HFPC 2016 - Thank you!

Following the enormous success of both our first two Housing First Partners Conferences held in 2012 and 2014, DESC and Pathways National presented the 2016 Housing First Partners Conference, "Taking Housing First to Scale," on March 22-25, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA.

The 2016 conference was another huge success with over 800 attendees and 160 presentations, and keynotes by policy and thought leaders within the field, all engaged in the many facets of Housing First and what it means to take Housing First to scale across all elements of our homelessness services and housing systems.  Nearly 100 scholarships were provided for conference attendees, many of whom were consumers and providers from LA county. All contributed to an impassioned dialogue about taking Housing First to scale, furthering our collective mission of ending homelessness.

Thank you for being a part of such a wonderful and successful conference!

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The conference offers up to 22 hours of continuing education units for social work program through the following:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers under Approval #886597365-0 for 22 Social Work continuing education contact hours.

Please be aware that the following states do not accept National CE Approval Program:
- New York
- Michigan
- West Virginia

The following states currently do not recognize NASW National Approval:
- New Jersey
- Idaho
- Oregon

NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals
DESC is a proud NAADAC Approved Education Provider under NAADAC's cosponsored single training program.  The approval is for one-time workshop/conference provider status for HFPC 2016 under provider number 153184, with expiration of 6/1/2016. The Approved Education Provider status identifies HFPC 2016 as meeting nationally approved standards of education developed for the addiction/ substance use disorders counseling profession. 

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Sponsors for HFPC 2016

On behalf of the DESC and Pathways to Housing National, we thank our sponsors for their generous support of the 2016 Housing First Partners Conference. Your significant support helped make our conference a huge success.

We truly appreciate your critical role in ending homelessness and we look forward to continuing our work together.



Why Housing First?

"...Housing First is first and foremost about being truly attentive and respectful of what people experiencing homelessness need and want. It means being active and mindful listeners to our customers. And what have our customers told us time and time again? They want a home, a community of support, and the chance to live a self-determined and unconstrained life..."

-2012 HFPC Keynote, Richard Cho, CSH



In Memory of Bill Hobson

Bill Hobson, former DESC Executive Director and co-host of the previous Housing First Partners Conferences, died unexpectedly at his home on March 4, 2016. He was 76.

Bill retired from DESC on June 30, 2015, where he worked for 31 years, including 27 years as the Executive Director. A towering figure both locally and nationally – and a strong personality – Bill was a driving force in the fight to end homelessness. Under Bill's guidance, DESC helped pioneer Housing First, which has become the dominant service approach promoted in national policy and the inspiration for this biennial conference. The Housing First Partners Conference is a tribute to his vision.

An impassioned leader, Bill’s voice was always the first to decry the injustice and indignities suffered by homeless people considered too difficult or treatment resistant to be offered the right to their own homes. His stance that there is no such thing as a throwaway person remains the inspiration for our work.

In his commitment to vulnerable, homeless women and men, Bill’s impact on the Housing First movement was tremendous. We join his family in their grief as we mourn the loss of one of our greatest voices in the cause to end homelessness.

Read HUD and USICH's Letter of Commemoration for Bill here

Past Conferences 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.