Archive for July 31st, 2009

31st July
2009
written by naehblog

I’m sitting here, listening to what is NO DOUBT a standing ovation given to Sen. Jack Reed who just gave an address to at the final plenary session at the Conference.

The senator – a longtime homeless advocate and champion of highly successful legislation to prevent and end homelessness – touched upon a number of different topics, including the ramifications of the HEARTH Act and the inexcusable tragedy of veteran homelessness.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said the senator.

He’s already started, it seems. Yesterday, the senator announced, he introduced the Zero Tolerance for Homeless Veterans – in an effort to do just that: end veteran homelessness.

Whew! Guess you never know what’ll happen!

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31st July
2009
written by naehblog

I CANNOT believe that it’s already almost over! It’s been a crazy roller coast of a conference (and my first one, no less!) and I’ve met so many incredible partners, learned so much about housing and homelessness, and had the privilege to hear acclaimed politicians, scholars, and innovators in the field.

Which doesn’t mean that next on the agenda isn’t a nice, long NAP.

During my time here, I FINALLY got to meet Kai Stansberrg at Path Partners in Los Angeles and listened to Danna Fischer of the National Low Income Housing Coalition speak about housing policy implementation. I had a great chat with Greg Walz-Chojnaki of the Supportive Housing Network of New York about communications strategy and met another New Yorker – Deb DeSantis, President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing in the hotel elevator!

I can’t believe that in just a few hours, all 1200+ participants, speakers, and staff will exit the Renaissance Hotel (and leave behind QUITE a mess for the hotel staff) and go back to their respective states.

Hopefully – we at the Alliance ALL hope – that they’ll leave with some new ideas, better information, and good strategies to help push our mutual goals forward.

We’ll see what happens. In the meantime – LUNCH.

More later!

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