Suburban conference to examine solutions to homelessness, other social problems

Dr. Sam Tsemberis

“Housing First” innovator featured at 10thannual Kennesaw State forum KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Apr 3, 2012)“Housing First” innovator featured at 10thannual Kennesaw State forum

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 4, 2011) — A model that makes housing the first priority in addressing the needs of homeless individuals — especially those with substance abuse or mental health issues — will be among the solutions to contemporary social problems discussed at the 10thAnnual Suburban Conference at Kennesaw State on April13.


The daylong conference, which stresses social solutions rather than social problems, will also present research and discussions of crime, health care, drug courts, race and culture, HIV/AIDS and social services, especially as they impact suburban communities.  The conference is open to the public but registration is required at


Keynote speaker:  Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder of New York-based Pathways to Housing and creator of the “Housing First” model, which provides homeless individuals housing first, then combines supportive treatment services like mental and physical health care, substance abuse counseling, education and employment.  The model has been replicated in 40 cities across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.  Tsemberis is a clinical community psychologist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center.


Friday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Social Sciences (Bldg. #22) on the KSU campus, 1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, GA., 30144.


The Suburban Conference is a joint project of Kennesaw State University’s Provost’s Office, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research, Alpha Kappa Delta and Student Organization of Sociology.

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries. 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit