Weekly Roundup 12.20.19
ESG RFP details, Unison Housing lottery opens 1/7, Volunteers for SWSN, Educational, training and employment opportunities
MDHI is Accepting Applications for the ESG Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program
MDHI's Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Request for Proposal (RFP) for Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing funds are now available. Applications and attachments are due by 5:00pm Mountain Time on January 31, 2020.
There will be an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 8th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm. RSVP here. Applicants should have at least one representative who participates in the ESG RFP Information Session. Please RSVP no later than Monday, January 6, 2020.
MDHI will also be available to answer questions during office hours on the following Fridays in January: 10th, 17th, and 24th from 10:00am - 11:00am. Any questions related to the ESG HP/RRH RFP can be directed to MDHI's Grants Manager, Jackie.Hernandez@mdhi.org.
Unison Housing Authority Lottery Opens January 7th
2020 applications will be available online only through a lottery-based application process starting Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Saturday, January 11, 2020. Unison Housing Partners administers the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) through an online lottery-based application process. Interested individuals apply online on January 7 at www.unisonhp.org. To hear recorded information regarding the lottery please call 303-227-2743. Read the FAQ’s directly on the Unison Website here.
SWSN has a Great Need for Shelter Volunteers this Holiday!
Jefferson and Arapahoe counties depend on the support of volunteers to be able to operate emergency, life-saving shelter, for people without homes during the coldest days of the winter. They do not have enough volunteers to operate as needed! Consider spending one night a week - if shelter is activated – supporting this vital provision in our region. More details are listed here for Severe Weather Shelter Network-specific volunteer needs.
USICH 2019 Resource Round Up
From our national partners at the US Interagency Council on Homelessness: To end homelessness, every community needs to be able to implement a systemic response that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or, if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and one-time experience. And that response must endure for the long term.These resources will help you as you work toward the end of homelessness in the United States. Read the 2019 Resource Round Up.
Training and Educational Opportunities
Recordings from The Way Home: A Virtual Summit on Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness, and Substance Use Disorders are now available on SAMHSA's YouTube Channel! This 2-day national online conversation took place on August 7-8, 2019. Subject matter experts from around the country discussed the most effective approaches to ending homelessness for individuals who have serious mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The summit sessions promoted collaboration across systems, drew on scientific evidence, and included practical tools and cutting-edge strategies for communities and agencies. Click here for the playlist.
Another great free resource with useful info is the TTC - The purpose of the SAMHSA-funded Technology Transfer Centers (TTC) is to develop and strengthen the specialized behavioral healthcare and primary healthcare workforce that provides prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for substance use disorders and mental illness. The TTC program is comprised of three networks: the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC), the Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and the Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTC). Look into the TTC resource here.
Presenters from the National HCH Council, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and National Center for Health in Public Housing discussed health care utilization, the prevalence of diseases, and best practices for improving access to care for people experiencing homelessness and individuals in supportive or public housing. This webinar highlights the importance of housing as a social determinant of health by describing the health care needs and challenges of individuals that are homeless, live in supportive housing, or are public housing residents. Watch this Webinar.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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
Point in Time - January 27th-28th - VOLUNTEER!