(NAEH) New Equity Tool Measures Vaccination Disparities

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Scholarships Available for "Ending Homelessness: A Virtual Conference"

The Alliance is offering scholarships to Ending Homelessness: A Virtual Conference for people with current or recent lived experience of homelessness. The scholarship covers the full cost of the conference - apply now before it's too late! 

Racial Equity Toolkit Updated to Evaluate Vaccinations

Black and Brown communities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic - especially those experiencing homelessness. As vaccine distribution rolls out, it is important for homeless service systems to not exacerbate the health disparities already in existence.

The Alliance's Racial Equity Network (REN) has updated its Racial Equity Data Tool to include racial demographics and data points to consider for the vaccination process. 

Upcoming Webinar

Roundtable on Expanding the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Thursday, 2/4
12 - 1:30 pm Eastern

An expanded Housing Choice Voucher program could go far toward preventing and ending homelessness, and is likely to be considered as part of the federal budget for fiscal 2022.

This panel of housing policy experts and leaders of public housing authorities will discuss why a greatly expanded program is needed, how rapidly an expansion could take place, and how the expansion can support and promote racial justice.

  • Jill Khadduri, Abt Associates
  • Meryl Finkel, Abt Associates
  • Andrew Lofton, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Richard Monocchio, Housing Authority of Cook County
  • Douglas Rice, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Adrianne Todman, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)

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Upcoming Webinars


Mental Health Basics - A Deeper Dive

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:30pm ET | $60
Augmenting the material covered in our Mental Health Basics course, this session takes a deeper look at the mental and behavioral health needs of persons living in supportive housing. This course is ideal for direct service workers and peer specialists who may or may not have clinical experience. Join us to learn how to best support tenants' mental health through practical advice, case examples, and discussions about your work. Attendance in Mental Health Basics is not required.

Active Engagement and De-escalation

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 12:30 - 2:00pm ET | $60
Recognizing signs of mental distress and trauma and how to use de-escalation techniques is critical in effectively supporting and engaging with individuals in distress. Join us to learn practical strategies and techniques. Service providers, property managers, peer specialists and those working directly with tenants are encouraged to attend.

Addressing Hoarding Behaviors in Housing

Thursday, February 11, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30pm ET | $60
Hoarding and cluttering can be a challenging issue for service providers and property managers alike. At times these behaviors can create health and safety risks and potentially jeopardize a tenant's housing stability. This session will identify signs and symptoms of hoarding and how service providers can help to address the underlying needs causing these behaviors.

Healthcare Navigation Basics for Supportive Housing

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30pm ET | $60
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose a heightened risk to tenants in supportive housing with complex medical issues, supportive housing providers must develop strong partnerships with the healthcare system. Join us for a webinar that will position you to be a more effective advocate for your tenants in the healthcare system. Designed for service providers, care coordinators, case managers, and peer specialists in supportive housing, this webinar explores the intersection between health and housing and what supportive housing providers need to know about navigating and partnering with the healthcare system.

Home Visits in Supportive Housing

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00pm ET | $40
Home visits with residents living in supportive housing are essential aspects of building community and relationships, providing supportive services, and keeping residents engaged. During the current COVID pandemic, home visits have been challenging to navigate. Drawing upon examples of best practices, we will discuss how to continue home visits safely, as the dangers of COVID persist, and the benefits of home visits from the staff, management, and resident perspectives.

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Supportive Services Training Package

Our Supportive Services Package covers the essential training that service providers need on key topics including, Housing First, harm reduction, Trauma-Informed Care, home visits, and more. The package includes live webinars as well as self-paced classes that can be completed at the participant's convenience. Select here to see all the trainings included and to purchase your plan.
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