Instructions

Since many people in our communities need to focus on responding to COVID-19 right now, we will accept late session proposals. If you need an extension, just let us know at conference@wliha.org. If possible please send a short description of the session you have in mind so we can consider the session topic alongside the other proposals we are reviewing.
Conference Date and Location

The conference will take place on October 7 and 8, 2020 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center located at 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402.
Benefits of Becoming a Conference Presenter

Conference Presenters gain visibility and recognition in their field and play an important role in advancing peer-to-peer learning. Presenters will also receive complimentary registration on the day of their presentation and a discounted conference registration fee to attend the full conference. The Housing Alliance highly values having a diverse representation of perspectives at the conference. We have limited assistance available for presenters living on low incomes and/or those from small community organizations.
Deadline for Submitting a Proposal

Proposals are due by Tuesday, March 17 at 5:00 pm. We will follow up by May 15 to let you know if your session is accepted to the conference program. Please email conference@wliha.org if you have any questions or would like assistance.
Conference Audience

Conference attendees include homelessness service providers (i.e., frontline workers, clinicians, program managers, administrative staff, and organizational directors); homeless housing providers; property managers and affordable housing developers; clinical social workers and attorneys; individuals who are currently or have previously experienced homelessness; survivors of domestic violence; low-income tenants; local and state government employees; local and state elected officials; members of faith communities; advocates; members of our Resident Action Project; non-profit board members; and more. We anticipate over 750 people from all regions of Washington and neighboring states will attend our 2020 conference.
Session Formats and A/V Support
  • Formats other than traditional presentations are encouraged, including panel discussions, single speakers, moderated debates, etc.;
  • 1-2 speakers works best for most sessions which may last only 60 minutes;
  • In some cases we will accept sessions with up to 4 speakers (including a moderator if the session is formatted as a panel discussion);
  • AV equipment (including a laptop computer, wireless mouse, LCD projector, projector screen, and microphones) and a technician will be available throughout the conference;
  • Each session will be attended by a conference staff member who will be available to assist speakers;
  • How rooms are set will be determined by conference management and will take into consideration the needs of other sessions – please let us know in your proposal if your session is dependent on chairs or tables being set up a particular way;
  • Sessions will be scheduled for 60 or 75 minute blocks between the hours of 9 AM – 5:00 PM on October 7 and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on October 8.
  • Typically, 75 - 150 people attend each conference session.
Selection Criteria

The conference program committee will work to develop a well-balanced and diverse program that meets the learning needs of our statewide audience. Presentations emphasizing new and creative ideas, evidence based practices, equity and racial justice, and participation of conference attendees will stand out to conference organizers. Reviewers will evaluate proposals and prioritize those that:
  • Include all required proposal information as outlined in the submission form;
  • Are appropriate for a statewide audience or are targeted to a specific subset with tailored information;
  • Include presenters who have expertise and experience related to the proposed workshop topic;
  • Offer opportunities for participants to develop new skills and/or replicate a successful program model;
  • Present service delivery and housing models that are recognized as evidence-based best practices;
  • Add diversity, additional points of view, or address emerging issues and promising practices;
  • Address equity and racial justice;
  • Impact communities that are not represented in other sessions;
  • Avoid the promotion or selling of products, organizations, or companies;
  • Take into consideration all of the above information and submit the proposal form by the deadline on March 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

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