Weekly Roundup 3.1.18

Weekly Roundup 3.1.18: YHDP Launch, HMIS Survey, OneHome Accomplishments 2017, CSH Training Series, and More!

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Launch

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is applying for HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). The YHDP is a grant opportunity for up to 11 communities to receive a portion of $43 million dollars.

A successful application will demonstrate collaborative community partnerships and how they will continue to be involved the planning and implementation.

Please RSVP for the official YHDP Launch Meeting here.

March 13th, 2018, 10am - Noon
Mile High United Way, PCL Conference Room 1
711 Park Ave West, Denver

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USICH: Resources for Ending Youth Homelessness

Webinar Recordings for YHDP Applicants

Both HUD and USICH recently hosted sessions to answer questions and offer guidance for communities interested in applying for the second round of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

View HUD's webinar at the HUD Exchange

View USICH's webinar in the Tools for Action database

Revised Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Youth Homelessness:

After releasing the Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Youth Homelessness in January 2017, USICH sought comment from youth and other stakeholders across the country. This revision incorporates that feedback and clarifies some of the expectations.

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness, February 2018

Assessing Whether Your Community Has Achieved the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness


We invite all service providers in the Metro Denver region to complete our annual Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) survey.

Your feedback will inform MDHI, the HMIS Lead Agency (CCH), and the Colorado Statewide HMIS Collaborative in identifying and addressing areas for improvement. Who should take the survey:

  • Service providers (whether you currently use HMIS or not)
  • Agency or program leadership
  • Case managers and other direct care staff
  • Other staff who may enter data or utilize HMIS reports

Please complete the survey no later than Noon on Monday, March 12.

Take the survey


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.

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.

The next meeting will be held:

March 05, 2018 at 12pm - 3pm
Pikes Peak United Way - Community Room
518 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
Call-in 877-820-7831; code: 129013

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 Accomplishments 2017

Across the MDHI Continuum of Care in 2017, the OneHome coordinated entry system and team worked with partners to lease up:

  • 32 Youth Households
  • 26 Family Households
  • 105 Non-Veteran Individual Households
  • 526 Veteran Households

Other 2017 accomplishments included:

  • Built a website for communicating with MDHI stakeholders around coordinated entry
  • Launched a new database, Salesforce, for improving the process of housing placements and matching as an interim solution to the new HMIS database
  • Expanded resources from only CoC-funded projects to include other Federal, State and local projects

Read more about the 2017 accomplishments and goals for 2018


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

CDPHE: report on Violent Death among people experiencing homelessness

The CoVDRS, has just released ; Health Watch No.103: Violent death among people experiencing homelessness in Colorado, 2004-2015: A summary from the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System. The attached report contains detailed information on the burden, characteristics, and overall profile of violent deaths among those individuals who were homeless at the time of their death. The goal of this report is to inform injury and violence prevention efforts, as well as raise awareness about the impact of these violent deaths in Colorado.

The data in the report comes directly from the enhanced public health surveillance system CoVDRS, which is part of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). The NVDRS is funded and maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aims to collect detailed, multi source data on violent deaths throughout the United States.

Learn more about the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System

Read the report here


A new analysis by the National Alliance to End Homelessness finds that almost 60,000 families with children are homeless on any given night in the United States, a national rate of 7.4 families homeless out of every 10,000.

Despite high rates in some states, family homelessness has fallen in the majority of states, and nationwide it decreased by five percent between 2016 and 2017.

Read more here