2nd Annual Housing Symposium set for 2020

Housing professionals focused on emergency solutions, mental health, homelessness and more are invited to register for the 2nd Annual Housing Symposium in Savannah from Feb. 10-12, 2020. This event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Homeless and Special Needs Housing, is designed to provide professional development, best practices and training for providers who serve the entire state.

Registration is now open, and here’s a look back at our inaugural event. Mental Health First Aid training is also available to conference attendees for an additional fee ($75). This 8-hour session will provide the tools to help you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance-use related crisis, and you'll receive a certificate of completion at the Symposium. 

The symposium will return to Savannah, and the location and official hotel is the Hyatt RegencyBusinesses are also invited to be vendors at the 2020 event; contact Cynthia Patterson at 404-679-0630 or at Cynthia.Patterson@dca.ga.gov for more information. 

*Conference Agenda

Sunday, February 9

  • 5:00 PM-7:00 PM:
    • Conference Check-In

Monday, February 10

  • 7:00 AM-5:00 PM:
    • Conference Check-In
  • 9:45-11:45 AM:
    • 2020 Emergency Solutions Grants Application Workshop
    • Balance of State Panel Discussion: The Power of Partnerships
    • Balance of State CoC Membership Forum
    • 2020 HOPWA Application Workshop 
  • NOON-1:15 PM: Opening Session & Lunch
    • David Whisnant, Division Director, Housing Assistance
    • Opening Plenary Speaker: Chris Hanks, Institute for Entrepreneurship 
  • 1:30-2:35 PM
    • ​*Mental Health First Aid (1:30-5:30)
    • DCA's ESG Monitoring-What Does It Look Like?
    • Client Track 101: Basic Functionality 
    • Fair Housing and Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
  • 2:45-3:50 PM
    • Racial Equity Improvement: Framework
    • Conflict of Interest and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    • Live SAGE/APR Demonstration
  • 4-5:10 PM
    • Client Track 201/HMIS Reporting
    • Landlord-Tenant Law and Dispossessory; Moderator: Joel Correa, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
    • Rural Youth Homeless Forum; Moderator: Brittany Garner, Point Source Youth
  • 5:30-7 PM: Reception 

Tuesday, February 11

  • 7:00 AM-5:00 PM:
    • Conference Check-In
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
    • Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:50 AM: Opening Session
    • Welcome to Savannah: Pat Youngquist & Pat Monahan, Union Mission, Inc.
  • 9-10:15 AM
    • *​Mental Health First Aid (9-11:45 AM)
    • Federal HMIS Compliance: (A Year in Reports); Moderator: Jesús DeLeón-Serratos
    • GHFA Permanent Supportive Housing (S+C) Financial Management and Tenant Rent Calculation Tracking 
    • DCA’s ESG Technical Assistance: Questions and Concerns  
  • 10:30-11:45 AM
    • Adult Community Mental Health & Accessing Mental Health Services; Moderator: Dr. Terri. Timberlake, State of Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
    • Getting People to Care as Much as You Do; Moderator: Chris Hanks, Institute for Entrepreneurship
    • HOPWA Program Requirements and Best Practices in lieu of HOPWA Modernization 
  • NOON-1:35 PM: Lunch
    • Plenary Speaker – Chris Hanks, Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • 1:45-2:45 PM
    • *Mental Health First Aid (1:35-3PM)
    • HMIS Outreach
    • Reentry Partnership Housing
    • DCA’s ESG Policies, Procedures, and Written Standards
  • 2:55-4:00 PM
    • Best Practices for Tiny Housing Developments
    • Grace Housing Tour (Union Mission, Inc.)
    • Reasonable Accommodations & Strategies for Housing Clients with Criminal and Credit Issues; Moderator: Margaret Burgess, Equal Justice Works
    • Standardized Coordinated Entry Elements; Moderator: Jesús DeLeón-Serratos, Eccovia Solutions
  • 4:10-5:15 PM
    • Grace House Tour (Union Mission, Inc.)
    • HMIS Data Quality
    • Best Practices in Case Management; Moderator: Diane HughesClinical Social Worker 
    • Housing Quality Inspections 101 – How to Pass Every Time 

Wednesday, February 12

  • 7:00 AM-NOON: DCA Informational Table
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:45 AM: Remarks: Cynthia Patterson, Director, Office of Homeless and Special Needs Housing
  • 8:45-9:45 AM: The Innovative Work of Gilead Sciences: Ed Duda, Gilead
  • 9:45-10:15 AM: Mental Health First Aid Graduation Ceremony: Isaac Davis, DCA
  • 10:15-10:30 AM: Break
  • 10:30-11:15 AM: AmeriCorps: Linda Thompson, Executive Director, Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism 
  • 11:15-NOON: Racial Equity: Regina Cannon, C4 Innovations
  • NOON-12:30: Closing Remarks

*Agenda is subject to change