LAHSA Equal Access and Gender Identity Regional Forums - April 10
Equal Access and Gender Identity Regional Forums - April 2017The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority in partnership with the LA LGBT Center is holding three forums for the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) to educate HUD-funded providers about the updated Equal Access rule on services for transgender and gender diverse clients. Each forum will include an interactive training by subject experts from the LA LGBT Center to increase participants' knowledge and skills in using appropriate, inclusive language with all clients it serves. It is an excellent opportunity to gather with your colleagues across the county, to find common challenges and solutions, and to get the support you need to ensure equal access for everyone.RegisterPlease be sure to register for the session you would like to attend as space at each site is limited to 100 participants. Registration will close on March 24.Session 1: April 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMLiberty Plaza & HYC14181 Telegraph RoadWhittier 90604Who Should Attend?The purpose of HUD's Final Rule on Equal Access is to address gender-based discrimination in all Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs, which includes recipients and sub-recipients of the following programs: Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), or providers funded in whole or in part by these programs.LAHSA is fully committed to supporting the community in incorporating the Equal Access and Gender Identity Rule. We advise that at least one program manager from your agency attend if you operate any of the above programs, but you may invite other staff if interested. All service providers regardless of funding source or program type are encouraged to attend.Brief Survey: Tell Us What You'd Like to LearnImplementing this rule may mean a significant shift for you or your staff. It may also require that you revise program standards and operating procedures at the time of intake, referral, enrollment or unit/bed assignment. With that in mind, we invite you to let us know in which areas you need the most support by completing this survey.Preparing for the ForumHUD has released excellent resources to support your work. We ask that in preparation for this training, you review its webinar here: Gender Identity Training Webinar. For additional Equal Access Rule information, please visit the HUD Exchange LGBT Homelessness Page on the HUD Exchange, which includes the following resources:Training Point of ContactAbout the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA):The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless people.