Session Descriptions

Look below for more information on the content of the Breakout Sessions:

Thursday, September 29th
9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Breakout I

  • Accessibility Culture, and Healing
    The panel discussion will be with Black Indigenous People of Color member organizations of Violence Free Minnesota (VFMN) that are building and have interest in providing supportive housing to underserved survivors with an emphasis on culture and access. In this panel, community-based domestic and sexual violence advocates will discuss the unique needs of victim/survivors from underserved populations- justice-involved Native American women, African Immigrant women, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing victims- on their journeys to housing stability. The will discuss the need for more equitable distribution of funding to historically under-resourced communities and the innovative housing projects they are leading that seek to address longstanding issues of accessibility, healing from trauma, and how culture can and should be built into supportive housing environments. With Comfort Dondo, Phumulani, Twyla Olson, Violence Free MN & Natasha Kingbird, Northwest Indian Community Development Center in the Lake Superior Ballroom MN
  • Targeted Illness Management & Recovery in Supportive Housing
    Developed by the Center for Practice Transformation, Targeted IMR (T-IMR) is intended for use in Supported Housing programs. T-IMR is an adapted version of the evidenced-based practice, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), a model proven in supporting clients to reduce unwanted symptoms and hospitalizations related to mental health and substance use, enhance motivation for healthy behavior change, and improve overall quality of life. In this workshop you will learn about the T-IMR model, how it has been adapted to supportive housing programs, and how it can support resident’s in their recovery journey. With Steve Carlson, Psy.D, Center for Practice Transformation in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • An introduction to state programs and staff working to address homelessness and housing instability across the state
    State staff will present a refresher of state funded programs that support households experiencing a housing crisis or instability. This panel will include staff from the following agencies: Department of Human Services, Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, and the Interagency Council on Homelessness. The session will cover brief program summaries and best ways to partner and communicate with state program staff. The intent is to provide brief information about each department’s work and an opportunity to connect and engage with the human faces that work behind the scenes at state agencies. With Maia Uhrich, Demetri Vincze, Josh Leopold & Lauren Ryan, MN Department of Human Services in French River 1
  • How to Speak Harm Reduction
    Working with people who are actively using substances or engaging in high-risk behavior can be hard because the language that most people use to talk about drug use is heavily stigmatized. This barrier makes conversations between the worker and the participant awkward as it’s difficult to acknowledge and openly discuss the risks and realities of day-to-day behavior. Harm Reduction is an evidence-based set of tools to work with people where they are and help to move them towards their goals. With Warren Duncan, People Incorporated in Gooseberry 1
  • Leading Resilient Teams
    Exposure to distress and suffering is rampant and for many workers, and burnout is the inevitable result. In such an environment it is not enough for leaders to simply encourage “self-care” and place the burden for health and wellbeing on the exhausted employee. This presentation argues that it is the leader’s role to use specific strategies to promote the resiliency of their teams and takes learners through five action steps they can use right away including understanding and promoting protective factors, giving effective feedback, telling the right stories, and promoting team care through establishing shared values. With Russ Turner, People Incorporated Training Institute in Gooseberry 2
  • Putting Queer Youths’ Safety Before Adult Discomfort
    This presentation is part of educational outreach conducted by Lutheran Social Service’s Together for Youth, a social support group for non-binary, trans, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, asexual, two-spirit (NTQLGBIA2+) and allied youths. The deepening negative impacts of anti-NTQLGBIA2+ rhetoric, legislation, and policies along with erasure of people of certain gender identities and expressions will be addressed. School experience dynamics will be compared and contrasted from national down to local levels. Approaches to counteract these social forces and keep queer youths safely centered will be highlighted ranging from interpersonal affirmation to policy change to physical site design. More NTQLGBIA2+ considerate and responsive workplace practices and service provision will be covered. With Kathy Hermes, Lutheran Social Service in Gooseberry 3
  • Innovative Shelter Models in Greater Minnesota
    Without brick and mortar shelters in a large geographic area, there are ways that emergency shelter can still be provided to people who are homeless. In this session, a panel of providers from around the state will discuss different shelter models that they have used, partnerships that have made the models possible, and replicable strategies to develop shelter models in other communities. With Angela Larson, United Community Action Partnership, Amber Holmstrom, West Central MN Community Action, Ariana Daniel, Servants of Shelter in French River 2
  • Setting the Table to End Homelessness
    In this session we will be discussing the topic of ending homelessness by using a family gathering style of meeting where everyone comes together to meet at the kitchen table. This interactive workshop is held completely by those with lived experience and has a plethora of intersecting identities. Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to sit at the table and engage in an interactive workshop, with fellow attendees, presenters, and possible future stakeholders about advancing cross-jurisdictional approaches to prevent and end homelessness, rooted in racial equity and housing justice. With Heather West & Ranee Rock, Stable Housing is the Priority Collaborative (SHiP), & Laquita Love-Limo, SMAC in Split Rock 1&2

