Weekly Roundup 3.28.19

DHA WL opening, HMIS March News, Opportunities in Training, Funding and Employment

HMIS March Newsletter

We want to engage, support and equip you with information and resources you need to make HMIS and data work for you and the community on the path to ending homelessness. Read the HMIS March newsletter here.


DHA Public Housing Waitlist Opening

Denver Housing Authority will be accepting interest cards for public housing for the anticipated opening of VIDA at Sloan's Lake. You must submit an interest card electronically on our website at www.denverhousing.org after 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2019 until April 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. for elderly and disabled families and persons. VIDA only has one bedroom apartments.

Read the Public Notice here.


Join MDHI and Denver’s LGBTQ commission for in-depth training focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for all members of our community and learn how you can implement intentionally inclusive practices within your organization. We will also discuss HUD's Equal Access and Gender Identity rules. Through this final rule, HUD ensures equal access for individuals in accordance with their gender identity in programs and shelter funding programs administered by HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD).

Programs are encouraged to send direct service and management/executive level staff.  All are welcomed to attend and participate in this training. CoC and ESG funding agencies are especially encouraged to attend and note the HUD final rule compliance requirements.

Lunch will be provided!  RSVP here for the April 30th training.


More Training Opportunities

Aligning Affordable Housing Efforts with Actions to End Homelessness - United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Policy Director Susan Pourciau and Regional Coordinator Katy Miller will walk you through the strategies in our latest tool and ask for your feedback on how we can best support your work to implement them. Sign up here for April 3rd webinar. 

USICH is also walking through the Objectives within Home, Together over the next several months. This month, they’re talking about Objective 1.1, which incorporates the planning and system-building that we must do to build a solid foundation for efforts to end homelessness. (Make sure to listen to our podcast!) That work includes: Building momentum behind a common vision, understanding the size and scope of the problem, and driving implementation. Check out the resources available to accompany these topics at USICH.

How DV/SA Advocates can work with landlords for survivor’s housing stability-This webinar will explore proactive ways to partner with landlords in your community and how to ensure survivors are partners throughout the process. We will examine why cultivating relationships between landlords and survivors can be challenging and provide strategies to help domestic and sexual violence develop these partnerships successfully. Register for the April 15th webinar.

Recording and Documenting Homeless Status – The first page of the Criteria and Recordkeeping Requirements for the Definition of Homeless provides a good, high-level overview of each of the four categories of HUD’s definition of homelessness. HUD has developed a self-paced online training module intended to help staff understand HUD requirements for documenting the homeless status of households seeking assistance in projects funded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs. Find this training (and others!) on the HUD Exchange.


Funding Opportunities

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) National Program Office is pleased to announce a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to eligible entities to provide time-limited case management services to improve the retention of housing for Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing from programs. Information about the NOFA, the link to the application and various technical assistance products can be found on the GPD website www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp. There is a presentation which provides a detailed overview of the NOFA. Potential applicants should read the NOFA and watch the presentation prior to attempting to complete the application. The application deadline is May 20, 2019 at 4pm eastern.

From Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing: Round #2 - Annual RFA for the Creation of Supportive Housing - The second round of DOH’s annual coordinated effort with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) to increase the production of supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness is available. Applicants should respond to this RFA if they intend to apply for DOH vouchers, DOH Development Gap funding, or CHFA 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). Letters of intent are due May 1, 2019 and applications are due June 1,2019. Contacts: Denise.Selders@state.co.us & Kristin.Toombs@state.co.us


Employment Opportunities

The Delores Project – Overnight Resident Assistant

The Denver Rescue Mission – multiple position openings

The Veterans and Supportive Services Division of the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch is recruiting for a number of positions for the Colorado Rapid Rehousing for Re-Entry (COR3), Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families (SSVF), Rapid Rehousing and Diversion (RRAD), and Behavioral Health Services programs.  Ranging from direct services providers to licensed behavioral health clinicians and senior management, each of these positions represents an opportunity to work alongside a statewide team of hungry, humble and smart professionals working to end homelessness. Positions include Regional Manager, Supervisory Case manager, Supportive Services Specialist, Housing Specialist, Intake and Resource Coordinator, and Lead Veteran Specialist.


Upcoming Meetings

HMIS Office hours - April 9th and 23rd - Mile High United Way

Equity and Accessibility Workgroup - April 10th, MDHI office

Youth Action Board – April 10th and 24th, Denver Public Library, Central branch

MDHI Board of Directors meeting - April 11th, Mile High United Way

OneHome Community Design Team – April 12th, Mile High United Way

Coordinating Committee – April 26th, Mile High United Way

Employment Committee – April 26th, Mile High United Way

Creating Welcoming Communities, Inclusivity training - April 30th, Mile High United Way

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar


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