2019 | 4th Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness

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Hilton Garden Inn

4351 17th Ave S

Fargo, ND 58103

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This will be the 4th year in a row the FM Coalition to End Homelessness is holding a conference/training event! It's becoming a valuable resource where we can connect, grow, and learn to be our best in ending homelessness together in our community, region, and beyond!

Join us for a day-and-a-half of speakers, workshops, and networking.

We are very excited this year's event will feature Erin Wixsten, Assocate at OrgCode Consulting to help us focus our time together on housing stablization.

Area service providers will be presenting break-out sessions and workshops on topics ranging from outreach and case managementto effective meeting practices and policy-advocacy. There will be specific offerings for those is supervisory roles as well as for all who would like to grow in their leadership skills. Watch for specific details!

We will also feature CARES trainings that meet CoC requirements.

Tentative Schedule | Subject to Change as Sessions are Confirmed

Wednesday, October 9

8:00am Registration
8:35am General Session
9:45am Break
10:00am Session 1
11:30am Lunch (& Annual Awards)
12:30pm Session 2
2:00pm Break
2:15pm Session 3
3:15pm Break
3:30pm Session 4
4:30pm Social

Thursday, October 10

8:35am General Session
9:45am Break
10:00am Session 5
11:30am Break
11:40am Session 6
12:30pm Lunch on your own
1:45pm Shelter & Agency Tours

Dietary Restrictions/Needs

If you have any dietary needs for meals, please make requests/accomodations when promped in the registration form at checkout.

Parking & Lodging

If you are coming from out of town, you can stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Fargo where the event will be held (there is an official block of rooms at $109, held until Sept 19). You are also free to find rooms anywhere in the community that fit your budget. There is ample parking at the venue.

4th Annual Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, October 9 @ 11:30. We'll celebrate the hard work of everyone in our coalition and honor many of the dedicated leaders among us. This luncheon is included in the registration price. If you are not attending the conference, "luncheon only" tickets are available.

Our Guest Trainer

Erin Wixsten from OrgCode Consulting will present general and breakout sessions on housing stablization. More details forthcoming.

Registration Info

$90 FM Coaliton Member | Full Event | October 9-10 | Training, lunch, breaks

$100 CoC Member | Full Event | October 9-10 | Training, lunch, breaks

$120 General Admission, non-mmeber Full Event | October 9-10 | Training, lunch, breaks

$20 Awards Luncheon Only | October 9 @ 11:30am

Registration costs above do not include Eventbrite conviencnce/processing fees. If these fees are a barrier, select "pay by check" at check out and use your confirmaiton printout as an invoice and send a check to FM Coalition, PO Box 5653, Fargo, ND 5810.


Housing Stabilization | Erin Wixsten

Ending homelessness is dependent on more than just housing. Supports and stabilization for housing success are key for people to not enter homelessness again. The focus of our conference will be on Housing Stabilization from a systems perspective – leaning in on progressive engagement and housing first strategies. Our guest trainer is from OrgCode Consulting and will also lead breakouts to support this general session.

CARES | TBD (Regional CARES Leaders)

General overview and updates on our regional homeless response system (ND statewide & WCMN, cross border). Learn what is new, improved, or being planned for our coordinated entry system and it’s role in ending homelessness across our region. This will meet some training requirements for CoC and other funding streams.

LRMF | Gina Kautz and Cody Schuler

How you can use the Landlord Risk Mitigation Program to get your people housed! This session will include policy and program updates including new forms and other vital information for success.


Progressive Engagement and Diversion | Erin Wixsten

Diversion is often misunderstood as turning people away or saying “no”. That is the wrong mindset. Diversion is about saying “yes” to helping them navigate a safe alternative to shelter that is appropriate to their specific circumstances through an investment of staff time (often dedicated staff) that have specific problem-solving skills and access to flexible resources to put the solution into action. In this session we will review how Aggressive Engagement should be used when working with persons experiencing homelessness and how Diversion is a critical step in any homelessness response system. There are nine steps to an effective diversion practice, with each step progressing more deeply into resolving the current housing crisis while concurrently determining if shelter access will be required.

