The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA), The American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness (ART), and the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) at Harvard University convened the NEXT PRACTICES™ ROUND TABLE: The Art of Scaling Best Practices to End Homelessness on October 24 and 25 at Harvard University.
The conference brought together over 100 key thought leaders and practitioners from Massachusetts and across the nation to discuss strategies for bringing best practices in ending homelessness to scale. Sessions addressed topics including housing and health care, social innovation financing, employment training, tenant engagement, advocacy, and young adult homelessness. Speakers and panelists focused their presentations on cutting-edge practices that will shape efforts to end homelessness moving forward, as well as on developments – like the Affordable Care Act – that will have a significant impact on homeless services in the future.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan delivered keynote remarks at the conclusion of the conference at PBHA’s annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture. Secretary Donovan reflected on his time volunteering at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, sharing how his experiences at Harvard shaped his journey to becoming HUD Secretary.
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The NEXT PRACTICES™ ROUND TABLE was funded in part by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, The Aileen Getty Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.