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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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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008

Foundations are making investments to reshape the provision of services to families within communities. Examples range from introducing new housing and service models to facilitating the integration of early education activities in homeless programs. In this workshop, speakers provided examples from their own communities and discussed strategies to fully engage foundations (and win support) in the effort to end family homelessness.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008
Making decisions about housing and serving clients is often viewed from a lens that is culturally biased. Organizations must continuously promote the skills, practices, and interactions necessary to ensure that social services are delivered in a culturally responsive and competent manner. This workshop addressed cultural competency among your staff and board and how to build it into a program design that will lead to respectful interactions, efficient operations, and improved client outcomes.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008
Advocacy is the best strategy for convincing Congress to make ending family homelessness a top priority. This beginner to intermediate workshop provided participants with a brief update on current policies targeted to ending family homelessness. Workshop speakers discussed effective advocacy strategies for moving these initiatives forward and encourage participants to share their own advocacy experiences.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 25, 2008

Partnering with local public housing authorities (PHAs), housing finance agencies, and community development corporations can be a valuable tool for acquiring housing subsidies to serve homeless families. This entry-level workshop, which was intended for homeless service providers and public officials, focused on effective strategies and models for engaging PHAs and other housing agencies.

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Conference Presentation  |  February 20, 2008
Assessment tools that can accurately identify the service and housing supports required to help families quickly escape homelessness are in great demand. This interactive discussion explored the limitations and potential of assessment tools to target the appropriate housing and service packages to families. The Arizona Self-Sufficiency Scale was examined and its appropriate use and potential explored.

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