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout II

  • Rise Up. Reflect. Show Up. Connect.
    Pause. Take a Moment. Reflect. Connect. Let’s imagine what is possible at this particular moment in history. Our work as practitioners, advocates, and leaders engaged with housing instability and people living in transition is vital to the State of Minnesota. This workshop provides us an opportunity to be engaged in a reflection process, yet not stuck in this reflection, about the ways systemic injustices and health inequities are persistently impacting the communities that we are connected to and working closely with in Minnesota. Come participate in this interactive and exploratory workshop designed to critically look at the ways our work is being hindered by historical practices and deeply seeded health inequities. Participants will be challenged to delve into being vulnerable in their connections with others in this workshop as a way to create a culture of belonging focused on uplifting our communities and reimagine what is possible to end homelessness. With Jordon Johnson, Life House in the Lake Superior Ballroom MN
  • Housing Stability at the core of systems work – intersectionality among systems
    Individuals, families, youth and children are not defined by the jurisdictional boundaries often applied to where system work begins and ends. For example, child welfare involved families may also be experiencing homelessness and/or involved with economic assistance and/or involved with the justice system and/or involved with the healthcare system. We are whole people who bring our full selves and full needs in our interactions with service providers. Yet our systems are rarely built that way – especially systems that have been built to “deal” with poverty and housing instability and child maltreatment. How do service providers bridge with and bring in partners to serve the full scope of human need while also managing the responsibilities of their caseload? This session will focus on work that was done by CSH, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority to respond to the housing needs of child welfare involved families which is critical to family wellbeing while also responding to the needs of child welfare staff who cannot take on housing issues alone. With Amy Stetzel, The Corporation for Supportive Housing in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • Stable Homes Stable Schools: A Housing and School Stability Partnership
    In this session, participants will learn about a partnership in Minneapolis designed to increase housing and educational stability of elementary school students and their families through monthly rental assistance or one-time emergency assistance, and wrap-around services. This initiative is in its fourth year and is a partnership between the local school district, the city, the county and the housing authority. With Charlotte Kinzley & Joshua Lang, Minneapolis Public Schools in French River 1
  • Working with Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth
    Sexual exploitation and trafficking can happen to anyone, anywhere, and is often exceptionally difficult to definitely identify. In this session, we will explore some of the challenges and opportunities in working with sexually exploited and/or trafficked youth. We will discuss root causes, red flags, and evidence-based approaches to aligning with and supporting exploited and trafficked youth to build relationships that contribute to safety and security. With Ed Morales, Hennepin County & Michelle Seymore, Michelle Seymore Consulting in French River 2
  • Legal Strategies to House Persons with Barriers in Their Background: Lessons Learned
    The session will focus on how lawyers can help renters seeking housing overcome barriers in their backgrounds making approval difficult. This should be useful for housing navigators and others looking to help clients who are homeless get accepted into housing. We will cover the findings of our recent report on landlord screening practices, and will discuss lessons we have learned in representing persons with barriers in their background in our project, Renters Reclaim the Record. With Tim Thompson, Housing Justice Center in Gooseberry 1
  • Meet the Client Where They’re At: Then What?
    The Stages of Change model has been a staple of training on person centered practices since it was first published in the early 90s. Despite being heavily linked with Miller and Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing the model is usually used as a descriptive tool rather than a guide to action. This presentation describes how to listen for stages and methods of interaction that fit that particular stage to guide towards maximum client change and progress. With Raymond Young, People Incorporated Training Institute in Gooseberry 2
  • Housing Advocacy: Search for Shelter and the Affordable Housing Design Award
    This session will provide examples of how architects and other design professionals in Minnesota advocate for affordable housing and homelessness issues. The main feature will be the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee’s annual Search for Shelter program. For the last 36 years, Search for Shelter has helped affordable housing organizations envision beautiful, innovative design solutions for projects that previously existed only in written form. Each year at Search for Shelter, volunteer architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and students create pro bono solutions for design projects submitted by Minnesota affordable housing and/or homeless nonprofit organizations. In addition, the presentation will highlight the Affordable Housing Design Award. This award supported by AIA Minnesota and the McKnight Foundation is intended to recognize and encourage innovative, high-quality design for affordable housing, shelters and supportive housing. With Ben Ptacek, DJR Architecture, Inc. in Gooseberry 3
  • Shelter Based Medical Respite
    Our Saviour’s Community Services and M Health Fairview launched a pilot medical respite program in less than one year. The pilot program targeted single adult men and women that were hospitalized and experiencing homelessness. During this presentation we will present how this pilot has helped house people experiencing homelessnes and stabilize their physical health. We will discuss the importance of partnerships and how this model assists all parties involved which includes the hospitals, shelter and people experiencing homelessness. We will share our findings which includes cost savings and cost avoidance for the hospitals, housing and health outcomes for clients/patients and strategic planning for shelters. With La’Quadra Neal & Cassandra Nelson, Our Saviour’s Community Services, Heather Kelly, University of Minnesota Medical Center & Michael Huffman, St. Stephen’s Human Services in Split Rock 1&2

