Weekly Roundup 8.8.19
PIT is Released! HIC and statewide youth count info as well; CHFA donates to Flex Fund, Volunteer, employment, PHA funding, and more!
2019 Point in Time Reports Released
The 2019 Point in Time reports have been released and are published on the MDHI website. This year, there were 5,755 people in both sheltered and unsheltered living situations across our metro area on a single night in January. Read the briefing on the MDHI blog.
Housing Inventory Count
The Housing Inventory Count report is submitted to Congress annually and helps communities understand housing and homeless crisis services available, compared to need reflected in the Point in Time report. This year, MDHI has an overview for counties, and housing project types, to provide better data on utilization and capacity.
Colorado Youth Homelessness Report
DOLA’s Office of Homeless Initiatives, Office of Homeless Youth Services (OHYS) creates an annual Youth Homelessness in Colorado report in coordination with the PIT count and all three CoC’s across Colorado. The 2019 Point in Time Youth Supplemental Survey Report on youth homelessness in Colorado is available on the OHYS website. This year, the report presents the data through two distinct populations: (a) those that self-reported not being enrolled in school and (b) those that self-reported being enrolled in school. This deep analysis is one way to identify barriers and life experiences that may differ depending on school enrollment status.
CHFA Contributes $15,000 to the Flex Fund
Thank you Colorado Finance and Housing Authority (CHFA) for your gift of $15,000 to MDHI's Flex Fund! The Flex Fund has helped over 60 households experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing and remain in housing since January 2019. This would not be possible without the support of the Metro Mayors Caucus, The Denver Foundation, and other generous community partners.
Funding Opportunities for PHAs
HUD has released its NOFA for the HUD-VASH (HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) program, which provides housing subsidies to veterans. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and other services from the VA. HUD-VASH vouchers are administered by the VA to participating Public Housing Authorities (PHAs). Learn more about how to apply here. DUE August 19th.
HUD recently issued a NOFA for $150 million in new “Mainstream," or "811," housing vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities. The Mainstream NOFA incentivizes PHAs to form partnerships with Continuums of Care (CoCs) and to target housing assistance to assist people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of becoming homeless, or have previously experienced homelessness and are currently clients in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project. Watch the webinar on applying for this year's Mainstream NOFA here, and click here for more information about the Mainstream NOFA process. DUE September 5th.
Volunteers are still needed for the Jefferson County Comprehensive Count during their week of outreach across the count, and especially on Monday 8/19 and Friday 8/23. Trainings are happening now! Sign up here for a shift and learn more.
Beginning in September, Sacred Heart House of Denver will need additional volunteers willing to commit to one four-hour shift each month from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Being a House Manager is a great opportunity for individuals, as well as families! More information is available at sacredhearthouse.com or by calling Garrett at 303-296-6686 or 303-908-7392.
Join the Harm Reduction Action Center next weekend for their Community Clean-Up Event - meet at 231 East Colfax Ave (the HRAC office) August 17th, 11am -1230pm.
Taskforce Denver Block Party on August 24th at Stout Street Health Center. Community Service Providers and employers are welcome to set up a table and sign up here. Share the event with anyone who may be interested in attending!
Volunteering at local agencies are a great way to learn more about organizations first hand, get to know other staff and show support for the community. MDHI staff would love to come to spend time with your agency! Let us know about any opportunities for the team or that you’d like shared with the community – firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out MDHI making breakfast at the Urban Peak Drop-in Center last week!
MDHI Board of Directors meeting - August 8th, Mile High United Way
Rapid ReHousing Practice Session - August 13th, DRM Smith Road
Equity & Accessibility Workgroup - August 14th, Mile High United Way
Youth Action Board – August 14th, Denver Public Library, Central Branch
Coordinating Committee - August 23rd, Mile High United Way
Employment Committee Training! - August 23rd