Encampments: The Expanding Frontline of Homelessness in America Poses Challenges for the HCH Community

Wednesday, May 16, 2018: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Lakeshore C (Hyatt Regency Minneapolis)
Encampments are clear evidence of failed housing policies. Yet because so many of those we serve call them ‘home,’ the HCH community fills numerous roles. We balance our relationships with clients with those of our elected officials and community groups. When encampments are forcibly closed, this balance is even more tenuous. How do we assist clients without necessarily endorsing the camp's existence or closure? How do we advocate for more constructive solutions without jeopardizing political relationships and funding? This session is designed to facilitate discussion about how the HCH community can effectively juggle our roles without alienating clients or partners.
Eric S Tars, JD (Senior Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty)
Art Rios (NCAB Regional Representative, Central City Concern)
Brian Bickford, MA, LMHC (Central Mass PATH Team Leader, Eliot CHS)
Barbara DiPietro, PhD (Senior Director of Policy, National Health Care for the Homeless Council)
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