6.01 How to Talk About Housing First 6.02 Advancing Equitable Outcomes: How Fair Housing Can Protect People Experiencing Homelessness Against Discrimination
We know that the solution to homelessness is housing, but an anti-Housing-First narrative is gaining ground. We need to proactively shape the conversation about how to end homelessness, so that we can collaborate with potential partners on life-saving solutions. In this session, we’ll be exploring the power of narratives about Housing First and workshopping ways to talk effectively about it. This session is for anyone who wants to be a positive influence, whether you’re in a position to lead in your CoC, talk to the media, call your lawmaker, attend town meetings, or just talk with your neighbors.
6.03 From Unsheltered to Housed, Part Two: Ensuring Success Once Housing is Matched
People of color and people with disabilities are particularly susceptible to negative impacts from the current affordable housing crisis. They also far too often encounter discrimination when seeking housing. It is important to expand opportunities for vulnerable people, and to protect the rights guaranteed under the Fair Housing Act. This session will discuss systemic barriers to housing and why Fair Housing matters to ending homelessness.
6.04 Using Progressive Engagement to Allocate Housing Resources
Maximizing the number of people housed and minimizing the amount of time spent unsheltered is essential to saving lives and reducing trauma. One-time funding through recent COVID-19 relief bills, combined with increased appropriations for homeless assistance grants, has expanded housing opportunities. This provider-focused session will review strategies that are proven to get people off the streets and into housing.
6.05 Supporting Older Adults to Exit Homelessness: The Housing
Utilizing a Progressive Engagement approach is often understood as a strategy to maximize a community’s limited resources while at the same time tailoring homelessness assistance to each household’s unique strengths, needs and changing circumstances. Sounds reasonable, right? But what are communities to do when it’s clear that households need more? How do communities balance the reality of limited resources with the growing need identified in every community and what’s just and equitable, especially for those who are marginalized? The format of this session is one of discussion and not a presentation of answers or “how to’s.” Through dialogue and sharing, join with others to discuss how communities are gaining a greater understanding of the issue and ways to respond.
6.06 Direct Cash Transfers: How Do They Work?
Older adults experiencing homelessness are eligible for certain federally funded housing programs targeted to the elderly (ex.: Section 202 Supported Housing for the Elderly Program). These programs can be an important resource for housing unsheltered and sheltered older adults. Participants will learn about the different programs, and how they can be accessed to reduce homelessness among this vulnerable population.
6.07 Master Leasing: Opportunities and Challenges
Prior to the pandemic, numerous cash transfer models were tested, including for youth and families experiencing homelessness. During the pandemic, child tax credits and other cash transfers appear to have reduced entries to homelessness. What are cash transfers and how do they work to reduce homelessness? This session will explore cash transfer models, their impact, and their potential as a future method of ending homelessness.
6.08 Improving Programmatic and System Responses for Survivors of Domestic Violence
To address today’s challenging housing market, communities are expanding their menu of housing options, including master leasing. This program model pertains to a third-party leasing strategy to create long-term contracts to lease housing units from a property owner. In different models, the leasing agency takes on various responsibilities, including a multitude of financial costs and subleasing to tenants. This session will explain the difference between the traditional master leasing model and master rent subsidy agreements. Communities will also share each approach’s benefits and limitations and offer recommendations based on their experiences.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted how providers connect with, and support, survivors of domestic violence. Will programs revert to how they previously delivered services, or will new innovations take hold and represent new standards of practice? Explore innovations in helping survivors safely sustain or regain housing; lessons in improving cross-system coordination; and strategies to ensure survivors receive trauma-informed, culturally responsive services that promote their safety and wellbeing. Discuss how to continue these improvements.
7.01 Confronting and Reversing the Criminalization of Homelessness 7.02 Click Submit: Exploring What’s New In Data
The increased visibility of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a backlash in many communities, leading to increased harassment and the forced removal of encampments. Homelessness should not be considered a crime. This session will examine recent legal trends targeting people experiencing homelessness, the impact of criminalization on services and outreach, and how to work with public officials on constructive alternatives.
7.03 Partnering with Public Housing Authorities: Lessons Learned from EHVs
Gwen Beebe and Shercole King are on a mission—fostering a love for data. Through their podcast (Click Submit), they are creating an engaging space for discussing such topics as advancing racial and gender equity, improving data quality, supporting the data workforce, and even fun with memes. This interactive session will offer a window into the podcast while providing the audience with information about hot topics in the world of homelessness data.
7.04 Trauma-Informed Care: It Is All About Connection
The allocation of Emergency Housing Vouchers not only provided thousands of people experiencing homelessness with housing, but also developed and/or strengthened relationships and collaboration between Public Housing Authorities, Continuums of Care, and local nonprofit organizations. This discussion will focus on key elements of these partnerships and what lessons can be taken forward as we strive to get people experiencing homelessness into homes.
7.05 Tiny Homes: What Distinguishes a Tiny Home from Permanent and Interim Housing and What Do Successful Models of Each Entail?
Trauma-informed care emphasizes understanding, compassion, and recognition of the effects of all types of trauma, including that associated with historical racism faced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) households. This workshop will explore how providers can better understand the trauma of homelessness and provide trauma-informed care in all interventions. Content of this session will emphasize the human trauma-informed connections that build resiliency and support proactive recovery and stability for persons experiencing homelessness.
7.06 Recruiting, Retaining, and Empowering Staff in 2022
Across the country, the concept of Tiny Homes is being lauded as a successful strategy to end homelessness, despite various definitions, designs, purposes, and outcomes of the intervention. Some communities utilize Tiny Homes as permanent housing, others as emergency shelter. This session will provide an overview of the Alliance’s perspective on Tiny Homes and key considerations when implementing this intervention. Attendees will also hear from communities that employ promising Tiny Home strategies for both permanent housing and emergency shelter.
7.07 Boosting Voter Participation in an Election Year
Organizations are struggling with high turnover and recruitment due to low pay, burnout, and other factors related to the pandemic. Attend this interactive session to hear how providers have found success with hiring, retaining, and supporting staff in these challenging times.
All too often, those with the most at stake in decisions about policy priorities get the least amount of representation. This session will cover the basics of nonpartisan voter education – registering people experiencing homelessness to vote, getting new voters talking about issues that affect their lives, and encouraging them to participate on Election Day.
Speakers include: Ambassador Susan Rice, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council – Amanda Andere, CEO, Funders Together to End Homelessness
Lunch will be served following the plenary presentations.