19th Annual AzCEH Conference

In partnership with Pacific Southwest ATTC and Arizona Department of Education, October 16-17, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (AzCEH), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education and Pacific Southwest ATTC, hosted an annual statewide conference on homelessness October 16 and 17, 2012.

Conference sessions focused on collaborations and creative solutions to meet the challenges of the current economy and best practices. Over 300 participants attended from the public and private sectors, as well as civil service employees, direct service employees, homeless school liaisons, volunteers, and homeless and formerly homeless Arizonans.

Keynote speakers included Tonier Cain of the National Center for Trauma Informed Care; Dr. Sam Tsemberis, Executive Director of Pathways to Housing and Department of Psychiatry faculty at New York University Langone Medical Center; and Kathleen Guarino, Director of Training at The National Center.

Chris Fike and Megan Salisbury, doctoral students at the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, hosted a workshop entitled "Integrating the Transgender Community into Homeless Services".  They described the negative outcomes of discrimination experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming people, including increased rates of homelessness and substance abuse, increased risk of suicide, and increased dependence on underground structures and economies, and increased need for social service system utilization, even though that system often excludes and re-victimizes transgender and gender non-conforming people. However, local social service providers can create safer spaces and increase accessibility to needed supports for transgender and gender non-conforming people through increasing awareness of trans-related issues and learning about local and federal resources available that support this population.

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