Weekly Roundup 1.23.18: NOFA Award Announcement, PIT Volunteers Needed, RRH Standards for Public Comment, and More!
2017 NOFA - CoC Program Competition Awards
On January 11, 2018, HUD announced the awards for the Continuum of Care program competition. The Metro Denver Continuum of Care, referred to as CO-503 in HUD land, received over $25 million in renewal and new funding, thanks to the performance of regional housing programs, the help our partners provided during the application process in 2017, and HUD’s decision to give Fair Market Rent (FMR) adjustments. You can read HUD’s press release and review all of the national awards by clicking here.
Overall, our region did well in the national competition. No existing projects were de-funded outright, and funding was approved for two new, reallocated projects. Our team is in the process of doing a deeper analysis to help inform our strategy for the next competition. Many thanks to the leadership at HUD for continuing this critical funding to end homelessness.
Learn more about the NOFA process
We are recruiting volunteers to work alongside service providers to conduct interviews with homeless individuals and families in emergency shelters, human service organizations, parks, riverbeds, and other places where people congregate. Listed below are some critical volunteers needs:
Denver Downtown - Large Shelters & Day Sites
Denver Unsheltered Count - 21 volunteers needed!
Adams County Magnet Events:
Please share this link (givepul.se/fb8dd) with anyone interested in volunteering for the Point in Time Count or visit EveryoneCounts.mdhi.org and click the 'Volunteer' button.
Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Standards Posted for Public Comment
Over the last year, MDHI and partners have laid the groundwork for establishing community RRH standards via training opportunities, conversations with funders and grantees, and community forums such as the RRH Affinity Group. Please find the draft standards here:
Please send comments to ESG@mdhi.org no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018 at noon.
The goal of these standards is to merge key elements of the HUD regulations with the processes and priorities of the CoC and guarantee that RRH funding is administered consistently, transparently, and as effectively as possible. The CoC will continue to build upon and refine the standards as RRH practice evolves and as indicated by the data.
Learn more here
Colfax Works – Pilot Project RFP
The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (BID) is seeking proposals from qualified workforce development providers to partner on a pilot project, Colfax Works, from June-August 2018. The goal is to provide employment opportunities (within the BID’s boundaries) and supportive services to help provide a path to independence and stability for formerly incarcerated or homeless individuals.
Submissions are due February 2nd, 2018 and questions about the RFP are due by January 29, 2018.
Colfax Works RFP
Focus Strategies: Metro Denver Stakeholder Input Report
Focus Strategies is working with MDHI to assess the performance of the regional homeless system and recommend changes in strategy that will help reduce homelessness in our region.
Focus Strategies has created a report based on community input about the existing homeless response system through 20 one-on-one interviews with stakeholders and a series of three Learning Collaboratives.
Read the full report
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.
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