Category Archives: Maine CoC

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

CE-Triage-and-Diversion-Assessment-4.18.18

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

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

 

Accepting Nominations for MCOC Tri-Chair Position

The Maine Continuum of Care is currently accepting nominations to fill a Tri-Chair position. The MCOC will do their best to maintain equal representation of the three regions (Southern, Central, and Northern) for the tri-chair positions.  Currently we are accepting nominations to fill the remainder of the term for the Region 1 Chair. Standard terms are for 3 years, and Chairs may be re-elected. 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 (Full MCOC meetings, Board meetings, NOFA Committee, etc.). Please email the nominee’s name, agency, and contact information to Vickey or Awa.

Reminder: MCOC 10-18-18

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.

MCOC-Agenda-10-18-18

DRAFT 9-13-18 MCOC Minutes

State and Federal Legislation Update 10.1.18

 

The 2018 MCOC NOFA Application and Project Priority Listing

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)

MCOC 2018 NOFA Application

MCOC 2018 NOFA Project Priority Listing