As preparations begin for the 2023 Bringing It Home Conference on Ending Homelessness in North Carolina on May 2-3, 2022, the NC Department of Health and Human Services ESG Office, the NC Coalition to End Homelessness, and the NC Housing Coalition are calling for presentation proposals.
Presentations will be 1 hour and 15 minutes long and include interactive components including 10-15 minutes of Q&A or discussion. Presentations could be chosen as stand-alone sessions or chosen as a part of a panel. At this time, we are planning a fully virtual conference that will take place remotely. Please note that presentations need to include one or more of the topics of interest listed.
Statement of Timeliness and Inclusion
The landscape of homeless services has changed in the wake of COVID-19. While not every proposal needs to make COVID-19 the focus of the presentation, we ask that all proposals take the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on their topic into consideration. Presenters for all sessions should be prepared to answer audience questions about ongoing COVID-19 impacts.
The Bringing It Home Conference Committee believes that inclusion is a critical part of developing and providing best practice homeless services. For this reason, we are intentional that the conference reflects the diversity of homeless service networks in regard to race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, age, education, ability, and lived experience with homelessness. We also ask that all proposals consider an equity and diversity perspective on their topic.
All session speakers will be compensated with a complimentary conference registration and $200 per 1.25 hours of session time. Speakers may be invited to participate in an additional virtual speaker Q&A session, for which they will be compensated an additional $100. Speakers will contract with and receive compensation from the North Carolina Housing Coalition.
In order for your presentation to be considered, please submit your proposal by November 18, 2022. Please submit one proposal for each presentation you are proposing by following this link.
Partners anticipate making decisions about presentations in January.
If you have questions about this call for proposals, please contact Alissa Pritchett at the NC ESG Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-855-4991.
Topics of Interest
Please review the following topics of interest to inform your proposal. Any topic should be inclusive of diversity, inclusion, and equity. All proposals should include at least one of the topics below:
Lowering Barriers to Shelter
Examples: How to identify barriers to shelter, implementing common practices, experiences with lowering barriers, barriers to staying in shelter
Best Practices in Coordinated Entry
Examples: Using practices in case conference to expand the scope of housing resources, how to keep people from being on a waiting list with no resources or services
Best Practices in Rapid Rehousing
Examples: Progressive engagement in rapid rehousing, outreach to specific populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ, etc.), lowering barriers in rapid rehousing
Examples: Community-based landlord engagement, creative ways to engage landlords, how to use different funding sources to incentivize landlords, landlord engagement during COVID, landlord engagement in rural areas
Best Practices and Innovation in Prevention, Diversion, and Return Prevention
Examples: How to effectively use assessments, identifying appropriate funding sources, how to identify and serve those at imminent risk of homelessness
Innovations in Using Data as a Program and/or System
Examples: Effectively using data to inform the decisions that drive homeless services programs, data from intersecting sectors, how programs and communities use data
Trauma-Informed System and Program Design
Examples: Defining trauma-informed care, intersections of homelessness with experiences of violence, violence prevention in homelessness services
Connecting domestic violence survivors to housing
Examples: Unique needs of domestic violence survivors, connecting survivors with domestic violence resources, partnering with domestic violence services
Including People with Lived Experience of Homelessness in Evaluation and Governance
Examples: Experiences incorporating lived experiences into evaluation and governance, meaningfully engaging people with lived experience to drive systems change
Innovative Partnerships with Community Systems
Examples: Developing funding partners to sustain programs, partnering with health care systems, partnering with workforce development systems, experiences partnering with community systems
Addressing the needs of unaccompanied youth and children experiencing homelessness
Examples: Keeping youth and child providers engaged with housing and homeless services, what we can learn from child services, how to make shelters more welcoming, innovations in youth programming
Examples: How to do street outreach consistently without dedicated funding, scaling up street outreach, street outreach in rural communities
How do you help people increase their income?
Examples: Finding employment, navigating benefits, other ways to increase income, partnering with workforce development
Self-care and retention for service providers
Examples: Creating an atmosphere that supports direct services staff, promoting mental health and resiliency among staff, recruiting and retaining staff
Examples: Basics of shared housing, successful implementation of shared housing