What a tremendous week at the National Alliance to End Homelessness 2016 National Conference. Here is a recap:
Summary & Media Coverage
- Approximately 80 people attended our Advisory Community gathering Monday afternoon, which included a review of our primary strategies by NAEH and the National Network for Youth and a presentation by the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. Meeting materials available below.
- The three communities who will launch 100-Day Challenges on Sept. 7th were announced: Austin, Cleveland and LA. This announcement received some excellent media attention, including:
From our Advisory Community Gathering
Attendees at the A Way Home America [AWHA] Advisory Community gathering had the following to say:
- “It was great to see the excitement of the communities.”
- “AWHA has legitimate backing with connections to key stakeholders on the federal level.”
- “I am bringing back to my community the energy created by the 100-Day Challenge.”
And offered the following constructive feedback:
- Interested in more re: best practices for youth and more from young people directly.
- How will we know our movement building effort is successful? Share measures and strategies.
- Encourage communities to create local and state budget proposals.
- Include more time for collective discussion and brainstorming in small groups.
From the NAEH Conference
Those who were able to attend the conference noted the following themes:
- There is an unprecedented focus on including youth homelessness in the national conversation.
- Racial disparities are clearly more central, but not yet well addressed in any of the sessions.
- Continued attention on Housing First & Rapid Re-Housing, and differing views on these approaches for young people.
- Appreciation for the “Understanding Adultism When Addressing Youth Homelessness” workshop.
Thank you to those who were able to attend the gathering in DC and to everyone who is spreading the word about our collective effort in your local community. Particular thanks to the members of the National Youth Forum on Homelessness for their involvement and leadership.