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Please join the Housing Alliance and over 500 homelessness providers and advocates from around the state for the 24th annual Conference on Ending Homelessness on May 21 and 22, 2014 at the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, Washington.

Regular registration rates have ended. You can still register at the late fee.

Start the registration process here.

This year's conference will offer a dynamic mix of sessions, speakers, and exhibits—all focused on ensuring everyone in Washington has access to a safe, healthy, and affordable home.




  • Homelessness and housing policy and advocacy
  • Innovative homeless and housing programs from across the state
  • Health care reform opportunities for homeless and housing providers
  • Housing First
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Data management and coordinated entry
  • Self-care and skill-building

Please see our program page for a full description of all workshops.




Dr. Sheila Crowley
President & CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition
The Next Generation of Federal Housing Policy: What Washingtonians Need to Know

As the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Sheila heads a membership organization dedicated solely to ending the affordable housing crisis in America. She joined the staff in December 1998, after two decades in Richmond, Virginia in organizational leadership, direct service, policy advocacy, and scholarship. She is a social worker with a bachelor’s (1976), master’s (1978), and Ph.D. (1998) from the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an adjunct faculty member for the VCU School of Social Work and for George Mason University Department of Social Work, teaching social policy, social justice, policy advocacy, and community and organizational practice. She was the 1996-1997 Social Work Congressional Fellow, where she served on the Democratic staff of the Housing Subcommittee of the United States Senate Banking Committee. From 1984-1992, she was the Executive Director of The Daily Planet, a multipurpose homeless service and advocacy organization in Richmond.


Vu Le
Executive Director, Vietnamese Friendship Association

Founder & Blogger, Nonprofit with Balls 

Unicorns, Equity, and General Operating Funds: Quest of the Nonprofit Warrior

Vu is the Executive Director of a nonprofit in Seattle, the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA). He also chairs the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC). Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work. Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts on He is also the humor columnist for the awesome online magazine, Blue Avocado.


Rex Hohlbein
Executive Director, Facing Homelessness
Just Say Hello

Rex is a practicing architect in Seattle Washington, working as the Principal of Rex Hohlbein Architects since 1987. Born and raised in Seattle, he studied at Washington State University, receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 1982. In 2011 he began the Facebook Community page Homeless In Seattle as a photo-journal project to build community awareness for those living without shelter and other basic needs. Through the sharing of photos and personal stories, he highlights the unique beauty of each person, asking the viewer to break through the negative stereotype against those living on our streets. The Homeless In Seattle site currently has over 9,000 followers, representing forty-five countries. It is a project under the nonprofit Facing Homelessness of which Rex is the founding and current Executive Director.




Wednesday, May 21
7:00am: Check-in and breakfast
8:30am: Morning Plenary Address
9:30am: Workshops begin
12:30pm: Noon Keynote Address
2:15pm: Community Acupuncture available
5:15pm: Reception
6:30pm: Film & Discussion
Thursday, May 22
7:30am: Check-in and breakfast
7:30am: Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness Breakfast
7:30am: Peer Support Breakfast
9:00am: Workshops begin
11:45am: Noon Keynote Address
3:30pm: Conference ends

Go here to see the complete tentative schedule.




The Housing Alliance utilizes social media to encourage people to register for the Conference on Ending Homelessness and for attendees to continue the discussion during the conference, after the workshops. You can help us by using your Twitter profile to encourage people to register for and raise awareness about the conference!

Twitter #Hashtags
On Twitter, people use the hashtag symbol "#" before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their tweet to categorize those Tweets and help them display more easily in a Twitter search.

We'll be using the hashtag #COEH2014 to mark all tweets and posts related to the conference. You can retweet and favorite our tweets containing the hashtag #COEH2014. And then whenever you tweet about the conference, you can include the hashtag #COEH2014 on your own posts.

Also, clicking on a hashtagged word in any message in Twitter shows you all other tweets marked with that keyword. For instance, in a Twitter search, you’d see all tweets related to news of #COEH2014.

You can read more about how to use Twitter hashtags at their Help Center.

Twitter @Usernames
All Twitter profiles are identified by their usernames with the "@" symbol in the front of the name with no spaces.

For instance, the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance username is @WLIHA.

If you include our username anywhere in the body of the tweet, then we'll be sure to cheer you on and/or respond back. If you have room on your tweet, feel free to include our username in the post.

You can read more about how to use Twitter usernames at their Help Center.

We will also be using Facebook for outreach and information about the conference. If you haven't already done so, please like the Housing Alliance's Facebook page here

We'll be posting updates, photos, and other significant info at our Facebook page. Feel free to like and repost our updates.

If you have any questions about social media, please shoot an email to our Communications guy Joaquin Uy at joaquin(at)wliha(.)org.

See you in Yakima!


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