Weekly Roundup 11.1.17: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, SAMHSA Webinars, MDHI Blog, DOH Position, and More!
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 11-19)
For more than forty years, this nationwide event has helped bring together communities to declare that every person deserves a meal and a home. This year more than 750 colleges, community groups, and faith-based organizations across the nation will take part. You can help by organizing Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week activities in your own community. Visit HHWeek.org to get involved.
Nearly a dozen Metro Mayors Caucus communities have already committed to recognizing November 11-19 as Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week in their communities - the cities of Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Centennial, Commerce City, Denver, Golden, Lakewood, Lyons, Superior and Thornton are all issuing proclamations. Many of these cities and others not listed above- including Greenwood Village - also have a sock, clothing or food drive planned.
We look forward to spotlighting individual cities efforts and the broader media campaign by Close To Home CO as we near Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.
SAMHSA: The Impact of Homelessness and Unstable Housing on Provider Services Webinar Series
Two faces of the same issue: Housing instability and homelessness in rural and urban communities
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
This webinar will explore similarities and differences of housing instability in rural and urban environments, address common barriers, and identify evidence based and best practices for person-centered approaches. The presenters are housing specialists with extensive experience in serving people with mental and substance use disorders in both rural and urban/suburban areas. They will explore individual and cultural considerations and ways to use best practices across a range of communities.
MDHI blog: HOMELESSNESS IS A SOLVABLE PROBLEM, NOT AN INTRACTABLE ISSUE
Blog post authored by Melanie Lewis Dickerson, MDHI Board President
Homelessness is not an intractable issue. It is a solvable problem that we must acknowledge as a crisis repeating every day, and we must respond with urgency to end it.
In recent years, we have witnessed groundbreaking changes in how communities, service providers, and elected officials address homelessness throughout our nation. Where we see the most significant progress is in communities who unify around Housing First innovations and dedicate themselves to coordinating their local systems.
CO Division of Housing - Temporary Housing Navigator Position
The Division of Housing (DOH) is hiring a temporary Housing Navigator position. This position will be responsible for identifying and coordinating housing placements for the Homeless Solutions Program participants. The announcement period is set to close November 6th, but may close earlier if suitable applicants are found before that date.
The Housing Navigator will play a key role in the success of the Homeless Solutions Program (HSP) by identifying and coordinating housing placements for HSP participants statewide, but primarily in the Denver metropolitan area. This position will coordinate with each program participant and the participant's case manager or other support staff to develop a strategic plan towards permanent housing placement; identify permanent housing units, engage landlords and property management staff, and liaison between all parties during the housing placement process; conduct outreach and engagement to landlords and property managers, both in person and via telephone and email, and will develop and maintain positive relationships with property owners and landlords; and assist with the lease-up and move-in processes where needed.
Learn more here
USICH: Emerging Strategies for Addressing Racial Inequities in Our Efforts to End Homelessness
"At USICH, we’ve been deepening our conversations with many of you about the concrete strategies we need to leverage to address racial inequities in our efforts to prevent and end homelessness. After digging in with leaders at our August convening and with partners at the Center for Social Innovation (C4SI), I wanted to share some of the ideas that have begun to surface."
"Every element of this work can be underpinned by data; communities and national partners have begun exploring and implementing strategies to leverage a variety of data points and sources. In the description and infographic below, we’ve outlined approaches and mechanisms for not only assessing the scope of racial and ethnic disparities locally, but also the action steps to take to measure and drive progress toward shrinking those disparities."
Learn more here
Hepatitis A Vaccine clinics at Well Spring Church in Englewood
November 5, 2017 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
at Well Spring Church
4300 S Lincoln Street, Englewood, CO
Refer your providers and clients to these clinics for free vaccines for people experiencing homelessness. For more information, please call: 303-451-0123
Read the flyer here
Jewish Family Service: Free Resource Fair, Nov. 3
Jewish Family Service (JFS) will host a resource day on on Friday, November 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Jewish Family Service, 3201 South Tamarac Drive in Denver. It is free and open to the public. The following resources will be available so that participants can learn about many community programs in one convenient place
Services Available: Employment Support, Benefits, Dental, Immigrant Resources, Pet Pantry, Cooking Demo, CO Affordable Legal Services, & Food Pantry.
Learn more here
Housing an Inclusive Denver
The public review draft of Housing an Inclusive Denver, the City’s new five-year housing policy, strategy and investment plan, is now available for review. Public comment on the draft document is being collected through November 13, 2017.
Denver is hosting a community meeting on November 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Servicios de La Raza (3131 W. 14th Ave) to allow the public to comment on the recently released Five-Year Housing Plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver. A third meeting is scheduled for November 8 and additional details will be released later this week. Denver's Housing Advisory Committee, which I am a member of, is seeking the community's input on the new five-year housing plan. Comments are being collected through November 13, 2017.
More details are in the flier below. Here is a link to the flier in English and Spanish. Light refreshments provided. Spanish translation and child services will be provided.
Read the plan here
Provide public comment here