Jurisdictional partners from states, cities, and counties will have a new opportunity to learn best practices in the innovative engagement technology of National Project Homeless Connect when the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness convenes the inaugural National Project Homeless Connect Best Practices Institute in Washington, DC on July 11. The Institute will provide firsthand expertise from partners across the country to all communities newly interested in establishing or improving their welcome to their homeless neighbors through their Project Homeless Connect events.
The Institute will include the presentation by the Council of its new PHC Toolkit and presentations by city experts from experienced Project Homeless Connect cities, who will present on best practices and strategies in hospitality, immediacy of results, and partnership.
Council Director Philip Mangano, in announcing the Institute, noted, “National Project Homeless Connect can support initiatives at the local level to achieve the goals of jurisdictional 10-Year Plans and to engage persons experiencing homelessness through Project Homeless Connect events that move them to a trajectory towards greater stability. ” The Council is especially focused on the role of innovation in achieving results and is proud to point to the innovative success in our mission achieved by the technology of Project Homeless Connect, the one-day, one-stop engagement event pioneered in San Francisco.
At the Institute, the Council will orient interested cities to the Council’s new strategy for incorporating these best practices in local Project Connect events. This year, the Council has invited several city experts to convene an “expert panel” to support cities in using best practices in their events. The panel will interact with proposed events to offer the opportunity to become an “official” National Project Homeless Connect event for 2007, providing increased access to technical assistance and support for their events.
Space is limited for the Institute, and jurisdictional representatives must pre-register to attend. Priority will be given to jurisdictional representatives from cities and counties seeking to establish Project Homeless Connect in their communities. To indicate your interest in the Institute, please send an email to the Council.
The Institute has been planned to offer the best level of support to partners in preparation for the Council’s 2007 national events in October and December. In October the Council will coordinate its efforts to the United Way Days of Caring events, and in December, the Council will conduct the Council’s third annual National Project Homeless Connect event during the week of December 3- 7, 2007.