Next week, the National Alliance to End Homelessness will host its annual conference in Washington, DC, convening policymakers and practitioners who are working across the country to prevent and end homelessness. The three day event will offer more than 100 workshops and sessions and will feature plenary remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, in-coming HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Cory Booker, and USICH Executive Director Laura Zeilinger. USICH and federal partners are looking forward to participating in conversations with stakeholders in preconference and workshop sessions throughout the week. We hope that this guide to our participation will help our partners connect with the USICH team at the conference. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Tuesday, July 29
Pre-Conference Meetings – 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Laura Zeilinger will deliver remarks at a panel on Combatting Criminalization of the Homeless. This session will provide a forum to discuss trends and strategies for responding to the criminalization of homelessness, and will investigate how local uses of the criminal justice system to move homeless people out of public spaces are counter-productive to efforts to end homelessness
- The team of USICH Regional Coordinators alongside Jay Melder, USICH Director of Communications and External Affairs, will host a community input session on a potential amendment to Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Because every strategic plan should be a living document, reinforced by new information and lessons learned through implementation, we encourage our partners to attend and offer their insights on how to strengthen and leverage Opening Doors.
- Eric Grumdahl, USICH Policy Director, will present at a panel hosted by the National Network for Youth titled Innovative Collaboration in Strengthening Models to End Youth Homelessness. Collaboration and innovation at the local level among community-based service providers and at the federal level among federal agencies, national organizations and legislators is necessary to increase communities’ capacity to appropriately care for runaway and homeless youth. The panel will feature Eric alongside community-based providers, federal partners, and young people.
WORKSHOP II – 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Laura Zeilinger will present at a panel on Going to Scale: Utilizing PHA Resources to End Chronic Homelessness. Her presentation will be part of a larger conversation on how to partner successfully with Public Housing Authorities to maximize available resources.
- Lindsay Knotts, USICH Management and Program Analyst, will moderate a workshop titled Core Components of Rapid Re-Housing: An Introduction. This workshop will offer an overview of how rapid re-housing, a system developed by USICH, HUD, and VA, can be implemented at the community level.
Wednesday, July 30
WORKSHOP III – 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
- USICH Policy Director Eric Grumdahl will present at a workshop called This Is What Ending Veteran Homelessness Looks Like focused on the concept of a functional zero for Veteran homelessness. Eric and other presenters will describe the roles of preventative programs, shelters, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing in ending homelessness among former service members.
WORKSHOP V – 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
- USICH Director of National Initiatives Matthew Doherty will moderate a panel on Providing Affirming and Welcoming Services to Homeless LGBT Youth. This workshop will examine how providers can ensure that all of their services to at-risk and homeless youth are supportive, welcoming, and culturally competent for LGBT youth.
- USICH Senior Policy Director Richard Cho will present at a workshop on Developing and Sustaining Permanent Supportive Housing. The session will focus on models and funding sources for successful PSH programs.
Thursday, July 31
WORKSHOP VI – 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
- Amy Sawyer, USICH’s Regional Coordinator for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, will moderate a panel on Improving Your Shelter System and Crisis Response designed specifically for community planners, funders, and government leaders. Topics will include how to develop a comprehensive and efficient crisis response, which metrics to measure, how to incorporate effective outreach, and how to target rapid re-housing and coordinated assessment.
- Peter Nicewicz, USICH Management and Program Analyst, will moderate a panel called Veteran Employment Programs: Evidence Based Practices which will focus on the unique skills, assets, and characteristics that Veterans bring to the workplace and the barriers and, in some instances, discrimination that they face.
For a full list of events and workshops, please visit NAEH’s full conference website. We look forward to connecting with our partners next week.