Weekly Roundup 5.3.18

5.3.18 - Metro Denver System Performance Assessment, funding opportunities, HUD RRH survey, LGBTQ homeless youth research, and MDHI Job openings

Metro Denver System Performance Assessment

MDHI engaged Focus Strategies to gather and analyze our homeless crisis response system using data from HMIS, the Housing Inventory Count (HIC), the Point in Time survey, and program budget data. Four primary intervention types were analyzed - emergency shelter, transitional housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing - to get a better sense of the effectiveness of the existing system in Metro Denver.

Read more and view the report here


Funding opportunities

CO Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing Request for Applications

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), through its Division of Housing (DOH), is requesting applications for a Rapid Re-housing (RRH) Re-entry Program that is prioritized for individuals experiencing homelessness who have been involved in the criminal justice system, with a preference for those who have behavioral health conditions, are frequent or high-cost consumers of various public systems, and have long histories of homelessness or would be homeless upon release from a correction setting. Due May 11th.   More info available on DOLA's website.

SAMHSA Assertive Community Treatment Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Establish and Expand Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). The purpose of this program is to establish or expand and maintain ACT programs for individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI).  SAMHSA expects this program will improve behavioral health outcomes for individuals by reducing rates of hospitalization, mortality, substance use, homelessness, and involvement with the criminal justice system. ACT is considered to be one of the most effective evidence-based programs designed to support community living for individuals with the most severe functional impairments associated with SMI. Due May 29th. 


HUD Conducting Survey of All RRH Programs

In April and May, HUD is surveying Rapid ReHousing (RRH) programs as part of a national study to better understand how RRH programs currently serve and interact with homeless households. If you are a RRH grantee and did not receive an email with the link to the web-based survey, please contact: rrhsurvey@abtassoc.com. 

Read more on the HUD exchange


Chapin Hall's Voices of Youth Count - LGBTQ youth homelessness research

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness. We learned that, compared to heterosexual and nontransgender youth, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among the nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America who experienced some form of homelessness during a 12-month period. They also face a higher risk of early death and other adversities. On the positive side, this research points to actionable opportunities to meet the needs of LGBTQ young people in our collective efforts to end youth homelessness.


MDHI IS HIRING!

Join the Team and work with us to end homelessness in Metro Denver. We are actively recruiting for two positions. Support data-driven solutions as MDHI's HMIS Analyst or provide organizational support as a part-time Bookkeeper.

MDHI Position descriptions


UPCOming meetings

OneHome Youth meeting - Friday, May 4th, at Urban Peak Denver 

CO Statewide HMIS Collaborative - Friday, May 4th, at Mile High United Way or via remote access

OneHome Family meeting - Tuesday, May 8th, at Mile High United Way 

MDHI Board Meeting - Thursday, May 10th, at Mile High United Way

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative