5.31 weekly roundup
RRH standards approved; MDHI governance charter; aurora symposium; listening sessions on data; Welcome Annie! pregnant and parenting youth brief, training spotlight
Rapid Rehousing Standards Approved
The MDHI Board of Directors approved new Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) Written Standards on May 10th, 2018. Some of the highlights from the standards include:
- Consistent and cohesive RRH service delivery across the Continuum of Care (CoC)
- No more one-size fits all
- All RRH referrals come through OneHome
- Progressive Engagement
- More frequent evaluations of service needs
- Housing focused Case Management
Not Your Average Governance Charter
Each year, MDHI reviews and updates its governance charter by posting it online for public comment and reviewing it at the staff and board levels. Last year, we changed a few words and some punctuation, and called it good for another year. We even made jokes about how reading the document could lead to better REM sleep and, therefore, enhanced self care.
This year's governance charter is much different! There are specific changes to membership and CoC structure that you'll want to read and ask questions about.
Aurora Innovative Housing Symposium
Mile High Behavioral Healthcare and the Comitis Crisis Center are launching the first in a series of symposia focused on bringing innovative approaches to housing from Colorado and across the nation that are being employed to address the lack of affordable and accessible housing. We all need a safe place to call home and, given the way we have traditionally approached what a “home” is, it is clear that there exists a real opportunity to step back and innovate our approach to housing by highlighting “out-of-the-box” housing solutions.
Community Listening Sessions On data
We want to hear from you! MDHI is facilitating a series of community listening sessions on data during the month of June across the region. These conversations will help MDHI learn from providers, persons with lived experience, and community leaders on the role of data in their everyday interaction with homeless systems. These sessions will take place in June 2018 across the Metro Denver region, and will help inform MDHI as to the needs, wants, concerns and strategy for the next steps of developing our regional data systems.
Welcome New MDHI Staff - Annie Jenkins
As a Full Charge Bookkeeper with over 14 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, I am thrilled to be working at Metro Denver Homeless Initiative as the Financial Administrator! I thoroughly enjoy contributing to the success of an organization with such a valuable, and community minded mission.
I have lived in Colorado my entire life (why leave such a beautiful state)? I’ve been married to my husband John for 19 years. We have two daughters, Laurelle age 15 and Savannah age 11. As a family we enjoy rock climbing, biking, hiking, kayaking, and watching the antics of our chiweenie and chihuahua.
Pregnant and Parenting Youth experiencing Homelessness - New Brief released
This third Research-to-Impact brief presents findings related to the experiences of young people who are pregnant or parenting and don't have a stable place to live.
"Overall, 43% of the 18- to 25-year-old young women and 29% of the 18- to 25-year-old young men reported having at least one child. By comparison, 22% of young women and 14% of young men who had not experienced homelessness during the past year reported having at least one child"
The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) Emergency Shelter Learning Series continues June 4, with a webinar on one of the most important keys to effective emergency shelter: using data to change your program design. This webinar will describe which metrics are most important, and how to use them to evaluate your shelter’s effectiveness in ending homelessness in your community. Register Here for Keys to Effective Emergency Shelter: Using your data to evaluate and improve performance.
The newest emergency shelter webinar is a follow up to a six-month webinar series called The Emergency Shelter Learning Series held in 2017. All the webinars and information is available to review on the NAEH website.