NWSN 2023 Conference

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Fundamental Principles

Evidence-based, best practices for shelter in-take, operations, programming and supports, education, resources, and post-exit follow-up addressing the gender specific needs of women and their children for effective solutions to end and prevent homelessness.

Person-Centered, Trauma Informed Intake/Engagement, Resource Coordination, Therapeutic Supports and Programming to Support Successful Transitions

Principles for trauma informed, gender specific, intake and assessments, therapeutic supports, resource coordination (case management), and programming from intake to exit and beyond. Understanding the trauma of those we serve. Why doing so will reduce conflicts, advance overall wellbeing, and build the foundation for success for women, youth and children.

Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Advancing Social Justice and Success in Your Shelters

Walk the Walk – Basic principles and models for equity, inclusivity, diversity and peer leadership, management and mentorship in women’s shelters and programs. The why’s and how’s of building an effective team of program alumni and diverse and inclusive teams and giving voice to those with lived experience at all levels of your organization, from the Board participation to day to day operations, management, supervision and leadership of operations, programs and facilities.

Shelter as Sanctuary: Physical Design Elements to Advance Health and Wellbeing, Universal Accessibility, and Environmental Sustainability

Simple Ways to Create a Welcoming Sanctuary – Basic principles and models for trauma-formed, truly accessible, welcoming and efficient design and spaces, even (always!) on a limited budget. Features to promote accessibility for those with special strengths and needs and a cleaner, safer, healthier environment.

Trauma Informed, Wrap Around Supports, Job Readiness Training, Financial Literacy, Securing Benefits, and Enriched Programming for Successful Exits and Long Term Stability

Understanding the trauma histories of women experiencing homelessness and the need to provide holistic health and wellness supports and enriched programming to heal, advance whole health and wellness, empower and uplift women and their children. Plus, breaking down barriers to achieving financial stability and long term housing success through financial literacy, educational opportunities, job readiness training and employment assistance, and legal and social services and supports to secure and maintain needed benefits. We know there are systemic challenges and barriers to success, e.g., the absence of adequate truly affordable housing and permanent supportive housing; insufficient rental subsidies; rental subsidies that terminate before long term stability is achieved, to name a few. Here we discuss proven strategies to help program participants successfully exit the shelter system, achieve financial stability and break the cycle.

Post Exit Follow Up and Programs to Secure Hard Earned Success

Understanding the trauma histories of women experiencing homelessness and the need to provide safety plans, resource guides, post-exit case management, financial supports, supportive housing and other models for long term success with effective post-exit follow up strategies.

Environments, Operations and Programming That Put Children First

From intake to exit, how to make children feel welcome, safe and protected. Children’s welcome and informational video. Deep Protective Factors for Children: welcoming child-friendly spaces; educational supports, after school tutoring and homework assistance; close coordination with support systems; child and family therapies; and arts and enrichment programs that heal, support and uplift children and youth for social and emotional wellbeing and educational success.

Understanding and Healing our Children and Youth

The need for early, universal assessments for all children and providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions to heal, support and strengthen children, youth and families. Basic principles and models to provide effective therapeutic support for children and families. How you can transform shelter into a window of opportunity and break the cycle.

The Roadmap to Successful Fundraising is a Kaleidoscope

Elements of Successful Fundraising Plans, Donor Relations and Development, Social Media Campaigns, In-Kind Drives, Friend Raising, Volunteers and Corporate Engagement, Thrift Stores and Social Enterprise; Galas and Other Strategies.

How to Make Your Dream Facilities Come True: Endowments, Charitable Funding and New Market Tax Credit Financing

Learn how a strategic combination of establishing endowments, charitable funding and new market tax credit financing can help you develop new or redevelop aging shelters into state of the art facilities offering comprehensive supportive services. Joint presentation by national new market tax credit experts.

Innovative Ways to Expand the Pie: Legislative Initiatives, Judicial Solutions, Public Private Partnerships 

This session will present some of the most innovative legislative, philanthropic, and public-private partnership initiatives to end homelessness in the country. Learn from experts about: Miami-Dade County’s establishment of a homeless trust and dedicated tax to fund shelter, supportive services and housing initiatives; the establishment of a county wide children’s trust to support the needs of vulnerable children; and New York’s judicially established right to shelter and the funding that flowed to shelter vulnerable women and children; and utilizing Federal low income tax credit financing for permanent housing.

Organizational Capacity Building and Continuous Improvement

Policies and Procedures; Talent; Resources; Oversight, Monitoring and Continuous Quality Improvement, Succession Planning; Cross Training & Benefits of Becoming CARF Accredited.

Are you ready to succeed? Strategic Planning, Organizational Capacity and The Fundamentals for Success

Organizational Vision, Mission and Strategic Business Plan  

Developmental Strategies for the Bread and Butter Givers 

Strategies for Long Term Financial Stability

Tailoring HMIS and Electronic Health Record Systems to Meet your Needs

Your Talent- Strategies for Investing In, Supporting and Retaining Your Team 

Getting the Most From Your Board: Board Functions, Composition, Recruitment and Management 

Gaps and Needs

Preliminary NWSN Gaps & Needs Report and Policy Agenda: Gabriela Saenz, Research, Policy and Public Education Director

A Conversation with Gloria Estefan and Lunch and Learn with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter,actress, and businesswoman. Estefan is an eight-time Grammy Award winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and has been named one of the Top 100 greatest artists of all time by both VH1 and Billboard.

Moderator: Katie Phang, MSNBC columnist and host of the Katie Phang Show

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava- A social worker, community connector and catalyst for change prior to becoming the first female Mayor of Miami Dade County, the 14th largest in the United States. Mayor Levine Cava is deeply committed to addressing the special needs of women and children experiencing homelessness and an advocate for enriched resources for all children.