2.01 Supporting Unsheltered Neighbors in an Era of Rising Climate Emergencies
2.02 Addressing Violence Against Our Unhoused Neighbors
Wildfires, severe heat, flooding, and other extreme conditions are on the rise, increasing the risks to our unsheltered neighbors. Learn how disaster response frameworks can help jurisdictions and providers plan for these conditions and stage an effective response to protect individuals who are unsheltered.
2.03 Finding Units that Accept Subsidies: Overcoming Barriers
People experiencing homelessness are much more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. How can we better protect our unhoused neighbors? How do we help people experiencing unsheltered homelessness with the healing process? Learn how communities have decreased violence against people experiencing homelessness and how they have minimized or prevented police interaction in encampments, emergency shelters, and the streets.
2.04 Improving Assistance to Older Adults: Integrated and Comprehensive Care
Vouchers and housing subsidies are an effective way of stabilizing housing for people experiencing homelessness. However, communities across America often find it difficult to identify enough available units willing to accept them. This session will highlight available research and promising practices being implemented by communities.
2.05 Building Connections to Improve Outreach and Services to Unsheltered BIPOC populations
Assisting older adults experiencing homelessness, particularly unsheltered homelessness, requires a different set of skills and supports than most homeless providers typically provide. Existing shelter structures or program elements can force older adults to fend for themselves in unsafe environments, taking a further toll on their health. This workshop will explore the partnerships and resources that can offer specialized support to older adults experiencing homelessness and help support transitions to permanent housing arrangements. This session will also explore the importance of data to advance progress on behalf of older adults and ensure ongoing attention to equity.
2.06 The Rebellious Allyship of Street Medicine
Most BIPOC groups have the highest rates of homelessness in the nation. This session will explore why BIPOC are more likely to be overrepresented in the homelessness system and ways organizations can re-think service provision, partnerships with BIPOC led orgs, and the role of Lived Expertise, to build trust and be responsive to the unique needs of BIPOC.
Many outreach workers provide care, and ally with street medicine groups out of necessity. Our participants often present with complex medical needs, inclusive of drug use and mental health concerns. They are often not treated well in traditional ED or clinical settings, shamed or literally abused. Bringing basic health care with allies who have earned the trust of the individuals on the street is a critical piece to saving lives.
Lunch will be served following the plenary presentations.
S2.01 Harm Reduction Saves Lives: Strategies for Encampments
S2.02 Making the Case: Effectively Engaging Local Leadership to Address Encampments
With data showing rising overdose mortality among people who are unsheltered, including from fentanyl, it is more essential than ever for CoCs, providers, and local jurisdictions to explore how to bring harm reduction strategies to neighbors on the street. Learn long- and short-term strategies while also exploring the potential legal barriers to overcome.
S2.03 Research Spotlight: Large Scale Efforts to Understand Unsheltered Homelessness and Barriers to Rehousing
Garnering political will is crucial to effectively addressing unsheltered homelessness. In this session, communities will share how they have successfully engaged local officials to prioritize evidenced-based solutions over criminalization and sweeps.
S2.04 Disrupting the Cycle: Criminal Legal System Involvement and Homelessness
University of California – San Francisco’s Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative is wrapping up a statewide study on homelessness. In-depth interviews and other analyses shed light on barriers to rehousing for people in the state with the largest unsheltered population. This session will showcase these findings and provide ideas for overcoming common barriers in unsheltered homelessness.
S2.05 Ending Homelessness is About Racial Justice
This spotlight session will explore strategies to detangle the many intersections of criminal legal system involvement and homelessness. Presenters will discuss the disparate treatment of people of color and those with disabilities within the criminal legal system, as these inequities can exacerbate risk of homelessness. This session will engage audience members in an exploration of needed policy reforms and programs to prevent and end homelessness for those with criminal legal system touchpoints, and the need for greater criminal legal system reform to advance social justice.
S2.06 Housing Our Relatives: Serving Unsheltered Native Americans While Leveraging Funding Allies
Any approach to address homelessness must acknowledge the complex role that racism plays in issues like access to housing and sustainability. This spotlight will explore the connection between ending homelessness and racial justice. It will cover key concepts like systems transformation, power sharing, and targeted universalism.
Mother Nation’s Waatunwan Program (Meaning: Searching for Relations in Lakota language) uses Flex funding and partners with Funders who look to support innovative approaches to housing. Mother Nations uses cultural approaches to engage unsheltered Relatives (Relatives – Individuals identified as unsheltered) by meeting Relatives where they are, with the use of Harm Reduction, Cultural Practices (Native American Smudging, song, prayer and traditional foods etc) to move into stable housing.
