Join Today’s (August 29) NLIHC, NAEH, and CBPP Webinar on Homelessness and Housing First

NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) invite advocates nationwide to register for “Homelessness is a Housing Problem,” the second webinar in our four-part webinar series on homelessness and Housing First. Decades of learning, experience, and research have proven that Housing First is the most effective approach 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. The webinar will be held today (August 29) at 2:30 pm ET. Register at:

Urgent action is needed at all levels of government to end America’s housing and homelessness crisis. 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.

Today’s webinar will feature NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel; Gregg Colburn, assistant professor of real estate at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments and coauthor of the book Homelessness is a Housing Problem; Ana Rausch, vice president of program operations at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County; Jessica Preheim, vice president of strategic planning & public affairs at the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County; Dora Leong Gallo, president and CEO of A Community of Friends; Sarah Owsley, policy and advocacy director at Empower Missouri; Bonnie Harper, a HUD grant housing specialist with Partners Behavioral Health Management; Michele Knapp, executive director of Diakonos/Fifth Street Ministries; and Steve Berg, vice president for programs and policy at NAEH.

Following today’s webinar, two additional webinars will be held. The third webinar, “Long-Term Solutions and Successful Strategies,” will be held on Monday, September 12. The final webinar, “How to Address Unsheltered Homelessness,” will be held on Wednesday, September 28. Each webinar will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 pm ET.

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