Berkeley Program on Housing and the Urban Policy

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Housing Program Cosponsors Homeless Policy Conference, January 22, 2001

On January 22, 2001 the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy hosted a one-day conference on "Urban Homelessness and Public Policy Solutions" at the Alumni House on the UC Berkeley campus.   The event brought together leading experts on the issue to "link the academic understanding of homeless issues to the public policy solutions being sought," according to Bruce Cain, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. The day-long event, attended by over 200 representatives of government agencies, policy and think tank groups, nonprofit service providers and advocacy organizations, and members of the general public, was funded by the California Building Industry Association, Cal Fed Bank, Fannie Mae Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. In addition, the conference organizers gratefully acknowledged the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center and the Corporation for Supportive Housing for their sponsorship, assistance and participation.

A comprehensive pre-conference briefing book by conference organizer Heidi Sommer, reviewing the pertinent literature and setting conference themes in scholarly context, may be downloaded here.

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