Weekly Roundup 6.20.19

PHC2019, Out of Reach, Youth homelessness brief, funding, training, and employment opportunities

Project Homeless Connect 2019

From our partners at Denver’s Road Home: Planning for PHC 2019 is in full swing and we need your RSVP! Last year, 150 community partners connected to create an atmosphere in which 1,400 folks experiencing homelessness felt welcome and valued. Whether you provided a haircut, a job, or a new resource to one of our guests, your participation was vital in making the event a success. We hope that you will be able to join us again this year! If you are new to Project Homeless Connect or were unable to make it last year, it would be our absolute pleasure to have you on board this time around.

This year’s event will be held Thursday, October 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hall D of the Colorado Convention Center. (The doors to the event are open to guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with guests being able to access resources and information until 3 p.m. We ask that you commit to the 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. timeframe to allow for setup and teardown before and after PHC guests are present.)

Organizations MUST RSVP by Wednesday, July 31, via our SurveyMonkey sign-up here.

As the event nears, we will be sending out more detailed information. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact jerred.powell@denvergov.org. Thank you for your support in making Project Homeless Connect a collaborative and empowering experience for everyone involved!

Out of Reach - The Affordable Housing Gap

The National Low Income Housing Coalition released the 30th anniversary edition of Out of Reach throughout the U.S. The report illustrates that rental housing continues to be out of reach for millions of low-wage workers and other extremely low-income renters. On average, a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $22.96 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent and $18.65 for a modest one-bedroom apartment. In nine states and the District of Columbia, full-time workers need to earn more than $25.00 per hour for a modest two-bedroom apartment.

Voices of Youth Count: Youth Pathways Through Homelessness

Chapin Hall has released it’s sixth is a series of Research-to-Impact briefs. Youth Pathways through Homelessness draws exclusively on the in-depth interview (IDI) component from Voices of Youth Count. The 215 young people we interviewed across five diverse U.S. counties shared stories of instability—their pathways through homelessness—that highlighted missed opportunities for prevention and intervention. Insights point to critical areas for improvement: the need for multilevel supports for individuals and families, the importance of peers for building connections to trustworthy spaces and resources, and the identification of specific changes that need to be made to service systems.

Funding Opportunities

Denver Economic Development and Opportunity’s (DEDO) would like the community to be aware that their application for supportive service funding is now finalized and available on their Housing Development page. While there is other supplemental information on that page about the City’s gap financing assistance for supportive housing and other development as well, this is where you will find the Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Service Gap Financing Application.

Applications for supportive service funding will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please direct questions or completed applications to Megan.Yonke@denvergov.org.

Training Opportunities

The Healthcare for the Homeless has a final “clinician’s coffee chat” series webinar which focuses on Aging and Homelessness. This session will discuss helping clients without homes access assisted living care, continuity of medical care once clients are housed, and issues of capacity and guardianship. If you missed any of the three previous parts to this series, you can view them on the HCH YouTube pageRegister now to be a part of this interactive conversation to foster peer learning and support across the homeless health care community on June 25th.

A third webinar in the three-part Spotlight Series, Taking Mental Health Care to the Streets is scheduled for June 27th, and available for registration through SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network. This webinar will focus on the provision of mental health services to people living in encampments.

The Corporation for Supportive Housing is offering an online training - Introduction to Fair Housing on July 18th. In this webinar, they will define Fair Housing key concepts, describe the practical application of Fair Housing in Supportive Housing and identify significant regulations and laws that address Fair Housing.

Employment Opportunities

Family Tree - Volunteer and Housing Coordinator

Family Tree - Case Manager

The Empowerment Program – Behavioral Therapist

Community Solutions – Improvement Advisor, International and large-scale change

Community Solutions – Youth Improvement Advisor

Upcoming Meetings

MDHI Stakeholder’s Meeting – June 24th, Mile High United Way – RSVP HERE!

MDHI Coordinating Committee - June 28th, Mile High United Way

MDHI Employment Committee - June 28th, Mile High United Way

Youth Action Board – July 3rd, Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Equity & Accessibility Workgroup - July 10th, Mile High United Way

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

OneHome Community Design Team – July 18th, Mile High United Way

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar

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