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout III

  • Trauma Informed Practices
    Being Trauma-Informed isn’t always about “care,” it’s what staff actually do to adopt practices to make services more accessible for everyone. To be effective and efficient, organizations must provide their services in ways that do not inadvertently re-traumatize the people receiving support. This is especially important for people who have lived experiences of trauma, including staff. This class helps learners conceptualize the nature of this problem and offers practices that reduce the risk of re-traumatization. With Warren Duncan, People Incorporated in the Lake Superior Ballroom MN
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) Affordable Housing comes in innovative housing solution
    This session will explain how any home owner an place and ADU behind their home to create affordable housing and a revenue stream. Two ADU buildings are currently being built in Duluth and will be available to be viewed at the same time as this conference. With Jon Lovald, Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans & Jamie Stolpstad in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • Empathy’s Double-Edged Sword – How Caring for Others Helps, Hurts and Heals and Strategies for Balance
    Empathy, the critical ingredient that connects us to others, helps us meet one of our most basic needs: connection. Opening ourselves to others, however, can have its downfalls. Empathy can be a double-edged sword. When should we choose to connect? When does connection cause more pain than joy? Join us in exploring the complex nature of empathy and discuss when empathy hurts, and when it can heal. With Laura Harder, Happy With Work, LLC in French River 1
  • Homelessness in Minnesota Public Health Data: Using Existing and Emerging Data to Guide Action
    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is actively engaged in efforts to assess currently-available data; improve data collection; and describe trends, predictors, and outcomes associated with homelessness among Minnesotans. This workshop will outline the cross-cutting surveillance efforts (the use of public health data to guide action) and engagement with community partners that MDH is using to identify the disproportionate burden of injury and illness among persons experiencing homelessness. Utilizing existing and emerging surveillance systems as well as the recently-launched Center of Excellence for Public Health and Homelessness, members of the Injury and Violence Prevention Section at MDH and other MDH staff will present new findings that provide critical insight into the health outcomes associated with homelessness. With Deepa McGriff & Josh Leopold, Minnesota Department of Health in French River 2
  • Cultural Strategies in Action
    This session will share how the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) puts cultural strategies into action and what demonstrated outcomes have resulted, as relative to housing and community stability. Issues related to systemic racism & oppression, historic trauma, traditional cultural values, contemporary Indigenous community issues, and culturally-based solutions from an Indigenous lens will be interwoven throughout the presentation. Participants will be engaged to reflect on their own work and how to incorporate cultural strategies for effective outcomes. With LeAnn Littlewolf, American Indian Community Housing Organization in Gooseberry 1
  • Primary Care in Encampments
    During COVID, St Paul HCH expanded our outreach programs significantly. This presentation focuses on what we are doing, what has worked and what we are still working on. With Kat Donnelly, St Paul Healthcare for the Homeless/MN Community Care in Gooseberry 2
  • Implementing a Plan to Advance Housing, Racial, and Health Justice for People Facing Homelessness
    The shared experience of working together across Minnesota to support people experiencing homelessness confronting COVID, racism, and civil unrest has been remarkable and instructive. It has led many to see homelessness differently and brought into clearer focus what solutions our neighbors and relatives facing homelessness need and should expect. Join this interactive session to share your ideas and feedback on the actions and strategies state agencies can take to advance housing, racial, and health justice for people facing homelessness. We also want to hear from you on how you already are using or might use the definitions of justice to drive the work you do. With Elizabeth Dressel & Cathy ten Broeke, Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness in Split Rock 1&2

