless youth.

6.9 Streamlining Funding to Better Address Homelessness (S; F)

A community’s homeless assistance system is supported by multiple funding sources. This workshop will discuss how funders can agree on goals, strategies, and methods to align funding streams and reduce overlap. It will also cover how joint or collaborative funding can accelerate progress in a community’s work to end homelessness. Presenters will also discuss performance-based contracting.

6.10 Improving Health and Housing Outcomes: Care Coordination Models

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides the opportunity to integrate housing and health care in order to improve health outcomes, upgrade the health care for individuals, and reduce the costs to programs.. This workshop will focus on how programs can leverage housing and Medicaid financing of services to integrate primary care health services and improve access to mental health, substance use treatment, and oral health services. Presenters will also highlight how programs can increase enrollment in and access to Medicaid for their clients. 

6.11 Helping Families with the Greatest Challenges Escape Homelessness (FAM)

This workshop will examine how homeless service systems and providers are forging new partnerships and refining interventions to help the subset of families who have the most difficulty exiting homelessness.  This workshop will feature a successful partnership between a homeless service system and a child welfare agency to provide targeted permanent supportive housing.  The workshop will also feature a service-intensive intervention that has helped families who have experienced multiple homeless episodes successfully reconnect to housing.

6.12 Homeless Assistance Systems in Rural Communities

Developing an effective homeless assistance system in rural communities presents unique challenges, including limited resources, siloed providers, and vast geographic areas of coverage. This interactive workshop will provide the opportunity to explore creative strategies that rural communities are using to meet these challenges. Attendees from balance of state Continuums of Care and rural communities will have the opportunity to discuss solutions they have implemented and to troubleshoot and brainstorm around ongoing challenges.

6.13 Veteran Employment Programs: Evidence Based Practices (V)

Veterans have particular barriers and difficulties to overcome in today’s changing job market, but also have a lot to offer prospective employers. This workshop will focus on the unique skills, assets, and characteristics that veterans bring to the workplace and the barriers and, in some instances, discrimination that veterans face. New solutions and program approaches, in particular the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Labor grants and programs that are focused on veteran employment will be covered.

6.14 Implementing Local Rapid Re-Housing Evaluations (RRH)

To build community capacity to implement a data-driven assessment of local or state Rapid Re-Housing service system, presenters will share research-based analysis methods using HMIS data to illuminate current RRH system outcomes.  A performance-based theory of change framework linked to expected RRH aims and system redesign will also be shared.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker - 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Day Visits (continued) and Report Back Sessions* - 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

*If you’re interested in receiving more information about the Capitol Hill Day Visits, please email Julie Klein. Also - make sure to visit the Capitol Hill Day website!

Workshops VII - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

7.1 Using the Learning Collaborative Model to Promote Organizational Change (F)

A Learning Collaborative is a model that helps communities create system-level changes by providing a forum for service providers to improve their rapid re-housing programs, while being supported by their peers and experts. This workshop will provide an overview of the model, including the step-by-step process of implementing an effective learning collaborative. Communities that have participated in the Learning Collaborative model will share their experiences. 

7.2 Best Practices in Housing and Serving Aging Populations

Many communities are still searching for the right response to homelessness among their aging population. This workshop will provide an introduction for providers on how to re-house this population appropriately and effectively while accounting for their unique health-care and service needs.

7.3 Integrating Employment Strategies into Rapid Re-Housing (RRH; SSA)

Unemployed consumers and those without income can be successfully housed through rapid re-housing; but once housed they may require continued support to help them obtain the income they will need to pay the rent.  Come to this workshop to learn how agencies have successfully integrated employment strategies into their rapid re-housing programs.

7.4 Medicaid 201: The Business End of Services in Supportive Housing

This session explains Medicaid payment structures and policies as they might operate in housing and health care partnerships. Managed care models and state Medicaid waivers will be examined, along with effective approaches to financing health care services and other Medicaid supports in supportive housing settings. Workshop speakers will highlight existing networks with supportive housing providers.

7.5 Crisis Response Systems for Youth (Y)

Much like single adults and families, youth require a crisis response system that can react to a housing crisis and return the young person to family or housing as soon as possible. This workshop will discuss ways to effectively combine emergency shelters geared toward minors and older youth, doubling up or sharing housing, and family intervention to quickly house youth in crisis.

7.6 2014 HMIS Data Standards and Federal Partner Integration

The 2014 HMIS Data Standards, released by HUD and its Federal partners in May, are truly a collaborative effort between HUD, HHS, and the VA.  These joint standards outline data collection requirements for several Federal partner programs serving homeless clients. This session will outline the new HMIS Data Standards within the context of the various partner programs.  Panelists from communities that have worked to integrate federal partner programs such as PATH, Runaway and Homeless Youth, and VA homeless programs into their HMIS will share their strategies for successful collaboration.