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Conference Presentation  |  February 22, 2012

5.5 Housing and Service Interventions for Youth and Young Parents: Successful Models
For unaccompanied youth and young parents who cannot be reunified with their families or quickly re-housed independently, longer-term housing interventions may be necessary. This workshop will examine transitional housing models currently being utilized to serve youth and young parents, including congregate facilities and scattered-site units, as well as methods of targeting and minimizing involuntary exits.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 22, 2012

4.7 Supporting Undocumented Families and Youth
It is often unclear what programs can be accessed by families and youth who are undocumented. This workshop will explore eligibility criteria for homelessness programs for undocumented residents, and protections in the law for immigrant victims of domestic violence. Presenters will also share strategies local providers have adopted to reach out to undocumented families and youth experiencing homelessness.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 22, 2012

6.2 Smart Shelter: How Shelters Can Improve Outcomes in Housing First Systems Having supportive, permanent housing-focused shelters is a crucial piece to any Housing First homeless assistance system. In this workshop, presenters will talk about the key role shelters play in improving system performance on key outcomes and reducing episodes of homelessness in their communities.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 22, 2012

3.3 Emergency Housing Solutions for Runaway and Homeless Youth
When young people run away from home or are thrown out, they need a safe place to stay in order to work on reunifying with family or finding housing. Youth shelters, often called basic centers, are those safe places. Basic centers play a key role in keeping youth away from dangers they would face on the streets or in the home of a stranger and help to facilitate a return to family or other permanent housing placement. This workshop will focus on best practices that all emergency youth shelters should employ and how communities without youth-specific programs are meeting young people’s needs.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

2.1 A Blueprint for Ending Family Homelessness
The recent recession and continued economic downturn have negatively impacted families more than any other homeless population. This workshop will explore local program innovations and discuss what systems changes and other efforts are needed to stem the rising tide of family homelessness. Presenters will offer a big-picture look at family homelessness across the nation and what it will take to end it.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

1.6 Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Nearly 28,000 youth emancipated from foster care in 2010, and it is imperative that they have access to services, affordable housing options, education, and employment to prepare them to live independently. Communities that have extended foster care to older youth under the Fostering Connections Act and that are creatively using resources to increase housing opportunities will discuss their successes and lessons learned.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

1.4 Preventing, Diverting, and Referring: Keys to Successful Front Doors for Families and Youth
A strong homelessness system entry point can help some families and youth avoid homelessness or reduce the time they remain homeless by quickly connecting them to the right interventions. This workshop will review the key elements needed to create a successful system entry point. Presenters will discuss the logistics of setting up a successful front door and the outcomes they have achieved as a result of it.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

Pre-Conference Session on Coordinated Entry
The Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building is hosting a pre-conference session focused on planning for the development of a coordinated entry and implementation steps. The session will open with short presentations on the key aspects of successful coordinated entry. A facilitated discussion on these concepts, as well as others of interest to participants, will follow. Audience members will then have time to work on their own communities’ coordinated entry processes. Communities are encouraged to bring their ideas and any work they are currently doing on planning for or implementing a coordinated entry system. Multiple stakeholders from each community are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

5.3 Better Outcomes for All: Working with Mainstream Services Agencies to End Homelessness
Ending homelessness requires the support of agencies and resources outside of the homeless assistance system like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child welfare. This workshop will identify some of these key agencies and offer ideas on how they can work with homeless assistance providers to improve outcomes for youth, families, homeless providers, and themselves. An additional focal point will be how to ensure community resources are allocated fairly based on need.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

2.7 Intensive Service Models for Families and Youth
Some families and youth benefit from more intensive and long-lasting supportive services to help them successfully transition out of homelessness and achieve housing stability. This workshop will focus on evidence-based service models, including Critical Time Intervention (CTI) and “wrap around”, and how homeless service providers are adapting these service models to get better outcomes for homeless and at-risk families and young adults.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

1.7 Getting Involved: Effective Messaging for Advocacy
It is critical that policymakers understand the importance of providing adequate resources for homeless assistance. However, it can be difficult to find a message that resonates with this key audience. This workshop will review the basics of getting involved in advocacy and developing a message. Presenters will also explore effective strategies for communicating with policymakers in the current fiscal climate.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

4.5 Family Reunification: Promising Approaches, Promising Outcomes
There is a window of opportunity to reunify runaway youth with their families. At times, providers rely upon collaborations with local law enforcement, child welfare, and other community providers to facilitate reunification. This workshop will explore promising practices and interventions to reunify youth with their families. Research on family acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth as a tool to prevent and end homelessness will also be discussed.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

4.2 Partnering with Landlords
One of the key strategies in rapidly re-housing families is creating and maintaining strong relationships with a variety of private and public landlords. This workshop will cover how to develop strong partnerships with landlords and how to use those relationships to quickly acquire housing. Strategies such as finding housing units, landlord mediation, and conflict resolution will be discussed.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

3.8 What’s at Stake: Federal Policy Decisions in 2012 and Beyond
The deficit reduction deal and further decisions made by Congress to reduce the federal deficit have made, and will continue to make, a tremendous impact on low-income housing and homeless assistance programs for many years to come. This workshop will cover the important funding decisions of the past months with an outlook on select programs for the upcoming year and beyond. Presenters will discuss ways in which advocates can make an impact at this incredibly important time to preserve and increase funding for key programs.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

4.6 Rural Roundtable: Unique Challenges and Innovative Solutions
Serving families and youth experiencing homelessness in rural communities includes a distinct set of obstacles that are not always covered in larger discussions about homelessness. In this interactive workshop, audience members and presenters will discuss the problems their communities have faced and how they have attempted to overcome them, with additional discussion on opportunities and challenges associated with HEARTH Act implementation.

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