The call for presentations is now closed. 

Conference goal and objectives

The goal of the conference is to enhance the capacity of Housing First (HF) staff to implement the model following the Pathways model and/or the Core Principles of the Housing First Europe Hub. The links between research, policy, and practice will be a key focus of the conference.


The specific objectives of the conference are to:

  1. Provide opportunities for knowledge sharing related to implementation of high-quality HF programs

  2. Provide networking opportunities for HF stakeholders

  3. Provide opportunities to develop new international partnerships and avenues for collaboration among researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and people with lived experience of homelessness

  4. Identify needed public policy changes related to HF and strategies to influence public policy, with a view to scaling up HF in order to reduce, end, and prevent homelessness

  5. Provide research training/mentoring opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.


The call for abstracts closes Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 5 pm EDT/11 pm CET. Submissions must focus on HF and emphasize the links between research, evaluation, and practice. Submissions should focus on one or more of the following conference themes related to the HF model and programs:

  • fidelity methods and applications

  • operations, adaptations, and innovations

  • outcomes and impacts

  • program innovations / strategies in response to COVID-19

  • program and stakeholder partnerships

  • networking and communities of practice

  • advocacy related to policy change


We encourage submissions for group presentations that include researchers and policy-makers, practitioners, and people with lived experience. Individual submissions can be made for poster presentations.  

Presentation formats                                                                                                                            

  • Presentation panels. These 60-minute sessions can include 3-5 presenters. Each panel will focus on one of the conference themes listed above and will allot 15 minutes for discussion and questions.

  • Workshops. These 60-minute sessions can include 3-5 presenters. Each workshop will be interactive and focus on skill-building in Housing First research or practice.

  • Posters. Posters can summarize research, innovations, or practice issues in Housing First. Each poster can have multiple authors, but only one lead author is required to attend the conference to present and answer questions.

  • Networking sessions. Each networking session will be facilitated by a Housing First researcher or practitioner and focus on one of the conference themes listed above.


Review process

There will be two reviewers for each submission. Submissions will be rated on the following criteria:

  • focus on scattered-site Pathways or European Hub Housing First principles

  • evidence of linking research and practice

  • relevance to one or more of the conference themes

  • innovation, and

  • overall quality of the submission.


We will notify successful applicants no later than August 31 2021. All presenters must confirm acceptance and register for the conference no later than September 10, 2021. The conference registration fee will be approximately $50 CAD/registrant.


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