2015 ATI: Solving the Puzzle: Uniting Local, State, and National Efforts to End Homelessness

The 2015 Annual Training Institute, Solving the Puzzle: Uniting Local, State, and National Efforts to End Homelessness, is set for Thursday, May 14 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT.

The 2015 CCEH Annual Training Institute (ATI) marks the 13th premier capacity-building event for organizations working across Connecticut to prevent and end homelessness. The goal of the ATI is to provide training and information to an estimated 400 persons who serve individuals and families who experience homelessness, advocates, funders, and other stakeholders.

Cost is $80 for CCEH members and $100 for non-members until May 1. After May 1, the cost is $100 for CCEH members and $120 for non-members.

This year, workshops will prepare attendees to think critically about solutions to on-the-ground and policy-level issues in their communities and across the state.  With a focus on best practices nationwide and in Connecticut, participants will hear from experts in the field about work currently being done to end homelessness. Led by prominent national, regional, and local leaders, these sessions together provide a forum for experts to disseminate research to a diverse audience.  Attendees benefit from insight into best practices in the field shared by researchers, direct service providers, and policy makers.  The training and networking provided by the ATI ensures that organizations across the state are prepared to work efficiently and effectively to decrease the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our state.

Iain DeJong, co-creator of the VI-SPDAT, will present the keynote for the 2015 ATI.  From Iain’s blog at orgcode.com: Iain is a playful nerd, hellbent on ending homelessness, increasing affordable housing, creating vibrant communities, and expanding the knowledge amongst leaders that influence social issues. Having held senior management and professional positions in government, non-profits, and the private sector, Iain has a wealth of experience and has garnered dozens of awards for his work across Canada and internationally.  His work has taken him across Canada, the United States, and to Australia. In 2009, Iain joined OrgCode as its President & CEO, and in 2014 assumed full ownership of the firm. In addition to his work with OrgCode, Iain holds a part-time faculty position in the Graduate Urban Planning Programme at York University.  Iain’s keynote will focus on themes related to coordinating our efforts to end all instances of homeless across communities.

The 2015 ATI includes workshop tracks that offer diverse areas of learning for practitioners, community leaders, funders, developers, and people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness. Attendees receive invaluable information and training on topics including rapid re-housing, coordinated exit, and the VI-SPDAT.  This year’s ATI will also feature a special conference within a conference focusing on the unique needs of CT’s homeless children and youth.  The ATI will provide the first opportunity for providers to receive critical information on the state of youth homelessness from information gathered during Connecticut’s first-ever statewide Homeless Youth Count, which CCEH and our partners will be conducted in January, 2015.

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