Registration for the Virtual Fall Conference is open, and we’re looking forward to the chance to plan and reflect and learn together as a group. One of the most timely issues on the docket is the eviction crisis, which could potentially impact tens of millions of renters. “To keep pets in their homes, we have to keep people in their homes,” share HSUS’ Amanda Arrington, Gabrielle Chapman, and Lauren Loney, who’ll be discussing their insights on ways to do this. Here’s a peek at what’s in store for their December 3 session, “Working to Keep People and Pets in Homes.”
One Juicy and Important Thing You Will Learn in this Session
“Animal shelters and animal welfare advocates can play a pivotal role in keeping families and their pets together during the COVID-19 eviction crisis,” say Arrington, Chapman, and Loney. “During this session, attendees will learn how they can implement new programs to directly support families experiencing evictions and how to become vocal, informed advocates for better affordable housing policies.”
Superhero Skills You Will Gain During this Session
The Power of Knowledge!
- Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the historical context of racial discrimination in affordable housing policies—and how decisions we make in sheltering programs and policies today must account for the lasting impacts of historical and present-day systemic racial discrimination in America.
- How to talk to their local, state, and federal legislators about improving access to housing resources.
- What types of resources attendees can provide at their own shelters and nonprofits to assist pet owners experiencing housing insecurity.
Why This Session Is So Important to Our World Right Now
“As the country continues to suffer the effects of COVID-19, the animal welfare field is evolving the way we respond to crisis and offer community support,” say the panelists. “Housing insecurity, although not new, has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The economic hardship faced by so many people will severely impact families who rent their homes and evictions are the next obstacle in the national crisis.”
Song to Get You Pumped for This Session
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green