[Hpn] Fw: Ending Homelessness: Making it happen in YOUR Community

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Fri, 13 Jul 2001 09:14:56 -0400

Training & Strategy Institutes REMINDER - National Alliance to End Homelessness
meeting starts on Thursday next week.
source: http://www.naeh.org/conf2001/index.html
July 18 - July 21, 2001 - A special time for Homeless Provider Organizations in
Washington, DC

8:00am - 9:00am Institute Registration
9:00am - 5:00pm Training & Strategy Institutes
Agenda for the first day [July 18] - Training and Discussion Group topics

Making It Real:
Developing a Local Plan to End Homelessness
Presented by Lakefront SRO

How can we actually develop plans to end homelessness in our communities? What
do we have to do differently, who needs to be involved, and what should be the
components of a plan to end homelessness? Cities around the country have begun
planning to end homelessness. Building on their experiences, this Institute will
examine a range of planning options and experiences. It will provide practical
approaches to questions such as: what kinds of data and information are needed
for the planning process and who can provide or develop such information? in
addition to homeless advocates and providers, what public agencies need to be
involved in planning? how can you get public sector policy-makers -- and their
resources -- at the table? who is responsible for convening the planning
process? who is responsible for implementing the planning process? what about
funding to staff the planning process? how does this correspond with the
Continuum of Care, the Consolidated Plan, and other local planning processes?
how do you build the public will for implementation of a plan to end
homelessness? Networking among jurisdictions engaged in planning to end
homelessness will be an important by-product of this Institute.

Advocacy Really Does Work!
Presented by the National Shelter Plus Care Coalition

The success of nationwide advocacy for Shelter Plus Care (S+C) permanent
supportive housing is an experiential model for all programs challenged by
shifting federal policy and shrinking resources. A significant part of the
strategy to end homelessness, S+C provides affordable housing through rental
assistance and supportive services to homeless people disabled by chronic
alcohol and drug problems, serious mental illness, and AIDS and related
disorders. This Institute is a participatory learning experience to update the
National Shelter Plus Care Coalitionıs platform and develop local and national
action plans for the next steps in preserving Shelter Plus Care Programs
throughout the country. Methods, strategies, and ³best practices² for mobilizing
constituencies, coordinating regional action plans, and securing Administration
and congressional support are the nuts and bolts of the training. The agenda
includes the success of advocacy to date, a legislative update, congressional
perspectives, and coordination of advocacy in action with members of Congress.
S+C grantees, administrators, directors, managers, housing sponsors,
participating support service agencies, jurisdictional homeless service
coordinators, and other concerned individuals and organizations are urged to

Looking at the In-Between:  A Focus on Transitional Opportunities between the
Front Door and the Back Door of the Homeless Housing and Services System

Presented by HomeBase/The Center for Common Concerns of the San Francisco Bay

The Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness and Housing, staffed by
HomeBase, has been exploring the place of transitional housing and service
programs in a flexible, evolving local continuum of care.

With the permanent housing emphasis in the annual SuperNOFA, where is the
support for transitional programs? Can we avoid the conflict inherent in the
competition, and redefine the spectrum of opportunity? Come to this Institute
and walk with us through the thicket of program designs, service packages,
facility configurations and policy objectives that now carry the "transitional"
label. Discuss an emerging concept:
erasing the walls between types of housing available to homeless people, and
focusing on meeting people's needs from a flexible funding stream.

We will also cover the brass tacks:
What is the Measure of Success
How/When Does Fair Housing Law Apply
What are the Intricacies of Landlord-Tenant Relationships
What are Key Architectural/Engineering Issues

Participate in small workgroups applying the information presented in a system
redesign exercise to see how you can change the debate in your community. This
fast-paced Institute is for service providers, housers, funders, policy makers
with an eye to the future.


The Basics of Supportive Housing The Back Door: What, Where, Who, When & How of
Developing and Operating Permanent Housing with Services
Presented by Corporation for Supportive Housing

Now in our tenth year, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) is dedicated
to helping nonprofit organizations develop and operate service-enriched
permanent housing for homeless and at-risk families and individuals with special
needs, including mental illness, HIV/AIDS and substance use issues. Through this
Institute, participants will become versed in the basic components of creating
and running supportive housing through a combination of lecture and small group

What is Supportive Housing & Who Does It Serve.
What Have We Learned About Its Success.
The Basics of Supportive Housing Development ­ project conception, program and
service development; building community support, financing, and site
The Basics of Supportive Housing Operation ­ service and housing integration;
how supportive housing delivery differs from other models.
If you are thinking of getting involved, as a funder, developer or service
provider, in permanent housing and service options for people that have
experienced homelessness­ this is the Institute for you.

A How-To Guide:
Homeless Management Information Systems
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

This Institute is designed to provide communities with the tools needed to
develop or improve homeless management information systems (HMIS). Presented by
HUD staff and HMIS operators, the session is in response to local and federal
interest in collecting uniform information on the number and characteristics of
homeless persons over time, in order to improve client services, program
management and policy making. The dayıs workshop will focus on four areas:

1.  The planning process: How should you get started?
How can you gain buy-in from clients, services providers, funders and local

2.  Implementation: Which software and hardware are appropriate for your needs?
What are the different data base architectures, including Internet applications?
Where should the data be hosted? What data elements should you track?

3.  Operation: What are your staffing needs, their training needs?
How will you maintain the system? What client confidentiality and security
features should you consider?

4.  Using data: What uses will this data have? Who will analyze the data? What
can a locality and service provider expect from their HMIS?
The session will take participants through every step of the HMIS process
utilizing the extensive experiences of staff from various HMISs across the
nation. The training will be useful for people needing an introduction to HMIS,
those starting the process, and those operating systems.

For more information go to the web site www.endhomelessness.org or

National Alliance to End Homelessness
1518 K Street NW, Suite 206
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 638-1526
(202) 638-4664 fax