Housing Focused Sheltering | Erin Wixsten

Shelters are a critical part of the crisis response system, and when operated effectively have a strong housing orientation which have the shortest possible lengths of stay and the least number returns to shelter in the future possible. This workshop will highlight evidence-informed practices to enhance your shelters to be more housing focused.

Housing Stability: The 5 Essential and Sequential Elements | Erin Wixsten

Regardless of the presenting needs and complexity of issues, housing programs always function best when housing is the first task to focus on. It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of Housing First or not – what is critically clear is that housing has to be the first thing worked on or else the rest of the tasks are not going to be successful in helping people achieve housing stability. In this workshop we will review the 5 Essential and Sequential Elements to ensure your clients have the best possible chance of not returning to homelessness.

Client Engagement and Outreach | John Petroskas

To be effective advocates, we need to know how to build trusting relationships with the people we serve. But not everyone finds it easy to trust people who “just want to help.” In this presentation, we’ll talk about how to work effectively with people who – at least at the beginning - might not be excited about working with you… The possibilities are endless!

Supervising Homeless Programs: What You Need to Know! | Carla Solem

There are many compliance and organizational aspects to operating a homeless program. This session will be an introduction to the new CoC training for supervisors on policy, training and other compliance aspects needed to operate a homeless housing or supportive services program. This session will also include peer to peer sharing of best practices.

Tribal Collaboration Works! | Mary Riegert

Understand how and why the Minnesota Tribal Collaborative to Prevent and End Homeless was formed. Learn about the participating Tribes; and their past, present and future goals of the Collaborative to meet the needs of homelessness in Indian country.

Ethical Dilemmas in Homelessness Work | John Petroskas

What does it mean to be an ethical human services worker? We’re often confronted with ethical dilemmas during our work with people who are (or have been) homeless. In this workshop, participants will work through a series of real-life ethical dilemmas and, through a facilitated discussion, share how they resolved them.

The Last Ism: How Ageism is Impacting Homelessness | Laurie Baker

Older people, whether working in or experiencing homelessness, have a shared problem: how American culture, including older people themselves, view, denigrate, and disregard the needs and contributions of "olders." The FM Community has already seen a significant rise in age among the newly homeless. This trend is predicted to worsen significantly into the 2030s and beyond. Laurie Baker, former ED of the FM Coalition, will share an overview of ageism as it relates to homelessness and facilitate discussion on how we can ensure Housing First and housing fairness for the over 65 age group.

Using Podio to Increase Productivity | Neal Hines

Using the Podio app to increase productivity in your organization.

Medicaid’s Role in Housing Stability | Jane Lawrenz

Minnesota has just received approval for a Medicaid State Plan amendment for Housing Stabilization Services. These services will help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find and maintain housing. This session will provide an overview of the services and the implementation of the new services. This option is likely coming to North Dakota and this breakout will be good informatio to those on both sides of the border.

Jumpstarting Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Journey | Chandler Esslinger

Do you have room to improve on your DEI work? This session will offer insights and inspiration to get you going. Participants will gain helpful tools and resources that they can use at each level of their organization, including the Board of Directors, staff teams, clients, and partner organizations, to jump start an intentional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion journey.

Low Barrier Shelter | Pastor Sue Koesterman

Learn from a local sheter's prespective about efforts and learnings about providing low barrier shelter.

2020 Census Info Session | Don Kress, Joshua Huffman, Robin Huston

Presentation on efforts underway in our community for the 2020 session with a emphasis on impact/needs/issues concerning people experiencing homelessness.

Document Readiness | Jillian Gould

The ins-and-outs of confronting the challenges of getting people document ready for housing and employment.

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Hilton Garden Inn

4351 17th Ave S

Fargo, ND 58103

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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