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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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Conference Presentation  |  February 16, 2012

5.7 Serving LGBTQ Youth through Equality and Inclusion
It is important that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)youth receive culturally-competent services that consider their unique trajectory into, and experience of, homelessness. LGBTQ youth have an opportunity for improved outcomes when programs provide interventions that facilitate healthy family connections, provide equal access and treatment, and foster their positive development by connecting them with affirming LGBTQ health and community services.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

3.2 Introduction to Rapid Re-Housing for Families
Even as Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funding recedes, federal emphasis on rapid re-housing is here to stay, with implications for plans to end family homelessness. This workshop will provide an overview of rapid re-housing for families experiencing homelessness. Presenters will outline the basic housing and service elements needed, with examples showing how communities are making the systemic changes in response to federal policy.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

2.8 Roundtable Discussion: Improving Economic Stability Through Employment and Education
This roundtable discussion will explore strategies to improve the long-term economic well-being of homeless families and youth. Attendees are invited to share the strategies they use to help families and youth transition out of poverty. Strategies to facilitate families’ and youth’s access to education, workforce development, and asset development opportunities will be discussed.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

2.3 Retooling Transitional Housing I: Examining the Options
Many providers and community leaders are exploring options for retooling their transitional housing programs in order to improve their communities’ performance. This workshop will provide an overview of the options available and helpful strategies for deciding which options are preferable.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

6.3 Protecting Homeless Youth from Sexual Trafficking
Runaway and homeless youth are at great risk of sexual trafficking and exploitation. This workshop will help homeless service providers identify at-risk youth, provide models of intervention, and look at ways to prevent the sexual trafficking of homeless youth.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

6.1 Innovative Partnerships with PHAs
Ending homelessness cannot be done without the support of mainstream partners, including public housing agencies (PHAs). This workshop will highlight innovative models being used by PHAs to prevent and end family homelessness in their communities. Presenters will also discuss strategies for strengthening the relationship between local homeless assistance systems and PHAs.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 14, 2012

3.5 What’s New in Family Homelessness Research?
Building effective homeless assistance systems requires an understanding of the characteristics of families and the effectiveness of interventions that prevent and quickly end homelessness. This workshop will provide the newest findings from the field that can be used to inform decisions and interventions that affect homelessness in your community.

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