Weekly Roundup 3.14.19
HMIS data spotlight, Samaritan house renovations, MDHI flex fund reopening, VISTA project recruiting, employment and training opportunities
MDHI’s Flex Fund is Accepting Applications
MDHI would like to thank Metro Mayors Caucus, The Denver Foundation, and the Cities of Littleton and Lone Tree for supporting MDHI’s 2019 Flex Fund. The Flex Fund offers one-time assistance to help remove barriers to housing. Any organization or provider in the Metro Denver region that participates in OneHome or is a member of the Metro Denver CoC can request funds to help households experiencing homelessness obtain permanent housing.
Visit our Flex Fund page for more information related to program eligibility and how to make a request.
Samaritan House Renovations and Family Shelter Temporary Closure
Catholic Charities of Denver is committed to serving those experiencing homelessness by restoring hope and dignity. With that, the responsibility includes upgrading Samaritan House shelter and its aging structure to provide a clean, safe, and functional environment.
Currently, they are reducing the intake of families between now and April 1. On April 1, they will not accept new families seeking shelter in anticipation of construction in May. Families will be referred to other community partners to ensure their safety during construction. The target project completion of the family floor is mid-September.
HMIS Data Spotlight
Last month, during February 2019, 155 individuals in 107 households exited programs to Permanent Housing Destinations in the Metro Denver Continuum of Care.
This data point includes people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless prior to their program enrollment, and exited programs that operate in our CoC using HMIS to track their outcomes. MDHI is working to share community dashboards regularly, with the new HMIS system’s improved functionality, to support our CoC in using real-time data in program evaluation.
Those with manager level HMIS licenses will be able to pull this and other data points for their programs within HMIS – training details coming soon! For HMIS specific questions, attend open office hours listed below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MDHI’s VISTA Project is Recruiting
We are currently recruiting VISTA members for our Homeless Crisis Response System project at three partner site locations: Family Tree in Jefferson County, ACCESS Housing of Adams County, and Ready to Work Aurora. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply directly on the AmeriCorps website. Members serve full-time for a year, providing capacity at both the systems level and within local agencies, working to end homelessness in our region. These are not direct service positions. Among many benefits, members receive a bi-weekly stipend, an education award or end of service stipend at completion, professional development support and community engagement opportunities throughout the year.
SAMHSA’s Gain Center is hosting a webinar that will provide information regarding promising reentry programs that highlight the importance of housing access when working with justice-involved individuals reentering their communities. Register Here for 3/18 webinar
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council will be presenting a webinar as part of the Her Health, Her Housing series, on March 27, 2019, exploring the importance of safety planning and how violence affects the lives of women without homes. Learn how you can improve services for women experiencing homelessness through trauma-informed, quality care. Register Here.
Easter Seals disability application webinar series is designed to walk an individual through the application process from start to finish and improve their chances of success so that they get disability benefits sooner without the need to hire an attorney. Register and find out more here.
OneHome Community Design Team – March 21st – 1290 Chambers, Aurora
Coordinating Committee – March 22nd – Mile High United Way
Employment Committee – March 22nd – Mile High United Way
HMIS Office hours - March 19th and 26th - Mile High United Way
Youth Action Board – March 27th – Denver Public Library, Central branch