Weekly Roundup 8.22.18

HMIS updates, join Project Homeless Connect, become a CoC member and online training info

HMIS Weekly Update 

  • Coming to a participating HMIS agency near you via email: Agency Verification Forms to help configure your HMIS projects in BitFocus
  • Are you a current HMIS participating agency? Tell us about your readiness for migration to BitFocus here:
  • Are you an agency or project not participating in HMIS, but want to participate when BitFocus goes live? Tell us about your desire to participate here:
  • MDHI is now operating the HMIS Help Desk
    • Thanks for your patience as we learn a new system and develop our new team.
    • http://mdhi.zendesk.com
    • hmishelp@mdhi.org
    • 720-500-4116
  • Upcoming Office Hours for HMIS support
    • Looking to get your HMIS questions answered in-person? Want help cleaning up your data for BitFocus migration?
    • Join the HMIS team on 8/29, 2PM - 4PM at Mile High United Way's computer lab for drop-in Office Hours 

Project Homeless Connect 2018 Planning is in Full Swing!

PHC is scheduled for November 15th 2018, at the Colorado Convention Center in Downtown Denver.

Project Homeless Connect is a free, one-day event where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can access services including IDs, housing information, resume workshops, job opportunities, vision checks, massages, healthcare, veterans services, pet care and much more. We expect to see 1,000 guests at this years event!

Join us: If your organization is interested in participating, please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ProjectHomelessConnect2018 

If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Murray at elizabeth.murray@denvergov.org.


MDHI is Accepting CoC Membership Applications

MDHI Stakeholders and Board of Directors recently voted to adopt a new CoC Governance Charter. The charter defines CoC membership benefits and responsibilities. Interested parties are invited to complete a brief membership application.

Complete the application for your organization and read more here. Share this opportunity with others who may be interested in joining. 


Denver's Housing Action Plan open for Public Comment

The Housing an Inclusive Denver five-year plan, adopted by City Council in February 2018, outlines housing policy and investment strategies aimed at promoting inclusive communities throughout Denver and serving residents across the income continuum. The five-year plan will be implemented through annual action plans aimed at prioritizing investments and strategies to align with current market conditions and housing needs. OED has been working with the Housing Advisory Committee since May to inform the draft 2019 Annual Action Plan, which is now available for public comment through Friday, September 14.

You can complete this Draft 2019 Annual Action Plan Feedback Survey to provide comments on the draft document. Final changes to the plan will be incorporated in the fall for implementation starting in January 2019.


Training opportunities

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness' (USHICH) has a webinar on the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. Watch it here.

National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) - Emergency Shelters play a critical role in ending homelessness and in our crisis response system. The Emergency Shelter learning series is available on their website, and is a collection of webinars and resources from the Alliance focused on explaining the philosophy and practice of effective emergency shelter.

Browse and download presentations from the NAEH conference in DC this July on the National Conference on Ending Homelessness event website.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

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

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

Youth Action Board Meeting - August 29th, Denver Public Library

OneHome Regional Governing Council - September 4th, Mile High United Way

OneHome Youth - September 7th, Urban Peak Denver

OneHome Family - September 11th, Mile High United Way

MDHI Board of Directors Meeting - September 13th, Mile High United Way


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