Weekly Roundup 2.7.19

CoC HUD funding, OneHome updates, PIT Thanks! National affordable housing brief, Trainings and meetings

HUD FY2018 CoC Funding Awards Announced

On January 26, 2019, HUD announced nearly $2B in awards for CoC renewal projects. On February 6, 2019, HUD announced the award of CoC planning grants and new projects.

Read the announcement and review the local awards

OneHome February Update

MDHI is excited to announce that the OneHome team is fully staffed with both OneHome Coordinator roles being filled this month. Megan Morales (megan.morales@mdhi.org) joined the MDHI team last month and previously served as the OneHome Individual and Youth Coordinator at VOA. Elizabeth Murray (elizabeth.murray@mdhi.org) joined MDHI as the OneHome Family Coordinator last week.

Read the full blog for information regarding the OneHome database transition from Salesforce into HMIS, as well as OneHome meeting updates!

Everyone Counts!

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, agencies, local and county governments, and donors for supporting a successful Point in Time count. It was the coldest PIT night since 2014, and we are grateful to everyone who came to survey. We appreciate all the agency staff who provided needed expertise, and hi-fives to those who filled in last minute cancellations. Several of our communities put in extra effort to build and support local PIT committees, plan magnet events, map outreach plans, and brainstorm innovative ideas – Way to lead the charge!

Many thanks to some of our donors: Sock it to Em Campaign and Bombas socks for providing enough socks for every person experiencing homelessness in our region, to Mile High United Way and Home-Aid Colorado for their awesome care kits; to Floyd’s barbershop for providing boxes of individual and full size haircare products; to ARC thrift stores for providing a very generous donation of shopping vouchers, to The Sheraton Downtown Denver for providing towels to all our event/shower locations; to The Gourmet Kitchen for providing a full catered meal and to go plates for all at two Magnet events in Adams County, and to all the individual donors that made it possible for us to buy bus tickets and hand warmers for Monday night’s outreach!

Last! We’d love to hear any feedback you have! If you participated or served as a site Point of Contact, please provide any thoughts on all things PIT: what went really well and we should do again, what didn’t work out so great, ideas for improvements, or questions – Please email Diane Howald, regional PIT coordinator, at PIT@mdhi.org.


Trainings and Educational Opportunities

Join The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council for their new FREE virtual training, Her Health, Her Housing: Improving Services for Women Experiencing Homelessness! Women and families are the fastest-growing segments of the American homeless population. Whether on the streets, doubled-up, or temporarily sheltered, women without homes face complex challenges such as increased risk of sexual assault, lack of access to preventive and prenatal care, and all-too-prevalent trauma.

Alone Without a Home: A State by State review of laws affecting unaccompanied youth - The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and National Network for youth are issuing an updated edition of their Alone Without A Home report, which reviews the state of current law in 13 key issue areas that affect the lives and futures of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessnes. This webinar will provide an overview including highlights of policies and recommendations and will feature the voice of a young person with direct experience of the barriers youth face.

Check out these webinars, tools and other useful information on USICH’s website. Useful info includes: webinars on understanding the criteria and benchmarks for ending chronic and youth homelessness, research briefs, tools addressing racial inequities, sanctioned encampments, and much more.

National Plan to Address Affordable Housing

From our partners at National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Low Income Housing Coalition: The Opportunity Starts at Home campaign is calling for an ambitious federal response to the nation’s housing affordability crisis. In a new report, the campaign identifies three essential long-term policy strategies for Congress to act upon:

  1. Dramatically expanding rental assistance.
  2. Dramatically expanding the supply of housing affordable to the lowest-income renters.
  3. Creating a new national program that provides temporary financial assistance to help cover rent for households experiencing unexpected economic shocks.

Read the full brief here.

Upcoming Meetings

Equity and accessibility workgroup – February 13th – MDHI office

Youth Action Board – February 13th – Denver Public Library, Central branch

MDHI Board of Director’s meeting – February 14th – Mile High United Way

Street Chaplain workgroup – February 21st – Mile High United Way

OneHome Community Design Team – February 21st – Boulder (email contact@onehomeco.org)

Coordinating Committee – February 22nd – Mile High United Way

Employment Committee – February 22nd – Mile High United Way

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar

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