Friday, September 30th
9:30 – 10:45 Breakout IV

  • Task Force on Shelter
    During the 2021 Legislative Session, lawmakers created and funded the State’s Task Force on Shelter. The Task Force on Shelter was established to develop standards for the provision of shelter, and examine the need for, and the feasibility and cost of, establishing state oversight of shelter. Join us in understanding how the group was created, who’s participating, and what work has been done to date. With Julie Jeppson, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing, & Kristina Krull, Management Analysis & Development in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • How can we stay grounded in our values while we work and advocate together?
    By using the teaching of our ancestors how we stay grounded in our values while we advocate together. With Tammy Moreland, Minnesota Tribal Collaborative & a panelist from each of the 6 tribes in Split Rock 1&2
  • Partnering and Supporting People who Use Drugs
    Are you struggling to connect with your participants who use drugs? Are you looking for ways to promote safer substance use in your community? Do you need support understanding how and when people use drugs? This session will detail the routes of use for common drugs, why many people use them and how to work with individuals who are in chaotic drug use. The goal of the session is build attendees comfort and literacy around substance use. As well as working towards strategies to enhance people’s comfort with drug use within their community. With Kyle Lipinski, LADC LPCC & Morgan Weinert, MN Community Care in French River 2
  • Transform yourself, your organization, and your community! The 4 C’s to Vibrant Living.
    Compassion, Connection, Collaboration, and Contribution are the cornerstones of Vibrant Living for collective impact, which is an intentional framework to solve complex problems. In this session, the blueprint will be provided and will include tips and tools for yourself, your organization, and your community. This session will provide methods to guard our values and provide increased actions to work, live and advocate together. With Sandy Hennum, Village of Hope in Gooseberry 2
  • Trauma Across Generations: the impact of Historical Trauma on disability and aging
    This presentation will allow participants to explore the link between historical trauma, perceptions, current disparities, and policies developed without cultural sensitivity that impacts health, aging, and access to disability services in the African American community. It will provide insight into some practical, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed promising approaches to improve racially equitable access, engagement, collaboration, and utilization of disability and aging services. With Samuel Simmons, Jr. Samuel Simmons Consulting in Gooseberry 3
  • A Home of Ones Own-Finding and Sustaining Housing for Adults With Disabilities
    We will be presenting four programs that assist people with disabilities with finding and sustaining their housing. Housing Access Services, Housing Stabilization Services, Crisis Housing Assistance Program and the Microgrant Program. All four programs can assist with acquiring housing and preventing homelessness. These programs provide housing navigation and funding for adults with disabilities in acquiring and sustaining housing. With Ellen Baudler & Bethany Schwerr, The Arc Minnesota in Gooseberry 1
  • MN Supportive Housing Standards Engagement Session: Phase 2 – We Want To Hear From You!
    Minnesota is a national leader in supportive housing development.  State, Tribal, County, and nonprofit partners have long understood the benefit of combining affordable housing with supportive services to prevent and end homelessness across populations. Knowing that nothing is perfect, we understand that more can be done to increase access to quality supportive housing to those Minnesotans who need it most – from across-the-board service and operating expectations to better aligning funding to make housing development and ongoing service provision much easier. Leaning on a deep bench of providers, tribal and state leaders, and people with lived experience, the Supportive Housing Alliance has embarked on work to establish supportive housing standards and align service, operating and capital funding resources to strengthen and simplify the process for creating  quality supportive housing across the state of Minnesota for years to come. Many of you have already taken part in initial engagement sessions with North Star Policy Consulting during beginning phases of drafting these standards. Now, we are circling back to either hear from you again or hear from you for the first time on the current draft.  Please come and share your insight, expertise and wisdom as we further refine the current iteration of supportive housing standards. The Supportive Housing Alliance, formerly known as the Stewardship Council, is an interagency working group whose purpose is to directly impact the creation, preservation, and stabilization of supportive housing as a key component in Minnesota’s work to prevent and end homelessness. The Supportive Housing Alliance is committed to increasing equitable access and increasing the development of supportive housing. The Alliance’s scope includes supportive housing that is scattered-site or site-based, targeted to those experiencing homelessness and persons with disabilities. With Amy Stetzel, Corporation for Supportive Housing & Sarah Broich, MN Housing in French River 1

