What Will It Take to Develop the Homeless Workforce?

Saffron Strand is now accepting workshop proposals for its fourth annual conference on employment-focused solutions to homelessness.

Developing the Homeless Workforce: What Will It Take? will be held June 17-18, 2013, at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond, California. The conference will include 24 workshops, providing a holistic, collaborative perspective and framework for action among employment, housing, and health care professionals as well as others working with homeless populations. Conference participants will recognize shared challenges, come up-to-speed on funding opportunities, reduce cross-agency duplication of effort, and combine individual program strengths for greater effect in improving employability and employment among the homeless and hard-to-employ who are at greatest risk of homelessness.

Saffron Strand is seeking proposals for workshops across the continuum of employment, housing, and health care services, including proposals that address the following:

  • Health care services to support the homeless workforce
  • Housing services to support the homeless workforce
  • Work readiness and job retention
  • The homeless GLBT workforce
  • Youth and young GLBT workforces
  • Career ladders in place of short-term jobs
  • Education and vocational training optimized for the homeless workforce
  • Homeless seniors in the workforce
  • Workforce reentry for the formerly incarcerated
  • Career development to prevent homelessness

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit Saffron Strand’s conference website, and don’t forget to save the date.