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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Put together a few tenant based vouchers, a consumer oriented service team, a Housing First philosophy, and what do you have? A powerful strategy for ending homelessness for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Pioneered by the Pathways to Housing Program in New York, this Housing First strategy has been successfully replicated in dozens of cities. Workshop speakers described some of the challenges they encountered and how they implemented a successful Housing First program targeting chronically homeless individuals.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Homelessness can be particularly hard on children. This workshop will examine service strategies designed to minimize the detrimental effects of homelessness on children and promote child well-being. Strategies to enhance stability and consistency in the lives of children and a program to identify developmental delays in homeless children will be explored. This workshop examined how providers can ensure children are receiving appropriate supportive services through coordination with school liaisons, Head Start programs, and partnerships with other public systems.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Like other families experiencing homelessness, victims of domestic violence require immediate shelter assistance and linkages to appropriate transitional or permanent housing and support. Within this context, providers must be attentive to safety issues and the effects of recent violence on the lives of women and children. This workshop examined how homeless shelter and Housing First providers are improving their services to families fleeing domestic violence.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Far too many individuals who leave prison become homeless, either immediately after discharge or after intermediate, temporary housing placements. This presentation reviews housing models and services that are effective in preventing homelessness and reducing recidivism among individuals leaving prisons.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
States and municipalities have been successful in developing innovative ways to create affordable housing and fund local homeless assistance programs. In addition, they have raised homelessness on the local and state agendas. Workshop speakers shared how they implemented local and state strategies for ending homelessness and offer guidance on how to develop relationships with state and local policymakers.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
Almost all of the communities showing progress in ending homelessness have initiated some type of rental assistance program that subsidizes housing for people who are homeless. These programs vary in size and scope with some offering one-time cash infusion, some offering ongoing shallow support, and others offering deeper subsidies. This workshop examined key considerations in designing a local housing subsidy program and where to find the funding to make it a reality.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 10, 2007
One ongoing challenge in the movement to end homelessness is managing the supply of shelters and transitional housing during a shift to a Housing First system. This workshop highlighte how to plan ahead to efficiently increase or decrease the supply of shelter to reflect fluctuating demand, and how to assure that transitional housing is being put to the most effective use.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007

Some cities are developing centralized intake and service centers for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Some of these sites provide controversial services and the sheer number of homeless people frequenting these sites can lead to NIMBYism. What are the benefits and risks of developing such facilities, and if a community is going to build a “one stop” center, what elements need to be in place to make it a successful strategy for ending homelessness?

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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
Policy trends at the state and federal levels affect how homeless providers link and partner with local social service agencies such as local welfare, child welfare, food stamps, health or other public agencies. Workshop speakers, representing these government and social service agencies, explained highlight what providers around the country are doing and innovative policy changes at the local, state, or federal level that can help end homelessness.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
A handful of communities are adopting community-wide Housing First approaches. In these communities, all families seeking shelter are assessed for Housing First services. The adoption of a community-wide Housing First strategy allows for system-wide reductions in shelter demand and targeting transitional and permanent supportive housing resources more efficiently. This workshop featured jurisdictions that have pioneered community-wide Housing First programs.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
In many cities, affordable rental housing is scarce and, as thousands of affordable housing units go offline each year, the stock continues to dwindle. Out of necessity, homeless providers are getting into the housing development business. This interactive workshop explored innovative ways to acquire or develop a stable housing stock and give tips to programs looking to own rental properties.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007

This workshop covered the development of a plan to end homelessness from start to finish presented by communities that have done it. Planning steps include enlisting the right stakeholders, developing a work plan and structuring committees, researching needs and best practices, refining strategies, and maintaining momentum. Workshop speakers also discussed how to ensure that the plan moves from paper to action and how the process itself changed their community.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
Designing effective homeless prevention programs for families is challenging. This workshop weaved together research and promising practices that can inform program design and planning. The workshop also examined strategies communities have implemented to achieve more effective targeting.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007

It is more critical than ever for programs to measure and articulate their effectiveness. Both for funding purposes and for effective planning, communities must be able to assess whether their systems of care are successfully meeting the needs of people who are homeless and be able to track that success over time. This workshop provided introductory-level guidance on creating a performance measurement system.

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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007

This half-day institute offered an inside look at how to create a rural plan, strategies that work in rural areas, and how to cultivate partnerships in rural areas. The workshop highlighted the achievements in the first year of the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ Rural Homeless Initiative of Southeast and Central Ohio (RHISCO). This innovative venture brought together 17 rural and Appalachian counties of Ohio to collaborate on regional strategies and develop Ten Year Plans to End Homelessness. With a focus on rural themes and regional cooperation, institute speakers highlighted lessons learned during 2006 and provide insight into promoting and improving planning to end homelessness in rural communities.

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