This is a reminder that the Statewide Homeless Council will be meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 9:30 to 2:00 at MaineHousing, 353 Water Street in Augusta. Please see the agenda for details, including a call in number for those not able to attend in person. There will be a Press Conference immediately following the meeting. Minutes here are from May. June minutes will be posted once approved.
Please note that a newer version of the Maine Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness has been inserted in the previous SHC post and is also available here:
The Maine Human Rights Commission, Disability Rights Maine, and Pine Tree Legal Fair Housing Workshop
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
2 – 5 PM
PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
5 MONUMENT WAY, PORTLAND, ME 04101 (RINES AUDITORIUM – LOWER LEVEL)
This three-hour seminar is designed for Landlords and Property Managers. The course, conducted by the Maine Human Rights Commission (“MHRC”) in conjunction with Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Disability Rights Maine, will provide an overview of Fair Housing Law. Housing providers who complete the course will obtain a basic understanding of rights and responsibilities under state and federal law. Who should take the class? Landlords, property managers, leasing consultants, owners of manufactured housing, the general public; anyone who sells, leases, owns, or manages residential property.
Topics being presented include:
• The essential requirements of Maine Human Rights Act (“MHRA”) housing law
• Change in service/assistance animal laws for housing
• Reasonable accommodations (including for persons with mental disabilities)
• Recent cases of interest from the MHRC on housing
• Fair Housing/Substantial Equivalence/Dual filing
• HUD regulations on harassment in housing
• HUD guidance on criminal records, nuisance orders and complaints, and LEP refinement
How to Register:
**The MHRC Fair Housing seminar is free but registration is required. Register online @ https://mhrcfairhousing.eventbrite.com . Registration will open on May 15, 2017 and close on June 16, 2017. Register early. This class fills quickly. Please contact us with any specific question you hope to have addressed at the seminar. Contact: Carrie McCarter by phone 207-624-6296 or e-mail: *protected email*
Please click on the link below to access the 2017 Maine Point-in-Time Report recently posted on the MaineHousing website.
This link will take you to the MaineHousing “Research & Reports” page. The link to the 2017 PIT Report will appear at the top of your screen, but there are many other reports related to housing and homelessness available here that you may find helpful and informative!
On May 12th from 12:30-4:30PM, The Office of Child and Family Services and MaineHousing invite you to participate in an independently facilitated deliberate, Strategic Planning Forum about Ending Youth Homelessness in Maine. As there are many people working on this mission in various capacities across Maine, we look forward to bringing everyone together for this essential process. This is a community effort, so inviting those who are and are not part of the Continuum of Care will provide us with a holistic approach to strategic planning. Please come ready to share your thoughts as we identify service gaps and needs, hear what is working well across the entire State of Maine, and develop a framework for action to end youth homelessness in Maine.
Please forward this along if you know someone who would be interested in participating in this group discussion.
Craig Freshley from Good Group Decisions will be the Strategic Planning Facilitator for this event.
We look forward to working with all of you on this incredibly important issue. More information will be forwarded at a later date.
Please electronically RSVP no later than May 1st: https://homelessyouthforum.eventbrite.com
Jessica Wood, LSW
Youth and Family Program Specialist
DHHS, Office of Child & Family Services
( Tel: (207) 561-4102 7 Fax: (207) 941-8856 8 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 396 Griffin Rd – Bangor, Maine 04401
The Region II Homeless Council training on Homeless Youth is scheduled for Friday December 9th from 9:30-11 not December 8th. Sorry for any confusion.
This posting is from Adria Horn, the Director of the Bureau of Maine Veteran Services:
On October 25th from 9am to 3pm, I invite you to join us for a deliberate, strategic planning session about ending veteran homelessness in Maine. Most of you are already working on this in various capacities but the Statewide Homeless Council and I have specific directives from the Maine State Legislature to address this issue in a holistic way which includes all those who are and are not part of the Continuums of Care. This is a community effort and I hope you can review the attached bare bones informational briefing to set the stage for our planning session.
All your current efforts are to be inclusively used as part of this greater collaborative and to only give credit where credit is most certainly due.
Please let me know if someone should be invited who is not on this list. Additionally, please let me know if more/better/different information should be included in this briefing. Again, this briefing is just to inform the great planning effort. Craig Freshley from Good Group Decisions will be the Strategic Planning Facilitator for this event.
I look forward to working with all of you on this incredibly important issue. Please RSVP NLT October 20th.
Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services
117 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333