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Understanding Definitions of Homelessness on ZOOM

October 19, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

There is a cost for this training.
CEUs offered: 2.5

Course Description:

Is my client homeless? It seems like the answer should be straightforward! But different funding sources define homelessness differently for eligibility and have different documentation requirements. This workshop will break down these definitions – Minnesota homelessness, literal homelessness, youth homelessness, Category 4 homelessness, long-term homelessness, and chronic homelessness – and what sort of documentation is required. We will walk through examples of homeless histories to determine which definitions they meet and if their documentation passes muster.  From assessor to coordinated entry staff to housing provider to funder, knowing about eligibility requirements is a valuable tool for ending homelessness for the people we serve.

Presenter Bio: Heather Duchscherer is a licensed social worker and systems change advocate with over 15 years of professional experience in non-profit anti-violence work and housing and homelessness programs. They currently work as a HUD technical assistance provider to communities across the country. Previously, they worked in a funding intermediary and systems change organization serving the state of Minnesota, where they were the lead on all Permanent Supportive Housing and Coordinated Entry Supportive Services programs serving the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metro area, including program development, training and technical assistance, contracting and compliance, and active involvement in state and local homeless planning initiatives. Their other professional experience includes work as a case manager in a shelter for women and children as well as in a permanent supportive housing program; running a community-based domestic violence program and a neighborhood food shelf; registering young voters; and doing policy research around domestic violence and sexual assault. Heather completed Master of Public Policy and Master of Social Work degrees at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. They live in St. Paul with their two rabbits, Theo Peppercorn and Mariah Carey

How to register:  Registration below is broken into Member & Non-Member.  If you are unsure whether you are part of a member organization or would like more information about membership, please contact Michele.  If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be walked through payment process and receive an automated email confirming your payment and registration.  If you choose to pay by check, you will receive an invoice from MESH.  Payment is expected prior to training date.  Please contact Michele if scholarship help is needed.  You may register more than 1 person at a time and note the names in the space provided.  I will send out the Zoom link to participants the day prior to the training.  If you do not see the reminder email with the link – please check your spam/junk folder or email Michele right away.


October 19, 2023
9:00 am - 11:30 am


Heather Duchscherer


Scholarships Available


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