Housing First

Housing First & Harm Reduction – Introductory Workshop

This workshop explores principles of Housing First & Harm Reduction and how to incorporate them into your work, regardless of your program model.

This workshop will be made available quarterly (pending minimum registration targets).

Registration is required to ensure sufficient materials and food will be available. (Morning coffee and lunch will be available.)

2-Day Housing First Training

Join Noah Fay from DESC as he covers core concepts of Housing First and Low Barrier Service Delivery. The Housing First Training will cover core principles of Housing First in addition to an in-depth exploration of common challenges and strategies for incorporating the philosophy into programming.

The second day will feature an overview of service delivery strategies and best practices for working with clients in a low barrier service environment. Training topics will be include harm reduction, motivational interviewing, outreach strategies, and other effective techniques for working with high needs clients in a non-coercive, voluntary setting.

Day 1 and Day 2 will be at: S. Seattle College – Georgetown Campus (6737 Corson Ave. S. Seattle)

A little about the trainer: Noah began his ties to DESC in 2002 as a student volunteer in their Pioneer Square shelter. After graduating from the University of Washington, he began working full time in their shelter program. He later enjoyed positions as a mental health outreach worker for several years, followed by supervising the clinical support staff of the Morrison building, and later managing 1811 Eastlake. While working at DESC, Noah earned his Executive Master of Public Administration degree from the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. After working as a Housing Program Senior Manager, Noah left DESC in August 2017 to join the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) as Senior Program Manager on the National Consulting Team. While he enjoyed this position, DESC has always been “home.” He is excited to return and brings with him both a strong sense of commitment to DESC’s mission, and energy for creating new and innovative solutions to the challenges our community is experiencing.

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May 2018 Materials


November 2017 Materials

Triina Van, All Home & Housing First Systems PPT
Margaret King, Housing First PPT
Lisa Grillo, Harm Reduction PPT

August 2017 Materials

Triina Van PPT
Erika Alexander PPT
Christina Clayton PPT