Weekly Roundup 9.6.19
Day of Dignity, MDHI VISTA openings, Delores Project intake changes, Ban the Box, McKinney-Vento info, Trainings and the Calendar
AmeriCorps VISTA Openings!
Do you know someone interested in a year of service with AmeriCorps and MDHI? We have 4 openings we are working to fill in the next month! One VISTA will be located at the Aurora Ready to Work program supporting efforts in community engagement, volunteers, sustainability and communications. We are also recruiting for 3 positions directly with MDHI, to work with our directors building capacity through the development of our regional governing councils, integrating committees, and providing more opportunities for direct feedback and decision-making processes from providers and those experiencing homelessness in our Continuum activities and priorities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions!
2019 Day of Dignity
The fourth annual Denver Day of Dignity on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM at Sonny Lawson Park, 2301 Welton Street, Denver, CO.
The Day of Dignity is a day sponsored by Islamic Relief USA and hosted by Muslim Family Services of Colorado that aims to engage the collective community in addressing homelessness in an interactive, safe, and fun environment. They aim to raise awareness about homelessness, while also providing access to the necessary resources and services needed by our community members experiencing homelessness. Here is one of last year's news features that really captures the value and importance of this day, which is really only achievable with phenomenal community partners and volunteers, and beneficiaries' trust.
With community support and partnership, they aim to offer a range of resources and services to community members experiencing homelessness. Community Partners are needed! Sign up using this Community Partner Signup Link by September 10, 2019.
Delores Project New Intake Procedure
After gathering some feedback from their shelter guests, they have decided to make some changes to the procedure for offering beds to community members on Mondays.
The goals of this new bed-filling process are as follows:
- To make the process more fair and equitable. Each person who calls for a bed has an equal chance of getting through to staff, entering their name in the lottery, and getting selected for a bed.
- To reduce the level of panic and stress that guests are experiencing on Monday mornings, specifically those who go to TGP or who do not have multiple friends helping them call on their cell phones.
- To reduce the number of people trying to call and get through to our staff at once.
New Anti-Discrimination Notices for Housing from DORA
The Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has released new Anti-Discrimination Notices for places of employment, housing, and public accommodations. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission Rules and Regulations, part of the Code of Colorado Regulations, requires the posting of notices "that summarize the discriminatory or unfair practices prohibited by the Law."
Colorado’s Chance to Compete Act
An update regarding the Colorado Chance to Compete Act (otherwise known as “ban the box”): Effective on September 1, 2019, most employers with 11 or more employees are prohibited from:
- Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
- Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
- Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial application
If you believe an employer has violated this law, you may file a complaint with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. If you prefer, complaints may be submitted anonymously—or you can also reach out to Jack Regenbogen with CCLP at email@example.com
You can download the complaint form from the web page on the Act: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/colorado-chance-compete-act. The web page is not yet linked to the CDLE homepage, but you can find it on the Division's section on Workplace Conditions. (Scroll down to and select the heading Colorado Chance to Compete Act.)
McKinney-Vento Info for Homeless Students
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has produced this toolkit, which provides information about how the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act protects the rights of children and youth to stay in their schools while their families are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. It provides resources to help parents understand their children’s educational rights and whom they can contact at the school system level and how to seek legal representation.
Essential for Providing Services Trainings
The Corporation for Supportive Housing is beginning a series of six instructor-led webinars starting on Tuesday, September 10. Participants gain a basic understanding of Housing First and key clinical practices for supportive housing:
- Harm Reduction
- Trauma Informed Care
- Motivational Interviewing
- Assertive Engagement
Also included are practical strategies for coordinating with property managers and landlords to ensure housing stability and eviction prevention.
Webinar Recording/ Presentation Materials: Participants receive automatic access to each webinar recording and presentation files for 6 months through the Online Training Center.
Certificate: Upon completion, participants receive a certificate that can be printed from the Online Training Center.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Safe Parking Workgroup - September 9th, Mile High United Way
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
Point in Time Committee - September 24th - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton Housing Authority Lottery and Resource Fair - September 25th, 2019
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
Project Homeless Connect - October 10th - Volunteer!
Summit on Racial Equity and Homelessness - October 17th and 18th