INTERNATIONAL HOMELESSNESS
RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Advancing the Policy and Practice
of Crisis Response Systems

Monday, June 3 – Tuesday, June 4, 2013

8am to 5:30pm - both days
Cocktail reception Monday, June 3 5:30 to 7:30pm

Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The University of Pennsylvania and the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invite you to attend a two-day conference showcasing the latest research from Australia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S. in advancing the policy and practice of homelessness crisis response systems.

No longer accepting registrations.  Conference is fully booked.


Organized by a multinational committee of seasoned investigators and drawing presenters from Australia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S., the conference will feature keynotes profiling homelessness policy and research from around the globe.  Morning plenary sessions will center on international homelessness prevention and studies of fidelity to permanent supportive housing.  During lunch a multinational panel of leaders from advocacy organizations will discuss how the research community can advance the cause of ending homelessness.  In the afternoon participants will have a choice of presentations on the key interventions being tested internationally, such as rapid re-housing,  programs for youth and families, and Critical Time Intervention.  Panels will also address street outreach, cost analyses of homelessness, and other topics.

This event is underwritten by the Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and co‐sponsored by the VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, the European Observatory on Homelessness, which operates under the auspices of FEANTSA, the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Conference Program

Time Event Speakers/Presenters Room
MONDAY, JUNE 3   
8:00-5:00 Registration  
8:00-8:30 Continental breakfast   Lobby
8:30-9:00 Welcome Dennis Culhane & Vince Kane Reading Room
9:00-10:00 Keynotes   Bodek Lounge
  Introductions Cameron Parsell Bodek Lounge
  International Homelessness Policy and Research Profile: Australia Guy Johnson  
  International Homelessness Policy and Research Profile: Europe Eoin O'Sullivan  
10:00-10:15 Break   Reading Room
10:15-11:45 Plenary: International Perspectives on Homelessness Prevention   Bodek Lounge
  Moderator Stephen Gaetz  
  A Legal Duty to Prevent Homelessness: Necessary and Possible Peter Mackie  
  Homelessness Prevention in Germany Volker Busch-Geertsema  
  Prevention First? Lessons and Questions from the European Union Nicholas Pleace  
  Efficient Targeting of Homelessness Prevention Services Marybeth Shinn  
12:00-1:30 Lunch   Bodek Lounge
  Keynote Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Bodek Lounge
  Career Achievement Acknowledgment
Philip Mangano

