INSTITUTE FOR CHILDREN AND POVERTY
NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA
ICP conference focused on the growing problem of
family homelessness in America
New York, NY – The Institute for Children and Poverty hosted a national conference in Philadelphia, PA on January 20-21, 2010. The conference, Children, Poverty and Homelessness: from Research to Policy, from Policy to Practice, was successful in bringing together expert researchers, policymakers, and practitioners from a broad spectrum of professions to explore the issues facing children and families experiencing poverty and the solutions needed to end homelessness in communities across America.
The two-day event at the Marriott Downtown included panel discussions with key leaders and top policy analysts, educators and advocates, with approximately 300 guests in attendance.
On Wednesday, January 20th, ICP hosted guided tours of five Philadelphia homeless shelters, including ICP's local conference partner, The People's Emergency Center, which provides comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children.
Thursday's agenda comprised a full day of panels and workshops. Some sessions included, Engaging Fathers in Homeless Services Delivery Systems, Emotional and Mental Health Impacts, and Rural, Suburban and Urban Homelessness and the Foreclosure Crisis.
The Thursday morning plenary speaker was Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez, President and CEO of the Institute for Children and Poverty and Homes for the Homeless. He is also the author of the newly-released book, A Shelter Is Not a Home…Or Is It?—Revisited, which explores lessons learned and lessons forgotten on issues that drive family homelessness in New York City and other urban areas, like Philadelphia.
The keynote speaker for the event was Dainette M. Mintz, Deputy Managing Director for Special Needs Housing and Director, Office of Supportive Housing for the City of Philadelphia. Ms. Mintz possesses many years of experience working with supportive housing programs, and shared some of the preliminary findings of Philadelphia's service approach and concentration on homeless children. She also spearheads Philadelphia's Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.
The variety of speakers and attendees addressed the critical problem of the growing number of homeless families in the U.S., particularly during the current economic crisis. ICP looks forward to seeing everyone at the next conference in New York City in 2012.