Weekly Roundup 11.20.17

Weekly Roundup 11.20.17: MDHI Stakeholder Meeting, RGC Application, and Happy Thanksgiving!


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. Prospective candidates may include, but are not limited to:
Staff at homeless shelters
Staff at housing programs or housing authorities
Outreach workers
Domestic violence advocates
Homeless and housing advocates
Staff in behavioral health or medical health systems
Staff in criminal justice systems
Staff at government human service programs or coordinating entities

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

In the News: Homeless veterans' numbers may be down, but problem persists

“Denver metro is one of the few urban centers nationally that has not seen a marked decline in homelessness amongst veterans over the past several years,” said Brenton Hutson, an official with Volunteers of America’s Colorado branch. “That tide is beginning to turn, in large part because of community efforts to stand up more effective data systems that allow providers to efficiently connect services to those in need.”

After a three-year growth streak that peaked in 2016 with 713 homeless veterans identified, the Point-In-Time report on the amount of homeless in the Denver metro area on one night, Jan. 30, showed 569 veterans counted. That number comes despite the overall homelessness and chronically homeless counts hitting six-year highs. The survey doesn’t yield an exact picture of the homeless population, but the results may signal a shift.

Read the full article here

NHCHC: Learning Collaborative on the Adoption and Implementation of Trauma-Informed Organizations

National Health Care for the Homeless Council is accepting applications for their Trauma Informed Learning Collaborative. MDHI encourages interested community partners to apply by December 15, 2017.

Apply here

NASH: DV/SA Safe Housing Options WEBINARS

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), in coordination with the Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium is hosting webinars in November to highlight DV / SA Safe Housing Options and to support communities and local providers doing the work at the critical intersection of domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness and housing.

We invite you and your CoC and homeless/housing colleagues to register for webinars in this series, designed to help you create successful DV/SA safe housing projects.

Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors
Date/Time:  November 28, 2017 ~ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Presenters:  Kris Billhardt, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) and Linda Olsen, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV)
For: For DV/SA Programs and Coalitions

The webinar examines how new approaches employed by a growing number of victim services programs can support safe and stable housing for survivors and explore how modifications to the Rapid Re-housing model can boost its effectiveness with survivors.
Register here

Colorado Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month Proclamation

On any given night over 800 youth are experiencing homelessness in Colorado. Governor Hickelooper and DOH Executive Director Irv Halter share the Proclamation declaring November 2017 as Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness month:

 Colorado Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month Proclamation

Watch the video 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

Salvation army: Housing Now Program

Through the Housing Now program, The Salvation Army is able to provide rental assistance to people in need, as well as case management, resources, home visits, and connecting families and seniors to their Community Partnership Program.

The Housing Now program partners with families and seniors experiencing homelessness by helping them to transition into long-term and stable housing by providing them with financial assistance, resources, and case management. We also partner with the community to provide friendship, financial literacy, and working towards long-term goals.

Eligibility guidelines:
- No current lease
- Family with at least one child under 18 or senior over 60 years old
- Documented and verifiable income

Learn more here

NAEH: Emergency Shelter Infographics

Five keys to an effective emergency shelter
NAEH 10 Steps to Evaluate Rules in Emergency Shelter

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