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Track Descriptions for the 2013 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.