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5th January
2011
written by naehblog

Today’s post comes to us from Kim Walker.

It’s that time again! It’s T – five weeks (!) until the Alliance’s National Conference on Ending Family Homelessness, set this year in Oakland, Calif.

For you veterans out there, you know that the Alliance strives to make the conference as informative, interesting, and useful as possible, chock full of workshops, meetings, plenary sessions, and group discussions. (Seriously – check out this year’s agenda.)

And we’re not planning on disappointing in February! In fact, the Alliance’s Center for Capacity Building is taking it up a notch and offering a day-long Rapid Re-Housing for Families clinic at the February conference.

Rapid re-housing is a strategy focused on returning people experiencing homelessness to permanent housing as quickly as possible by eliminating their barriers to obtaining and retaining permanent housing. Doing this effectively requires the careful implementation of a number of strategies, including effective housing search and location, landlord engagement, and home-based case management.

Needless to say, it’s not always easy – and that’s where we want to help. Our clinic will review the nuts and bolts of rapid re-housing and include interactive activities and discussions to ensure participants leave with a clear idea of how to make their rapid re-housing program more successful.

We’re capping registration at 100, so be sure you register now! We think that this clinic will be a great way to kick of the conference (it’s slated for Wednesday, Feb. 9 starting at 9:30 a.m.) and really get participants energized for the workshops and sessions to come! And as a note: all clinic participants must be registered for our conference before signing up for the clinic.

If you have any questions about the clinic, feel free to send them to Kim Walker. We can’t wait to see you there!

1 Comment

  1. Shaniqua Jones
    11/01/2011

    Good Afternoon, My question Concern us who stay at a family shelters in Fairfax County Virginia. We would like to know if there is any hope for the homeless in Fairfax County. We are being told that there is no money in Fairfax County for housing options for the poor. In order to stay in Fairfax County we would have to get two or three job because we must pay market rate rent. The other option is perhaps we double our family up into a smaller place as a short term sacrifice for a long term goal. Either way it goes we have to leave this shelter. We are told Fairfax is a rich County who don’t take kindly to the poor. Every weekly meeting for everyone here is dread a cycle of doubt and fear. They don’t allow any job training they say we must work at McDonald instead of bettering our education so we can eventually pay market rate rent. Beginning this New Year they have put families out on the street. They claim that those families broke rules like having outside food or soda. They only reason they knew about food is through their new random room search procedure where dig through your entire personal clothes bag, Boxes, purse, even kid book bag and through the kid toy boxes. This is they new tactic with ways to kick people of the program. As a mother how do I protect my family? Do we as human being still have our right? Our dignity has been stripped all ready. Who do I contact to verify my civil right? Thanks