"Assuring Program Integrity in a Changing Environment"

Join us in presenting a cutting edge content at the 4th biennial Housing First Partners Conference in Denver, Colorado.  This three-day conference (and pre-conference) will feature workshops, plenaries, and inspiring discussions with providers, researchers, policy makers and those with lived experience, all of whom are passionately engaged in ending chronic homelessness.

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 Housing First remains a person-centered and consumer-driven intervention.  We also welcome proposals for innovations in practice, program or populations that incorporate new approaches while remaining true to the principles of Housing First.

Submitting a Proposal

Deadline for submission of proposals for presentations is extended to October 3, 2017.

Notification of acceptance will be made on November 30, 2017.

Proposal must be submitted online.

Click here for a printable guide to online submission. You may make multiple submissions, however please submit one for each submission.

presenter benefits

  • As a presenter at HFPC 2018, you will gain visibility and recognition as a leader in the field and will have the opportunity to engage with other expert providers, researchers and consumers working on the many different facets of Housing First.
  • Each proposal selected for presentation will receive one discounted conference registration. (50% off of one full conference registration; does not include Pre-Conference Institutes.)

session format

  • A wide variety of formats for presentations are encouraged, including panel discussions, interactive workshops, moderated debate, etc.
  • All workshops will run for 50 minutes: at least half of the time must be reserved for interactive dialogues with attendees .

Proposal Selection

Your proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Relevance of the presentation to the conference theme and suggested topic areas
  • Opportunities for participants to develop new skills and/or replicate a successful program
  • Clear outline of the presentation’s purpose and learning objectives
  • Opportunities for engaging sessions with other attendees
  • Addresses emerging issues and promising practices


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. 


Contact Paula Sasser at if you have any questions or would like assistance.

Pre-Conference Institute

The day before the conference join DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute training staff for an intensive day of training covering a range of hot topics about Housing First. Discussion of Housing First principles, standards, and model designs will allow newcomers to the field to catch on quickly, but substantial parts of the training sessions will explore the strategies and solutions for addressing the difficult challenges that arise in everyday Housing First practice. 


You are invited to submit proposals in the following topic areas that address impact on clients' recovery/quality of life, using Housing First as an overall community approach or whole system response, and practice innovations that improve health, recovery and well-being for people with complex needs experiencing homelessness.

Putting the Housing into Housing First

  • Financing, operations and property management
  • Designing and developing single-site Housing First programs
  • Establishing and maintaining positive neighborhood and community relationships
  • Building and growing landlord networks for scattered-site housing models
  • Addressing workforce challenges

Clinical Aspects of Housing First

  • Harm Reduction practices: Extending the limits of harm reduction to increase access to housing
  • Harm reduction, addiction and trauma
  • Managing relapse and relapse prevention
  • Practical interventions with people not committing to abstinence
  • HF approaches with Medicaid - providing integrated care in Medicaid or managed care environments
  • Moving from maintenance to recovery
  • Integrated models for treatment and support
  • Building, training, and operating effective support teams
  • Sustaining the HF workforce through effectiveleadership and staff recruitment & development

Voices of Housing First

  • Self-directed programming for HF residents
  • Consumer narratives on recovery
  • Practicing recovery focused support and how to support it
  • Use of peer programming to achieve both personal and community-level objectives

Testing the Limits of Housing First Philosophy in the Current Environment

  • Integrating equity and social justice initiatives in HF programs
  • Learning from real-time experiences of implementing Medicaid waivers
  • Navigating the ups and downs of federal (and state) policies  and funding
  • Prioritization and vulnerability assessments and their impact on Housing First programs
  • Coordinated entry and its impact on local homeless services
  • Tackling the funding and housing challenges to achieve positive outcomes
  • After Housing First: Employment and other support
  • Housing First and Rapid Rehousing: Similarities and differences

Research Outcomes and Program Dissemination

  • Research studies on key program outcomes (including community integration)
  • Program fidelity and its impact on program outcomes
  • Research on assessments instruments and outcomes measures
  • Impact of implementing other evidenced-based and best practices (TIC, IPS, others)
  • Testing Housing First with new populations (youth, DV, aboriginal, etc.)