Track Descriptions for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness

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Other | May 10, 2013

The 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness will offer an array of workshop tracks – listed in detail below. When visiting the agenda page on the conference website, you’ll see special symbols listed next to each workshop to identify the tracks which they belong to. 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 is meant to build on the previous one in order to provide as complete  picture of that issue as possible.

ADVOCACY TRACK

The Advocacy Workshop 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 participating in Capitol Hill Day. The track also offers more advanced workshops on identifying champions that can help advance the cause of ending homelessness and messaging for the current political environment:

  • 1.12 The Federal Budget: The Funding Outlook for Ending Homelessness
  • 2.13 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals
  • 3.12 Messaging That Makes an Impact: Advancing Your Advocacy Agenda
  • 4.11 Meetings That Make an Impact: Advocacy Strategies for Success
  • 5.12 Building Political Will: Identifying Champions to Advance Your Mission

SYSTEMS TRACK

The two systems tracks available at the conference will be useful for CoC leadership and other stakeholders who are trying to craft a coordinated homeless assistance system out of individual programs and services. This track  will provide information on how to bring providers together and allocate resources effectively to improve systemwide performance and consumer outcomes. There are two systems workshops per session: one set of workshops deals primarily with building a system at the front door through coordinated assessment, prevention, and diversion efforts; the other focuses more on the roles of shelters and transitional housing programs.

  • 1.6 Creating Partnerships with Reluctant Providers
  • 1.7 A Place for Everyone: Planning an Effective Emergency Shelter System
  • 2.7 Introduction to Coordinated Assessment
  • 2.8 A New Landscape: Operating an Effective Shelter Program in a Housing First Environment
  • 3.7 Coordinated Assessment in Balance of State CoCs: A Discussion
  • 3.8 Coming Together: Creating a System to End Homelessness
  • 4.6 Coordinated Assessment: The Advanced Class
  • 4.7 Ideal System Design: Ideas and Strategies
  • 5.7 Using the Performance Improvement Calculator
  • 5.8 Retooling Transitional Housing – Moving to New Models
  • 6.5 Maximizing System Effectiveness through Homelessness Prevention
  • 6.6 Funding Strategies to Create Systems Change

YOUTH TRACK

The Ending Youth Homelessness workshop track includes a series of workshops geared toward participants interested in learning about systemic and practical ways of ending homelessness among youth in their communities. There are two workshops in each workshop session focused on homeless youth. One workshop in each session is targeted to stakeholders engaged in building a community-wide systemic response to youth homelessness and will focus on the implications of the HEARTH Act, on getting and using better data on homeless youth, and working with other systems with which youth may be engaged. The other youth workshop in each session is targeted to program managers and front line staff and will focus on best practices in delivering housing and services to homeless youth and will cover topics such as family intervention, housing models, host homes, and commercial sexual exploitation.

  • 1.4 Ending Youth Homelessness in Your Community
  • 1.5 Keeping It Together: Timely Interventions to Avoid Youth Homelessness
  • 2.5 Implications of the HEARTH Act for Youth Providers and Stakeholders
  • 2.6 Housing and Service Responses for Youth
  • 3.5 Exploring Child Welfare Agencies’ Role in Ending Youth Homelessness
  • 3.6 Using Host Homes to Shelter and House Youth
  • 4.4 Collecting and Incorporating Youth Data
  • 4.5 Ending Homelessness for Young Families
  • 5.5 Addressing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Homeless Youth
  • 5.6 Reconnecting Youth and Families: Family Intervention Strategies
  • 6.3 Research on Homeless Youth
  • 6.4 Building Self-Sufficiency: Improving Youths’ Education and Employment Outcomes

VETERANS TRACK

The Veterans Workshop Track provides an overview of existing programs, best practices, veteran specific issues, and other veteran oriented content. It is geared towards new and existing grantees, organizations who serve veterans, and anyone who is interested in the rapidly advancing field of veteran homelessness assistance. The track offers a wide range of content geared towards beginners in the field and experts alike. Veterans Affairs personnel will be on hand to answer difficult technical questions, and leading experts will give insight into programs, research, practices, and more.

  • Veterans Pre conference Session: working with your VA (not official title)
  • 1.3 Beyond a 17 Percent Decrease: Next Steps for Ending Veteran Homelessness
  • 2.3 Matters of State: Advancing Policy Priorities in State Capitals
  • 2.4 Serving the New Veteran
  • 3.3 Designing Your Rapid Re-Housing Program: A Workshop for New SSVF Grantees
  • 3.4 What Works: Veteran Employment Programs
  • 4.3 Evolving Veteran Homeless Assistance Models
  • 5.3 Effectively Serving Chronically Homeless Veterans
  • 5.4 Integrating Data and Sharing Research to End Veteran Homelessness
  • 6.2 Helping Our Heroes Get the Benefits They Earned

CHRONIC TRACK

Housing alone will not result in successful outcomes for very vulnerable homeless people, especially those with disabilities and histories of lengthy, repeated episodes. The Chronic Homelessness track covers all facets of effective strategies for working with those who need services and supports to remain stable in permanent supportive housing (PSH). In addition to workshops on developing and managing PSH capacity, topics include street outreach, behavioral health supports, access to health care, employment programs, and working with chronically homeless families. The track also offers workshops on overarching strategies to end chronic homelessness.

