Weekly Roundup 12.20.17: Happy Holidays, Point in Time Survey, Memorial Vigil, HMIS Governance & Board Updates, Mission/Vision/Values Updates, and more!
2018 Point in Time Count - begins Monday, January 29 at sundown
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.
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2017 Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil - Thursday, dec.21
For the 28th year, community members are invited to gather to honor our neighbors who have lost their lives in 2017 while experiencing homelessness. This will be the only memorial service that will be conducted for most of these individuals.
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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.
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4 Members Selected for New Statewide HMIS Collaborative
After a public call for nominations, the MDHI Board of Directors and Governance Committee selected four CoC members to represent the Continuum on the new Statewide HMIS Collaborative.
The Statewide HMIS Collaborative is a collaboration between all three Continuum of Care in Colorado. The goal of the group is to help lead the continuous improvement of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and to create shared policies, procedures, reporting, and goals around homeless performance data.
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Welcome New MDHI Board Members
MDHI recently welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. These members work in many sectors: nonprofit, State government, County government, and private business.
Please join us in welcoming these new members:
- Cheryl Secorski - Homeless Program Specialist (Youth), State Dept of Local Affairs
- Alix Midgley - Homeless Liaison, Department of Regional Affairs (Adams County)
- Eugene Wade - Downtown Security Manager, Downtown Denver Partnership
- Malinda Anderson - Chief Operating Officer, Urban Peak
- Ken Hayes - Deputy State Public Defender, Boulder Regional Office
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Winter 2017 Stakeholder Meeting Summary
The semi-annual meeting of the MDHI Continuum of Care (CoC) was held on Friday, December 8, in the Aurora City Council Chambers. Topics included: updating the CoC governance charter, discussing current CoC priorities and initiatives, and networking with awesome people who work to end homelessness every day.
Updates to the mission, vision, and values were recently presented to the community at the Winter 2017 Stakeholder Meeting. These changes were presented at the December MDHI Board Meeting and approved for incorporation into the organizational bylaws.
Mission: Leading and advancing collaboration to end homelessness in our region.
Vision: Dedicated to everyone in the metro region having a safe, stable place to call home.
Values: Committed to these core values that bring people home.
Inclusive. Honoring the dignity of people with personal experiences of homelessness as
partners in identifying solutions to homelessness
Collaborative. Harnessing the power of collaboration to achieve systemic solutions to
Innovative. Fostering flexible and creative responses to the complexity of homelessness
Informed. Using data to address inequity, guide decision making, allocate resources, and
Bold. Providing courageous leadership that honors our commitment to end homelessness
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St. Francis Center: Job Opportunity - Diversion CAse Manager
The Diversion Case Manager at St. Francis Center (SFC) will provide shelter diversion services designed to quickly house clients who are experiencing homelessness in order to avoid the need to enter or remain in emergency shelter. The Diversion Case Manager will work individually with clients to identify solutions and alternative housing arrangements that quickly resolve the client’s housing crisis through a combination of direct service and financial assistance. This position reports to and receives regular supervision from the Director of Social Services.
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Qualified persons may apply by sending a cover letter, résumé, and three references to email@example.com, attn: Joel Cassady. Résumés without a cover letter will not be considered. Invitations for interviews will be extended upon review of qualified candidates until the position is filled.
USICH: 2017 Point-in-Time Estimates Show Significant Geographical Variations in Our Progress Toward Ending Homelessness
On December 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its report summarizing the data from communities' 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) counts, reporting a mix of results. The estimates provided by this data indicate there was continued progress in many parts of the country, but finds indications of stalled progress or significant increases in some communities. Further, the data documents important progress in ending homelessness for families with children, but stalled progress for Veterans, and significant increases for people with disabilities who are experiencing chronic homelessness. These results appear to have been impacted significantly by limited supply and increasing rents in many large urban areas across the country.
There is a great deal of local and regional variation in the data this year, with a small number of communities having a large impact on the national totals and with continued indications of progress in much of the country.
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