Weekly Roundup 4.10.19

Lambuth Re-launch, HMIS data spotlight, DOH shelter guidance, and Community trainings

HMIS Data Spotlight

This month we are sharing a data point which highlights the total number of households that have enrolled in each project type across the Metro Denver Continuum of Care (of those participating in HMIS). This is during the first quarter of 2019 (1/1/19 – 3/31/19).

Click on the graphic to see an interactive version of the visualization, which will allow you to see how many household enrollments there are associated with each project type.

We look forward to continuing to highlight the tremendous and important work happening in our community in future newsletters. Please contact hmishelp@mdhi.org if you have additional questions!

HMIS Help Desk note: The MDHI HMIS team will be attending the National Human Services Data Consortium conference from April 15-19 with other HMIS leads from around the nation and will only be able to address high priority customer support tickets during those days.

Lambuth Family Center Re-Launch

Join Lambuth Family Center at its Re-Launch Celebration on Tuesday, May 14th from 1pm - 3pm, located at 2741 N. Federal Blvd. The celebration will include a welcome from The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander Major Mike Dickinson, light snacks and facility tours. RSVP here: http://salar.my/LambuthRelaunch.

Families experiencing homelessness can contact The Salvation Army’s Call Center: 303-295-3366 for program screening and referral to other community resources.

Learn more about Lambuth’s low barrier, housing-focused emergency shelter program

Emergency Shelters: Spotlighting Best Practices 

From the CO Division of Housing - Is your community looking at building or rehabilitating an emergency shelter? DOH has developed a Best Practices Spotlight document for emergency shelter based on national best practices and stakeholder input. 

Highlighting the pivotal role that shelters can play in effectively addressing homelessness, the document outlines potential trauma-informed design considerations, opportunities to align shelter programming with housing opportunities, and metrics that can be leveraged for outcome tracking and evaluation.

DOH provides funding for shelter construction, rehab, or acquisition and recommends applicants meet with their Housing Development Specialist before the submittal of a funding application. Applications can be submitted on the first of every month.

Community Trainings Upcoming

Creating Welcoming Communities – MDHI and Denver’s LBGTQ Commission are pleased to present this 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. Service and housing providers from across the region are encouraged to attend. Training is the afternoon of 4/30 and lunch will be provided! Please note that registration will be closed if space fills up. RSVP here!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) is hosting a three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Behavioral Health Care to the Streets. This series will discuss how to provide behavioral health care in unsheltered environments. The first webinar in the series is coming up soon - Thursday, April 25, 2019 Register here!

Jewish Family Service has an upcoming adult education workshop called Bootstraps being offered to the community. Come learn how to gain fundamental tools to stabilize your economic situation and improve financial and health habits for the long-term through changes in the choices you make. It is a 4-part series that builds upon itself on Wednesdays June 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 12p-2p. It is open to everyone. To sign up please call Dicia at (720)248-4666. See this flyer for more information. 

Upcoming Meetings

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

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

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

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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