Community Highlights

July 24, 2017

Virginia: Highlights from Richmond

A Report on the Homelessness Conference

The Richmond Fed partnered with Richmond-based nonprofit Homeward in June for their 11th annual conference on “Best Practices to Prevent and End Homelessness.” This is the second time the Richmond Fed has hosted a conference specifically concerning the complicated nature of homelessness and partnered with organizations that are working to decrease homelessness in Virginia. View the agenda from the first conference, “Collaborative Impact: The Case for Ending Homelessness,” which was hosted in 2013.

With the theme “Partnering for Impact,” this year’s conference offered workshops that highlighted innovative programming from around the country working to prevent and end homelessness. Sessions focused on best practices, innovation and the influence of policy. Over 200 Virginia services, policy and leadership professionals came to the Richmond Fed to learn what other communities are doing in order to improve regional offerings. 

More than 200 attendees learned about innovative strategies for ending homelessness.

“We convened this conference because it aligns with the Bank’s work in serving different sectors and populations within low- and moderate-income communities,” explained Jen Giovannitti, the Richmond Fed regional Community Development manager that led the partnership. “Homelessness is a challenging community dynamic that is linked to many other community development resources, such as affordable housing, youth outreach and health care. This program helped attendees address the deeper complexities of community development work and the innovative social finance and data sharing strategies being used across the nation.”

Homeward focuses on people through its mission to prevent, reduce and end homelessness by facilitating creative solutions through the collaboration, coordination and cooperation of regional resources and services. Homeward is the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region, and it fulfills its mission through three core areas of focus: identifying needs and trends, serving as a community catalyst for change in service delivery and educating the community for system change.

The conference welcomed participants and speakers from across Virginia as well as presenters from Boston, Charlotte, Dallas and New Haven, Conn.

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