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Conference Presentation  |  March 5, 2008
A healthy home environment and comprehensive early education are critical components of a child’s success later in life. Homeless children are at high risk for disruptions in development and education. Workshop speakers focused on strategies to link children with school (preschool through elementary school) and appropriate interventions that promote healthy physical and mental development. This workshop addressed the importance of engaging parents in meeting the child’s developmental needs both directly and through advocacy on the child’s behalf.
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Conference Presentation  |  March 3, 2008
Homelessness prevention is a challenging but potentially powerful tool for ending homelessness. Those interested or involved in planning, designing, or advocating for prevention strategies or resources will be interested in this discussion of the merits of different new approaches to targeting prevention. Instead of highlighting specific models, workshop speakers addressed questions on how much assistance should be provided, when, and to whom.
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Conference Presentation  |  March 3, 2008
Survivors of domestic violence face unique challenges that require unique solutions. These presentations from a conference workshop focused on increasing family safety and financial and housing security while helping families cope with and overcome the effects of trauma and violence.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 27, 2008

Mental illness and trauma are familiar issues for homeless service providers. Workshop speakers discussed basic elements of common mental disabilities and what you as a service provider need to know to identify these issues and serve families effectively. In addition, speakers in this workshop addressed how to assist the children of parents living with mental illness.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 27, 2008
Rural communities face a unique set of challenges and opportunities in responding to the problem of family homelessness. Workshop speakers examined how rural communities can use their existing service systems to respond to family homelessness. Workshop speakers discussed promising models and effective strategies.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 27, 2008
For families with significant barriers to maintaining housing, permanent supportive housing is an effective solution. This workshop offered examples of effective permanent supportive housing strategies. Workshop speakers provided examples of how permanent supportive housing is targeted to families with the greatest barriers to maintaining housing and how these efforts fit into their communities' overall homelessness strategies.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008
States and localities have been successful at developing, modifying, and implementing policies that assist families experiencing homelessness. This has resulted in improved programs and more resources for affordable housing and homeless assistance programs, including state and local trust funds and new homelessness prevention resources. Workshop speakers discussed successful advocacy strategies for improving state and local policy and how to replicate them in your community.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008
Experts in responding to high-need homeless families report that it is the families’ relationship with their caseworker that promotes stability and improved outcomes. This workshop examined the service strategies that benefit high-need families and how organizations can support and retain the frontline workers who offer a stable relationship and consistency in the lives of vulnerable families.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008

Maintaining shelter capacity to meet the pressing needs of families while embracing and funding new strategies to end homelessness is challenging. This workshop, designed for systems level leaders, examined how communities are balancing existing shelter needs and investments in new permanent housing strategies. Workshop speakers also discussed strategies for targeting more intensive resources to higher need families.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008
Adolescence is a stage in human development that includes important physical, psychosocial, and cognitive development. This workshop reviewed youth development concepts for providers who are serving adolescents, pregnant and parenting youth, and young adults. Workshop speakers focused on how to help youth and young parents prepare for a successful transition to adulthood.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008

With the increasing focus on helping homeless people obtain permanent housing, providers have come up with creative ways to locate affordable housing and entice landlords to become partners. This workshop is for anyone involved in helping homeless families move into private market housing. Workshop speakers described the strategies they use when working with landlords and provide suggestions on how to find affordable housing in your community.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 26, 2008
This workshop explored involvement of faith-based communities in delivering permanent housing to homeless families. In particular, the workshop highlighted case examples of faith-based organizations that have become housing developers or have assisted communities in converting buildings into affordable housing for homeless families. In addition, workshop speakers highlighted how smaller faith-based organizations can contribute to ending homelessness among families.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008
Homeless families with children suffer from high rates of mental and physical health problems, including HIV/AIDS, which are often exacerbated by living on the streets and in shelters. In addition, there are serious health disparities that also play a role in the health of homeless families. This workshop highlighted recent research in health disparities, best practices in public health, and what they mean for families experiencing homelessness.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008
This workshop provided an overview of the promising strategies that communities are using to end family homelessness. This introductory workshop covered Housing First approaches, explored how communities are targeting prevention resources, and recommended when to use more intensive service models such as transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008
Many communities have developed plans to end homelessness but full implementation requires the infusion of new resources and broad commitment, from political leaders to nonprofit providers, to reshape the response to family homelessness. This workshop, designed for public sector officials and other community leaders, examined strategies to transform the service system from a shelter-based approach to a focus on permanent housing. Speakers explored funding mechanisms, such as performance based contracting, as well as strategies that can be used when community leaders have no financial resources to facilitate service shifts.

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