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Conference Presentation  |  July 11, 2007
The effects homelessness has on a community can sometimes be quantified with a dollar amount. Cost analysis is a powerful tool for program administrators who make decisions on how to allocate scarce funding for housing and services and for advocates who are seeking to demonstrate a case for ending homelessness. This workshop explored how to perform a cost study with different levels of sophistication from back of the envelope estimates to rigorous research studies.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 11, 2007

After a period of declining resources, many Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) have more resources to serve all populations of homeless people, including families, youth, veterans, and people with disabilities. This workshop was intended for homeless assistance providers, who learned not only how to acquire more housing resources for their clients, but also how they as providers can help PHAs be more effective, creating a mutually beneficial partnership.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 11, 2007
Fear and prejudice about affordable housing, particularly for people with special needs, can quickly erupt into strong community opposition and lead to major road blocks in developing housing for homeless people. This workshop presented successful programmatic and community-based strategies to overcome NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) and how to turn concerned neighbors into supportive partners.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Having a stable source of income is necessary to secure and maintain housing. The challenges are in connecting people who are able to work with employment or training that will help them to move into careers that sustain them in permanent housing, and connecting those who cannot work with the benefits that will support them. This workshop examined promising strategies for long-term income stability for those who are likely facing multiple obstacles.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007

As communities are implementing their plans to end homelessness, one of the biggest lessons they are learning is that oversight of plan implementation is critical. Who should be in charge of making sure that strategies are implemented, funding is secured, and outcomes are measured? How many staff does it take? What qualifications should they hold? What authority should they have? Workshop speakers will address these questions and more.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Housing Trust Funds exist in all but a few states across the country and can be an important resource for developing affordable housing. Learn how Housing Trust Funds work, what they typically fund, who gets the money, how to tap the Trust Fund in your state, and how to ensure that the Trust Fund targets funds to the lowest income individuals and those that are currently homeless.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007

This workshop provided the opportunity to hear about research on homelessness that is paving the way towards policies and programs that are more effective. Workshop participants had the opportunity to interact with the leading researchers in the field and hear from policy experts about implications of research findings.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Consumer choice is often a critical ingredient for success in achieving housing stability and treatment. This workshop was designed for caseworkers and program directors who serve people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders and who are trying to maximize consumer or tenant participation.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Rural homeless providers know that, with scarce funding for housing and services, they must leverage dollars and become adept collaborators. This session examined how creative local partnerships can help bring needed services and housing dollars to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in rural and small town America.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007

Communities across the country are seeing an increasing number of frail, elderly individuals in their homeless programs. This workshop featured new research on the aging chronic homeless population and highlight housing and service models that can help older people age with dignity, regardless of special medical, mental health, or social needs.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007

Moving from meeting about ending homelessness to implementing an action plan is always difficult, but communities are overcoming obstacles and finding new ways to solve old problems. This workshop highlighted how Connecticut reshaped complex social systems, such as TANF, health, mental health, and local provider networks, to provide housing and services to clients.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007

This workshop provided participants with a general overview of how to finance affordable housing. The course covered how to read real estate pro forma and general information regarding different financing sources for affordable housing, including CDBG, HOME funds, grants, low-income housing tax credits, and bond financing. Workshop participants will learn the basics of how to put together financing to house formerly homeless individuals—whether you are developing five units or 105.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
The media plays a critical role in promoting your organization as well as its greater advocacy agenda. One well-placed newspaper article or op-ed can give a tremendous boost to your organization’s goals of ending homelessness. Learn how to craft a compelling message, create a news hook, and set the stage for groundbreaking coverage. Workshop speakers presented tips on how to write press releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
It is critical that homeless service providers—who must address a wide array of cultural differences—offer culturally competent services which value individual uniqueness and demonstrate the capacity to deliver services in line with the beliefs, values, and practices of those served. In this interactive workshop, participants learned about the importance of cultural competence and acquire the skills necessary to apply that understanding to their work.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Housing is a key ingredient in the effort to end youth homelessness. There are a number of housing and service models that show promise in helping homeless youth attain and maintain stable housing. This interactive workshop explored housing models and supportive services, their design and scope, and funding options.

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