Archive for December 28th, 2011

28th December
written by Darcy Klingle

The Alliance is proud to host the 2012 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness on February 9 and 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Though ending family and youth homelessness has always been an Alliance goal, the current and persistent economic and political climate makes the problem particularly salient this year.

As always, people from across the country will gather at the conference to share successes and challenges, learn about the latest homelessness research, and understand upcoming changes in policies and practices.

This year’s workshops include content on:

- Implementing rapid re-housing (and maintaining those programs as HPRP funding expires),

- Coordinating with larger “mainstream” anti-poverty programs to multiply impacts, especially by providing help with employment,

- Strengthening families and promoting reunification to end homelessness for youth,

- Preventing homelessness for families and youth, including targeting for the maximum impact,

- Getting the most out of the HEARTH Act,

- Housing families and youth with the most severe challenges, including chronic homelessness.

In addition to the workshops, the Alliance will offer a number of opportunities to enhance and augment the conference experience:

A Meet and Mingle reception with cash bar, and light fare, will be held at the conference hotel on Thursday, Feb. 9. This event will give attendees an opportunity to meet others in the field and relax after a long day of workshops.

Moreover, attendees may purchase tickets to attend an exciting tour of Los Angeles on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 9. The tour will feature stories on LA’s past, present, and future including Frank Gerhy’s dazzling Walt Disney Concert Hall, a ride on the iconic Angel’s Flight funicular, movie locations including Spider-man, Batman (currently being filmed), and Transformers, a trip through the nation’s largest historic district, and a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city from rooftop. This will is a great opportunity for attendees to explore the city and learn more about Los Angeles’ history.

On both Thursday and Friday, plenary sessions will allow attendees to enjoy an informative and entertaining keynote address before lunch is served. More information about keynote speakers will be posted on the event website as they’re available.

And finally, throughout the duration of the conference, organizations and companies from across the country will be exhibiting at the hotel, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about their programs and products.

There is an array of exciting opportunities and educational events that will be taking place in Los Angeles, California this February which you will not want to miss! We look forward to seeing you, hearing from you, and learning about what is happening in your community this February! Learn more about the conference and register online today!

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