Weekly Roundup 9.26.19

Funding opportunities - ESG, Boulder, Census; Sam House update; volunteers needed and more!

Division of Housing Posts Emergency Solutions Grants Application

Colorado Department of Local Affairs/Division of Housing posted the 2019-2020 ESG NOFA. Organizations can apply directly to DOLA/DOH for Emergency Shelter and Street Outreach funds. MDHI applies for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing components on behalf of the CoC and will post the RFP in the coming months. This year there is more funding available and includes bonus funding for Emergency Shelter/Street Outreach programs! The Letter of Intent is due October 4th and applications are due October 18th.

Read the ESG NOFA here    More info on the Colorado ESG program


Boulder County Releases RFP for Coordinated Entry and Diversion

The following Request for Proposals (RFP) is released to procure services required for the operation of the Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) system. Specifically, the HSBC requests responses for services to be procured to meet the varying needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. The services open for procurement under this RFP include the following:

  • Coordinated Entry, including Diversion Services, to be provided countywide: The most responsive, responsible proposer will be awarded the provision of this service, which must be provided in the cities of Boulder and Longmont.
  • Navigation Services for the City of Boulder: The most responsive, responsible proposer will be awarded the provision of Navigation Services countywide or for the provision of services for the city of Boulder.
  • Navigation Services for the City of Longmont: The most responsive, responsible proposer will be awarded the provision of Navigation Services countywide or for the city of Longmont.

Please note that a single proposal may be submitted for all or multiple services. Such proposal may be submitted by one organization or through a collaborative application with a designated lead organization.

Read the full RFP Here – Proposals Due by October 25th


Census 2020 Outreach and Education Grants

This mini-grant from Together We Count is an opportunity to ensure that hard-to-count populations are counted throughout Colorado in the upcoming 2020 Census through outreach and education. Applications must be submitted online by October 7th, 2019 to be considered. No extensions will be granted.

Mini-grants in the amount of $5,000-$20,000. Eligible organizations include 501(c)(3), (c)(4) and (c)(6) organizations, Churches, Community-based organizations that are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization, individual schools and school districts.

For the full Together We Count grants RPF click here


Samaritan House Family Shelter Re-Opening


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Winter Sheltering

From the Severe Weather Shelter Network: SWSN is in need of Superheroes! Volunteers willing to step out of their comfort zone in order to help us prevent people from freezing to death or experiencing life-changing injury this winter. There are four Host Sites that are in desperate need of Superhero help. These sites may not be able to open on designated shelter nights unless we have volunteers step into some necessary roles.

Read the full posting for volunteer descriptions and contact info


Evidence Behind Approaches that End Homelessness

From the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) - We know that the only true end to homelessness is a safe and stable place to call home, and that together we are making progress by using best practices and building coordinated responses to end homelessness across America. Our understanding of the solutions that work is informed by evidence from research, improved capacity for data collection and interpretation, and the perspectives and voices of people who have experienced homelessness.

Evidence from all of these sources guides the strategies in Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Further, USICH has explored research and data regarding the characteristics and risks for homelessness among different population groups in our Homelessness in America series. Read the full brief here.


Employment Opportunities

Interfaith Alliance of Colorado - Director of Economic Justice

Senior Support Services – Day Center Manager


Upcoming Meetings and Events

Coordinating Committee - September 27th, Mile High United Way

Employment Committee - September 27th, Mile High United Way

Denver Day of Dignity - September 28th, Sonny Lawson Park, Denver 

Human Trafficking and Homelessness - October 8th, MHUW

Equity and Accessibility workgroup - October 9th, Mile High United Way

MDHI Youth Action Board - October 9th, Denver Public Library

MDHI Board of Directors meeting - October 10th, Mile High United Way

Project Homeless Connect - October 10th - Volunteer!

Summit on Racial Equity and Homelessness - October 17th and 18th 


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