The Statewide Homeless Council will be on a planning retreat for January 8th. The retreat is for voting members only – if you are a voting member of the Statewide Homeless Council, information regarding the details and location of this retreat will be emailed to you directly. There will NOT be a regular meeting in Augusta this month, so for those who regulalry attend as guests, please enjoy this ‘extra’ day!
This is a reminder that the annual Point-in-Time count is Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Below you will find information for HMIS participating agencies, agencies that do not participate in HMIS, and for Outreach efforts conducting unsheltered counts.
For HMIS Participating Agencies
All data in the HMIS for Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Safe Haven projects need to be reviewed to ensure that it reflects what is true on the night of January 22nd. You are required to send a signed Certification to MaineHousing by February 13, 2019. Please use the link below to review video’s on the PIT and how to run your reports.
2019 PIT Sheltered and Youth Addendum for Providers
2019 PIT Sheltered Report in HMIS
2019 Youth Addendum
In addition to your PIT Count, remember that a Youth Addendum survey needs to be completed and returned to MaineHousing by February 13th for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.
Via Mail to: MaineHousing
Attn: Amanda Castner
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
2019 Housing Inventory Count Announcement
As part of the annual Housing Inventory Count process, we ask our providers to review, verify, and update your information for each of your projects. This includes Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, Safe Haven, and Permanent Housing, which includes Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Re-Housing projects. The HIC form has changed slightly from last year. There is a guidance document that addresses how to fill in each section of the form. This should be reviewed before submitting your certification to MaineHousing by February 13th.
- Login to ServicePoint
- Connect to ART
- Public Folder
- Housing Inventory
2019 Housing Inventory Certification Report Guide.pdf
2019 Maine Homeless Housing Inventory Certification Form
For non-HMIS Agencies and Outreach
Below you will find links to the 2019 PIT Unsheltered, Non-HMIS Participating and Youth Count video along with a link to any survey’s you will need. The training will cover general information on the Unsheltered Street Count portion of the Point-in-Time and the data collection process for the 2019 Unsheltered Count. The video is for outreach groups, volunteers and non-HMIS participants who will be assisting in the 2019 PIT count. Please remember that when filling out the surveys, keep all households together and complete a youth addendum survey for all unaccompanied youth under the age of 25.
- 2019 PIT Non-HMIS Participating Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Non-HMIS Participating Survey
- 2019 PIT Unsheltered Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Unsheltered Survey
- 2019 PIT Youth Addendum Reference Sheet
- 2019 PIT Youth Addendum Survey
For those needing surveys printed off for them ahead of time and mailed, please send me an email request no later than January 14, 2019.
If you have any questions or need support, please contact me by phone or email.
HMIS Application Specialist
353 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Maine Relay 711
This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:30 to 2:00 at the Maine State Library, located at 230 State Street in Augusta, ME (NOT at MaineHousing). Please see the agenda for details, including a call-in number for those not able to attend in person.
Minutes here are from October. November minutes will be posted once approved by the SHC.
The version above is as submitted, the link below is the version that was printed in the Portland Press Herald.
Op Ed, on behalf of the Statewide Homeless Council in the PPH: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/20/maine-voices-laser-focus-on-housing-resources-is-reducing-homelessness/
Dear Coordinated Entry Participant,
On behalf of the CE Subcommittee, after much deliberation and listening to CES partners, the CoC Board has approved a “pause” in the Triage and Diversion portion of Coordinated Entry. This pause will provide time to build a better system coupling what we learned with this experience with emerging best practices.
What the pause means:
- CE partners are not required to complete or enter into HMIS any Triage and Diversion In other words, what is commonly misidentified as “Coordinated Entry,” the initial Triage and Diversion entry assessment (copy attached) does not have to be completed.
What to do during the pause:
- Continue to facilitate soft landings for persons entering the homeless response system. Help refer to the best available resource and guide people seeking shelter to community resources with warm handoffs
- Bring your voice and participate in CoC meetings big and small.
Please accept this as official notice to pause the Triage and Diversion portion of Coordinated Entry.
Thank you for your consideration,
- The Coordinated Entry Subcommittee
Vickey Rand, Josh D’Alessio, Derek Morin, Erin Kelley, Leah Bruns, Mary Wade, Melody Fitch, Rachel Boyce, Scott Tibbitts, Veronica Ross, and Virginia Dill
|Joshua B. D’Alessio, MHA LADC
Manager of Homeless Initiatives
WISH Program Manager
Hope House Health & Living Center
179 – 181 Corporate Drive, Bangor, ME 04401
This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is also a call-in option for those not able to attend in person. Minutes here are from September. October minutes will be posted after they are approved.
Vicky Dute from MaineHousing will be discussing the Supportive Housing Repair Program. The following link will bring you to the guide:
This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 1:00PM to 3:00 PM. Please see the agenda for a list of video conferencing locations. Please use the call-in option only if you cannot make it to one of the video sites.
MCOC will be accepting nominations to fill our Region One Tri-Chair position. Nominees must be MCOC members in good standing, meaning they are eligible to vote at MCOC meetings. If you are not sure the person you wish to nominate is eligible, please contact Vickey Rand or Awa Conteh to confirm their status. Also, please confirm with the person you wish to nominate that they are willing and able to commit to the time and energy required of this role. Please forward the nominee’s name, agency, and contact information to Vickey or Awa.
This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. There is also a call-in option for those not able to attend in person. Minutes here are from June and July, there was no SHC meeting in August. September minutes will be posted once approved.
The Maine Continuum of Care Consolidated Application for HUD Homeless Assistance Program Funding and the accompanying Project Priority Listing for 2018 are now complete!
Thank you to EVERYONE who worked so hard – whether on the CoC level application, one or more project level applications, participating on committees or in discussions at various meetings – to help us collect and assemble all the information that goes into this final product.
(please note, the documents have been updated since original post)