Day 1: 2014 National Family and Youth Homelessness Conference

written by Emanuel Cavallaro
February 18, 2014

New Orleans has come a long way in the eight years Hurricane Katrina devastated large swaths of the city and displaced more than 400,000 of its residents. Before Katrina, a little more than 2,000 people experienced homelessness on a given night. By 2007, that number swelled to more than 11,000. Today the number is 2,337.

Now, we're holding our  2014 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans. The conference is drawing more than 800 people from across the country, including federal and local officials, homeless advocates, and other people working on the front lines of the fight to end homelessness. And we hope you're one of them. We're looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans today.

At this conference, speakers and attendees will address a wide range of issues having to do with the fight to end family and youth homelessness, including health care reform, funding strategies, housing for homeless veteran families, engaging homeless youth through social media, and the commercial sexual exploitation of homeless youth.

We encourage every one of you who are attending (and those of you who aren't) to join the conversation about ending family and youth homelessness and share your conference experiences through our online presence. Keep up with the Alliance on the Alliance blog, Ending Homelessness Today, the Alliance Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter, and tweet about your conference experience using the conference hashtag #NAEH14.

We'd also like to invite you to join the Alliance's Never Another Homeless Veteran Campaign by adding your name to the thousands of others who have signed the statement and shown their support for the fight to end veteran homelessness. During the conference be sure to tweet about veteran homelessness using the campaign hashtag #neveranotherhomelessvet.