  • How Changing the Terms: How Communities are Leveraging Health Care for PSH Capacity (Pre-Conference)
  • 1.9 Ending Chronic Homelessness: How Do We Get to Zero in Two?
  • 1.10 Integrating Housing and Mental Health Services
  • 2.10 Developing and Financing Permanent Supportive Housing
  • 2.11 Housing and Community: Person-Centered Options for People in Recovery
  • 2.12 What Works: Employment Strategies for People with Disabilities
  • 3.10 Identifying and Serving Your Community’s Most Vulnerable Families
  • 3.11 Connecting with Medicaid to Pay for Supportive Services
  • 4.9 Public Housing Authorities and Chronic Homelessness Initiatives
  • 4.10 Benefits Outreach and Enrollment: New Roles for Homeless Assistance
  • 5.10 Moving on from Permanent Supportive Housing: Creating Successful Exits
  • 5.11 Community Partnerships to Provide Housing and Health Care for Vulnerable Homeless Adults
  • 6.8 Olmstead and Implications for Ending Homelessness
  • 6.9 The ABCs of Conducting Successful Street Outreach

RAPID RE-HOUSING TRACK

The Rapid Re-housing workshop track includes a series of workshops geared toward participants interested in exploring how to implement rapid re-housing to single adults, families, and youth in their community.  Workshops in the track series provide an overview of the rapid re-housing model and explores how community providers can negotiate with landlords, design short-term rent subsidies, and deliver voluntary case management services to individuals and families in their own homes.  Workshops in this series include:

  • 1.1 Basics of Rapid Re-Housing
  • 2.2 Options for Providing Rent Subsidies
  • 3.1 Finding Housing: Strategies to Engage and Incentivize Landlords
  • 3.2 How Home-Based, Voluntary Case Management Works
  • 3.3 Designing Your Rapid Re-Housing Program: A Workshop for New SSVF Grantees
  • 4.1 Integrating Rapid Re-Housing and Employment Strategies for Families
  • 5.1 Rapid Re-Housing Models for Single Adults

ENDING FAMLY HOMELESSNESS TRACK

Complementing the Rapid Re-housing Track, the Ending Family Homelessness workshop track includes a series of workshops that provide a broad overview of the program strategies and partnerships that communities need to have in place to end family homelessness.  Workshops in this track examine the critical interventions of an effective homeless service system, examining research on rapid re-housing, promising homelessness prevention strategies, and how to target the most vulnerable families for permanent supportive housing.  The workshop series also examines the partnerships that can advance communities’ efforts to end family homelessness and improve services to people impacted by homelessness and housing instability, including child welfare involved families, survivors of domestic violence, and young children. Workshops in this series include:

  • 1.2 Blueprint to End Family Homelessness: The Road Ahead
  • 1.14 Prevention Strategies
  • 2.1 Emerging Research on Rapid Re-Housing
  • 3.10 Identifying and Serving Your Community’s Most Vulnerable Families
  • 4.2 Serving Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • 5.2 Using TANF for Rapid Re-Housing Efforts
  • 5.13 Focus on Children: Partnering with Schools for Resiliency, Academic Readiness, and Housing Stability
  • 6.1 Partnering with Child Welfare Agencies to End Family Homelessness

CoC/HEARTH TRACK

HUD's homeless assistance programs have been changing significantly as a result of the HEARTH Act and Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. The Continuum of Care track provides conference participants with information about some of the major changes to CoC programs and examples from communities. Topics address a range of issues, including governance, performance, prioritization standards, and reallocation.

  • 1.8 Effective Governance Models: Overseeing Your Continuum of Care and Homeless Assistance System
  • 2.9 Making the List: Assessing and Ranking Performance in a Continuum of Care
  • 3.9 Using Reallocation to Support Strategies that Work
  • 4.8 Codifying Excellence: Tips for Developing Effective Prioritization and Eligibility Standards
  • 5.9 Measuring Up:  Strategies to Improve Performance and Outcomes
  • 6.7 Question & Answer with the HUD’s SNAPS Office

FUNDERS TRACK

The Powering Change: Funders Track will be useful for funders looking for ways to influence change in their communities. This track will provide basic information on the different homeless populations, as well as strategies and tools for creating systems level change for better results. The track will offer community examples and solutions to common problems and have funders on hand to answer difficult questions. Workshops will offer a wide range of content geared towards beginners and experts alike.

  • 1.2 Blueprint to End Family Homelessness: The Road Ahead
  • 1.3 Beyond a 17 Percent Decrease: Next Steps for Ending Veteran Homelessness
  • 1.4 Ending Youth Homelessness in Youth Community
  • 1.9 Ending Chronic Homelessness: How Do We Get to Zero in Two?
  • 2.14 Community of Practice Session For Funders Interested in Youth Homelessness
  • 3.14 Funders: Working Together To Encourage Good Results
  • 4.14 Measuring Up: Strategies to Improve Performance and Outcomes
  • 5.7 Using the Performance Improvement Calculator
  • 6.6 Funding Strategies to Create Systems Change