Beyond Housing: A National Conversation on Child Homelessness and Poverty 2018

January 10-12, 2018
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
New York City

Join fellow practitioners, policy makers, and service providers to share new and effective programs, solutions, and policies aimed at reducing poverty and homelessness among children and families in the US. Attend strategy and solution-based interactive workshops, enlightening panels, informative table discussions with peers, keynote luncheons, a networking reception, and much more.


Program Tracks Include:

Advocacy/Coalition Building

  • Building public/private partnerships
  • Engaging partners in the community
  • Creating speakers’ bureaus/homeless and formerly homeless sharing their stories
  • Talking to the media

Education and Enrichment

  • Early childhood care and education
  • K–12 education
  • Out-of-school-time enrichment and recreation
  • Service learning
  • Family literacy
  • Trauma-informed practices in pre-K and school settings
  • Homeless students and McKinney-Vento
  • High school to college/career pipeline for homeless students

Employment and Adult Skill-building

  • Conflict resolution/effective communications
  • Employment and child care strategies
  • Adult education and training
  • Employment placement
  • Underemployment and job training
  • Working families and homelessness

Health and Wellness

  • Access to healthcare/impact of Affordable Care Act
  • Food/nutrition for children and families
  • Food assistance
  • Family physical and mental health
  • Home visiting and healthy families
  • Family and domestic violence

Organizational/Staff Development

  • Staff retention
  • Self-care for staff
  • Training leaders
  • Setting up meaningful volunteer opportunities and programs

Program Strategies

  • Housing placement strategies
  • Affordable housing and rental assistance for homeless families
  • Public housing authorities as partners to end homelessness
  • Supportive housing for young families and youth in foster care
  • Rapid re-housing / Transition-in-place models
  • Prevention strategies
  • Role of shelter
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Innovative housing models
  • Effective interventions for families at risk
  • Fatherhood and family structure initiatives
  • Jail and prison re-entry and family reunification
  • Veteran families


  • Program evaluation
  • Reflecting the needs of homeless children in data collection and assessments
  • How data informs policy
  • Community needs assessments
  • Community-based research strategies


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