Weekly Roundup 12.11.17

Weekly Roundup 12.11.17: 2018 PIT Count, Grants Manager Position, Strategic Plan & Branding Survey, OneHome P&P, RGC & HMIS Representation, and more!

2018 Point in Time Count - Get Involved!

The entire seven-county region is stepping up efforts to achieve the most complete community assessment possible. This is a nationwide count of those experiencing literal homelessness on a single night in January. The final number includes those staying in shelters, living unsheltered, and in some time-limited transitional housing programs. It is a number referenced year after year throughout our agencies, municipalities, counties, and media outlets. We need everyone's support to help make it representative of those we see and work with every day.

Is your agency involved? Our county coordinators have been hard at work, if you have not yet been asked to participate – please complete this Agency Survey to let us know that your agency can be counted on for the 2018 PIT efforts! MDHI will provide training and other support as needed. If you are staff at a local homeless services agency and are able to help with our expanded outreach efforts – please complete this staff PIT nighttime unsheltered outreach signup and let us know where you can help Monday night, starting at sundown.

How else can you help? We need incentives to engage people and encourage participation in the PIT survey, and to thank them for their time. If you know of a business, faith-group, or others that would be interested in providing in-kind donations or financial sponsorship (both are tax deductible) please contact PIT@mdhi.org. Perhaps you are part of a congregation or other group that would be interested in holding a drive for hygiene items, socks, cold weather gear, bus tickets or small gift cards. Learn more at everyonecounts.mdhi.org/sponsorship.

Contact PIT@mdhi.org for more information

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MDHI is Hiring - Grants Manager

This position will provide leadership and oversight of the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds that MDHI receives through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). This position will also assist with grant management and monitoring for HUD CoC programs funded by MDHI.

Click here for the full job description

Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to careers@mdhi.org. This position will be posted until filled.

Please share as appropriate. Visit mdhi.org/careers for more details.

Please Take this Brief Survey - MDHI STRATEGIC PLAN and Branding

We are updating MDHI’s strategic plan and organizational brand, and would like you to be a part of this effort. As a valued community partner, we ask that you respond to this survey to help inform and strengthen our work.

Filling out the survey should take about 10 minutes, and we ask that you respond by Friday, December 22nd.

We will continue to share information about this work in community meetings, on our website and through our regular communications. If you have questions please email Will Connelly.

Thanks for your ongoing commitment to work together to make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness.

Take the survey

OneHome Request for Public Comment

In an effort to align with the new HUD requirements for Coordinated Entry, OneHome has updated Policies and Procedures available for community feedback. Please review the draft Policies and Procedures, and provide feedback in writing by December 29, 2017 to contact@onehomeco.org.

Review the Policies and Procedures document here

The MDHI Board of Directors will vote on the proposed OneHome Policies and Procedures at the January 11, 2018 Board Meeting to meet the January 23, 2018 HUD deadline. The Policies and Procedures will be updated semi-annually after that, incorporating changes as OneHome evolves and improves.

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.

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

Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative - Call for Nominations

MDHI is requesting nominations for people to sit on a new Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative.

The purpose of the Collaborative is to manage the implementation, administration, and maintenance of the statewide Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) database collectively. The Collaborative strives to identify ways to help the three Colorado CoC and the State of Colorado to record, report on, and improve the provision of housing and services through the statewide HMIS database. The Collaborative will also be the primary HMIS advisory entity for each CoC. The Collaborative will be responsible for developing standard statewide baseline policies and procedures that shall apply to all Colorado CoC to adopt and implement as minimum standards. The full governance framework document outlining the roles and responsibilities of this new body can be found here: CO Statewide HMIS Collaborative Framework.

All three CoC in Colorado (El Paso, Balance of State, and MDHI) approved this governance structure in November 2017. The three CoC are now each identifying four members to sit on this governance collaborative.

If you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else to help represent MDHI on this new body, please send an email to Will Connelly at will.connelly@mdhi.org. Before nominating, please read the governance framework and briefly explain why the nominee would be a good fit. The Collaborative will begin meeting monthly in January 2018.

MDHI will accept nominations until December 13, 2017. Thank you!

2017 Homeless Persons Vigil - Please Submit Names for the Memorial Service

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless would like to remind everyone that the 2017 Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil will take place on the steps of the Denver City and County Building at 5:30 on December 21.

December 21, 2017
5:30pm - 6:15pm
Denver City and County Building Steps

At this annual service, we will honor the memories of those among us who experienced homelessness and passed away in the last year. Feel free to send the names of clients who passed at the end of 2016 as well. All names will also be printed in the program distributed at the event and posted online afterward.

If you have not already, please send the names of those who you would like honored to Kate Dill at kdill@coloradocoalition.org by Friday, December 15.

Denver Office of Economic Development: Resident Input Sought for Regional Housing Study

Regional assessment includes Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, and Longmont.

The City and County of Denver is among five metro municipalities working jointly on an analysis called the Assessment of Fair Housing. A public survey is being administered now through December 30, 2017, to better understand residents’ housing decisions and experiences living, working, and going to school in the region.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is available online in eight languages:

Take the survey

Additional accommodations are available by request by calling 1-800-748-3222, x236 or emailing jgarner@bbcresearch.com. Other elements of the assessment will include focus groups and meetings with residents, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQ community, civil rights advocates, affordable housing developers, social service agencies, and real estate agents.

Read more here 

USICH: New Guidance on the Participation of VA Programs in A Coordinated Entry System

VA recently provided guidance and a checklist to its Medical Centers regarding expectations for how VA homelessness programs should align with and participate in coordinated entry systems.

Implementing that guidance will require strong and sustained coordination between VA and the partners implementing coordinated entry in every community.

This notice from HUD provides a great overview of the intent and goals of the guidance.

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