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Call for Abstracts! University of Pennsylvania to host International Homelessness Research Conference: Advancing the Policy and Practice of Crisis Response Systems, June 3-4, 2013

December 10, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania and the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are organizing an international research conference on homelessness crisis response systems, focused on the themes of homelessness prevention and diversion, rapid re-housing, and effective approaches to emergency housing. The conference will also include plenary sessions on recent multinational studies of Housing First research demonstrations, and cost of homelessness studies. This event is underwritten by the Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and co-sponsored by the VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans, the European Observatory on Homelessness, the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Australian Urban and Housing Research Institute.

The conference program will provide homelessness researchers with the opportunity to present research on theoretically significant models, best practices, evaluations, and related research. The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster on the topics listed below:

  • Approaches to community based homelessness prevention (theory, practice)
  • Shelter diversion programs
  • Rapid re-housing models
  • Emergency shelter programs
  • Short-term interim housing models (30-60-90 days)
  • Street outreach
  • Safe Havens
  • Programs that target youth, young adult families, young veterans and young single adults
  • Institutional discharge issues
  • Conflict mediation

Abstracts are also invited for two plenary panels – one on Housing First research demonstrations and another on cost of homelessness studies.


All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission form by February 1, 2013. The following information must be provided.

Title: Abstract titles are limited to 10 words.

Authors: Authors names should be entered as follows: first initial and last name. Affiliations must be listed.

Indicate the presenting author and his/her email contact information in the appropriate fields.

Text: Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Text should be divided into the following sections:

Background; Objectives; Method; Results; Discussion.

Important Dates

Abstract submission site opens December 7, 2012

Abstract submission deadline February 1, 2013

Abstract notifications emailed to presenters March 1, 2013

Conference registration opens February 1, 2013

Conference registration deadline May 1, 2013

Click here to submit your abstract