CONFERENCE: 2016 WAS A SELL OUT!
The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness is proud to host the 23rd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness -- Arizona's ONLY statewide annual conference specifically on ending homelessness. For the first time ever, we SOLD OUT! This year, we were excited to host over 550+ attendees representing 103 agencies or organizations across Arizona over the course of our two-day conference.
All three of Arizona's Continua of Care -- Maricopa County, Tucson/Pima, and Balance of State -- were represented in both attendance and those presenting. Just shy of half of our attendance -- 52 agencies/organizations out of 103 attending -- were made up of direct-service providers, working to aid and assist Arizona's most vulnerable in their journeys towards housing stability. Representatives from 10 municipalities and municipal agencies were present, along with representation from three of Arizona's four Council of Governments, numerous county and state agencies and programs, and local law enforcement representing Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and Peoria. We were also excited to have the Arizona Department of Education's 130 Homeless School Liaisons back with us this year, coming from schools and districts from all four corners of the state.
- SESSIONS: With eight tracks and over 50 breakout sessions, there was something for everyone!
Click HERE for session descriptions, information, PPTs, and handouts
- KEYNOTES: Attendees were thrilled to hear again from Mr. Jeff Olivet, CEO & President of the Center for Social Innovation on the first day, as well as learn more about the ways of storytelling on the second day from Ms. Liz Warren, Director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute.
Click HERE to learn more about our 2016 keynote speakers!
- DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Attendees enjoyed a screening of "Overcriminalized," followed by a panel discussion of the overcriminalization of homelessness, and how we can all work together to lessen the negative impacts of overcriminalization. The panel discussion was moderated by Margaret Kilman (Maricopa County Human Services Department), and included Officer Sabrina Taylor (City of Phoenix Police Department - CIT), Diana "DeDe" Yazzie Devine (Native American Connections), Lieutenant Brian Freudenthal (City of Phoenix Police Department), Polly Knape (Cenpatico Integrated Care), and Sandi Flores (Catholic Charities Community Services - Flagstaff).
Click HERE to view Overcriminalized
- AWARDS LUNCHEON: We were pleased to present the 2016 AZCEH Awards of Excellence during lunch on DAY ONE.
Click HERE to find out who was honored this year
- EXHIBITORS: We couldn't do what we do without the generous support of our sponsors, many who were on-site with lots of goodies, giveaways, and info!
Click HERE to check out our amazing 2016 sponsors!
- STORYTELLING: Stories matter and we heard yours! We were thrilled to have our own Storytelling Booth from ShutterBoothAZ to share WHY you do this work and why what you do is important to the fight to end homelessness.
Click HERE to hear stories shared at this year's conference! (COMING SOON! Please check back!)
- SHIRTS & TANKS!: Refresh your SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR WARDROBE with our new AZCEH shirts and tanks!
Click HERE to purchase!
Each year, we work hard to ensure the conference features dynamic storytellers and prominent leaders in the field of ending homelessness, offering exciting networking opportunities to the more than 450 individuals who attend thew two-day event each year. Attendees represent all corners of the state, coming from diverse backgrounds, including direct-service providers, program managers, executives and board members, advocates, school liaisons, policy makers, and individuals concerned with the issues of homelessness in Arizona.
Check out our conference archive for session resources and conference photos:
2015: 22nd Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness
2014: 21st Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness
2013: 20th Annual Statewide Conference to End Homelessness