Weekly Roundup 11.7.17

Weekly Roundup 11.7.17: ESG RFP, MDHI Stakeholder Meeting, Hunger & Homelessness Week, Webinars, GPD NOFA, and More!

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) REquest for proposal

Dear community partners, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) has released a conditional Request for Proposal (RFP) for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding for rapid re-housing and homeless prevention activities. 

Please note:
• This RFP is conditional based on MDHI's pending award of ESG funds through the Colorado Division of Housing.
• Applicants must attend a mandatory bidder's conference on Thursday, November 16 from 9-11 am.
• The deadline for RFP submission is 5pm on  Monday, December 4, 2017.

The RFP and related documents can be found here:
• ESG Request for Proposal
• OneHome Partner Agreement

Please share this announcement with your contacts as appropriate. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the mandatory bidder's conference. Following the bidder's conference, questions may be addressed to ESG@mdhi.org.

Learn more here


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

November is Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month

Youth providers in the Metro Area are holding events this month to spotlight this issue and Attention Homes is holding a “Sleep Out” 11/9 to raise awareness. Today is the last day to sign up for the Sleep Out event!

Click here for the Attention Homes November event calendar

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.

Close to Home CO - Thunderclap / Social Media Campaign Schedule. Sign up today!

NASH: November Webinars to Highlight, DV/SA Safe Housing Options

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.

The Intersection of DV, SA and Homelessness
Date/Time:  November 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Presenters: Peg Hacskaylo, Larisa Kofman, and Suzanne Marcus, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH)
For: DV/SA Programs & Coalitions, CoCs, Homeless & Housing Programs

This webinar explains the connections between domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness and housing and underscores that domestic violence related homelessness is family homelessness.
Register here

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

NAEH: Rules and Safety in Low-Barrier Shelters that Serve Single Adults Webinar

The next installment of the Emergency Shelter Learning Series takes place November 9, and will address rules and safety issues for shelters that serve single adults.

In the most recent Emergency Shelter Learning Series webinar, we focused on re-tooling rules for shelters that serve families and survivors of domestic violence to prioritize housing people quickly and everyone's safety; but, which rules are the right rules for shelters that serve single adults? In this month's webinar, join Alliance staff and shelter providers who have made the switch to low- barrier models to learn how to re-examine your rules and shift them to expectations that promote safety.

Register here

VA: FY 2018 GPD NOFA Published in the Federal Register

"Last Thursday, the Federal Register published the FY 2018 Per Diem Only (PDO) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). I have attached a copy of the Notice and we have posted information on the GPD website (https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp) about a training we will be offering for potential applicants. This NOFA is open to current grant recipients who want to expand their programs or new organizations who do not currently receive GPD funding.

"We also plan on recording the November 14th call and posting it on our website for organizations that are not able to attend.We anticipate that the Transition In Place (TIP) NOFA will publish very soon. Once it does I will send out a follow-up message."

Chelsea Watson, Deputy Director
VA National Grant & Per Diem Program
Phone (toll-free) 877-332-0334

Read the Federal Register publication 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

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