The New York Homeless Policy Forum 2015, cosponsored by Care for the Homeless and Baruch College, will feature NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, as well as leading advocates, policy-makers and clients. We are pleased to announce the following program of panels. Register today!
Scope, Scale and Overview of Homelessness in New York City
Serving as an introduction to homelessness in NYC, this presentation will include analysis of how many people are homeless or at risk in New York City, the context of the current crisis, NYC’s “right to shelter” and unique issues of homelessness in NYC.
Stigmatization, Criminalization and Attacks On Homeless People
This panel will explore how and why we stigmatize homeless people and how the everyday activities of low-income and people experiencing homelessness are effected by stigmatization. Delving into societal attitudes towards poor and marginalized peoples, panelists will discuss how these attitudes contribute to an increase in “criminalization” of homelessness and poverty as well as attacks against the homeless.
Children/Youth Homelessness in New York City
Panelists will examine the social and economic causes of the dramatic rise in child and unaccompanied youth homelessness, focusing on what resources are currently available and what is required to ameliorate the crisis.
Reimagining Living in and Operating Shelters: Suggestions for Better Outcomes
This panel will feature former and current NYC shelter residents and shelter providers to discuss making the system more effective, producing better outcomes and increasing the dignity afforded clients in the system.
Homelessness, Health Care and Public Health Issues
This panel will address homelessness as a public health issue, its impact on city health resources and health impacts of homelessness on children and adults experiencing it. Panelists will discuss what systems and resources are needed to best address health care access and provision of health services for homeless people, how to get better outcomes and how to deliver care most efficiently.