Weekly Roundup 12.12.19

PIT Volunteers! SSS changes, Denver program expansions, 12/21 Vigil, DOH and other funding opportunities

2020 Point in Time Volunteer Sign Up is LIVE!

The PIT volunteer sign up is open and we need your help! There are nearly 400 hundred positions to fill across the Metro Denver region on Monday night January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th. There are a variety of roles to fill, from direct surveying or support needs, and sites across the region.

Direct services staff and those comfortable engaging with people are particularly needed for outreach! These staff survey alongside volunteers and street outreach staff to provide extra expertise to these teams – there are over 60 positions needed. The signup code for these positions is: PIT2020. We want all other staff as well – administrative, support staff, and those brand new to the work - get involved and sign up for other volunteer positions!

Share this opportunity with family, friends, and colleagues – Help raise awareness and support an accurate PIT count!

Sign up to Volunteer Today – HERE!

Senior Support Services Programming Changes

Senior Support Services has been serving community members 55 years and older since 1976 with a warm place to stay during the day, three meals a day, a clothing room and food pantry, and holistic case management services. Beginning on 1/1/2020, Senior Support Services will be moving to a 60+ facility.

All current members ages 55-59 will remain members and will be able to continue accessing all services as normal. Any new individuals 59 and younger who enter the building for an intake will be provided a list of community partners they can access. SSS understands that this is a significant change for community partners and individuals that are seeking services. The goal is to be able to provide higher quality services for all of their members moving forward.

Read the letter with agency contact information here.

Denver Expands Homelessness Strategies

The City and County of Denver announced the first in a series of upcoming public and private contracts to further assist individuals facing homelessness to get indoors and to connect to permanent housing solutions.

A total of 11 new contracts with homelessness service providers will deliver approximately $6.89 million in city funding toward bridge housing vouchers, expanded day shelter access, critical shelter improvements, and enhanced onsite programs and services to better connect residents with permanent housing. The contracts represent the first step of a 3-year, $15.7 million homelessness services initiative announced earlier this year and supported by the city and Denver’s business and philanthropic communities. The city has committed $11.2 million and private funders have come forward to provide $3.5 million.

Expanded services, new programs, and other improvements are planned for: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Family Promise, The Denver Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, St. Francis Center, Urban Peak, and Volunteers of America. Read the announcement with more details here.

30th Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial

*If you know of anyone who has passed away in the last year, please share their name with kdill@coloradocolation.org so their name may be read aloud and honored at the vigil*

Holiday Resources

Our partners at the Mile High United Way have updated information on where to find a holiday meal, food basket, and toys for children during the holidays. There are opportunities still available for households this weekend and leading up through Christmas. Holiday Resource details are available on the 211 website.

DOH Funding Opportunities

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Division of Housing (DOH) Office of Homeless Initiatives and Office of Rental Assistance are releasing three Request for Applications (RFAs) to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness in Colorado. 2019-20 Annual RFA for the Creation of Supportive HousingTenancy Support Services for Supportive Housing RFA, and Recovery-Oriented Housing RFA

Each of these RFAs includes unique application instructions, informational webinar, deadlines, and funding parameters. DOH is simultaneously releasing these RFAs to give prospective applicants the ability to select the funding opportunity or opportunities that best meet their community's needs.

Together these RFAs will help create a robust continuum of efficient and effective solutions that reduce and prevent instances of homelessness and ensure that every Coloradan has a safe place to call home.  If you have questions about which RFA best meets your funding needs, please contact Kristin.Toombs@state.co.us or zac.schaffner@state.co.us.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime is seeking applicants for the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking. This program will support funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program or short-term housing assistance, including payment assistance for rent, utilities, and related expenses. Projects must also support services to help victims and any dependents find and secure permanent housing and employment. Review the DOJ OVC grant solicitation here.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Registrar on December 5, 2019. This NOFA provides funding opportunities to renew existing grants. This NOFA is competitive, and applicants are urged to closely review the NOFA and the associated training available on the website. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2020 at 4pm EST. Please contact SSVF@va.gov if you have questions. Review the SSVF NOFA and material here.

Participate in CU Research Study

Researchers at the University of Colorado seek clients and staff to participate in a research study on outcome measurement. Participants will explore what data are/are not collected from clients, and how this data informs/doesn’t inform the most important factors for evaluating the success of homelessness services. Food and beverages will be provided at the workshop, and participants who attend outside of their normal workday (as well as all clients) can receive a $20 Target gift card. If you are interested in participating in a 90-120 minute workshop in December or January at a location convenient for you, contact Chris Bopp at chris.bopp@colorado.edu for more information.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Youth Action Board meeting - December 18th - Denver Public Library

Coordinating Committee - December 20th

Homeless Person's Vigil - December 21st 

Happy New Year!!! January 1st, 2020

MDHI Board of Directors meeting - January 9th

Q1 2020 DPAL Meeting - January 16th

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar

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