Weekly Roundup 11.30.17

Weekly Roundup 11.30.17: HMIS Collaborative Nominations, MDHI Stakeholder Meeting, RGC Application, 2017 Homeless Persons Vigil, Metro Denver Resident Input, and More! 

Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative - Call for Nominations

MDHI is requesting nominations for people to sit on a new Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative.

The purpose of the Collaborative is to manage the implementation, administration, and maintenance of the statewide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database collectively. The Collaborative strives to identify ways to help the three Colorado CoC and the State of Colorado to record, report on, and improve the provision of housing and services through the statewide HMIS database. The Collaborative will also be the primary HMIS advisory entity for each CoC. The Collaborative will be responsible for developing standard statewide baseline policies and procedures that shall apply to all Colorado CoC to adopt and implement as minimum standards. The full governance framework document outlining the roles and responsibilities of this new body can be found here: CO Statewide HMIS Collaborative Framework.

All three CoC in Colorado (El Paso, Balance of State, and MDHI) approved this governance structure in November 2017. The three CoC are now each identifying four members to sit on this governance collaborative.

If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else to help represent MDHI on this new body, please send an email to Will Connelly at will.connelly@mdhi.org. Before nominating, please read the governance framework and briefly explain why the nominee would be a good fit. The Collaborative will begin meeting monthly in January 2018.

MDHI will accept nominations until December 13, 2017. Thank you!


MDHI STAKEHOLDER MEETING - December 8

The semi-annual meeting of the MDHI Continuum of Care (CoC) will be held on Friday, December 8, in the beautiful city of Aurora. Topics include: updating the CoC governance charter, discussing current CoC priorities and initiatives, and networking with awesome people who work to end homelessness every day.

Aurora Municipal Center - Council Chambers
5151 E Alameda Pkwy Aurora, CO 80012
9am - Noon

This meeting is open to the public but please RSVP on the link below.

Register here


Open Call for Applications for OneHome Regional Governing Council (RGC) Representatives

The OneHome Regional Governing Council, which helps oversee the coordinated entry system for Metro Denver, is seeking applicants for a 2-year representation on the council, starting in February 2018. RGC helps align a strategy, support OneHome staff, monitor progress and reporting, and act as a liaison between local communities and OneHome. The group meets every month and representatives are required to attend at least 9 out of 12 months in a year either in person or via phone.

Current vacancies include: State of Colorado, Boulder/Broomfield County Sub-Region, Jefferson/Douglas County Sub-Region, Adams/Arapahoe County Sub-Region

Prospective candidates should complete this application form and return it by December 15, 2017 to be considered.

Persons with previous or current lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to apply. Details are listed in the application. Inquiries can be directed to ian.fletcher@mdhi.org.

Read the application here


2017 Homeless Persons Vigil - Please Submit Names for the Memorial Service

For the 28th year, community members are invited to gather to honor our neighbors who have lost their lives in 2017 while experiencing homelessness. This will be the only memorial service that will be conducted for most of these individuals.

December 21, 2017
5:30 - 6:15PM
Denver City and County Building Steps

Donations of new hats, gloves, wool socks, and scarves are being collected at 2111 Champa Street, Denver 80205 Monday through Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM until December 15th and will be distributed to those in need at the vigil.

Please email names to Kate Dill by Monday, December 4


Denver Office of Economic Development: Resident Input Sought for Regional Housing Study

Regional assessment includes Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, and Longmont.

The City and County of Denver is among five metro municipalities working jointly on an analysis called the Assessment of Fair Housing. A public survey is being administered now through December 30, 2017, to better understand residents’ housing decisions and experiences living, working, and going to school in the region.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is available online in eight languages:

Take the survey

Additional accommodations are available by request by calling 1-800-748-3222, x236 or emailing jgarner@bbcresearch.com. Other elements of the assessment will include focus groups and meetings with residents, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQ community, civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, social service agencies, and real estate agents.

Read more here


NAEH: HEAD START AND HOMELESSNESS

A new research brief from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services examines enrollment in the Head Start program and the services provided to children and families living doubled up or in shelter.

The brief shows that Head Start agencies use a number of different strategies to improve enrollment of eligible children, including having Head Start staff recruit in shelters and collaborating with homeless education liaisons. Head Start staff also help families find temporary housing and link them with supportive services.

While previous research indicates that the participation rates of homeless children in Head Start is similar to that of poor, stably housed children, only a small fraction of eligible children receive the valuable services Head Start can provide.

Read the brief


Housing First Partners Conference 2018 - ASSURING PROGRAM INTEGRITY IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute present the 4th biennial national Housing First Partners Conference, April 10 -12, 2018, at the Marriott Denver City Center, Denver, CO.

Register Here

This three-day conference (and pre-conference institutes) feature presentations and plenaries with local and national experts engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and engage with other providers in the fields of homelessness, behavioral health, philanthropy, government and people with lived experience. 

Read more here


Chapin Hall: Voices of Youth Count

The Voices of Youth Count was released by Chapin Hall, indicating the vast challenge of youth homelessness across the United States. Estimates of one in ten young adults experience homelessness in a single year.

“We have a collective obligation to ensure all young people have a chance to succeed, starting from a young age,” said Bryan Samuels, executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. “Intervening and building stability during adolescence and young adulthood for those at highest risk will have lifelong effects. As a country, we can look for the missed opportunities in schools, communities and public services to prevent youth homelessness.”

Read the study here


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