Kristen Granatek, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Manager, Technical Assistance and Program Services
On Thursday, May 8, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness will host its 12th Annual Training Institute – Home, HEARTH and Health: Working Together to End Homelessness at the CT Convention Center. Our annual conference brings together leaders in homeless and housing services from CT and across the country to learn about best practices, network and enhance collaboration.
So what’s happening at this year’s ATI? This year, we have 21 workshops in 7 tracks that include coordinated access, rapid rehousing, partnering with funders and healthcare and homelessness. This year’s workshops include a presentation on the use of the VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index/Service Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool) to prioritize resources and accelerate efforts to end chronic homelessness in Fairfield County. We’ll hear about successful use of shared housing as a rapid exit strategy in New Haven. We will talk about the latest on the Affordable Care Act and its role in ending homelessness, and review with experts the findings from CT’s first study on the needs of homeless youth. You’ll have the opportunity to hear about the latest research from national leaders in homelessness and learn how that research is being put into practice right here in CT.
Our theme of Home, HEARTH and Health highlights the critical link between homeless services, healthcare and the changes brought by the HEARTH Act. Jeff Olivet, CEO of the Center for Social Innovation, will connect the dots in his lunchtime keynote, speaking to how we link Coordinated Access, HEARTH outcomes and the healthcare system to create critical systems change.
In addition to our keynote speaker, we have several special guests. Department of Housing Deputy Commissioner Nick Lundgren will offer opening remarks on the new Department of Housing’s agenda on homelessness. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will discuss the Governor’s goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015 in her lunchtime remarks.
Register for the 2014 ATI here. The fee is $80 for CCEH Members and $100 for nonmembers. I hope to see you there!
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