NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) invite advocates nationwide to register for the fourth webinar in our series on homelessness and Housing First. The webinar, “Housing First Serves Veterans and Promotes Recovery,” will be held on Monday, March 20, from 2:30 to 4 pm ET. In addition to examining how Housing First is being used to end veteran homelessness, the webinar will explore how the evidence-based approach supports Recovery Housing. Register at: https://bit.ly/3XJFKoe
- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Ann Oliva, chief executive officer, National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Guest Speakers
- Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Representative Mark Takano (D-CA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
- Housing First Ends Veteran Homelessness
- Monica Diaz, executive director, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs Office
- Shawn Liu, director of communications, U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Homeless Programs Office
- William E. Higgins, Jr., executive director, Homeless Advocacy for All; At-large officer with lived experience, Maine CoC Board; Board member, National Coalition for the Homeless
- Housing First Promotes Recovery
- Dr. LaMont Green, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Technical Assistance Collaborative
- Sarah Holland, senior director of supportive housing and employment services, Central City Concern
- Take Action and Closing Remarks
- Steve Berg, chief policy officer, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Please note that this webinar is not a training, and webinar attendees will not receive a certificate of completion.
More than 7,000 people registered for the four-part webinar series we held in August and September. Given the tremendous interest among stakeholders and the increased risk of harmful measures to criminalize homelessness, we decided to continue our national webinar series monthly. We will continue to share critical information about solutions to homelessness and amplify the work of advocates and people with lived expertise across the nation. Did you miss our previous webinars? Check out the webinar recaps, including the links to the recording and presentation slides.
Homelessness is a crisis in many communities – one that demands urgent action. To end homelessness once and for all, federal, state, and local governments must invest in proven solutions at the scale necessary to address the problem. The Housing First model is one of the best strategies for ending homelessness. Housing First recognizes that affordable and accessible homes are the foundation on which people thrive, and by combining housing with access to supportive services, Housing First can help people exit homelessness and live stably in their communities.
In communities across the nation, however, some misguided policymakers are responding to this crisis by advancing dangerous rhetoric and harmful, dehumanizing measures that will make it even harder for people to exit homelessness. It is critical that advocates nationwide are unified in pushing back against stigmatizing and counterproductive efforts that seek to criminalize homelessness, impose punitive requirements, and even prevent the development of affordable housing.
As our communities struggle with soaring inflation, skyrocketing rents, increased evictions, and, in many cases, more homelessness, it is more important than ever that advocates work together to advance the bold policies and anti-racist reforms needed to ensure stable, affordable, and accessible homes for all people experiencing and at risk of homelessness.
Learn more about Housing First at: https://bit.ly/3ViLyU6