Weekly Roundup 8.21.19
This week: Trafficking Training, Housing lottery and resource fair, OD awareness march, Public charge rule, and Training opportunities
Human Trafficking and Homelessness Training October 8th
Join the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking in partnership with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative for this training on how human trafficking is impacting our state and the greater Denver area. Learn how the experience of homelessness intersects with human trafficking and how service providers and community members can be involved in the response. This training will be followed by a panel discussion including several Denver-area professionals working in homelessness and parallel issues on how their work intersects with trafficking.
Harm Reduction Action Center – 8/30 March for Overdose Awareness
Join the Harm Reduction Action Center and community collaborators for the upcoming Overdose Awareness Day march. Please feel free to share this event on your social media. The Harm Reduction Action Center will be recognizing Overdose Awareness Day with an action-packed event in collaboration with our community partners. We will meet at HRAC (231 E. Colfax Ave) at 2:00pm SHARP on Friday, August 30.
Once assembled, we will march to Denver Health (6th and Bannock) raising a ruckus for those we have lost, and continue to lose, to overdoses in our community. Folks should bring their own signs. Upon our arrival at Denver Health, folks are invited to gather for a visual memorial and a short speaker. Water and some seating will be provided. This event will be ASL interpreted. We expect to be finished around 4pm. Folks are welcome to leave from Denver Health or return to the HRAC after as a group.
If folks haven’t already, they are welcome to bring a 5×7 picture of their loved one that passed away due to overdose and we will add them to our overdose memorial wall in our agency. For those unable to attend and participate with us (and/or anyone looking at this event post), there will be social media armchair activism activities that we will ask for you to spread awareness on that day. Stop the silence, join us.
Brighton Housing Authority Lottery and Resource Fair 9/25
The Brighton Housing Authority is excited to have the opportunity to provide the community with access to available resources at the upcoming 9th Annual Dori Benavides Memorial Resource Fair and Section 8 Lottery. The Resource Fair will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Brighton Armory Performing Arts Center, located at 300 Strong Street, Brighton, CO 80601. This event provides attendees with the opportunity to connect with community resources that are available to them beyond housing programs. The Resource Fair is open to the public and community members throughout the Denver metro area.
HUD "Public Charge" Final Rule
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final “public charge” rule in the Federal Register on August 14. Public housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance provided (or that may be provided in the future) at private, multifamily housing are now on the list of “public benefits” that could lead an immigrant to be considered a potential “public charge,” someone who is now defined as not self-sufficient and therefore who could be denied a green card or visa. The final rule adds to the list of previous “public benefits,” public housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, and Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) which is used to subsidize private, multifamily housing. Also added by the new rule is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and most forms of Medicaid.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joined a lawsuit filed by Colorado and a dozen other states seeking to block the rule from taking effect.
If you believe you or someone you know may be affected by this rule change, or if you're looking for ways to help, please visit the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition website.
Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit - This document, developed collaboratively by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is intended to support more effective implementation of prevention, diversion, and rapid exit services. This document clarifies the terms prevention, diversion, and rapid exit, explains how they differ from each other and offers considerations for implementation. Make sure to also read Adopting Housing Problem-Solving Approaches with Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit Strategies.
From the National Alliance for Safe Housing, Implementing Rapid Re-Housing with Survivors: A Tale of Two Programs, on August 23rd, 2019. Rapid Re-housing (RRH) is in use by more and more domestic violence programs, yet its implementation can be challenging for providers new to this approach. This webinar spotlights two agencies that have fully implemented RRH for survivors as part of their domestic violence programs. They will share their path to implementation, some of the nuts and bolts of how their programs operate and respond to questions from webinar participants.
From SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network - Youth Homelessness, Building a Solid Housing Foundation with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Care, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 * 3:00-4:30 p.m. (ET). Join in the next webinar in the Youth Spotlight Series. This webinar will explore critical mental health components that support and empower young people to secure and maintain long-term, community-based housing. Participants will learn about the primary mental health needs of young people experiencing homelessness, with a focus on services and treatments to build and maintain overall wellness that can facilitate successful permanent housing placement.
Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect!
Project Homeless Connect is an annual, one-day event that is open to people of all ages who are experiencing homelessness – or facing housing instability. This year we are honored to welcome additional providers from the Veteran Stand Down. During this one-day event, guests are able to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, resume workshops, vision check and healthcare to veterans services, childcare, pet care and much more. We expect to see 1,500 guests at this year's event and need nearly as many volunteers to make the day a success. Please join us on October 10th as we help our most vulnerable population access the resources they need to become self-sufficient for themselves and their families. Location: Colorado Convention Center; 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202
Self Care Training - August 23rd
Coordinating Committee - August 23rd, Mile High United Way
Employment Committee Training - August 23rd
Youth Action Board – August 28th, Denver Public Library, Central Branch
Trauma-Informed Leadership - August 30
Equity and Accessibility workgroup - September 11th, Mile High United Way
MDHI Board of Directors meeting - September 12th, Mile High United Way
Community Design Team (OneHome) - September 19th, Aurora Municipal Center - Eagle Room
Brighton Housing Authority Lottery and Resource Fair - September 25th, 2019