Sam Tsemberis
Bodek Lounge
1:30-2:00 Poster presentations   Reading Room
  Panels     
2:00-3:30 1. Emerging Evidence on Approaches to Ending Youth Homelessness   Benjamin Franklin
  Moderator Suzanne Fitzpatrick  
  Rethinking Models of Prevention, Accommodation and Support for Homeless Youth Stephen Gaetz  
  Interventions and Preventions for Ending Youth Homelessness Meaghan Bell  
  Fidelity of a Strengths-based Method for Homeless Youth Sandra Boersma  
  Exiting Street Life: Youth Trajectories out of Homelessness Jeff Karabanow  
2:00-3:30 2. Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing: Evaluations   Class of 1949
  Moderator Guy Johnson  
  Housing First Europe: Results from 5 Test Sites Volker Busch-Geertsema  
  Adoption of Housing First in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rental Voucher Program Stefan Kertesz  
  Housing First with Intensive Case Management Stephen Hwang  
  Evaluating a Housing First Approach in the HUD-VASH (US Department of Housing and Urban Development- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) Program Lindsay Hill  
2:00-3:30 3. New York City HomeBase: Homelessness Prevention Randomized Controlled Trial   Golkin
  Moderator Debra Rog  
  The Neighborhood Context of Homelessness in New York City: Correlates John Mollenkopf  
  Evaluating HomeBase: A Quasi-Experimental Approach Peter Messeri  
  Evaluating the Impact of HomeBase on Related Costs Stephen Metraux  
  Does Prevention Work: Evaluation of the New York City HomeBase Program Howard Rolston  
3:30-4:00 Break   2nd floor lobby
  Panels   
4:00-5:30 4. Testing Systems Changes and Program Interventions to End Family Homelessness   Benjamin Franklin
  Moderator Ann Elizabeth Montgomery  
  SHIFT Study: Longitudinal Outcomes for Homeless Families Maureen Hayes  
  Mismatch Between Homeless Families and the Homelessness Service System Brooke Spellman  
  Washington Families Fund Systems Initiative: Interim Evaluation Debra Rog  
  Housing Decisions Among Families Exiting Shelter Marybeth Shinn  
4:00-5:30 5. Dynamics of Homelessness   Class of 1949
  Moderator Roch Hurtubise  
  Risk Profiles of 120,000 Homeless Veterans Jack Tsai  
  Identifying System Gaps: Philadelphia's Homeless Death Review Roy Hoffman  
  Homelessness Dynamics: Lessons from a Land Down Under Rosanna Scutella  
  Testing a Typology of Homelessness Across Welfare Regimes Lars Benjaminsen  
6:00-8:00 Cocktail reception, University Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets  
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 4  
8:00-8:30 Breakfast   Reading Room
8:30-9:00 Welcome Barbara Poppe & Stephen Metraux Bodek Lounge
9:00-9:15 Remarks from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Robert Petzel Bodek Lounge
9:15-10:15 Keynotes   Bodek Lounge
  Introductions Andrew Hollows  
  International Homelessness Policy and Research Profile: Canada Stephen Gaetz  
  International Homelessness Policy and Research Profile: United Kingdom Suzanne Fitzpatrick  
10:15-10:30 Break  
10:30-12:00 Plenary: Housing First Permanent Supportive Housing: Fidelity Studies   Bodek Lounge
  Moderator  Marybeth Shinn  
  Fidelity to Housing First and Program Effectiveness Ana Stefancic  
  Common Ground in Australia: Evidence-Free Policy Transfer? Cameron Parsell  
  Association of Housing First Implementation with Outcomes Clare Davidson  
  Housing First Fidelity in a Multi-site Trial in Canada Paula Goering  
  Permanent Supportive Housing Provided in Los Angeles County Benjamin Henwood  
12:00-1:30 Lunch  
  Homelessness Analytics Initiative Demonstration Thomas Byrne Bodek Lounge
  Career Achievement Acknowledgment
Martha Burt

Nan Roman
 
  Advocate Panel on What is Needed from the Research Community  
  Moderators Vince Kane & Tom O'Toole  
  Tim Richter, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness    
  Nan Roman, National Alliance to End Homelessness, USA    
  Freek Spinnewijn, FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless)    
  Karyn Walsh, Micah Projects, Inc., Australia    
1:30-2:00 Poster presentations   Reading Room
  Panels   
2:00-3:30 6. Rapid Re-Housing: What do we know?   Class of 1949
  Moderator Marti Burt  
  Rapid Re-Housing Demonstration Programs: How They Work Brooke Spellman  
  Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program Tom Albanese  
  Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing for Veteran Families: Outcomes of Veterans in the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program Tom Byrne and John Kuhn  
  Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Evaluation Mary Cunningham  
2:00-3:30 7. Interventions and Institutions   Benjamin Franklin
  Moderator Stephen Metraux  
  The Rise and Fall of Coercive Confinement and the Production of Homelessness Eoin O'Sullivan  
  Criminal Justice Involvement of Housing First Participants Laurence Roy  
  Can Computers Prevent Veteran Homelessness? Adi Gundlapalli  
  Homeless Patients and Hospital Readmission Kelly Doran  
2:00-3:30 8. Chronic Homelessness Intervention: Randomized Controlled Trials   Bodek Lounge
  Moderator Stephen Hwang  
  Critical Time Intervention and the Dissemination of Evidence-based Practices Melissa Martin  
  Risk Profiles for Homelessness and Unmet Needs Renee de Vet  
  Effect of Intensive Support: A Randomised Trial Guy Johnson  
  Supported Employment for the Recently Homeless Daniel Poremski  
3:30-4:00 Break   2nd floor lobby
  Panels   
4:00-5:30 9. Cost of Homelessness   Bodek Lounge
  Moderator Eoin O'Sullivan  
  Cost Offsets of Housing First Programs in 5 Canadian Cities Eric Latimer  
  Health Care Cost Analysis of a Supportive Housing Re-entry Program in New York City Marionette Holmes  
  The Promise of a Housing Subsidy Program for Indigent Adults in Los Angeles County Manuel Moreno  
  The Distribution of the Costs of Homelessness to Government Services and the Impact of Support:
Evidence from Australia
Paul Flatau and Kaylene Zaretzky
(Andrew Hollows)
 
