May 21 to 22, 2014
In 2013, over 600 individuals from around the state joined us at this past Conference on Ending Homelessness. Next year we want to grow our movement even larger to further the mission of ensuring everyone in Washington State has an opportunity for a safe, healthy, affordable home. So, please save the dates Wednesday, May 21 to Thursday, May 22, 2014 in Yakima now to make sure you can attend this important event.
We are now accepting workshop submissions for the 2014 Conference on Ending Homelessness. All completed submissions must be sent by Friday, November 15 at 5pm. Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-December. To apply, please complete this form and return via email to Michele Thomas at michele-at-wliha-dot-org with the subject line “2014 conference session proposal." More information about workshops is below.
Focus of 2014 Conference
In 2014, we will focus on the following workshop tracks and are very interested in workshop proposals that fall within these focus areas:
- Health Care Reform
- Advocacy and Policy
- Skill Building and Self Care
- Families and Youth
- Research and Data
- Effective Service Strategies (e.g., rapid re-housing)
Although the above tracks will be the main focus area of this year’s conference, we encourage submission of proposals outside these focus areas as well.
Session Formats and AV Support
- Formats other than the traditional presentations are encouraged, including panel discussions, single speaker, moderated debate, interactive workshops, etc.
- The number of presenters in each session will be limited to 3.
- AV equipment and a technician will be available throughout the conference.
- Most workshops will be 75 minutes in length, although some will be 90 minutes.
- Presentations emphasizing new and creative ideas and participation of conference attendees will stand out to conference organizers.
- Reviewers will evaluate proposals and prioritize those that:
- Take into consideration all of the above information and are submitted by the November 15th deadline;
- Are appropriate for the general conference audience or are targeted to a specific subset with tailored information;
- Will include presenters that have expertise and experience related to the proposed workshop topic;
- Will offer opportunities for participants to develop new skills and/or replicate a successful program;
- Will offer opportunities for a lively, engaging session with attendees;
- Avoid the promotion or selling of products;
- Add diversity, additional points of view, or specifically address issues impacting communities that are not represented in other workshops.
Benefits of Becoming a 2014 Conference Presenter
Conference presenters gain visibility and recognition as a leader in their field and play an important role in advancing peer-to-peer learning. Presenters will also receive a discounted or waived conference registration fee.
Conference attendees include homelessness service providers (i.e., frontline workers, program managers, administrative staff, program and organizational directors); homeless housing providers; property managers; individuals who are or have experienced homelessness; local and state government staff; members of faith communities; advocates; and more. Participants come from all regions of the state. More than 600 people attended last year's conference.
How to Submit Your Proposal