Weekly Roundup 6.4.19

Stakeholders Mtg! Quality Assurance blog, Veteran resource networking, summer programs, street outreach components, advocates toolkit, Jefferson County homeless outreach position, and more!

MDHI Stakeholder Meeting - Save the Date!

Please join us for the MDHI Stakeholder Meeting on June 24 from 1:00-4:30 at Mile High United Way. A full agenda will be shared before the event and will include MDHI updates, stakeholder Q & A, and break out discussions.

RSVP to reserve your seat

Homeless Veteran Resource Providers Summit #2- A Networking Series

When providing housing services and/or conducting assessments are you asking your clients if they are veterans? If they say “yes” what do you do next?

Please join us for this event which will take place at the Volunteers of America’s Administrative Offices in Denver on June 26, 2019. This will be an all-day event with several of our community providers presenting on their services and what they need from us as a community. View the Informational flyer for details!

Summer Community Programs

Double Up Bucks - SNAP benefits spent at Colorado farmers markets are eligible to be matched up to $20 every time you visit this summer for purchases of Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables.

Summer Food Service Program – Kids eat free all summer long at hundreds of community sites across Colorado which offer nutritious meals for no cost to children and teenagers up to age 18 at safe locations. Families can visit KidsFoodFinder.org to find a nearby summer food site, using an interactive map during the summer months. To get connected to other food resources, call the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

Denver offers free summer RTD passes via smartphones for teens – The On My Way transportation program will run from June 1 to Aug. 31 and will pair with youths’ My Denver card, a pass to pools, libraries, museums, and other city-run places.

Tools for Action – Street Outreach

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) developed a street outreach assessment collaboratively with their partners that is intended to identify universal elements of effective street outreach that cut across various funding streams, and which are broadly applicable to a variety of communities, geographic contexts, and sub-populations.  

Communities can use this list to assess their street outreach efforts at both the program- and system-level, and to identify opportunities to build upon and strengthen their systemic approach to ending homelessness, particularly unsheltered homelessness. View the Core Components for Outreach.

Community-Based Advocates Toolkit

Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence have housing rights under federal law, as well as under many state and local laws. These rights are meant to ensure survivors have access to and can safely live in shelter or housing. Survivors have housing rights whether they want to stay in their housing or move out and find another place to live — be it a shelter, apartment, or house.

This Toolkit will help survivor advocates and homeless shelter and housing program advocates understand the basic housing rights of survivors and provide information to help survivors get assistance accessing their housing rights. Check out the new Toolkit and Resource Guide.

Quality Assurance in Human Services

Room for Improvement: The Role of Quality Assurance in the Field of Human Services. A guest blog courtesy of Ian Kile, Training and Quality Assurance Manager, Volunteers of America Colorado.

“Quality assurance should seek to remove barriers where it can in order to increase the efficiency and efficacy of these human services; removing barriers for those trying to access service as well as removing barriers for those trying to provide them.”  Read the full blog post here.

Employment Opportunities

Jefferson County Human Services – Regional Homeless Coordinator This position will coordinate activities which address all aspects of homelessness in Jefferson County in partnership with municipalities across the county. 

Volunteers of America – Supervisory Case Manager, Youth Transitions

Upcoming Meetings

Youth Action Board - June 5th, Denver Public Library, Central Branch

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

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

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

RSVP and view more info on the MDHI Calendar

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