WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — In nearly every community across the country, the resources exist to end veteran homelessness. However, having every puzzle piece does not mean the full picture has been completed. We must connect the pieces and, where pieces are still missing, push for targeted and immediate action.
This connectivity and action must be informed and strategic if we are to achieve the objective of ending homelessness among veterans by 2015. This May, you can be a part of the country’s premiere forum for engaging in this strategic dialogue: the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans’ Annual Conference.
The 2014 NCHV Annual Conference, themed “Bridging the Gap,” is a two-and-a-half-day intensive training event with over 30 unique workshops and over 80 expert panelists from government, research, and the service provider community. The Conference includes several opportunities, including a networking lunch and awards banquet (included in your registration fee) to engage with and honor the hundreds of peers from across the country who are actively involved in ending veteran homelessness.
For communities where sufficient resources exist, the Conference will teach you how to convert housing, speak the language of mainstream medical and supportive service providers, and decrease the time it takes for a veteran to move from on the streets to stably housed. Those communities lacking in sufficient resources will learn about new targeted initiatives across several Federal agencies, methods for improving local data collection to ensure adequate resource allocations, and prevention best practices. The NCHV Policy Session will provide you with resources and guidance for successfully engaging your Member of Congress. These are only of a few of the training topics at this year’s Conference.
Learn to align personal, organizational, community, and national goals with the resources and best practices from your colleagues in the field. Now is the time to help your local community to connect the pieces and bridge the gap between where you are and how you define success in your community. As VA Secretary Shinseki stated at the 2013 NCHV Annual Conference: “We’ve given ourselves two more years to do this, and in the words of the U.S. Cavalry, we’re burning daylight. There is work to be done; let’s get on with it..”
The 2014 NCHV Annual Conference will take place May 28-30 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. Registration will open soon, be prepared to register and reserve your room at the Grand Hyatt quickly as both registration and the discounted room block are expected to sell out. Stay tuned to www.nchv.org for the latest information.