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Breakout V

  • Grant Writing from a Funder’s Perspective
    This session will provide an overview of grant writing from the perspective of the Office of Economic Opportunity. We will discuss the proposal development process, and how to find the appropriate match between a program’s needs and a funder’s interests. The session will focus on key elements of a grant proposal, including creating a logic model and developing a programmatic budget. OEO will provide insights to proposal review and decision-making processes. With Katelyn Warburton & Andrea Simonett, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Human Services in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • When We Lose Our Fear They Lose Their Power
    This session is a lively and frank round table exploring the housing first model, harm reduction, and the deep roots of abolition and solidarity with the families we serve. Historically, housing and human services professionals have often been treated as the clerical arm of law enforcement. In truth, we are are subversive – anyone focused on the self determination of families, creative solutions to systemic barriers, and building mutual aid to maximize client resources must be. Together, we will build a new narrative and claim our space alongside the people we serve. With Nicque Mabrey, Emma Norton Services & Jonathan Orr in French River 1
  • Childhood trauma, addiction, homelessness and ultimately recovery
    Ryan Rasmussen is a Certified Peer Specialist and Public speaker who demonstrates resilience and hope through speaking about his lived experiences of trauma, addiction, homelessness, and ultimately recovery. In sharing his story, Ryan utilizes his unique perspective as both a prior client accessing social services, and as a current mental health service provider walking alongside clients who navigate those same services. Ryan is passionate about taking audiences with him on his journey of recovery in the hopes that his experiences can be a clear reminder that no matter how far down a person has fallen, there is always a path to a better life. With Ryan Rasmussen, The Other Side of Recovery in French River 2
  • Moral injury in the helping profession
    Moral Injury refers to a profound change in or betrayal of one’s sense of right and wrong; injury to one’s moral conscience resulting from an act of perceived moral transgression creating deep emotional shame. This concept is acknowledged for military personnel and active combat; this training will apply the same idea to system-involved families and service providers. We will explore how a person’s race, gender, and socioeconomic status impact their experience with government interventions and service providers. With Michelle D Seymore, Michelle D Seymore Consulting & Ed Morales, Socorro Consulting in Split Rock 1&2
  • Trauma-Informed Community Partnerships
    After a quick start-up of a host home based model for youth emergency shelter in a rural town, community social service agencies pooled resources, opened communication, and built a sustainable program that created an inclusive, no-wrong-door approach. From the perspective of two youth advocates, a youth center director and a social worker, whose daily work involves strengths-based and client centered approaches to ensuring youth self-determination, this session will focus on ways to create holistic support programs that combat youth homeless with youth voice at the helm. Join us to delve further into the program’s creation, lessons learned, and activities utilized in motivational interviewing and systems understanding to help young people find stability and support through community resources. With Emily Fulton-Foley & Jennifer Williams Toth, Northfield Union of Youth in Gooseberry 2
  • Youth Homelessness and the and the fight against Health Inequities
    As health care organizations mobilize to address youth and adolescent homelessness, their program frameworks will be most effective if they addresses the needs identified by the intended users. To assess whether the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) framework identifies these needs, we compared it to the themes we identified on 32 surveys collected from individuals who had experienced homelessness as youth. For each of the 8 themes we had identified on our surveys (access to resources; assistance with interpersonal relationships; the criminal justice system; education; jobs with a living wage; physical, mental, and behavioral health services; safe, affordable, supportive housing regardless of age and history; and, transportation) we were able to find an applicable USICH framework component. However, we also found that the USICH interventions focus exclusively on the social needs of youth; they do not address the social conditions that generate youth homelessness. If health care organizations are to reduce the number of youth who experience homelessness, their initiatives must address the systems and environments that generate the problem as they address social needs. I will go over finding ways to combat this issue collectively with the community, local orgs and move the to legislative action. With Khalique Rogers, Good Riddance in Gooseberry 3
  • Garnering Support for Supportive Services: Legislation that Works
    The permanent supportive housing model (PSH) has been shown to be effective at moving those experiencing or at risk of chronic homelessness into longterm housing stability. However, the cost of providing supportive services is often prohibitive, contributing to the overwhelming shortage of PSH units available in Minnesota for those in need. This presentation will briefly summarize the PSH model and provide real-life cost analyses before moving on to public policy solutions. We’ll look at the strengths and limitations of current government funding programs and invite feedback on an exciting new legislative initiative to garner state support for homeless family supportive services. With Nancy Nord Bence, Beacon Interfaith Housing Coalition in Gooseberry 1

