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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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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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