Weekly Roundup 7.2.18
Weekly Roundup 7.2.18: PIT reports, HMIS transition update, NOFA headquarters, OneHome updates, and more!
Point in Time County Reports Published
All the county reports have been released and are published on the MDHI website PIT page. While the trends vary among counties, some regional key findings include:
- In 2018, Metro Denver counted 5,317 total people experiencing homelessness.
- 1,308 people reported staying in locations considered to be unsheltered, such outside in tents, parks, vehicles or underpasses. The number of people surveyed who were living unsheltered increased 42% over last year’s count of 924.
- 1,596 people, or 30%, reported a history of homelessness and disability status that identified them as experiencing chronic homelessness.
- 1,060 people, or 20%, reported they were newly homeless.
- Families with children under 18 accounted for 1,402 persons, or 432 households, that evening.
- 566 people surveyed identified as being veterans.
HMIS transition update
The transition to Clarity Human Services HMIS (Bitfocus) is underway. To facilitate a smooth transition that is consistent across a large geographic area, the transition teams working on this project will provide regular updates and fact sheets to inform stakeholders of progress and developments.
The transition process will take several months and is being managed by the HMIS Transition subcommittee in partnership with the Clarity vendor (Bitfocus) and current HMIS lead agencies. The establishment of milestones and notification of progress along the project timeline will be communicated proactively to ensure Colorado communities are well informed and prepared for this transition. Read the full update and Highlights
OneHome Regional Governing Council Vacancies: the OneHome Regional Governing Council has vacancies for Adams County representatives, and representatives with lived experience from Jefferson or Douglas County. Applications are due by 7.15.18.
Find the application, and read more from the OneHome June updates including how to support veterans in need of VA benefits by ordering a DD-214, be part of the OneHome equity group, utilize the chronic and literal homeless documentation, and more.
- Letters of Intent for New and Renewal projects applying for HUD CoC Notice of Funding Availability are due the Friday July 6th at 5pm.
- Housing First Self Assessments for funded agencies and sub-recipients are due Monday, July 16th
Exploring the Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness
Each night, nearly 200,000 Americans sleep outside or in a place not meant for human habitation. The issue of unsheltered homelessness is of increasing concern to many communities — often dominating news cycles and public debates.
That’s why the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) is launching the Unsheltered blog series, which will explore trends, data, and interventions related to unsheltered homelessness. The first post in this series explores the scope of the issue, its causes, and solutions: Exploring the Crisis of Unsheltered Homelessness
Local Employment Spotlight