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December SHC Meeting – Different Location!!!

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.

SHC Agenda 12.11.18

SHC Minutes 10-9-18

State and Federal Legislation Update 12.5.18

Op Ed on working together to end homelessness 10.23.18

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/

 

 

Reminder: Vote Vote Vote!

The Maine Continuum of Care is electing a new Tri-Chair. There are two excellent candidates vying for the position: Veronica Ross, of The Opportunity Alliance, and William (Bill) Higgins, of Homeless Voices for Justice.  A brief statement from each appeared in a previous post on November 16th.

There are currently 36 agencies eligible to Vote in MCOC. Please see the list below to see if your agency is one of them. So far, only 15 (those in red font) have voted.  If your agency is in black font, you can still cast a vote. There can be only one vote per agency, so make sure you confer with your co-workers!

Please email your vote to Awa, Vickey and Scott before December 10th so we can announce the winner at the next MCOC meeting. This website scrambles email addresses so if you need them, contact Scott at stibbitts at mainehousing. org and I will send you the info.

Bangor Area Homeless Shelter
Bread of  Life Ministries
Catholic Charities
CHOM
City of Bangor
City of Portland
Community Health & Counseling Services
DHHS
Emmaus Shelter
ESM
Fair Tide
Families and Children Together (FACT)
Family Violence Project
HOME, Inc.
Homeless Voices for Justice
Hope and Justice Project
Kennebec Behavioral Health
Knox County Homeless Coalition
MaineHousing
Mid Maine Homeless Shelter
New Beginnings
Next Step
OHI
Partners for Peace
PCHC
Preble Street
RCAM
Safe Voices
Shalom House
Tedford Housing
The Opportunity Alliance
Through These Doors
 Veteran’s Inc
Volunteers of America
York County Shelter Programs, Inc.
Youth Advisory Board

CE Triage and Diversion “Pause”

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

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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
Pronouns: he|him|his
C. 207/944.9838 ~ O. 217.6713 #1144

NAEH Webinar: Low Barrier, Housing Focused Shelter

NAEH Emergency Shelter Learning Series

“Getting Your Board on Board with Low-Barrier, Housing Focused Shelter.”

Making the shift to adopt housing first, low-barrier, and housing-focused shelter practices can be both exciting and scary, especially for your Board of Directors. Boards have many duties and responsibilities paramount among them is fundraising, advocacy, and community-building. Supporting operational practices like requiring shelter doors be open to everyone, save for a health or safety reason, dropping program requirements in exchange for services, and dedicating all staff’s time to finding housing for guests can be daunting. Listen to shelter operators who made this shift and how they educated and encouraged their Boards to adopt shelter best practices to seize opportunities for increased performance and outcomes as well as community and funder support.

The webinar will take place on December 13, 2018 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time. To register visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4991650144271299339.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Best,
Kristi

Kristi Schulenberg

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

National Alliance to End Homelessness

1518 K Street NW, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20005

VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation within ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

All ESG & CoC funded programs are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please join HUD and CSH to discuss the implementation of HUD’s Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Final Rule in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Continuum of Care (CoC) Programs. The VAWA Final Rule expands housing protections for survivors of domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in CoC and ESG projects. The rule was created to help ensure all individuals have access to a safe home without the fear of violence and to reduce the risk of homelessness among survivors. Learn more about:

  • The protections and rights outlined in the rule including the protection from refusal of assistance, termination of assistance, or eviction based on being a survivor
  • A survivor’s right to an emergency transfer when there is a safe and available unit
  • The option to bifurcate a lease to help keep a survivor safely housed

The webinar will provide a full overview of the rule, specifically targeted to recipients of ESG and CoC funds.

VAWA Housing Protections – Implementation within ESG and CoC Programs Webinar

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Register for this webinar.

Runaway Youth Prevention Webinar

TTA Network Message
Dear Colleague,

 

On November 28, 2018 from 3-4 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present “Runaway Youth Prevention.” This webinar coincides with National Runaway Prevention Month.

This webinar will address current emerging needs, discuss recent initiatives and legislation, and highlight the importance of law enforcement involvement in runaway youth prevention. Presenters will discuss strategies and best practices to prevent runaway youth and examine research on runaway youth and how it can be applied in various settings. Resources will also be provided to participants.

Register and learn more about this free webinar.

Thank you,

 

The OJJDP TTA Team

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and

Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

OJJDP’s NTTAC

9300 Lee Highway

Fairfax, VA 22031-1207

833.647.0513

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MCOC Tri-Chair Election – Call for VOTES!

The Maine Continuum of Care is electing a new Tri-Chair to serve a three year term of office. There are two excellent candidates vying for the position: Veronica Ross, of The Opportunity Alliance, and William (Bill) Higgins, of Homeless Voices for Justice. Each has submitted a brief statement, below, for your consideration.

Only MCOC member agencies in good standing are eligible to vote, and there can be only one vote per agency, so make sure you confer with your co-workers! Please email your vote to Awa, Vickey and Scott  before December 10th so we can announce the winner at the next MCOC meeting.

(If you are not sure if your agency is in good standing, please ask, and yes, votes must go to all three, Awa, Vickey and Scott. This website scrambles email addresses so if you need them, contact Scott at stibbitts at mainehousing. org and I will send you the info.)

From Veronica:

My name is Veronica Ross. I have been with TOA for over 17 years working with our HUD funded programs in a variety of capacities, everything from direct care to APRs and Esnaps applications.  I have been an active participant in the CoC for many years, involved in all aspects of the PCoC and with the merger I have been a part of writing the NOFA, member of the Data, Monitoring, Coordinated Entry, NOFA and a member of the BOD.

I feel that my long history with the CoC would make me an asset for the MCoC as a Tri-Chair. In addition I have a reputation of being highly organized, collaborative and responsive; qualities I feel are necessary for a tri-chair position. I appreciate the nomination and thank you for your consideration.

From Bill:

William Higgins served on the Statewide and Regional One Homeless Council for over two years, as well as regularly attending CoC and ESAC meetings, and now serves as the Homeless Advocacy representative to the Maine CoC Board of Directives.  While lacking the formal education in human services and social work, I graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1981 with a BS in Marine Engineering.

My goals are first to apply the leadership skills from my education, 16 years of naval service as an officer, as well as project management skills providing engineering services to Nuclear Power Plants.  An additional goal is of course to bring the perspective as a veteran who has been homeless four times.

I thank all for their consideration for this Tri-chair position.

Sincerely,

William E Higgins Jr

 

Reminder: SHC Meeting 11-13-18

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.

SHC Agenda 11.13.18

SHC Minutes 9-11-18

State and Federal Legislation Update 11.7.18

Statewide Homeless Council Meeting Protocol – Adopted 9.11.18