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  • The 2020 Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!)

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/08/2020 at 9:30 AM (CDT)

    The Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!)

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    2020 Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing 

    October 8, 2020 

    9:30 am-3:30 pm CT 


    The Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing (formerly Housing Works!) is an opportunity for affordable housing developers and providers, supportive service providers, practitioners, social workers, elected officials, researchers, and those who have experienced housing instability or homelessness to come together to address the ongoing issues of poverty and the lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing in our region. This conference provides a venue for participants to collaborate with new partners in an effort to address these issues in their communities. 

    The 2020 Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing theme " A Place to Call Home: Inspiring Solutions in Housing and Homelessness". We know that safe, stable, affordable, and accessible homes keep families healthy, kids in school, and help people find employment. Unfortunately, the number of safe, decent homes for people earning lower incomes continues to shrink. Together, we can discover best practices, COVID-19 impacts on housing, and innovative approaches to address housing challenges.


    Cost of Attendance: $100.00


    Conference Software:

    Due to COVID-19, the 2020  conference will take place online using Zoom platform. Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from Zoom Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.


    Continuing Education Credits Offered 

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. (ACE Approval #1548) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Collaborative Solutions maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period:  04/15/2018-04/15/2021). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.   



  • Rural Housing Workshop Resources & Information.

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative, Collaborative Solutions is pleased to provide three training opportunities designed to address landlord engagement and eviction prevention strategies that help vulnerable clients find and keep safe, stable, and affordable homes in your rural area.

    Engaged and Informed: Keys to Successful Landlord Engagement and Eviction Prevention in Rural Communities

    Market rate units are getting harder to secure for vulnerable clients. This workshop will be tailored to service providers, advocates, and housing locators who are interacting with landlords, both making the sell and sustaining units when relationships are challenged. Participants will practice interactions with landlords, including presentations to landlord groups, to ensure messaging is strong, ingrained in the pitch, and framed effectively to get landlords to say yes and house your clients. 

    Coordinated Entry: Best Practices to Plan and Implement a Rural Coordinated Entry System

    In January 2018,  The federal government established a coordinated entry system (CES). Many rural communities are struggling with how to plan and implement a CES across a wide geographic area with few service providers. This workshop will guide communities through the initial design and planning for a CES, and offer recommendations on best practices from other rural communities. Through this workshop communities will produce a CES checklist of next steps.

    Housing-based Case Management: Prioritizing Affordable Housing Provision for Clients

    Many service providers have been trained to provide clinical, medically-focused supportive services for clients. It is our belief that housing is the foundation for stability and providers must be trained to understand and prioritize the affordable housing needs of clients to better help them achieve housing stability. This workshop provides essential tools and training to teach providers how to prioritize
    housing and includes key concepts such as low barrier program design, landlord engagement, and eviction prevention. 

  • NAHC Resources

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable, and appropriate housing.

    The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) works to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable and appropriate housing.

    Its coalition of national and community-based organizations and individuals provides strong advocacy, representation, and training for thousands of consumers, community leaders, and social service/health providers. 

  • Rural Challenges: Operating HOPWA Housing Programs in Rural Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.

    This webinar is for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors whose funding will be impacted by HOPWA Modernization, whether gaining or losing funds. It should be of particular interest to organizations that currently deliver HOPWA housing and services in rural areas but will also address the responsibility of grantees to serve their entire coverage area, assuring that HIV+ households living in rural counties are included in outreach and service delivery to the greatest extent possible.
     
    The presentation will address some of the key challenges faced by organizations that operate housing programs, including TBRA and Master Leasing, in rural communities. These challenges include lack of affordable rental housing, connecting successfully with landlords, inadequate transportation and other issues that can impact the successful placement and housing stability of PLWH. The presenters will discuss methods and best practices for rural housing delivery, outreach, landlord engagement and leveraging additional resources, among others.

    Amanda "Mande" Ellison-Weed, BS

    Program Associate, Collaborative Solutions

    Mande Ellison-Weed is a Program Associate in the Affordable and Rural Housing program area of Collaborative Solutions, Inc. Mande has 20 years of rural focused experience in housing provision for vulnerable populations including those living with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness. During her career Mande has developed expertise in the following areas: direct client service provision; program development & supervision; permanent supportive & affordable housing development; property management; Technical Assistant provision; project management; and grant writing.

    As the daughter of a minister, Mande has lived in several extremely rural areas in the Southeast and has a passion for building the capacity of rural communities to better serve vulnerable populations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Services from Auburn University. Mande currently resides in Auburn, AL.

    Crystal Pope (Moderator)

    Program Consultant HIV/AIDS Housing & Health

    Crystal Pope is a senior consultant for Collaborative Solutions (CS). In this role, she manages the national HOPWA Ask-A-Question desk, delivers TA as a HOPWA subject matter expert, and provides TA/Training on affordable housing program development and operations, housing case management methods and HIV/AIDS program strategies.

