Meetings & Trainings
Homes for Families hosts a variety of meetings and trainings throughout
the Commonwealth. Our meetings bring together a variety of stakeholders
including shelter/service providers and formerly, currently and at-risk
families to discuss issues affecting family homelessness. Our trainings
educate and mobilize shelter/service providers for public policy advocacy.
Advocacy Liaisons partner with Homes for Families in our public policy
advocacy. They receive action alerts; attend state house advocacy events;
and contact their legislators throughout the budget cycle. Advocacy Liaisons
are typically front line staff or program directors who are interested
in assisting us with our goal of ending family homelessness.
The Housing First philosophy has gained nationwide recognition as a new
model for ending homeless in The United States. It emphasizes the readiness
of families to move into permanent housing; decreasing emergency shelter
stays to 90 days; and moving families into permanent housing quickly with
Homes for Families public policy advocacy depends on the dedication and
passion of the shelter/service provider community to ending family homelessness.
To this end, we encourage those who work with homeless or at-risk families
to join our action alert network, register to vote and build a relationship
with their legislator. Homes for Families offers support and guidance
to any organization who is thinking about getting involved.
Support Consumer Involvment
Homes for Families believes the voices of families who have experienced
homelessness must be heard at all levels of program development including
planning, implementation, management and evaluation; embedded in the work
of every stakeholder from local shelters to the governor’s office.
Homes for Families offers support and guidance to all organizations who
want to involve consumer voices.