Upcoming Webinar: Homelessness Prevention - January 24, 2013 - 2 PM EST
SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network announces a webinar on:
January 24, 2013
2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
According to national data, on any given night, nearly 672,000 Americans are homeless: nearly 40 percent are members of homeless families and nearly 20 percent are veterans. The longer someone has been homeless, the more difficult—and expensive—it becomes to restore stability. A 2011 expert panel on homelessness prevention highlighted pertinent research and specific strategies for preventing homelessness. This webinar will include participants from that panel and draw from information gained from that expert panel discussion.
Homelessness prevention has been the focus of growing interest in the field. Not only is this a compassionate strategy, but it makes better fiscal sense. Once people have become homeless, it quickly becomes more difficult—and more expensive—to return them to sustainable self-sufficiency. Though the evidence base for homelessness prevention is in its early stages, recent efforts with the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP) and a history derived from Federal initiatives provide information on lessons learned and suggest strategies that should be examined, studied, evaluated, and implemented.
This 90-minute webinar offers an opportunity for providers and policymakers to hear about innovative homelessness prevention strategies and guiding principles articulated by the experts involved in the expert panel event. The webinar will offer lessons learned from a range of federal initiatives, strategies to prevent homelessness, and insights from the field.
- Jennifer Ho, Deputy Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), will serve as Moderator.
- Martha Fleetwood is Founder and Executive Director of HomeBase, an organization that has worked for more than 25 years to help states and communities implement effective systems and programs to prevent and address homelessness and poverty.
- Marybeth Shinn, Ph.D., a Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University, has focused much of her work on individuals who face social exclusion due to poverty, homelessness, and/or mental illness. Recent projects have included an examination of the impact of targeted homelessness prevention services in New York City.
- Jamey Burden, M.S.W., is Director of Housing Programs at Community of Hope in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for developing and overseeing the agency’s four housing and supportive services programs.
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