Homelessness 101 – REGISTRATION OPEN

Homelessness 101 is a series of trainings covering essential material needed for working in homelessness and supportive housing. It is best suited for staff who are newer to the field or for staff looking for refreshers on best practices. Currently, the six modules included are: Housing First, History of Homelessness, Client Engagement, Boundaries & Ethics, Ending Homelessness and Trauma Informed Practice. We believe that these six trainings cover content that every person in the field should have a basic understanding of as we work towards the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.  

Homelessness 101 will be offered every quarter in the Metro area using 3 models.

MODEL 1: 2 consecutive days of training (3 modules per day)  This model requires attendance at both days.  This training will take place in the 2nd and 4th quarters of the year.

MODEL 2: 3 –  1/2 days (1 – 1/2 day per month)  This model does not require attendance at all 3 in 1 quarter.  This training will take place in the 1st quarter of the year.

MODEL 3: 6 –  2 hour trainings (2 – 2 hour trainings per month)  This model does not require attendance at all 6 in 1 quarter.  This training will take place in the 3rd quarter of the year.

We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone to access quality training. Please contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org for scholarship and membership questions.  MESH membership allows discounted pricing for all MESH trainings.

Hearth Partner registrations are for partner agencies of Hearth Connections who have a code to use for registration.


Homelessness 101:  Registration Open

Our third quarter of 2017 offers Model 3: 2 – 2 hour trainings per month in the metro area. These dates are (location for all trainings can be found below):

July 12 – Housing First with Harm Reduction – Day 2

Housing First is a best practice approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Housing First is also a philosophy that shapes the crisis response system and Coordinated Entry and is important knowledge for everyone, not just those working in Housing First programs.

Click HERE to register for Day 2 – Housing First with Harm Reduction

Hearth Partners with code click HERE to register for Day 2 – Housing First with Harm Reduction


August 8 – History of Homelessness – Day 3

We will examine the socio-economic and political factors that cause homelessness, as well as attitudes and responses toward people experiencing homelessness through several major periods of history.

Click HERE to register for Day 3 – History of Homelessness

Hearth Partners with code click HERE to register for Day 3 – History of Homelessness


August 10 – Boundaries & Ethics – Day 4

Maintaining professionalism and healthy personal boundaries are critical if you want to do good work, avoid burnout, and really help empower your clients to achieve their goals. Boundaries & Ethics will address some of the most common ethical challenges you might face when working with people who experience homelessness, and will use real-life scenarios to challenge your thinking about this topic.

Click HERE to register for Day 4 – Boundaries & Ethics

Hearth Partners with code click HERE to register for Day 4 – Boundaries & Ethics


September 14 – Ending Homelessness – Day 5

Ending homelessness can seem like a daunting task. Is it even possible? This section of Homelessness 101 will explore the strategies and programs that Minnesota is using to prevent and end homelessness such as continuum of care, coordinated entry, and a slew of acronyms, and will seek to clarify and simplify some of the complexities of these different strategies. We will explore the multi-faceted approaches needed to reach “functional zero” to help participants better understand their personal and professional role in this work!

Click HERE to register for Day 5 – Ending Homelessness

Hearth Partners with code click HERE to register for Day 5 – Ending Homelessness


September 15 – Trauma Informed Care – Day 6

Trauma informed Care has become a bit of a cliché and many funders are requiring a “Trauma Informed Approach” but what is it really? This workshop takes a look at Trauma Informed Care from the perspective of someone who has experienced a traumatic event and then dives deeper into the psychology of trauma and recovery.

Click HERE to register for Day 6 – Trauma Informed Care

Hearth Partners with code click HERE to register for Day 6 – Trauma Informed Care

Quarter 3 Logistics:

Date/Time: All take place from 2-4pm

Location: NW Family Service Center:  7051 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center, MN  55429


Future Dates:

Homelessness 101 – Quarter 4 – Model 1

  • October 10 and 11