[Please note: This webinar is scheduled for the same time as the MCOC meeting but we thought some folks might still be interested in this info.]
Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN)       Safety and Supports for Women Experiencing Homelessness and Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders   July 18, 2019 – 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. (ET)     “In order to effectively deliver housing and services to women, we must also respect, embody, and value the diversity among women experiencing homelessness. We need to have a collective response to the diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural identities, economic and educational backgrounds, family composition, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and other experiences that women possess.”   – Amy Sawyer, Regional Coordinator, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness [i]  
  The second webinar of the People with Lived Experience Spotlight Series focuses on the unique experiences of women who’ve experienced homelessness. Research indicates that the causes and duration of this experience differ for men and women, highlighting the need to hear the voices of women to better shape homelessness and housing services and supports. Three women who have experienced homelessness will share their stories.   This Spotlight Series is intended to help practitioners, providers, and policymakers understand challenges faced by individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders who experience homelessness. The second webinar will:  Discuss the unique needs of women experiencing homelessness Offer an opportunity to engage with women who experienced homelessness as mothers and young adults Provide helpful strategies and practices for working with women experiencing homelessness Provide recommendations for policymakers and practitioners seeking to assist women experiencing homelessness
  Speakers include: Paula Buege, CPS, CPPS, Peer Specialist & Family/Consumer Advocate, RISE Wisconsin Carmen Duncan, M.S.W., Chief Coach and Founder, Mission Accomplished Transition Services Melissa Thurner, Recovery Advocate  Cathy Cave, of HHRN, will moderate the session.   Register for this webinar now!   Please share this announcement with other stakeholders in your community.   A certificate of attendance will be available to participants.   [i] Sawyer, A. (2016, June 16). Focusing on the strengths and needs of women will help end homelessness. Retrieved from https://www.usich.gov/news/focusing-on-the-needs-and-strengths-of-women-will-help-end-homelessness