Hill Day


**subject to change



9:00 AM Hill Meetings
Schedule meetings with elected officials in advance of the Summit for this time block. These meetings are vital for you to build a relationship with elected officials and advocate for key policy recommendations to advance our collective advocacy agenda. 
12:15 PM Lunch Break
12:45 PM Keynote
January Contreras January Contreras, Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout her career, Assistant Secretary Contreras has been motivated by a sense of duty to children, families and individuals, especially when they are facing their most difficult moments. For more than 20 years, Assistant Secretary Contreras has championed safety, stability and opportunity for children, youth and families. She most recently was a non-profit executive, leading a legal aid center for children and young adults experiencing abuse, neglect, human trafficking, family separation and homelessness.
                  BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1:15 PM HOUSING TRACK: ​​Host Homes: Innovative Alternative to Youth Experiencing Homelessness 
Illinois Collaboration On Youth

Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
Whether you use Kinship, Licensed Foster Care, or Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) specific homes, Host Homes are a flexible approach to youth shelter that can meet the needs of RHY in communities with limited resources and extensive service challenges. Come learn how this resource can be maximized to best serve youth at risk of and/or experiencing homelessness. You will learn the basics of host home programming as an option for youth, especially in rural areas, while diving deeply into an innovative approach to serve youth ages 11-17 in every county in Illinois. Become familiar with what a Host Home is in Illinois, hear real stories of youth served in the program, and learn of a recent Public Act that unanimously passed the Illinois General Assembly to improve host home options for RHY agencies. Brainstorm and discuss the challenges of host home programming, models to address those challenges, and how the Illinois legislation can be used as a model in your state. 
1:15 PM INNOVATION TRACK: Is HUD’s Youth Homeless Demonstration Program Right for Your Community?  Innovative practices in Ending Youth Homelessness 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) is an initiative designed to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness. The goal of YHDP is to support selected communities, including rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States, in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Hear from YHDP communities on what they have learned from implementing the YHDP.  They will share what innovative practices their community has implemented, and share some pitfalls they encountered. Participants will  understand if their community is ready to apply for a HUD YHDP grant.
1:15 PM EDUCATION TRACK: Supporting Expectant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness
SchoolHouse Connection  During this session, SchoolHouse Connection will provide an overview of the two-generational impacts of homelessness on youth with young children, share recommendations for supporting them through programming and policy, and hear from a young parenting student experiencing homelessness about navigating both her and her child’s education.
1:15 PM YOUTH PARTNERSHIP TRACK: Breaking Down Barriers: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth (CSEY), Homelessness, & LGBTQ+ Youth
Texas Network of Youth Services Session participants will gain a deepened understanding of the unique needs and challenges of youth who are at risk of, currently experiencing, or exiting homelessness, including LGBTQ+ youth. We will explore the intersectional relationship between youth homelessness, marginalized identities, and commercial sexual exploitation of youth (CSEY). Participants will learn and practice key youth-centered strategies to strengthen DEI in their services and better prevent and address CSEY through a cross-systems approach.
2:30 PM Break
3:00 PM Federal Agency Roundtable Discussion
Federal agency staff from six different federal agencies will discuss new and ongoing national initiatives to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness. This annual facilitated discussion will produce at least one commitment for the coming year from each participating agency to support young people experiencing homelessness. Summit attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the participating federal staff. Participating federal agencies include:

– U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

– U.S. Department of Education (ED)

– U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

– U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

– U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

– U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)

5:00 PM Closing Remarks