Tiny Houses, Grants and Mental Health: 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. 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. 

For more information, email events@dca.ga.gov.

*Conference Agenda

Monday, February 10

  • 9:45-11:45 AM: 2020 Emergency Solutions Grants and 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 
    • Fair Housing and LEP
    • Monitoring - What Does it Look Like? 
  • 2:45-3:50 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Racial Equity
    • Conflict of Interest and VAWA
    • Live SAGE/APR Demonstration
  • 4-5:15 PM
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Client Track 201/HMIS Reporting
    • Landlord Tenant Law and Dispossessory
    • Tiny Houses Best Practices

Tuesday, February 11

  • Breakfast On Your Own
  • 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
    • Mental Health First Aid
    • Getting People to Care as Much as You Do
    • Open Doors
    • HOPWA - TA
  • 12:30-1:35 PM: Lunch
    • Speaker: Sean Walker, 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
    • Grace Housing Tour (Union Mission, Inc.)
    • Homeless Youth Forum
    • Reasonable Accomodations & 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
    • Best Practices in Case Management
    • 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 – Issac Davis, DCA
  • 10:15-10:30 AM: Break
  • 10:30-11:15 AM: Linda Thompson, Executive Director, Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism
  • 11:15-NOON: C4 Innovations, Regina Cannon (pending)
  • NOON-12:30: Closing Remarks

*Agenda is subject to change