A draft agenda for the 2024 Summit is coming soon! In the meantime, check out our breakout session offerings below. Register Now! Return to Summit Landing Page Education Breakout Track Collaborative Impact: SPS and SHA Partnership for Educational Success This session spotlights the partnership between Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Housing Authority, focusing on their combined efforts to enhance education for students that reside in SHA communities. Delving into their data sharing agreement, the session will balance the intricacies of resident privacy with the need for informed program development and examine the annual data matching process, highlighting the dedicated staff involvement. The session will share practical examples of school partnerships and out-of-school programs. Attendees will gain a real sense of how the SPS and SHA partnership is creating supportive educational environments and nurturing community growth. Foundation for Success: Establishing Effective Partnerships Between Housing Authorities & School Districts This session showcases how Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the Fort Worth Independent School District established a mutually beneficial partnership, guided and supported by a nationally recognized educational model created by Urban Strategies, Inc. as part of FWHS’s Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant. With a goal of improving educational outcomes for youth in public housing, this session highlights how housing authorities can develop effective working relationships with their school districts to coordinate educational resources and meet the needs of families and students. The Chronic Absence Epidemic: Data, Frameworks, PHA Interventions Chronic absence has nearly doubled since the pandemic. It is especially high in economically challenged communities. PHAs are uniquely positioned to address this attendance crisis and advance a more equitable post-pandemic learning recovery. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading partners with Attendance Works to raise awareness of the critical need and opportunity for PHA led partnerships aimed at reducing chronic absence. Attendance Works will share the latest data and outline a framework for partnerships with schools. Two CLPHA member PHAs in the Campaign’s 2023 PHA Honor Roll network will be featured to discuss their current attendance strategies and outcomes. Higher Education and Housing Authorities: Empowering Residents towards Postsecondary & Career Success Seeking to highlight the innovative partnerships required to redefine the relationship between public housing, this session features two longstanding post-secondary/housing partnerships. The Southern California College Attainment Network (SoCal CAN) and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles will focus on metrics and outcomes and share best practices for successfully integrating an on-site CBO (community-based organization) partner/service provider into existing PHA resident services initiatives, from collaborative programming and events to resident outreach and referrals. College Unbound and the Chicago Housing Authority will present their work to continue to challenge narratives of public housing as just brick and mortar buildings. Health Breakout Track Building Stronger Communities: Exploring Partnerships Between Medicaid and PHAs in Washington State This session will explore partnerships between Medicaid and PHAs in Washington State. Washington’s Aging and Long-Term Supports Administration (ALTSA) and Health Care Authority (HCA) work to administer various Medicaid-reimbursable pre-tenancy and tenancy-sustaining support services. This session will explore partnerships generated between Spokane and Seattle Housing Authorities and Washington’s Medicaid programs, including how PHAs can offer support services, either independently or in collaboration with local provider networks. Discussions will center on how these collaborations address health inequities and drive systemic change, illustrating successful strategies for integrating housing with health services to enhance community well-being and support. The Intersection of Housing and Healthcare in Supportive Housing This session will highlight the groundbreaking partnership between the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City (HASLC) and Sacred Circle Healthcare (SCHC) at Pamela's Place. The session offers a comprehensive exploration of this unique intersection of housing and healthcare, emphasizing its transformative impact on the lives of vulnerable populations. With a commitment to diversity, the panel includes SCHC representatives, ensuring a rich discussion that contributes to the broader dialogue on cross-sector collaboration, inclusion, and improved outcomes for marginalized communities. Join us for an engaging session that inspires meaningful partnerships for positive social change. Connecting Data to Promising Practices in Continuity of Care and Integrated Health and Housing Featuring both the National Center for Health in Public Housing (NCHPH) and Opportunity Home San Antonio, this session seeks to highlight the disproportionate impact the lack of access to primary care and preventative services has on HUD-assisted families and show the crucial role partnerships play in advancing health equity for residents. NCHPH will share their research analysis of resident health needs and Opportunity Home San Antonio and their County’s Center for Healthcare Services will provide a deep dive into their relationship and launch of onsite behavioral health services. Training & Employment Opportunities: Linking PHA Participants with Training and Healthcare Employment The San Diego Housing Commission’s Bridges to Career Opportunity Program, a three-year healthcare training partnership, linked education, healthcare, and public housing authority participants. Participants completed a healthcare certification program and secured employment in the healthcare industry. Lessons learned and the program blueprint helped launch a new funding initiative to provide healthcare training for youth. This session will provide details about program development, partnerships established, lessons learned, and the outcomes reached for over two hundred participating residents in San Diego. Partnerships Breakout Track Strategic Alignment in Public Housing: Leveraging HCV Waitlist Openings and Large-Scale Outreach for Homeless Populations This session will explore effective strategies for aligning Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist openings with large outreach events targeting individuals experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, such as the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. Panelists will emphasize the need for collaborative efforts among Continuums of Care (CoCs), counties, municipalities, and public housing authorities (PHAs) to streamline policy alignment, enhance the inflow process, and sustain housing for those with a history of homelessness. Participant-driven Workforce Development: Front-line Perspectives on Adapting Workforce Development for Affordable Housing Using stable housing as the foundation, a nonprofit housing provider imagines a future of economic freedom for residents across affordable communities in the US. Drawing from experiences partnering with workforce development providers, attendees will hear lessons learned on the ground about working alongside residents in their workforce development journey. The session will focus at the tactical level on opportunities and challenges in delivering workforce development that is directly responsive to resident needs and mitigates the systemic barriers that often stand between residents and these transformative opportunities. Voices in Harmony: A People-Centered Approach to Equitable Strategic Planning, Feedback and Engagement This session seeks to highlight the power of collaboration across sectors, data sharing, and community organization all while developing best practices for partnerships. Speakers will share innovative strategies to best collect feedback through the Thought Exchange platform, qualitative journaling, and interacting Gallery Walk programs, emphasizing the importance of equitable feedback and active engagement of stakeholders. By keeping a people-centered approach and prioritizing the voices of families, clients, residents, community-based organizations, and leaders, the speakers seek to emphasize the importance of integrity throughout the process and demonstrate how to best uplift communities by ensuring their needs and ideas are heard and acted upon. Improving Digital Access and Literacy Through Strategic Partnerships This session will feature the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh as they discuss their shared interest of achieving digital equity within low-income communities. Digital inclusion is now a fundamental component of housing stability and narrowing the digital divide is more important than ever. This session will explore two different partnerships: the first, between CMHA and the Columbus Metropolitan Library as they seek to implement a place-based digital navigation program designed to improve residents’ digital literacy and connect residents to affordable devices and in-home broadband. The second partnership highlighted is between HACP, The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation and STEM Coding Lab on the (W.O.W.) CyberBus, a mobile classroom equipped with computers and internet access that allows for remote instruction for students and parents in HACP communities and the greater Pittsburgh area.