Weekly Roundup 5.16.19

In remembrance, DOH HSP stakeholder mtg, Data spotlight, training and funding opportunities

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Chris Christner, a long-time MDHI collaborator working at The Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD).  Chris passed away this month after a lengthy battle with cancer. Chris had 25 years of dedicated service to MHCD and the people they serve.

Chris started with Mental Health Center of Denver as a Case Manager at the former Downing Clinic. He then served in several other roles including Project Coordinator, Assistant Program Manager, and Program Manager. He was known for his kindness, his patience, focus on peoples’ strengths and abilities, and his sense of humor. He was a vital part of the Denver’s Road Home/Street to Home service initiatives and was a founding partner and actively involved in the creation of coordinated entry, CAHPS and then OneHome. Chris was very passionate about the mission to find housing for homeless Denver neighbors. We will miss him greatly.

To read his obituary, please click here. If you knew Chris or even if you didn’t, we invite you to join us in making a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of his work and legacy.


DOH Homeless Solution Program Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday

You are invited to participate in a Homeless Solutions Program Stakeholder Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Arroyo Village (1290 King St. Denver, CO 80204) from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

The Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing (DOH) launched the Homeless Solutions Program (HSP) in 2017 through Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Cash Fund and the Housing Assistance for Persons Transitioning from the Criminal or Juvenile Justice System Cash Fund. Stakeholders play a critical role in the distribution of HSP funds and inform DOH priorities for the upcoming State Fiscal Year. 

Click here for more info including agenda, RSVP, and accommodation needs requests.


MDHI Data Spotlight

Since June 2018, MDHI has partnered with agencies across the region to help 58 households exit homelessness, and in some cases, remain in housing. Thanks to the generosity of the Metro Mayors Caucus and The Denver Foundation, MDHI is able to continue providing flexible, one-time assistance to eligible households. Read about the program here - www.mdhi.org/flex_fund


HUD Proposes a Rule Regarding “Mixed-Status” Households

HUD has proposed a new rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” immigrant families from living in public and other subsidized housing. The rule could result in family separations and evictions for certain immigrant families, putting tens of thousands of people and children at increased risk of homelessness. Learn more here. The public now has 60 days to comment on the rule. 

NLIHC and the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) are leading the effort to oppose this proposal and have developed advocacy tools for you to use. Together, NLIHC and NHLP launched a new website, www.Keep-Families-Together.org, where you can find fact sheets and other resources (including talking points and social media images), read the latest news, and submit your own comments directly to HUD.


Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals -Emergency Solutions Grant – Rapid Re-Housing Funds. The City of Aurora is requesting written proposals from qualified agencies to apply for FY 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant - Rapid Re-Housing funds.  You can pick up an application packet at 9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora CO 80010 or find it on the City of Aurora’s website. Proposals will be accepted at 9898 E Colfax Ave, Aurora CO  80010 until 5:00 p.m. May 24, 2019. No late proposals will be considered. For additional information please contact, Sharon Duwaik 303-739-7916.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau has released its Funding Opportunity Announcements for the following Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grants: Basic Center Program, Street Outreach Programs, and Transitional Living Programs. Applications are due July 1, 2019. Read more on FYSB’s website.


Training Opportunities

Attention all supervisors of service providers! Registration is open for the Corporation for Supportive Housing’s course on Successful Supervision of Housing Case Managers. Topics include: management through a trauma-informed lens, best practices for hiring and retaining staff, structuring supervision meetings, crisis planning, and tracking outcomes. Sign up here.

For Property Managers of Supportive Housing – Register for this series of 3 instructor-led webinars covering the nuts and bolts of effectively managing supportive housing properties. Classes start on Wednesday, May 22 and include: Driving Success Through Collaboration, Preventing Evictions Through Lease Enforcement, Creating Your Property Management Dream Team. Sign up Here.

Join SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network for the second webinar in a three-part series on Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing. Supporting People with SMI/SUD in Housing First and Permanent Supportive Housing: In a talk-show format, this webinar will address ways to support individuals in keeping their housing, even during difficult personal times. Practitioners actively involved with Housing First or Permanent Supportive Housing are encouraged to attend. Register Here.


Employment Opportunities

St. Francis Center – Street Outreach Worker and Basic Services Staff


Upcoming Meetings

Youth Action Board - May 22nd and June 5th, Denver Public Library, Central Branch

MDHI Coordinating Committee - May 24th, Mile High United Way

MDHI Employment Committee - May 24th, Mile High United Way

OneHome & VI-SPDAT 101 training - May 29th - RSVP here

Mile High Youth Summit - June 7th, Mile High United Way - See the Flyer

Equity & Accessibility Workgroup - June 12th, Mile High United Way

MDHI Board of Directors meeting - June 13th, Mile High United Way

OneHome & VI-SPDAT 101 training - June 13th - RSVP here

OneHome Community Design Team - June 20th, Aurora Municipal Center

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar


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