4:00-5:30 10. Outreach Intervention Research   Benjamin Franklin
  Moderator Tom O'Toole  
  Creating a Comprehensive Frequent User List for Outreach Kris Kuntz  
  Who's Living on our Streets? Analysis of Outreach Activity  Marcella Maguire  
  Triage Tool Development: Targeting Vulnerable Youth for Permanent Supportive Housing Harmony Rhoads  
  Universal Screening for Homelessness Risk in the Veterans Health Administration: "Inreach" Among Veterans Accessing Primary Care Services Ann Elizabeth Montgomery  
5:30 Closing remarks Dennis Culhane Bodek Lounge

 

Poster Session Schedule

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Date # Poster Title Presenter
June 3 1 Measuring Success: Evaluation Strategies for Drop-in Settings Linsey MacPhee
June 3 2 Police Engagement with Homeless in Mental Health Crisis Bart Miles
June 3 3 Promising Practices for Street Outreach in Ending Homelessness Sarah Knight
June 3 4 Analysis of the Paths that Lead People to Inhabit Shelters Fiorella Ciapessoni
June 3 5 Evaluating a Creative Rapid Re-Housing Approach Kris Kuntz
June 3 6 Housing Stability among Persons who were Formerly Chronically Homeless Aelesia Pisciella
June 3 7 Treating Chronic Inebriates with Housing First, Does it Work? Adam Fussaro
June 3 8 Two-year Cost-analysis  of Housing First in Montreal Angela Ly
June 3 9 Transitioning to Permanent Supportive Housing: Behavioral Health and Social Network Changes Harmony Rhoades
June 3 10 Youth Rural Homelessness Jeff Karabanow
June 3 11 DBT for At-risk Youth: A Front-line Intervention Andria Aiello and Naomi Modachi
June 3 12 Engaging the Private Sector in Youth Homelessness Amanda Noble
June 3 13 From Streets to Scholars: Helping Homeless Youth Access Higher Education Jamison Fargo
June 4 14 Treatment First Transitional Housing Clients:  Mixed Methods Sebastian Mott
June 4 15 Addressing Family Homelessness in Toronto's Inner Suburbs Emily Paradis
June 4 17 OHQS: A Housing Quality Scale for Homelessness Research Carol Adair
June 4 18 Housing as a Human Right in Finland: Sucess and Shortcomings Jan-Erik Helenelund
June 4 19 Experiencing Supported Employment: A Mixed Methods Study Daniel Poremski
June 4 20 Evaluation and Dissemination of a Group-based Model of Case Management Jack Tsai
June 4 21 How Much do Homeless Mentally Ill People Cost in Canada? Daniel Rabouin
June 4 22 Homeless Patients’ Perspectives on Quality Primary Care Erika Austin 
June 4 23 Building VA Medical Homes for Homeless Veterans Stefan Kertesz
June 4 24 The Meaning of Homelessness to Homeless Women Veterans Robin Keene
June 4 25

Can Housing-First be Effective at a State Scale?       

Ellen Ward
Poster Sessions will take place on June 3 and June 4 from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. in the Reading Room next to Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall.  Posters 1 through 12 will be displayed on June 3, and posters 13 through 24 will be presented on June 4.

