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

Monday, February 10

  • 9:45-11:45 AM:
    • 2020 Emergency Solutions Grants 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, Director of Homeless & Special Needs Housing
    • Opening Plenary Speaker: Chris Hanks
  • 1:30-2:35 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Client Track 101/Basic Functionality 
    • Update to Fair Housing and Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
    • Monitoring - What Does it Look Like? 
  • 2:45-3:50 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Racial Equity/Cultural Awareness
    • Update to Conflict of Interest and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
    • Live SAGE/APR Demonstration
  • 4-5:15 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Client Track 201/HMIS Reporting
    • Landlord Tenant Law and Dispossessory
    • Youth Homeless Forum 

Tuesday, February 11

  • 8:30-8:50 AM: Opening Session
    • Welcome to Savannah: Pat Youngquist & Pat Monahan, Union Mission, Inc.
  • 9-10:05 AM
    • ​Mental Health First Aid
    • HMIS Compliance Reporting
    • S+C Finance and TRC Tracking
    • ESG-TA Question and Answer: Everything You're Afraid to Ask in Public 
  • 10:15-11:15 AM
    • Adult Community MH & Accessing MH Services
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Getting People to Care as Much as You Do
    • HOPWA Modernization
  • 12:30-1:35 PM: Lunch
    • Speaker: Forensic Peer Mentor, Georgia Department of Community Supervision
  • 1:45-2:45 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • HMIS Outreach
    • Reentry Partnership Housing
    • DCA's 149-County Housing Choice Voucher Program
  • 2:55-4 PM
    • Savannah and Macon Have the Best Practices for Developing Tiny Houses
    • Grace Housing Tour (Union Mission, Inc.)
    • Reasonable Accommodations & Strategies for Housing Clients with Criminal and Credit Issues
    • Standardized Coordinated Entry Elements
  • 4:10-5:15 PM
    • Grace House Tour (Union Mission, Inc.)
    • HMIS Data Quality
    • Case Management Best Practices
    • Benefits Housing Quality Inspections 101 - How to Pass Every Time

Wednesday, February 12

  • 8:30-8:45 AM: Remarks: David Whisnant, Director of Homeless & Special Needs Housing
  • 8:45-9:45 AM: 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