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Early Conference Registration Ends Tomorrow
May 12, 2014
It’s the middle of May, and we’re about two and a half months away from our 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness here in DC. That means we’re busy at the Alliance offices lining up speakers and developing content for our conference workshops. Early registration for the event ends tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. So if you plan to attend, I recommend registering as soon as you can.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will be our Keynote speaker on the first day, July 29, of the three-day conference. In case you’re unfamiliar with HUD Secretary Donovan, check out this great profile in USA Today: Homelessness vs. HUD chief
We haven’t announced the workshop tracks, but you can take a look at the workshop titles and descriptions on the agenda page of the conference website to get an idea what you’re in for if you attend. I’m currently at work on one: Homelessness in the Media: The Journalist’s Perspective; and I’m also busy arranging a free screening of the documentary “Lost Angels.”
As the Alliance’s press guy, I often speak with reporters for stories on homelessness, and I’m lucky to have worked with some amazing journalists. One of those is Pam Fessler, who will be speaking in my “Homelessness in the Media” workshop. Fessler is a correspondent for National Public Radio and has covered poverty and homelessness for years.
Fessler has done a lot to bring attention to the issue of homelessness and give a voice to people around the world who are struggling. Here’s one of her most recent articles: The Changing Picture Of Poverty: Hard Work Is 'Just Not Enough'.
As for the free film screening, you can see the trailer for embedded below. “Lost Angels” chronicles the lives of eight individuals living on Skid Row in Los Angeles and as well as gentrification and city policies aimed at reducing crime that target the low-income population and criminalize homelessness in that area. It’s a powerful film, so I hope you can make time to see it.
Lastly, if you have experienced homelessness in the past or are currently experiencing homelessness and you’d like to attend, be sure to take a look at the scholarships page of the conference website. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, May 27, so don’t dally.
All right now, it’s time for me to get back to work.