1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Breakout VI

  • Navigating the Unnavigable – Minnesota’s Mental Health and Substance Use Crisis System
    Learn about Minnesota’s Mental Health and Substance Use Crisis System and join a discussion on how and why these systems work/don’t work for the individuals you serve; and learn about how these systems are trying to improve. With Roger Meyer, East Metro Crisis Alliance in the Lake Superior Ballroom O
  • Stabilizing informal “chosen family” hosting for youth facing homelessness
    Finding safe and affordable housing is getting harder and harder. In fact, more than half of young adults now live with their parents or guardians, often due to the high cost of rent. But if staying at home is not an option, young people will often “couch hop,” staying with people they already know. Because having a long-term guest can be a lease violation, these “chosen family” arrangements, while often nurturing, often occur under the radar. Join our interactive scenario-based workshop to learn how CloseKnit’s legal guides can help you troubleshoot issues and direct resources toward these radical acts of hospitality. With B. Rosas & Charlie Barba-Cook, CloseKnit, Jacqueline White, CloseKnit in Split Rock 1&2
  • Meeting them where they are at: Understanding the needs of people experience unsheltered homelessness
    Many of our homeless community members stay outside or in other unsheltered locations for varying lengths of time. Michelle and David will discuss the characteristics, needs, and effective outreach strategies for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. They will engage the group in a discussion of what works to improve engagement, stabilize, and house people who experience unsheltered homelessness. With Michelle Gerrard, Wilder Research & David Katzenmeyer, People Inc. Mental Health Services in French River 2
  • Housing Stabilization Services: What’s working, what needs to work better, and what are the necessary next steps to increase housing opportunities for Minnesotans
    In July 2020, Minnesota implemented a new Medicaid benefit for housing support services, known as the Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) benefit. Supportive housing providers can now utilize this benefit to help pay for services needed by people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness and have a disability, helping them attain and remain in stable housing—a major step toward ending homelessness in the state. Over the past two years, we have listened and learned alongside of over 450 of you – either through technical assistance opportunities, open office hours, a Medicaid Academy, or as a Microgrant recipient, about what’s working and what needs to work better if Minnesota wants to use this opportunity to successfully increase housing stability for Minnesotans. This session will highlight what this benefit could do if implemented well, what some of the biggest implementation challenges are that we have found solutions for, as well as those implementation challenges we are still struggling with and need your brainpower on. Come join us for a conversation and help us determine what we should focus on next. With The Corporation for Supportive Housing, MESH, North Star Policy Consulting and Ei-Consulting in French River 1
  • Want to end youth homelessness? Start with Fosters
    Housing and homelessness is really complicated for Fosters, as many consider entering foster care, and the experience of an “out of home placement,” as the start of their homelessness journey but name that experience is often unrecognized in the homelessness sector. We aim to challenge some of mental models around the intersection of foster care and homelessness, and elevate current and promising practices that can make it easier to support this population, and provide hope and opportunity to all Fosters. Session highlights will include learning directly from Foster leaders, and details about the housing options for Fosters provided through the Fostering Higher Education Act. With Elena Leomi & Hoang Murphy, Foster Advocates in Gooseberry 3
  • Barriers to Housing Stability: Addressing Inequities through Services & Advocacy
    Each individual experiencing homelessness or housing instability has their own story, yet we know there are systemic inequities and challenges that contribute to Minnesota’s housing and homelessness crisis. In this session, presenters will review some of the policy-related barriers to housing stability, such as rental history, criminal background checks, and source of income discrimination, with a particular focus on the current financial disincentives within the state’s Housing Support program. They will discuss how these systemic inequities are discovered on a day-to-day basis and communicated to partners in social justice advocacy. Presenters will also highlight recent advocacy efforts to reform Housing Support and other housing-related policies in order to address inequities, support more moves out of shelter, and prevent future homelessness. This session will include time dedicated to feedback from and discussion with conference attendees to better inform state advocacy initiatives. With Lorna Schmidt, MPH & Shannon Lowe, MSW, LICSW, LADC, Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis in Gooseberry 1