Conference Update: Registration Closes

written by Darcy Klingle
January 17, 2013

The 2013 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness is only about a month away, and Alliance staff are working diligently to put together panelists and activities. We can’t wait to meet the 900 of you folks who have registered to join us in Seattle, WA, for two packed days of sharing new practices, education, networking, and new and improved approaches for ending family and youth homelessness!

With the date of the conference rapidly approaching, a lot of the details are coming together and there’s a lot of new and important information about registration, schedules, workshops and speakers. Here’s the latest.

Registration:

We’d like to thank all of you who have already registered. The response has been overwhelming, and due to the record-breaking number of registrations we’ve already received, we’ve been forced to close registration today, nearly a month earlier than we had planned. Additionally, we will be unable to offer onsite registration.

For those of you who had planned to register, but were unable to, we are taking names to add to a wait list, in the event that a spot becomes available. If you are interested in being added to the conference registration wait list, please email the Alliance’s Development and Administrative Associate Jennifer Olney directly at jolney@naeh.org. Should a spot become available, we will contact you to let you know, and register you at the rate in effect the day you joined the wait list:

• Registrants added to the list on or before 3 p.m. EST on Monday, January 28 will be charged the regular rate of $475.

• Registrants added to the list on between 3:15 p.m. EST on Monday, January 28 and 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 will be charged the late rate of $625.

Plenary Speakers:

We are honored to host an impressive lineup of distinguished speakers. Among them will be Mark Johnston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs and Delegated Authority over CPD Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who will give remarks during the opening plenary. Also speaking in the opening plenary will be Alliance President, Nan Roman, who will welcome attendees during her keynote speech on Thursday, February 21 at 9 a.m.

Later that afternoon attendees can look forward to a warm welcome to Seattle from King County Executive Dow Constantine, followed by an informative keynote speech by Nan Stoops, Executive Director of the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Seattle, WA. Details for the Friday, February 22 luncheon plenary are still being finalized. Make sure to visit the conference website frequently for updates!

Workshop Sessions:

In addition to the conference keynote speakers, we are excited to welcome (and in some cases welcome back) many bright and informative workshop panelists and presenters. Conference attendances can look forward to learning and sharing valuable information on a variety of workshop topics, including:

  • Implementing HEARTH – HUD and other federal agencies will be well represented, and participants will be able to delve into the details of the new regulations and the first NOFA that fully implements the HEARTH Act.
  • Replacing HPRP – This highly successful one-time program has ended, but communities have found all kinds of ways to continue providing the rapid re-housing and prevention services that HPRP introduced or expanded, and that have proven to be exactly what most homeless or near-homeless families need.
  • Using mainstream programs – While HUD funds have been cut in the past two years, large mainstream antipoverty programs have maintained their federal funding. Some communities have found programs like TANF and Child Welfare to be an excellent fit for the rapid re-housing model, and have reduced family homelessness as a result.
  • New initiatives from the federal government – With the election over, there are new people in policymaking jobs, both in the Administration and Congress, and new initiatives will be rolling out.
  • A new vision for ending youth homelessness – the Alliance, along with partners at the national, state, and local levels, is pulling together the pieces of an effective, systemic approach to ending youth homelessness that can be put to work in community after community.
  • The best work from leading communities – The importance of efficiency and cost-effectiveness has never been higher. Communities across the country are finding ways to re-house the largest possible number of families and youth with the resources they have available.

Networking and Outings:

Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with presenters and fellow attendees during the special reception taking place on Thursday evening, February 21. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the conference’s premiere sponsor, is opening its doors to conference attendees for this intimate reception.

Please note that pre-registration for the receptions is required to attend this event, and is separate from conference registration. That means that registering for the conference does not automatically register you for the reception. When you registered for the conference, you should have received a confirmation email with details on how to register for the reception.

Reception registration runs until Thursday, February 14, or until we have reached capacity. Space is limited.

Alliance Merch:

Don’t miss out on a chance to get an Alliance “End Homelessness” T-shirt! Shirts will be on sale throughout the conference at the registration desk. Navy and maroon short sleeved shirts will be available for $20 and the NEW long sleeved navy shirts will be available for $30.

In addition, new high-quality, fashionable key chains will be available for $10. These silver key chains come in two options: one with the National Alliance to End Homelessness logo, and one with a simple, “End Homelessness” statement.

Make sure to stop by the registration desk during the conference to show your support and spread the Alliance’s message by purchasing a shirt and/or a key chain.

Please visit the conference website to learn more about the conference. For those of you who won’t be able to our join us in February, we hope to see you in Washington, DC, July 22 to 24 for our National Conference on Ending Homelessness!