announcing - hfpc 2018

"Assuring Program Integrity in a Changing Environment"

Presented by DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute

Pre-Conference: April 9, 2018
Conference: April 10 – 12, 2018

Marriott City Center Hotel, Denver, CO

Join us for a dynamic three-day conference and pre-conference institutes that will feature workshops, plenaries, TED-style talks, interviews and inspiring presentations from providers, researchers, policy makers and those with lived experience, all of whom are passionately engaged in ending chronic homelessness. There will be opportunities to meet with colleagues in the Housing First community from around the world and to engage with and debate with your colleagues and leaders in the field.

Over the past 2 years, Housing First programming has expanded to serve increasingly diverse populations, especially families, youth and individuals with severe addiction; and the model has been implemented across diverse cultural and ethnic groups, as well as in our changing urban, suburban, and rural landscapes. And, in the current climate, when "tough on crime" and other failed drug policies are being considered at the highest levels once again, the need for evidence-based solutions, person-centered care, empowerment, harm reduction approaches like Housing First is greater than ever.

HFPC 2018 will focus on how the principles and values of Housing First are useful in guiding a consistent approach to program practice, even as populations served and locations expand. Ensuring program fidelity is essential to assuring HF remains a person-centered and consumer-driven intervention. Learn how HF principles are also being used to inform and guide overall community approaches to ending homelessness and improving health, recovery and well-being.

Conference attendees include representatives from local, state and federal governments; research and policy experts; funders; medical and behavioral health practitioners; housing and homeless service providers; property managers; peer specialists; veterans; people with lived experience of homelessness; faith community representatives; and more. Participants attend from across the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe. More than 600 people attended the first Housing First Partners Conference in 2012, and approximately 800 attended in 2014 and 2016. We anticipate this number will continue to grow for 2018!


2012 & 2014 Conference Highlights

HFPC in 2012 and 2014 attracted service providers in the field of homelessness from around the country and the world. Thought leaders and policy experts gave keynotes. Attendees engaged in an impassioned dialogue about the many facets of Housing First policy and practice, furthering our collective mission of ending homelessness.  Above video provides a brief glimpse of the first Housing First Partners Conference of Spring 2012.

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2016 Taking Housing First to Scale

HFPC 2016: Taking Housing First to Scale heldin Los Angeles on March 22-25, 2016 was an overwhelming success, attracting over 800 attendees and 160 presentations. Thought leaders and policy experts gave inspiring, informative and engaging keynotes and presentations. Attendees engaged in an impassioned dialogue about the many facets of Housing First and what it means to take Housing First to scale. HFPC 2016 furthers the conversation about the interpretation and implementation of the Housing First model as a Best Practice in ending homelessness, especially chronic homelessness. At its core, HFPC represents the struggles and hopes of the people most impacted by Housing First – the hundreds and thousands who have already chartered their own recovery from homelessness, mental illness, abuse or addiction, and an equally large number who may soon benefit from the stability, respect and hope that Housing First can bring them.