2019 Annual Training Institute
Tracks & Workshops
- Creative Strategies to Prevent and End Student Homelessness
Bringing together McKinney-Vento liaisons, faculty, staff, administrators, and students, successful strategies and new ideas to address student homelessness in Connecticut schools, colleges, and universities will be shared. Discussions will include refining Connecticut’s Single Point of Contact system, student-led awareness campaigns, and regional work to address youth homelessness.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Removing the Barriers of Racial Bias
Systemic racism has led to an over representation 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.