Creating a Community of Care: Co-Sheltering Families and Their Pets

The Council of Large Public Housing Authority (CLPHA)
Houston, Texas
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Enrich your experience of the Beyond Housing magazine by hearing from its authors and your colleagues. On August 9, from 12 pm to 1 pm, join the webinar—“Creating a Community of Care: Co-Sheltering Families and Their Pets.”


Join practitioners from Urban Resource Institute (URI) to learn about their innovative People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program and ways providers can begin incorporating pets into their services for homeless families. In the first half of the session, PALS Director Danielle Emery will share examples of surprises, challenges, and lessons learned in the development and long-term success of the PALS program. The second part of the webinar, led by PALS Technical Assistance and Training Coordinator Colleen Parker, will focus on the significant role of animal relationships in trauma recovery and how affirming relationships with pets can promote dignity in the healing process.

Both parts of this webinar will highlight the importance of human-animal relationships to both adults and children and what service providers can do to affirm and protect the relationships that clients value. A former participant in the PALS program will share their lived experience with domestic violence and homelessness, and the positive impact being able to remain with their pet had on their family. Attendees will leave the webinar having brainstormed some small, actionable strategies to start implementing pet-inclusive concepts into their programs and communities. This webinar is for service providers, funders, advocates, academics, policymakers, and all those interested in learning more about this innovative model.

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