C4 experts are presenting at the National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium May 16-17 in Minneapolis, MN.

Jeff Olivet and Marc Dones are speaking about “Racism and Homelessness: A Research Update from the SPARC Initiative” on May 16 from 1:45-3:15 pm (Lakeshore B). Research has documented dramatic over-representation of people of color in the homeless population and identified potential interventions including preventing evictions, supporting economic mobility, increasing access to affordable housing, and addressing network impoverishment. Olivet and Dones will present findings from a recent SPARC study and allow participants to discuss how racial discrimination relates to homelessness in their own communities.

Jeff Olivet and Wayne Centrone are participating in a panel discussion “Are We Doing Enough to End Homelessness” on May 16 from 3:30-4:30 pm (Greenway D-G). Panelists will explore opportunities to align what we know with evidence-supported practices designed to end homelessness.

Ken Kraybill is presenting a workshop “If You’ve Got 5 Minutes: Conversations that Make a Difference” on May 17 from 2:45-3:45 pm (Regency Room). Based on Motivational Interviewing, participants will learn how to facilitate brief, focused, guided conversations that tap into people‚Äôs intrinsic motivation to make positive changes in their lives.

The Center for Social Innovation promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, mental health, and substance use disorders. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work. Learn more about our work on housing and homelessness.