Weekly Roundup 2.14.18

Weekly Roundup 2.14.18: Everyone Counts Feedback, CSH Supportive Housing Training Series, New Staff at MDHI, 2017 NOFA Awards, and More!

Everyone Counts 2018 - Feedback & Review

Thank you so much for your support of the 2018 Point in Time! This past year, we made notable improvements in collaboration and outreach efforts across our region to help make sure that Everyone Counts in Metro Denver.

MDHI recruited and trained over 200 volunteers directly, and many more were recruited by coordinators across the region. With the support of our AmeriCorps*VISTA team, MDHI was able to raise over $20,000 in donations to offer food, socks, and other incentive items to those experiencing homelessness to encourage participation.

If you still have paper surveys, please email: PIT@mdhi.org today. The deadline to turn in paper surveys is Friday 2/16 at 5pm.

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COLORADO STATEWIDE HMIS COLLABORATIVE

The Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative has set its meeting dates and times for 2018.

The Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative Governance Framework was designed to allow members from all three CoC interested in HMIS and data-related topics to attend the Collaborative meetings. We warmly invite you to join us.

2018 Schedule

The Statewide HMIS Collaborative is a collaboration among all three Continuums 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.

CoC members who wish to attend are invited to do so. They may also submit proposed agenda topics by emailing Rebecca.Mayer@mdhi.org at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting.


OneHome Community Design Team

The first OneHome Community Design Team (CDT) of 2018 is convening tomorrow at 9am.

Thursday, February 15
9:00AM - Noon
1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

CDT is open to anyone interested in helping to develop the coordinated entry system in Metro Denver.


FREE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING TRAINING SERIES

Thanks to a partnership with CSH, MDHI is offering a free supportive housing training series for community programs interested in enhancing their supportive housing service delivery. CoC-funded programs are encouraged to participate.

Making Supportive Housing Work: Part 2 – Service in Supportive Housing
Dig into Housing Focused Services; learn the principles of Housing First, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change; enhance engagement strategies and focus in on voluntary services.

Wednesday March 14th, 1-4pm
Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave West, Denver, CO 80205
Register here!


Webinar series:

Engaging Tenants in Voluntary Services
March 2 @10am MST
Register here!

Working with Landlords in Scattered Site Projects
April 3rd @10am MST
Register here!

Learn more here


Please Welcome Our Newest Team Member

We are pleased to announce that Jackie Hernandez has joined the MDHI team as the new Grants Manager. This is a new position which 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 Continuum of Care (CoC) programs funded by MDHI. 

Jackie served as the Housing and Quality Coordinator and Case Manager at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She has several years of experience working with HUD-funded CoC and ESG Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) programs. After graduating college, Jackie moved to Colorado to serve as an AmeriCorps member in the San Luis Valley. Following her years of service, she relocated to Denver where she provided housing case management services to chronically homeless individuals receiving ESG RRH assistance. Most recently, she has worked closely with the Colorado Balance of the State CoC housing programs. Jackie is passionate about serving people experiencing homelessness and removing barriers that prevent the most vulnerable individuals and families from receiving services.

Please join us in offering Jackie a warm welcome!


2017 NOFA - CoC Program Competition Awards

On January 11, 2018, HUD announced the awards for the Continuum of Care program competition. The Metro Denver Continuum of Care, referred to as CO-503 in HUD land, received over $25 million in renewal and new funding, thanks to the performance of regional housing programs, the help our partners provided during the application process in 2017, and HUD’s decision to give Fair Market Rent (FMR) adjustments. You can read HUD’s press release and review all of the national awards by clicking here.

Overall, our region did well in the national competition. No existing projects were de-funded outright, and funding was approved for two new, reallocated projects. Our team is in the process of doing a deeper analysis to help inform our strategy for the next competition. Many thanks to the leadership at HUD for continuing this critical funding to end homelessness.

Learn more about the NOFA process


Housing First Partners Conference 2018 - ASSURING PROGRAM INTEGRITY IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

DESC and Pathways Housing First Institute present the 4th biennial national Housing First Partners Conference, April 10 -12, 2018, at the Marriott Denver City Center, Denver, CO.

The Early Bird Registration deadline is being extended to February 23rd to allow you a little more time to get the best rates for this conference. Meanwhile, rooms at the Hilton Denver City Center are booking fast, so book your room now to ensure that you receive the special discounted conference rate.

Register Here

This three-day conference (and pre-conference institutes) feature presentations and plenaries with local and national experts engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and engage with other providers in the fields of homelessness, behavioral health, philanthropy, government and people with lived experience. 

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The Action Center: Executive Director Search 

The Action Center, located in Lakewood, CO, is a nonprofit organization committed to its mission of providing an immediate response to the basic human needs and promoting pathways to self-sufficiency for Jefferson County residents and the homeless. They are seeking an innovative, inspirational and results-oriented Executive Director, to continue programmatic and operational excellence and ensure the financial health of the organization.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and provides executive leadership and oversight of high-quality service delivery, operations, facilities, development, volunteer engagement, community outreach, stakeholder engagement and fiscal management.

To view the Position Specifications, please click here.

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