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Homelessness & Housing First Webinar Recap: 8/15 

Thank you to the over 4500 people who registered for the first Homelessness and Housing First webinar hosted by NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) on August 15!

The webinar, “Emerging Threats Facing People Experiencing Homelessness,” began with remarks from NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel, NAEH CEO Ann Oliva, and CBPP Vice President for Housing Policy Peggy Bailey. Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of the St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles, California, provided an overview of Housing First and explained how its guiding insight – that prioritizing access to permanent, stable, accessible, and affordable housing is a prerequisite for effective psychiatric and substance use treatment and for improving quality of life – is fundamental to ending homelessness. Eric Tars, legal director of the National Homelessness Law Center, discussed emerging threats to Housing First, and Donald Whitehead, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, spoke about the impact of these threats on people experiencing homelessness. NLIHC Senior Vice President of Policy and Field Organizing Sarah Saadian, NAEH Vice President for Programs and Policy Steve Berg, and CBPP Manager of Government Affairs Alex Berger also joined the call to share how advocates can take action to advance the bold policies and anti-racist reforms needed to ensure all people have safe, stable, affordable, and accessible places to call home. We have uploaded a recording of the call, as well as the presentation slides.

We encourage all advocates to participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day hosted by NAEH on Wednesday, September 14! Advocates can use this opportunity to speak with their members of Congress about the importance of Housing First and the need for robust investments in affordable housing and homelessness resources. If you have any questions or would like help setting up virtual meetings, please reach out to Jerry Jones at [email protected].

You can also use a new advocacy toolkit published by NLIHC. The toolkit includes everything you’ll need to engage your elected officials, including talking points, tips for scheduling in-district meetings and tours of affordable housing developments, social media messages, and more.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Monday, August 29 - “Homelessness is a Housing Problem”
  • Monday, September 12 - “Long-Term Solutions and Successful Strategies”
  • Wednesday, September 28 - “How to Address Unsheltered Homelessness”

Each webinar in the four-part series will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET. Register for the series at: https://bit.ly/3vIbn5o

Resources discussed on the 8/15 call:


Homelessness & Housing First Webinar: 8/15 Follow-Up Email

Thanks to the over 4500 people who registered for the first Homelessness and Housing First webinar hosted by NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) on August 15!

The webinar, “Emerging Threats Facing People Experiencing Homelessness,” began with remarks from NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel, NAEH CEO Ann Oliva, and CBPP Vice President for Housing Policy Peggy Bailey. Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of the St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles, California, provided an overview of Housing First and explained how its guiding insight – that prioritizing access to permanent, stable, accessible, and affordable housing is a prerequisite for effective psychiatric and substance use treatment and for improving quality of life – is fundamental to ending homelessness. Eric Tars, legal director of the National Homelessness Law Center, discussed emerging threats to Housing First, and Donald Whitehead, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, spoke about the impact of these threats on people experiencing homelessness. NLIHC Senior Vice President of Policy and Field Organizing Sarah Saadian, NAEH Vice President for Programs and Policy Steve Berg, and CBPP Manager of Government Affairs Alex Berger also joined the call to share how advocates can take action to advance the bold policies and anti-racist reforms needed to ensure all people have safe, stable, affordable, and accessible places to call home. We have uploaded a recording of the call, as well as the presentation slides.

We encourage all advocates to participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day hosted by NAEH on Wednesday, September 14! Advocates can use this opportunity to speak with their members of Congress about the importance of Housing First and the need for robust investments in affordable housing and homelessness resources. If you have any questions or would like help setting up virtual meetings, please reach out to Jerry Jones at [email protected].

You can also use a new advocacy toolkit published by NLIHC. The toolkit includes everything you’ll need to engage your elected officials, including talking points, tips for scheduling in-district meetings and tours of affordable housing developments, social media messages, and more.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Monday, August 29 - “Homelessness is a Housing Problem”
  • Monday, September 12 - “Long-Term Solutions and Successful Strategies”
  • Wednesday, September 28 - “How to Address Unsheltered Homelessness”

Each webinar in the four-part series will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET. Register for the new series at: https://bit.ly/3vIbn5o

Resources discussed on the call:


Recap of 8/29 Homelessness & Housing First Webinar

More than 5,500 people registered for the Homelessness and Housing First webinar hosted by NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) on August 29! Thank you to all who attended!

The webinar, “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” began with a presentation by Gregg Colburn, a professor at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Professor Colburn shared research he conducted with data journalist Clayton Aldern that found that housing market conditions – not mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, or low income mobility – explain why some communities have higher rates of homelessness than others.
 
Ana Rausch and Jessica Preheim of the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County shared how Houston has used Housing First to successfully house 25,000 people experiencing homelessness.
 
Dora Leong Gallo of A Community of Friends provided an overview of Housing First and explained how the strategy is fundamental to ending homelessness for people with disabilities and substance use disorders.
 
Sarah Owsley of Empower Missouri spoke about harmful legislation recently enacted in her state that criminalizes homelessness, undermines Housing First, and redirects funding that would have been used to address long-term housing needs to instead create encampments.
 
Bonnie Harper of Partners Behavioral Health Management and Michele Knapp of Diakonos/Fifth Street Ministries shared best practices identified during their recent roundtable discussion with elected officials, health experts, and the faith-based community on the importance of Housing First.
 
Steve Berg of NAEH also joined the call to share how advocates can take action to advance the bold policies and anti-racist reforms needed to ensure all people have safe, stable, affordable, and accessible places to call home.
 
We have uploaded a recording of the call, as well as the presentation slides.

Take Action:

Advocates can participate in a Virtual Capitol Hill Day hosted by NAEH on Wednesday, September 14! Use this opportunity to speak with your members of Congress about the importance of Housing First and the need for robust investments in affordable housing and homelessness resources. If you have any questions or would like help setting up virtual meetings, please reach out to Jerry Jones at [email protected].

You can also use a new advocacy toolkit published by NLIHC. The toolkit includes everything you’ll need to engage your elected officials, including talking points, tips for scheduling in-district meetings and tours of affordable housing developments, social media messages, and more.

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Monday, September 12 - “Long-Term Solutions and Successful Strategies”
  • Wednesday, September 28 - “How to Address Unsheltered Homelessness”

Each webinar in the four-part series will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET. Register for the new series at: https://bit.ly/3vIbn5o

Resources discussed on the call: