Weekly Roundup 11.21.18
OneHome updates, ESG RFP info, Hep A info, Denver PIT lights ceremony, and employment opportunities
Thank you to everyone who attended the OneHome Community Partners meeting last week! It was a great turnout, with over 100 people attending.
We have several important OneHome updates regarding the timeline for the transition from Salesforce to Clarity and OneHome staffing changes and position openings.
Emergency Solutions Grants RFP Info Session
Anyone interested in applying for MDHI’s ESG Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds should attend or send a representative from your organization. We will highlight MDHI’s priorities for next program year and be available to answer any questions about MDHI’s ESG program and the Request For Proposals process. Reach out to Grants Manager, Jackie.Hernandez@mdhi.org if you have any questions.
New Outbreak of Hepatitis A in People Experiencing Homelessness in El Paso County
Since Oct. 24, 2018, El Paso County has had four reported cases of hepatitis A in adults, whom are experiencing homelessness and/or report street drug use. None of the cases reported traveling outside of the county during their exposure period so spread of disease is likely occurring locally. Since June 2017, six cases of hepatitis A infection have been reported in Colorado in people experiencing homelessness, including the recent El Paso County cases.
Numerous large hepatitis A outbreaks are occurring around the U.S. that are impacting people experiencing homelessness or using street drugs, and men who have sex with men. Public health agencies are requesting assistance from organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness and people who use street drugs to control the spread of hepatitis A.
Reminder: HMIS End User Training Registration
The switch from Adsystech to Clarity HMIS is occurring in December 2018. Current and active end users of Adsystech will have an opportunity to attend training to learn about the new Clarity HMIS database in-person. End Users and managers must receive specific training to access COHMIS Clarity Database to ensure data quality, confidentiality, security and system performance. End Users only need to attend ONE training session.
Holiday Light Installation Shows Scope of Homelessness in Denver
Denver’s Road Home, Denver Parks and Recreation, and Metro Denver Homeless Initiative will provide a visual representation of homelessness in the City and County of Denver through a light display mounted to the chainlink backstop of Sonny Lawson ballfield at California St. and Park Ave. Each of the 3445 people identified in City of Denver in January’s Point in Time count of homeless will be reflected on the tapestry of holiday lights by a single bulb. White lights will represent those identified in shelter and transitional housing, while purple lights will represent those who report remaining unsheltered. In the City of Denver 18% of people identified were unsheltered compared to 35% nationally.
Join us for the lighting on November 28th at 6pm, at Sonny Lawson Park
MDHI is currently recruiting for several positions, including Executive Director, the OneHome Coordinators, and our AmeriCorps VISTA project! Check out all the opportunities here.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Denver PIT lights and homelessness awareness event – November 28th, 6pm, Sonny Lawson Park, Denver
MDHI Coordinating Committee - November 30th - Mile High United Way
MDHI Employment Committee - November 30th - Mile High United Way
HMIS Blackout dates - November 30th - December 17th - Read the memo
Immigration and Refugee workgroup - December 3rd, 1030 am - DHS 3815 Steele Street - email Victoria.Aguilar@denvergov.org
OneHome Regional Governing Council - December 4th - MHUW
OneHome Youth Meeting - December 7th - MHUW
Equity and Accessibility workgroup - December 12th - MHUW
MDHI Board Meeting - December 13th - MHUW