    Ms. Pope has more than 35 years of experience in planning, program design and organizational management, with a focus on policy and programs related to mental health, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and affordable housing. Prior to joining Collaborative Solutions in 2005, Ms. Pope lived in New Orleans for nearly 25 years, where her work focused on programs related to homelessness, poverty, mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault and HIV/AIDS. She was Executive Director of Travelers Aid New Orleans, an early homeless provider organization, Vice President of VOA of GNO, Director of the New Orleans Rape Crisis Center, and owner of CP & Associates, a private consulting firm. Ms. Pope earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

  • Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing– Rapid Re-Housing Component Project for Domestic Violence Survivors Frequently Asked Questions

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    A resource for domestic violence and sexual assault service providers

    Domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) service providers have a critical role to play in ending homelessness in their communities. This FAQ document has been developed by the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium to respond to questions about the Joint Transitional Housing and Permanent Housing-Rapid Re-Housing Component Project (JCP) and how it can be utilized to expand safe housing options for survivors of DV/SA.

  • Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    On Sept. 27, 2018, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and Collaborative Solutions, Inc. released the research report Home: A Pathway to Health Equity Through Housing.

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    St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 27, 2018) – Today, the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg released a new, in-depth report that explores how income, race, and an insufficient supply of housing at a variety of affordability levels are barriers to achieving a safe and healthy home for thousands of Pinellas County (FL) residents.

    Collaborative Solutions, Inc. an Alabama-based national research and training firm that supports the need for stable housing, is pleased to play an integral role in the planning process and development of the report, Home: A Pathway to Health Equity through Housing [https://bit.ly/2QqpC8D]; which is a joint project developed with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. 

    Although Pinellas County (FL) is primary focus of this report, issues addressed and recommendations are expected to be applicable to other communities across the country.  


  • The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The Intersection of Housing Instability and Domestic Violence in the Rural Context

    This resource highlights the relationship between domestic violence (DV) and housing instability within the context of rural America.  It also highlights potential responses to address challenges associated with this intersection of issues.

  • The Peer Network Tools

    Contains 36 Component(s)

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility.

    The Peer Network is one of our TA delivery models in which each network serves as a supportive forum for beneficiaries to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. The key elements of the Peer Network are affinity and flexibility. Peer Networks may be formed around geography, populations, or special topic issues and challenges faced in a community. Participants have a common goal, purpose, and investment in the work. The result is rapport and trust within the group and a supportive environment conducive to learning and change. Moreover, the Peer Network approach allows for cross-peer learning. Lastly, the Peer Network creates an advocacy network. Joining together to discuss challenges and successes sheds light on the issues that affect participants and often paves the way for system-level change. The Peer Network provides a forum for beneficiaries to assess community and organizational need, build capacity, and develop innovative strategies to increase housing options connected to health in hard to serve rural communities.

  • 2018 CSH Summit Sessions

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    The CSH Summit expands the dialogue surrounding supportive housing and its measurable impact on improved healthcare, better outcomes in treating substance use disorders, addressing the needs of those leaving institutions and hospitals, keeping families together, and giving our veterans the dignity they deserve.

    Collaborative Solutions facilitated a rural track at the 2018 CSH Summit, June 5-7, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.  The CSH Summit expands the dialogue surrounding supportive housing and its measurable impact on improved healthcare, better outcomes in treating substance use disorders, addressing the needs of those leaving institutions and hospitals, keeping families together, and giving our veterans the dignity they deserve.

  • HOPWA Formula Modernization: Updates from HUDs Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/12/2018

    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees, project sponsors, and stakeholders are invited to participate in this webinar to hear updates, including funding projections and upcoming technical assistance resources, related to the current status of HOPWA formula modernization. Key staff from the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing will discuss HUD's efforts to assist communities projected to experience losses or gains in funding to ensure the continued availability of housing assistance and supportive services for HOPWA-eligible households. Participants will learn more about HOPWA Modernization and what communities can do to start strategically planning for projected changes to HOPWA allocations. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the HOPWA Formula Modernization page on the HUD Exchange.

    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) grantees, project sponsors, and stakeholders are invited to participate in this webinar to hear updates, including funding projections and upcoming technical assistance resources, related to the current status of HOPWA formula modernization. Key staff from the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing will discuss HUD's efforts to assist communities projected to experience losses or gains in funding to ensure the continued availability of housing assistance and supportive services for HOPWA-eligible households. Participants will learn more about HOPWA Modernization and what communities can do to start strategically planning for projected changes to HOPWA allocations. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the HOPWA Formula Modernization page on the HUD Exchange.

    Rita Flegel

    Director

    HUD’S Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Amy Palilonis

    Senior Program Specialist

    HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

    Ben Ayers

    Supervisory Housing Specialist

    HUD’S Office of HIV/AIDS Housing