17th Annual Training Institute

May 16th, 2019 | 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT

Registration begins in February 2019. 

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Annual Training Institute (ATI) is Connecticut’s premier capacity-building event for organizations, frontline providers, and partners working to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. National and state presenters gather to provide training and information on best practices, promising innovations, and new system-wide initiatives as they relate to ending homelessness. With over 400 attendees, this event is the largest gathering of the state’s homeless service sector and its partners and has sold-out for the past three years. The ATI is a highly-visible event that has been attended by the Governor, other key officials, and national leaders.

Beyond Barriers: Enhancing Access to Housing Solutions

This year, we seek to Enhance Access to Housing Solutions by removing barriers – like racial or cultural bias, mental health status, poor practices/policies, lack of understanding – and enhancing promising practices and partnerships that ensure equitable access.

Request for Presenters

CCEH invites you to share your expertise in addressing homelessness by submitting a proposal to present a workshop at the 2019 Annual Training Institute. We are looking for engaging workshops that provide attendees with takeaways and knowledge that will help them in their work to end homelessness. Presentations on innovative strategies that are data driven and are aligned with Housing First principles are especially desired. Deadline to apply: January 25, 2019.

2019 Tracks

  1. Youth Engagement & Leadership in Ending Homelessness
    This track will feature youth-led discussions about elements of the system of services for youth and young adults with a focus on ending youth homelessness by 2020. Emphasis is given to youth involvement at points such as direct service provision, leadership development, planning, and system performance.
  2. A Holistic Approach to Ending Family Homelessness
    Given its complexity, family homelessness requires collaboration from multiple sectors to ensure the needs of all family members are addressed. This track will emphasize cross-sector collaboration and addressing the unique needs of families experiencing homelessness.
  3. Optimizing Our System to End Homelessness
    While Connecticut has established a nationally recognized homelessness response system, we still face challenges in ensuring homelessness is rare, brief, and non-reoccurring for all populations. In this track, we examine innovative strategies in shelter diversion, rapid exit, and housing stabilization aimed at reducing length of time homeless.
  4. Removing the Barriers of Racial Bias
    Systemic racism has led to an overrepresentation of people of color in the homeless response system. Workshops in this track will discuss how to identify and address racial inequities related to housing and homelessness.
  5. Harnessing the Power of Outreach
    Outreach and identification are vital components of a strong coordinated entry system. Workshops in this track supports the work of outreach for engaging special populations, utilizing technology, practicing self-care and safety, and highlights new and potential collaborations with Federally Qualified Health Centers, including Healthcare for the Homeless Grantees and youth serving organizations. Outreach is examined both as a product of a coordination of resources and as a set of practices that guides day-to-day work in the field.
  6. The Intersection of Health and Homelessness
    The intersection of health and homelessness highlights both the potential of new partnerships and the need to better understand the social determinants of health. Workshops in this track will consider how health is determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities and how coordinated entry systems can increase collaboration with health care providers at many levels (street, clinic, hospital) to improve outcomes in health and housing stability.
  7. Sharing Solutions: Working Across Systems to Improve Housing Outcomes
    Homelessness impacts many areas of social service and community efforts. This track will explore the intersections of our work with that of other systems and highlight effective partnerships and opportunities for increased collaboration.
  8. Utilizing Data to End Homelessness
    Through data, we can ensure that we are working towards ending homelessness and distributing resources in the most effective way. In this track, data extraction and utilization is examined as a tool to monitor progress and ensure equitable services.