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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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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
Research reveals troubling over-representation of African Americans and American Indians among homeless youth. Providers are interested in finding ways to appropriately serve youth of color, from a cultural and youth development perspective, and are increasingly aware of the overrepresentation of American Indian and African American youth in programs. This meeting included a broad discussion on race and youth homelessness to review current data and research and explore the link between child welfare systems and juvenile justice systems and youth homelessness.
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Conference Presentation  |  July 9, 2007
Getting accurate counts of homeless people is a difficult but important process. The value of the counts goes beyond fulfilling a HUD requirement. Communities can use homeless counts to increase public awareness, attract resources that lead to the eradication of the problem, and help program administrators and policymakers to understand the needs of people who experience homelessness. This workshop highlighted effective count strategies for different types of communities.
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Conference Presentation  |  April 12, 2007
We will be advocating in partnership with national, state, and local organizations for an increase of $358 million for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants bringing the total to $1.8 billion. Call on your Senators and House Members to take action in support of this increase in the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 27, 2007
Presented at the National Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness by Susan Kline. Friday, February 9, 2007.
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Conference Presentation  |  February 27, 2007

Presented at the National Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness by Rachel Devlin. Thursday, February 8, 2007.

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