Weekly Roundup 7.25.18

VA hospital move, HMIS memo, VISPDAT feedback, USICH releases federal strategic plan, and employment and training opportunities!

The Veteran's Administration Hospital is Moving

The Homeless Program at the VA Hospital will be closed starting Wednesday July 25, 2018 at Noon and will resume programming at the new VA Hospital, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center on Tuesday July 31, 2018 @ 8:00am.

If you need VA homeless services you can always present to the Community Resources and Referral Center @ 1247 Santa Fe Drive. They will be conducting clinic during the transition period closure on 7/25, 7/26, 7/26 and 7/30 from 7:15 – 11:00 am.

The new VA Hospital is located @ 1700 North Wheeling Street, Aurora CO 80045 and the homeless program is located in South Clinic Building A. You can reach the homeless program directly at 720-857-5037 once we are open on Tuesday July 31, 2018.

View the VA guide to Denver area Veteran's housing programs


HMIS updates and Memo to agencies

  • For agencies participating in HMIS, please see the attached memo, providing notices and updates related to upcoming transitions.
  • The Technology Stipend Deadline has been extended to August 3, 2018. For more information, visitwww.mdhi.org/hmis_stipend
  • In an effort to help with consistent and optimal project setups in the new HMIS system, participating agencies are encouraged to send a representative to one of the HMIS Project Type Setup Meetings in August. Sign up for your funding type or project type at www.mdhi.org/project_setup_bitfocus

Read the memo to HMIS participating agencies


OrgCode requesting VI-SPDAT Feedback

OrgCode, the organization that created the VI-SPDAT, is seeking feedback from community providers using the VI-SPDAT to help update and inform the tool.

We utilize this assessment in our community's OneHome coordinated entry system, and have been discussing a variety of strengths and challenges with it recently. If you are interested in helping improve the VI-SPDAT tool, please fill out this Feedback Survey.

Read more on the OrgCode website.


Home Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, with input from communities across the country and in collaboration with it's Federal agency partners, has released it's updated the strategic plan for ending homelessness encompassing fiscal years 2018-2022.

Areas of increased Focus in the updated Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness:

  • Increasing Affordable Housing Opportunities • Strengthening Prevention and Diversion Practices • Creating Solutions for Unsheltered Homelessness • Tailoring Strategies for Rural Communities • Helping People Who Exit Homelessness to Find Employment Success • Learning from the Expertise of People with Lived Experience

Read Home Together from USICH


Employment openings

Family Promise of Greater Denver - Family Advocate

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless - OneHome Family Coordinator


Training opportunities

Inspired by his over 15 years working with the trauma-informed care paradigm and his recent books, Matt Bennett is excited to partner with The Network to present Connecting Paradigms: Positioning Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing & other Best Practices for Client Outcomes. Harm reduction, Motivational Interviewing (MI), trauma-informed care, and other best practices provide tools and approaches that assist us in helping those we serve.

This workshop introduces the core concepts presented in the books in a practical way that allows for immediate implementation. A quick-paced and dynamic training, participants learn MI skills in the context of trauma-informed care, harm reduction, and the Spirit of MI. Many of our clients face critical changes if they are to reach the health outcomes we hope for them. The training gives providers the approaches needed to maximize their time and work with clients.

Attendees can register for either the first day or both days. The first provides a solid understanding of the principles upon which Connecting Paradigms is based. The second day offers in-depth modeling and practice of these principles.

Register for this training here


Upcoming Meetings

MDHI Coordinating Committee - July 27th, at Mile High United Way 

MDHI Employment Committee - July 27th, at Mile High United Way

Youth Action Board meeting - August 1st, at Denver Public Library

OneHome Youth meeting - August 3rd, at Urban Peak

Regional Governing Council - August 7th, at Mile High United Way

OneHome Family meeting - August 14th, at Mile High United Way

OneHome Community Design Team - August 16th, at Denver Human Services-Castro bldg


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