3.01 Alternatives to Armed Crisis Response: Integrating Emerging Models with the Homeless Services System
3.02 Ensuring Access: Guide to Creating an Effective Shelter
More and more municipalities are exploring alternatives to armed crisis response to address non-violent crisis calls. This workshop will explore how to integrate these and other behavioral health resources with existing homeless response systems.
3.03 How To Shift a Culture: Building Power Through Lived Experience
High-barrier shelters can lead to more individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness in communities. In this session, hear about the components of an effective shelter, and how it can be used to meet the short term needs of individuals living in encampments.
3.04 Engaging Health Care Partners and Their Resources to End Unsheltered Homelessness
Let’s think big about the structural and cultural shifts needed to build the power of people with lived experience of homelessness. Learn about the ways equitable compensation and support structures can play a role in meaningful movement building. Join us in a discussion on how to design opportunities for people with lived experience with an anti-tokenization focus – opportunities that are meaningful, fulfilling, and impactful.
3.05 Addressing Discrimination Against Unsheltered LGBTQ+ Youth of Color
Medicaid and other health care funding resources are increasingly being mobilized to help people with serious health, mental health, and behavioral health disabilities to exit homelessness. This workshop will examine the use of health care resources for housing interventions and the provision of support services, including for those who need help meeting activities of daily living. This session will explore policy opportunities and strategies to leverage health care resources to create meaningful collaboration across service sectors.
3.06 No ODs with Housekeys
LGBTQ+ youth of color experience unique and magnified forms of discrimination because they belong to more than one marginalized community. Attendees will learn about strategies to improve outcomes among this group. A great emphasis will be placed on trainings and anti-discrimination policies that ensure BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth of color receive supportive services, shelter, and housing free from discrimination.
People who use drugs are at increased risk of overdose when they transition into housing, particularly for people who have moved from community supports on the street to using alone in permanent supportive housing. Panelists will share successful approaches used to reduce this risk and engage people who use drugs in the implementation of programs. This will be a multi-disciplinary shared presentation and discussion that centers the experience of people who use drugs who have transitioned into PSH. It will give a new understanding of the different roles peers and staff fulfill within overdose prevention, and how to value them independently for increased community engagement and success.
4.01 Building a Team: Bringing Cross-System Services to Encampments
4.02 Doing No Harm: Guide to Effective Encampment Resolution
Individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness have an array of needs that homeless outreach workers may be unable to address on their own. Presenters will discuss strategies to build the cross-system partnerships that can deepen the expertise and resources available to assist those living in encampments. Building connections with domestic violence providers, mental health agencies, and legal advocacy services will be a particular focus of discussion.
4.03 Extending Rapid ReHousing to people with Multiple Barriers: What We Know and Don't Know
Encampment sweeps are proven to be ineffective strategies when addressing unsheltered homelessness. Any strategy to resolve encampments should be person-centered and housing-focused. In this session, hear from communities who have resolved encampments effectively and equitably.
4.04 Engaging Public Housing Authorities and Housing Developers
Recent research suggests that unsheltered people are more likely to experience multiple challenges tied to health and well-being. Many communities are offering Rapid Re-Housing subsidies to this population. What do we know about how well Rapid Re-Housing is working for people with multiple barriers? What more do we need to learn? This session will identify ways communities are overcoming these challenges and how they can best use Rapid Re-Housing to house unsheltered people.
4.05 Identifying and Implementing Behavioral Health Strategies with Special Attention to Racial Trauma
The roll-out of Emergency Housing Vouchers during the COVID-19 pandemic cast a light on the challenges and complexities of effective partnerships between CoCs, housing developers, and PHAs. Communities will share how they created close relationships with their PHAs during this process: what worked, what didn’t, and how we can best work together to ensure people experiencing homelessness are prioritized for public housing and vouchers.
4.06 Two Essential Ways to improve Housing Problem Solving in your Community
Mental health and substance use disorders disproportionately affect people experiencing homelessness – racial trauma compounds these effects. This session will explore solutions that address behavioral health challenges exacerbated by homelessness and racism, with a housing first approach. Also, this session will cover culturally specific approaches and racially conscious trauma-informed care to help providers navigate the complexities of behavioral health and permanent housing.
This interactive session will explore how housing problem solving is evolving through the full incorporation of people with lived experience of homelessness. As part of this discussion, participants will address the opportunities to use housing problem solving in the emerging practice of sharing housing, and how it can effectively prevent, divert, and rapidly exit people experiencing homelessness into housing, even in high-rent, low-vacancy communities.