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National Conference On Ending Family Homelessness 2007
February 8 - 9, 2007
Imagine no more families or children homeless. Better still, don’t imagine—look and see it happening.
For the first time since the rise of homelessness more than 20 years ago, communities can articulate a detailed, practical strategy for ending family homelessness, a strategy that works.
Communities are using proven program models and systemic reforms to ensure that children and their parents no longer have to sleep in shelters, in cars, in abandoned buildings, in storm drains, in mini-storage lockers, in caves, in tents, in the open or on the floors or couches of one acquaintance after another for a few days at a time. Communities are solving this vexing and shameful problem in ways that are cost effective. They are setting skepticism aside and moving forward.
And, they are getting results. In a small number of cities, the number of families with children experiencing homelessness has dropped significantly and continues to trend down-ward. While adapting their strategies to local conditions, these communities, and others that are on their way, have adopted a common set of approaches that focus on rapid assessment and intervention to strengthen families.
Finding hardnosed reforms to prevent families from ever becoming homeless; moving families that have lost their place to live back into housing as quickly as possible; recognizing that helping families pay rent is less costly and better than leaving them homeless; restructuring programs to give families social services they need to maintain housing stability; and using data to track and reward success – these are the steps that point the way to ending family homelessness.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is holding its third national conference aimed specifically at ending homelessness among families with children. We hope you will come to Oakland on February 8-9, 2007 to learn about the most effective practices and to share what’s happening in your community. Together, we are making progress, and we believe that hundreds of people gathering together from around the country to work for a solution will help us move faster and further.