Call for Proposals


The submission period is now closed.

Crowne Plaza Time Square Manhattan, New York, NY, January 15-17, 2020

The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) invites you to submit breakout session proposals for the Beyond Housing 2020 Conference. Conference sessions will provide an opportunity to build bridges across the field of family homelessness, helping colleagues from all backgrounds to imagine new and dynamic ways to reduce the impact of poverty and homelessness on children and families. Our goal is to bring family and child homelessness into focus by promoting evidence-based dialogue about ICPH’s four pillars of education, health & well-being, housing & shelter, and community.

Beyond Housing welcomes a diverse group of stakeholders who are exploring new methods to prevent or mitigate the impact of homelessness on families and children. Homeless families must be actively considered in housing, education, employment, domestic violence, health, mental health, and economic policy conversations. Solutions to family and child homelessness and poverty are most effective when developed in the local community and when the experiences of homeless families and children are considered every step of the way.

Submission Guidelines:

We seek a variety of individual presenters and panels. Presenters should be authorities on their topics either through lived experience, training, or expertise. All sessions should be engaging and actively address how audience members can use the information presented.

  • Beyond Housing stresses topics surrounding family homelessness and childhood poverty. This conference will be a focused conversation about families with children.
  • Only fully completed proposals will be considered.
  • All proposals must be completed and submitted through our conference website e-form. If you experience any problems, please email for assistance.
  • Most sessions are 90 minutes in length including Q&A.
  • Please note in your proposal if you do not think your presentation will fill 90 minutes. Availability for 45 minute sessions is limited.
  • Sessions will be held on either Thursday, January 16, or Friday, January 17, 2020.
  • All accepted submissions will be notified by September 16, 2019.

Other Attendees and Presenters Include:

  • Activists
  • Advocates
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Educators/Professors
  • Faith community members
  • Fiscal analysts
  • Geographers
  • Government administrators
  • Grantmakers/Foundations
  • Health care providers
  • Homeless education liaisons
  • Homeless and formerly homeless individuals

  • Journalists
  • Legal aid providers
  • Legislators/elected officials
  • Lobbyists
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • Shelter and social service providers
  • Social workers
  • Students
  • Volunteers

About the Conference Sessions:

In addition to plenary sessions and site visits, the conference includes concurrent sessions, interactive workshops, and panel discussions. These sessions will address and provide actionable solutions to unique topics and themes tailored to the needs of the participants.

The session format is flexible, and we encourage proposals that are interactive and explore ICPH’s four pillars of education, health & well-being, housing & shelter, and community from an innovative point of view.

Presentation topics may include but are not limited to:

Advocacy/Coalition Building

  • Building public/private partnerships
  • Engaging partners in the community
  • Creating speakers’ bureaus/homeless and formerly homeless sharing their stories
  • How to tell your story

Education & Enrichment

  • Child care and early childhood education
  • K–12 education
  • Service learning
  • Out-of-school-time enrichment and recreation
  • Family literacy
  • Trauma-informed practices in pre-K and school settings
  • Homeless students and McKinney-Vento
  • Path to post-secondary education for homeless students

Employment & Adult Skill-building

  • Conflict resolution/effective communications
  • Employment and child care strategies
  • Adult education and training
  • Job readiness and placement programs
  • Working families and homelessness

Health & Well-being

  • Access to healthcare
  • Food assistance and nutrition for children and families
  • Family physical and mental health
  • Home visiting and healthy families
  • Family and domestic violence
  • Trauma-informed care

Organizational/Staff Development

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

Program Strategies

  • Housing placement strategies and models
  • 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
  • Role of shelter
  • Prevention and intervention 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 and research strategies
  • Mapping the data


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