2011: Harm Reduction in the House: Where We Are, Where We’re Going

In 2002, the Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness determined that its Ten‐Year Plan to End Homelessness needed to be based on the housing first model. As a result, housing programs had to consider the barriers that kept people out of their programs—especially mandates related to alcohol and other drug use—and to adopt harm reduction practices that would improve outcomes for people who are homeless. Now, nearly ten years later, it’s time to look at how far Chicago housing providers have come and where we still need to go in the fight to end homelessness. Following the keynote address, leaders who fund or provide harm reduction housing programs will lead panel discussions that will reflect on the spectrum of unique issues and concerns faced by providers across a number of specialty areas.
Audience participation invited!

Panels

Harm Reduction Housing for Youth
Agencies that serve youth talk about successes and challenges

Eviction Prevention
Agencies discuss property management issues and describe ways to build landlord relationships

Getting Agency Buy‐In for Harm Reduction
Funders and agencies talk about their journeys into harm reduction- especially focused on dealing with resistance at all levels in an agency

Harm Reduction Housing for Families
Agencies that serve families talk about successes and challenges

Overcoming Barriers to Housing
Addresses issues like criminal backgrounds, serious health problems, MISA/dual diagnosis concerns

Consumer Panel
Harm reduction housing residents give their perspectives

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