The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness seeks to provide a variety of education, training, and networking opportunities for our Member Agencies and other homeless service providers, in addition to the Annual Conference to End Homelessness. It is the goal of AZCEH to assist in the development of a highly-skilled workforce, equipped with best practices in ending homelessness, which includes training on Arizona's adopted coordinated assessment, the SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool), motivational interviewing, diversion, trauma-informed care, permanent supportive housing, and much more. Check out the AZCEH Events Calendar for upcoming events and ways to get involved!

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: September 21st & 22nd, 2016

Education for our members and community stakeholders is at the center of our mission of ending homelessness. Our signature event is the Annual Statewide Conference on Ending Homelessness, is presented in the fall each year. This two-day conference is the premiere event for the homeless services industry in Arizona, attracting 400-500 participants from the public and private sectors; including civil service employees, direct service providers, homeless school liaisons, volunteers and Arizonans that are currently or formerly homeless. The event showcases dynamic storytellers and prominent leaders in the field of ending homelessness as keynote speakers, sessions on collaborative, innovative and best-practice solutions, an awards ceremony to honor excellence in our communities and is an excellent opportunity for peer support and networking.  For more information, please visit the Annual Conference page.


AZCEH Events Calendar

In addition to the Annual Conference to End Homelessness, AZCEH offers quarterly training and networking events statewide, including training on the SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool). For a full list of upcoming events, please check out our AZCEH Events Calendar.


In response to HUD requirements of Continuum of Care programs nationwide to implement coordinated entry/coordinated access/coordinated intake systems, Arizona, and it’s three Continua of Care, have adopted the VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) as a pre-screen tool to assist in prioritized lists based on vulnerability and acuity. Additionally, to further aid housing case managers in assuring proper housing intervention in order to work towards housing stability for all clients, the SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) assessment tool, created by OrgCode Consulting, Inc., is being used to inform and drive housing-based case management, specifically in the Maricopa County Continuum of Care at this time.

"The SPDAT utilizes 15 dimensions to determine an acuity score, which helps inform professional Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing practitioners how to prioritize who to serve next and why, while concurrently identifying the areas in the person/family’s life where support is most likely necessary in order to avoid housing instability. This tool also allows practitioners and case managers to see how individuals and families change over time as a result of housing intervention and the case management process." (OrgCode Consulting, Inc., 2016)

AZCEH is excited to announce that quarterly SPDAT training will soon be available in Maricopa County, beginning in July 2016. All trainings will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Saguaro Room at the Maricopa Association of Governments, located at 302 N. 1st Avenue, Suite #300, Phoenix, AZ, 85003. Please check back soon for more details about upcoming SPDAT trainings and registration. 


When working with individuals who have experienced or currently are experiencing behavioral conditions, addictions, or physical health concerns, Motivational Interviewing has been proven to be an effective approach to changing behaviors, especially those which cause housing instability. Motivational Interviewing is a method driven by open-ended questions which allows for a collaborative relationship between case managers and individuals experiencing homelessness in identifying and addressing areas of concern to their housing stability and path to self-sufficiency. This approach employs four main principles, according to SAMHSA, including “expressing empathy and avoiding arguing, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, and supporting self-efficacy (client’s belief s/he can successfully make a change).”

Motivational Interviewing skills, and an understanding of the Stages of Change, greatly enhance the proper administration of the SPDAT, as well as helps to inform and improve case management skills and techniques.

In partnership with ASU's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, AZCEH members are able to receive discounts for training in Motivational Interviewing. If you would like more information about discounts, please contact AZCEH Membership & Training Coordinator, Erin Cochran, at


A national best practice in shelter services, diversion is a coordinated strategy to help individuals presenting for shelter to identify immediate housing alternatives, thereby keeping them out of the homeless system, while connecting them to services and financial assistance in order to help them return to stable, permanent housing. Diversion programs open up much-needed shelter beds, can reduce the size of program wait lists, and can drastically reduce the number of families becoming homeless every day. Diversion differs from other more permanent housing-focused interventions because the intervention occurs before homelessness, often including, but not limited to, one-time provision of financial, utility and/or rental assistance, conflict mediation, short-term case management, connection to mainstream services outside of homeless services, and affordable housing searches.

Motivational Interviewing tips, technique, and approach, enhance diversion methods and strategies by engaging clients in the problem-solving process and encouraging critical thinking.

Coordinated training is still in the development phase, but if you or your organization is interested in training in diversion, please contact AZCEH Membership & Training Coordinator, Erin Cochran, at


If you are interested in receiving member rates for any of the AZCEH trainings and events listed below, please note that only Affiliate (Level D) and Full Member Organizations (Levels E, F, G, H, I and J), and employees with a verifiable work email address, are eligible for reduced rate conference, training, and event pricing. To find out if your organization is a member, please check our Membership DirectoryAdvocate/Individual memberships (Level A), Homeless/Formerly Homeless membership (Level B), and Student memberships (Level C), are NOT ELIGIBLE for reduced rate conference, training, and event pricing at this time.

If you work for a member organization listed in our Membership Directory, but are experiencing trouble in registering for an AZCEH training or event, please contact your organization's listed Membership Administrator to be added to the membership bundle, or contact AZCEH Membership & Training Coordinator, Erin Cochran, at

Not a member, but interested in joining? Be a part of the solution! Complete the membership registration process by clicking here or you may download the form to send via mail.

Member Events Calendar

AZCEH is proud of our Member Agencies and the work they do to assist those experiencing homelessness. Many of our Member Agencies provide a number of trainings and events which are beneficial to social service workers. For a full list of upcoming events, please check out our Member Events Calendar. 

If you would like to include a meeting, training opportunity, community event, or public awareness effort on this calendar, please send the event information to AZCEH also offers event registration and payment services for member organizations; please contact AZCEH Membership & Training Coordinator, Erin Cochran, at for more information. 

Please note: AZCEH does not provide promotion for fundraising events. 

t3: think. teach. transform

t3 is an innovative training institute committed to improving the knowledge and skills of people working in homeless services. t3 offers discounts to AZCEH members for their interactive online training module. Courses include topics such as trauma-informed care, Motivational Interviewing, Critical Time Intervention and self-care. Learn more about t3 here.


As additional professional development, training and community learning opportunities become available throughout Arizona, we will post them on Member Events Calendar.  Members are welcome to submit their events for inclusion on the calendar to 


Have a suggested training topic or an idea for a roundtable, event, or forum? Let us know!

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