"Housing First – What’s Second?  Empowerment, Health and Recovery"

Join us and our many partners in presenting your ideas, experience, best practices and research at the 5th biennial Housing First Partners Conference in Seattle, Washington on March 16-19, 2020.  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 homelessness.

HFPC 2020 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. We welcome proposals about innovations in Housing First practice, programs serving new populations, and in strategies for taking HF programs to scale. We want to hear from communities who have struggled with implementation and want you to present the lessons learned from your experience. We invite every community that has ended and reduced homelessness or reached functional zero for chronic homelessness to come and share they keys to their success!

Submitting a Proposal

Deadline for submission of proposals for presentations is July 26, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be made by mid-October 2019.

Proposal must be submitted online.- NOW CLOSED

Click here for the Call for Presentations brochure. You may make multiple submissions, however please submit one for each presentation.

presenter benefits

  • As a presenter at HFPC 2020, you will gain visibility and recognition as a leader in the field and will have the opportunity to engage with other expert providers, researchers, policy makers 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 dialogue with attendees.

Proposal Selection

Your proposal will be evaluated according to the following criteria: 

  • Relevance to the conference theme and suggested topic areas

  • Utility of content for participants to develop new skills and/or learn about new approaches

  • Clear outline of the presentation’s purpose and learning objectives

  • Extent to which your proposal addresses emerging issues and promising practices


You are invited to submit proposals in the following topic areas:

IV. Housing First in the context of Medicaid and Managed Care

  • Learning from real-time experiences of implementing Medicaid waivers

  • Providing integrated care in Medicaid or managed care environments

  • Navigating the ups and downs of federal (and state) policies and funding

  • Promoting health and reducing health inequities of vulnerable population

V. Harm Reduction

  • Introducing harm reduction when working with landlords, neighbors and the police

  • Customizing HR strategies in specific racial, ethnic, cultural and identity communities

  • The role of Housing First to support recovery and opioid addiction

  • Harm reduction in health, mental health, and social interactions

  • Harm reduction from a trauma informed lens

  • Moving from maintenance to recovery

VI. Power of Consumers’ Voices

  • Self-directed programming for HF residents

  • Team roles and role integration for people with lived experience

  • The role of peer specialists in community engagement

  • The role of peers in reducing power inequities

VII. Research, Program Effectiveness and Program Fidelity

  • Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies on Housing First

  • Program fidelity and its impact on program outcomes

  • Assessment instruments and program outcomes

  • Testing Housing First with new populations (DV/IPV, families, youth/young adults, etc.)

  • Program evaluation— integrating program evaluation into everyday practice

I. New Developments in Housing First

  • Programs for youth and young adults

  • HF for DV/intimate partner violence

  • Consumer-operated HF programs

  • Cultural adaptations in HF programs

  • Defining the concept of recovery

  • Role of healthcare systems (i.e. hospitals and MCOs) in addressing housing barriers

  • Housing First as a social determinant of health

  • Addressing racial equity to prevent and end homelessness

II. Establishing and Operating HF Programs

  • Financing and developing single-site HF programs

  • Operations and property management

  • Managing the requirements of the standard lease in the context of consumer choice

  • Establishing and maintaining positive neighborhood relationships

  • Operating effective support services

  • Redefining and providing “services” that meet consumer needs

  • Sustaining a diverse HF workforce through effective leadership, staff recruitment and development

  • Building training and operating effective support teams

  • Improving services for historically oppressed/ undeserved populations

  • Landlord engagement, recruitment and retention for scattered-site housing models

III. Integrated Services and Treatment Best Practices

  • Prioritization and vulnerability assessments and their impact on HF programs

  • Coordinated Entry and its impact on local homeless services

  • Coordination with justice systems and corrections (release and diversion programs)

  • Shelter system coordination and diversion

  • Supported employment and supported education

  • Conducting effective home visits

  • Effective coordination of HF and Rapid Rehousing (RRH) programs

  • The impact of federal, state and municipal policies on the implementation and operation of Housing First


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, New Zealand and Europe. 

diversity and inclusion

When submitting a proposal, bear in mind that the conference is committed to providing voice to, and speaking to the needs of, a variety of perspectives and experiences. Please ensure your presentation proposals are sensitive to different individualized and intersectional qualities and social circumstances that may affect experiences of homelessness. We want to provide a platform for people with lived experience of homelessness and encourage proposals to make space for people with lived experience in the presentations, such as participating meaningfully in sessions as presenters


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