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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Youth Action Board meeting

The Youth Action Board is a newly created committee of MDHI's Continuum of Care comprising young adults who have experienced homelessness and are working to use their knowledge and expertise to improve how youth services are provided across our CoC. Interested participants or others may email MDHI staff - Diane Howald (diane.howald@mdhi.org) and Megan Morales (megan.morales@mdhi.org) to RSVP or for more information.


Friday, September 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM · 2 rsvps
Mile High United Way in Denver, CO

Employment Committee

The Employment Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 am on the first floor BKD conference room, by the 211 call center.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019 at 12:00 PM · 69 rsvps
Mile High United Way in Denver, CO

Human Trafficking and Homelessness in Metro Denver

Join the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in partnership with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative on how human trafficking is impacting our state and the greater Denver area. Learn how the experience of homelessness intersects with human trafficking and how service providers and community members can be involved in the response. This training will be followed by a panel discussion including several Denver-area professionals working in homelessness and parallel issues on how their work intersects with trafficking.

This is free and open to the public, and lunch will be provided.

This training will explore:

  • Root causes of the crime of trafficking and the myriad of intersecting identities, vulnerabilities, and
    social and systemic inequalities that can lead to trafficking
  • How victim service providers and first responders can understand the red flags and behavioral cues of
    someone who has experienced this complex trauma
  • Integrating protocols and procedures to assess and respond to the needs of trafficked persons
  • Local resources and referrals

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 at 10:30 AM · 6 rsvps

Equity and Accessibility workgroup

The Equity and Accessibility working group is committed to achieving a reputation for developing progressively inclusive solutions to address the inequities and inaccessibility of our homeless crisis response system for marginalized populations. To achieve far-reaching and long standing equitable outcomes, the Equity and Accessibility working group is focused on building systemic infrastructures to circumvent the impacts of generational discriminatory housing policies that disenfranchise communities of color in the United States.

The group has a strong emphasis on the utilization of data analytics and community input to develop strategies around better inclusion and policies for increasing representation of staff to better mirror the homeless populations served in our community, address language barriers and increase access for non-native speakers of English experiencing homelessness and analyzing our systems and processes to ensure racially equitable housing outcomes.

The need for addressing equity in our homeless crisis response system demands immediate action. It is the intention of this group to develop quarterly recommendations to be reviewed by regional partners, Regional Governing Council, Community Design Team and other decision making hierarchies within the Denver metro housing and homeless provider community to be reviewed, evaluated and submitted for approval to be implemented within out coordinated entry system, OneHome.


Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Board Meeting

MDHI's monthly board meeting held on the second Thursday of each month from 2-4pm.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 196 rsvps

Racial Equity in Housing and Homelessness Summit --Two Day Summit October 17 and 18

Please note: You are registering for a two-day event for October 17 and 18, 2019 - 9am - 4pm.

Greetings from Metro Denver Homeless Initiative,

The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) places great value on racial equity, diversity and including the voices of persons with lived experience of homelessness to help us achieve our goal of ending homelessness in the Denver Metro area. Analysis from both our Equity and Accessibility Committee and the 2019 PIT data has confirmed that despite local poverty rates, communities of color are disproportionately over-represented among Metro Denver’s homeless population. Achieving racially equitable outcomes and undoing generations of oppressive systems requires us to recognize these racial inequities and orient our communities to discussing, analyzing and actively working to solve racial inequities experienced by populations over-represented in homelessness in our community.

We are inviting you to participate in a regional summit focused on ensuring racially equitable and accessible housing in the Denver Metro area.

Our goals are:

  • Analyzing race/racism’s role in how housing and service opportunities are distributed
  • Dismantling obstacles that perpetuate racial inequity
  • Enhancing and clarifying the language we use in written and spoken communication

All are welcome to participate in this training irrespective of membership in the MDHI Continuum of Care. We are supporting a broad, common sense definition of homeless for the purpose of this training in order to engage a larger slice from our community who are working to end homelessness. We strongly encourage organizations to include people with lived experience of homelessness as a part of the group they send to this training.

We will commence this work with a 2-day summit on October 17th and 18th, followed by a reconvening in February. National Innovation Service’s Marc Dones, will be leading our community in conversation and training to help us navigate and think through solutions to improving our community’s housing and homeless services. Marc is a national expert on the intersection of race and housing and homelessness (Please click on the link below for an example of their work):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jabQGOx0Lc4

While the summit is free, there is limited space and priority will be given to those who complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTVT6CY 

Please register by September 13th.


Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:15 AM
Mile High United Way in Denver, CO

Employment Committee

The Employment Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 am on the first floor BKD conference room, by the 211 call center.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Equity and Accessibility workgroup

The Equity and Accessibility working group is committed to achieving a reputation for developing progressively inclusive solutions to address the inequities and inaccessibility of our homeless crisis response system for marginalized populations. To achieve far-reaching and long standing equitable outcomes, the Equity and Accessibility working group is focused on building systemic infrastructures to circumvent the impacts of generational discriminatory housing policies that disenfranchise communities of color in the United States.

The group has a strong emphasis on the utilization of data analytics and community input to develop strategies around better inclusion and policies for increasing representation of staff to better mirror the homeless populations served in our community, address language barriers and increase access for non-native speakers of English experiencing homelessness and analyzing our systems and processes to ensure racially equitable housing outcomes.

The need for addressing equity in our homeless crisis response system demands immediate action. It is the intention of this group to develop quarterly recommendations to be reviewed by regional partners, Regional Governing Council, Community Design Team and other decision making hierarchies within the Denver metro housing and homeless provider community to be reviewed, evaluated and submitted for approval to be implemented within out coordinated entry system, OneHome.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Board Meeting

MDHI's monthly board meeting held on the second Thursday of each month from 2-4pm.


Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10:15 AM
Mile High United Way in Denver, CO

Employment Committee

The Employment Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 am on the first floor BKD conference room, by the 211 call center.