 

Program Committee

Martha Burt, Urban Institute
Volker Busch-Geertsema, Association for Innovative Social Research and Social Planning
Dennis Culhane (Co-Chair), University of Pennsylvania
Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University
Stephen Gaetz, York University
Andrew Hollows, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
Roch Hurtubise, University of Sherbrooke
Stephen Hwang, University of Toronto
Guy Johnson, RMIT University
Vincent Kane (Co-Chair), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Stephen Metraux, University of the Sciences
Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans
Eoin O’Sullivan, Trinity College, Dublin
Cameron Parsell, The University of Queensland
Nicholas Pleace, University of York
Debra Rog, Westat
Marybeth Shinn, Vanderbilt University

Additional Conference Sponsors

 

Getting to the Conference

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The conference will be held in Houston Hall on the University of Pennsylvania campus at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  The map below shows the location in relation to the two conference hotels, the Sheraton University City and the Hilton Inn at Penn.  The Sheraton is a 5 block walk – about 10 minutes, and the Hilton is a distance of 3 blocks or 5 minutes.

Click here for a Google map that includes hotel, parking, and travel locations, as well as Houston Hall and the University Museum, where conference activities will take place. Or read below for transportation and parking options.

From the Philadelphia Airport: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Travel distance is approximately 11.27 km/7.0 miles

Taxi

  • Fee: $28.50 for 1 person (flat rate), $29.50 for 2 people (flat rate)
  • Hours: 24 hours
  • Travel Time: approximately 20 minutes
  • A taxi stand is located immediately outside of baggage claim at each terminal.

Lady Liberty Shuttle Van

  • Fee: $10 per adult
  • Hours: Sunday - Saturday 7 AM - 11 PM
  • Travel Time: approximately 30-45 minutes
  • In baggage claim at each terminal, there is a ground transportation desk. The attendant will assist you in connecting with Lady Liberty to secure service. The approximate wait time is 15 minutes for a van. You must have your luggage prior to securing service.

SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line

  • Fare: $7 (cash--pay on board train), One Day Independence Pass ($11.00--good for one day of unlimited travel)
  • Hours: 5:09 AM - 12:09 AM
  • Travel Time: approximately 30 minutes
  • Connects all airport terminals with 30th Street Amtrak Station

From Philadelphia's 30th Street Station Railway: Amtrak/SEPTA/New Jersey Transit
Travel distance is approximately 0.6 km/0.37 miles

Taxi

  • Fee: approximately $5
  • Hours: 24 hours

SEPTA Bus Route 21 on Walnut Street (to 69th Street Transportation Center). Exit at 34th Street. Walk 2 blocks to Spruce Street.

  • Fare: $2 (cash--exact fare required), token ($1.55 each), One Day Independence Pass ($11.00--good for one day of unlimited ravel)
  • Hours: www.septa.org

SEPTA Market Frankford Line (to 69th Street Transportation Center). Exit at 34th Street Station. Walk 5 blocks to Spruce Street.

  • Fare: $2 (cash--exact fare required), token ($1.55 each), One Day Independence Pass ($11.00--good for one day of unlimited ravel)
  • Hours: www.septa.org

By car

  • From the Northeast via the New Jersey Turnpike South
    Use Exit 4. Bear right out of the toll following signs to Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Bridge. After crossing the bridge take I-676 West, to I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn left onto 34th Street. Entrance to a Penn public parking garage is on the left just before the next traffic light at 34th and Chestnut.
  • From the West via the Pennsylvania Turnpike
    On the PA turnpike, use Exit 326, the Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East for approximately 16 miles until Exit 345, a right lane exit marked 30th Street. The exit empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn left onto 34th Street. Entrance to a Penn public parking garage is on the left just before the next traffic light at 34th and Chestnut.
  • From the North via I-95 South
    Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit. Follow signs to I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway. Take I-676 West until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn left onto 34th Street. Entrance to a Penn public parking garage is on the left just before the next traffic light at 34th and Chestnut.
  • From the South via I-95 North
    Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit which is approximately 7 miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway, until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn left onto 34th Street. Entrance to a Penn public parking garage is on the left just before the next traffic light at 34th and Chestnut.

Parking Garages

  • 34th & Chestnut
    3335 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia PA, 19104
  • Penn Museum
    3220 South Street
    Philadelphia PA, 19104
  • 40th & Walnut
    4009 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia PA, 19104