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

  • Registration Closed

November 14-16, 2018

Perdido Beach Resort

27200 Perdido Beach Blvd

Orange Beach, AL 36561

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 2018 conference will highlight best practices to reduce and eliminate homelessness, as well as focus on the need for new affordable housing opportunities in the Southern region. 

Type of Registration  Early Bird Starts NOW!      After September 30, 2018
One Day Attendance$200$230

Group Rate (3 or more registrations from one organization

should email:

for the discount code)            


Speaker (confirmed speakers will be issued

a registration discount code)

Limited scholarships available : Please email Rachel at if you would like to apply for a scholarship.

Questions? Email:


Protip Biswas

Vice President, Homelessness & Place Based Initiatives

Protip Biswas is the Executive director for the Regional Commission of Homelessness in Atlanta and is on the staff of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. In his current position, he ensures the coordination and implementation of the strategies identified in the Blueprint to end homelessness. The Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCOH) has been the catalyst in creating over 2000 units of supportive housing, creating 1200 jobs for homeless persons, reunified over 12,000 persons and raising over $50 million for homeless projects. The RCOH has engaged 7 counties in the region to take on projects for homeless persons.

He is also the Vice President for Opportunity Zones for the United Way and provides leadership to United Way’s place based initiatives. This is a new area of work for the organization.

Prior to his current position he has been active in the field of community development, affordable housing, community building and economic development. He has worked with organizations in neighborhoods in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked for Enterprise foundation, a national intermediary in affordable housing.

He continues to be active in the community development field through his service on the boards of several community development corporations in Atlanta. He has a masters degree in architecture from University of Cincinnati and another in construction management from SPA, Delhi, India. He also completed his coursework for his doctoral studies in Urban Planning at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His research interest includes affordable housing finance, community economic development and social capital.

This year's conference will be held at:

Perdido Beach Resort

27200 Perdido Beach Blvd

Orange Beach, AL 36561

How to book your hotel room at the special conference group rate:

Please call (800) 634-8001 and use the Booking ID: #15943 to receive the special group rate. Please identify yourself as a participant of Southern Conference on Homelessness and Housing.

OR book online at 

PLEASE NOTE: A credit card and first night's room and tax will be required to guarantee the reservation. Also, any special requests in regard to sleeping rooms are based on availability at time of arrival. 

RESERVATION CUT-OFF DATE: The Perdido Beach Resort will accept reservations, provided there are available rooms within your contracted room block, until Monday, October 22, 2018, at which time any unreserved rooms will be released into general availability.


Live In-Person Event
11/14/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  2 days, 4 hours
11/14/2018 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  2 days, 4 hours

The Southern Conference on Homelessness & Housing Agenda

Registration Hours

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Location: Hotel Foyer

Time: 5:00PM-7:00PM

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Location: Hotel Foyer

Time: 8:00AM-1:00PM

Thursday, November 15, 2015

Location: Hotel Foyer

Time: 8:00AM-11:00AM

Wednesday, 11/14/18


8:00 am – 1:00 pm                           Conference Registration


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm                          Opening Plenary

                                                                Protip Biswas, Vice President, Homelessness & Place Based Initiatives

                                                                United Way of Greater Atlanta

                                                                Location: Grand Reef Ballroom


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm                          Session 1

Family Violence: Best Practices and Innovations in Service (extended session: 2:15pm - 5:15 pm): Paradise Reef

Helping People with Mental Illness Be Successful in Community Housing: Night Reef I

Rural Housing Provision that Works: Effective Models for Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing in Rural Communities: Night Reef II

Lessons Learned and Words of Encouragement from a Comprehensive Housing and Case Management Initiative for People Living with HIV: Grand Reef


3:15 pm – 4:00 pm                          Special Break To Visit Exhibits


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                          Session 2

The Real Cost of Affordable Housing: Coping with the South’s High Energy Burden: Night Reef I

Dynamic Prioritization : Night Reef II

Housing Affordability in the Southeast: Data from the Federal Reserve’s Sixth District: Grand Reef


Thursday 11/15/18


8:00 am -11:30 am                           Conference Registration


8:00 am – 9:00 am                           Continental Breakfast

                                                                Location: Grand Reef Ballroom


9:15 am – 10:15 am                        Breakfast Session

Messaging Matters: Relaunching the Housing Trust Fund Campaign in 2019

Ashley Kerr, MSW, MPH

Director of Programs, Collaborative Solutions


10:30 am – 11:30 am                      Session 3

Veteran Homelessness: Best Practices and Innovations: Night Reef I

Effective Coordinated Entry in Rural CoCs: Night Reef II


11:45 am – 12:45 am                      Session 4

Green From the Start: Healthier, Efficient, and Long Lasting Buildings Improve the Lives of Occupants and the Bottom Line of Owners: Paradise Reef

Creating Family Stability: Night Reef I

Housing First in Rural Areas: Night Reef II


1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                          Awards Luncheon

                                                                Location: Grand Reef Ballroom


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                          Session 5

Advocating for Increased Housing Opportunities One Thousand Words at a Time: Paradise Reef

Rural Homelessness Data Collection and Utilization 101: Night Reef I

How Partnerships with Community Can Create Home: Night Reef II


3:30 pm – 3:45 pm                          Break to Visit Exhibits with refreshments


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm                          Session 6

Developing Impactful Communities in Rural America." : Paradise Reef

Rural Homelessness Data Collection and Utilization 201: Night Reef I

Affordable Housing Resources: Night Reef II

Rural Studio’s 20K Initiative and the Total Cost of Affordable Housing: Grand Reef


Friday, 11/16/18


7:30 am – 8:15 am                           Continental Breakfast

                                                                Location: Night Reef I


8:30 am – 9:30 am                           Session 7

Using VOCA and Flexible Funding to Increase Safe Housing Options for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims: Updates and Innovations: Paradise Reef

Self Care :An Interactive Session : Night Reef I

Effective Landlord Engagement in Rural Communities: Night Reef II

Foster-Care: Transitioning from Housing to Homelessness (And Back Again): Grand Reef


9:45 am – 10:45 am                        Session 8

Common Ground, Complementary Approaches: Adapting the Housing First Model for Domestic Violence Survivors: Paradise Reef

Housing Challenges and Solutions for People Living with HIV/AIDS: Night Reef I

Effective Outreach for People Experiencing Homelessness: Night Reef II

Understanding The Credit Reporting System in the United States and Options for Safe and Affordable Housing: Grand Reef


11:00 am – 11:30 am                      Closing event

                                                                Location: Grand Reef Ballroom 

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Lunch Sponsor 


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