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Job Posting :
Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) seeks a full-time Housing Services Coordinator.   
A new position at MCEDV, the Housing Services Coordinator ensures the development and effective implementation of MCEDV’s programming related to shelter, transitional, and permanent housing access for individuals and families affected by abuse and violence. The Coordinator, in partnership with MCEDV staff, will develop and implement strategies to close gaps and improve overall policy and system responses to those who are at risk or experiencing homelessness due to domestic abuse. Community partner engagement and collaboration are key aspects of this position.      

The successful applicant for Housing Services Coordinator will: 

Be knowledgeable about sheltering survivors of domestic violence and assisting those survivors to access transitional and/or permanent housing; Be familiar with housing rental assistance resources in Maine; Be knowledgeable about the Violence Against Women Act; Demonstrate experience in social justice policy advocacy and/or systems change work; Understand and be committed to issues of diversity and demonstrate the ability to work in a multicultural environment; Research, analyze, and present information effectively; Listen and respond effectively to membership concerns and needs; Demonstrate ability to engage, inform, and support committees in accomplishing shared social change and advocacy goals; Communicate verbally in a clear and persuasive manner; Possess excellent writing skills.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • Expertise in the use of spreadsheet and database programs
  • At least 5 years’ experience and demonstrated competence in the areas covered by the job description. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of domestic abuse and violence through advocacy or personal experience and completion of MCEDV’s Core Advocacy, Intervention, Response, and Ethics Training prior to or within the first year of employment with MCEDV. 

This position is statewide in nature, requiring substantial travel, a flexible schedule, and a home office with reliable high-speed internet access to assure remote connection with colleagues in addition to regularly scheduled meetings in MCEDV’s Augusta, ME office.  

MCEDV offers competitive salary, excellent benefits and vacation package.  MCEDV staff coordinate and integrate statewide work in response to domestic abuse and violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. They are responsible for developing and sustaining collaborative partnerships and programs that promote public policy, education, and systems advocacy to create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment that fosters communities where the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all are respected and celebrated. 

Send cover letter and resume in a single document via e-mail with “Housing Services Coordinator application” in the subject line to:  Francine Stark, Executive Director gro.v1571262887decm@1571262887enicn1571262887arf1571262887  No phone calls, please.  Applications due October 15, 2019. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. 

MCEDV is an Equal Opportunity Employer

       

 

      

Reminder: MCoC Meeting Thursday, October 17

This is a reminder that the Maine Continuum of Care will be meeting next Thursday, October 17th, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at three locations:

MaineHousing, 353 Water St, Augusta
New Beginnings, 134 College Street, Lewiston
Shalom House, 106 Gilman Street, Portland

You may also attend via GoToMeeting, for those not able to make it to one of the meeting rooms.

See the agenda packet for details including the GoToMeeting link and call-in number…and please remember…you can use your computer audio or you can use the conference phone line – but you cannot use both!

And double please mute your phone or computer when you are not speaking.

Thanks!

The 2019 Maine Continuum of Care 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 2019 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.

DRAFT 2019 MCOC NOFA Application and Project Priority Listing for Review

Please review the attached DRAFT documents. We will be discussing these at the full MCOC meeting tomorrow, Sept. 19, 2019 and will be either VOTING to approve them for submission (perhaps with some caveats regarding general proof reading edits or a few specific items to be amended), or if more substantial work is needed, VOTING to Authorize the MCOC Board to finalize and approve them for submission to HUD before the final deadline on Sept 30, 2019.

If you are one of the people who volunteered to proof read these documents prior to submission, please know that we do not expect that work to be done by tomorrow (see the aforementioned caveats). Also, please be aware that all of the narratives have strict character limits which forces us to use a lot of acronyms, ampersands, and abbreviations.

Join us for MaineHousing’s Affordable Housing Conference

On October 1st, 2019 MaineHousing will celebrate its 50th Anniversary! We want to celebrate with the partners that have helped make this milestone a success.  Gather with hundreds of housing professionals from around the state to help us Shape the Housing Future of Maine for 50 more years. Our tracks include Path to Homeownership, Maine’s Aging Population, Community Challenges, Innovations in Development, and Poverty in Maine. Registration closes Friday, so visit our conference website for information about speakers, the day’s agenda, and to register!

Homeless Point-In-Time Count Regional Outreach Leads Needed!

Help coordinate the annual point-in-time (PIT) count of individuals who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness across Maine!

What is the PIT Count? Every year the Maine Continuum of Care organizes an annual count in January of individuals experiencing homelessness in Maine. In 2019, on January 22nd, and 23rd through the 25th, volunteers are needed across Maine to make sure we get an accurate count.

Why does this count matter? The results of the annual PIT count help policy makers determine what states and communities need for money and programs to address homelessness. The Maine Continuum of Care is looking for energetic volunteers to help organize this effort in their own communities.

What does the Regional Outreach Lead do? The Regional Outreach Lead coordinates volunteers at the local or county level leading up to and during the PIT count. Making sure that every Mainer experiencing homelessness is counted and is not forgotten. 

Expectations of Lead:

  • Respond to interested community volunteers and coordinate volunteers throughout your assigned area.  There is a role for anyone/everyone who is interested in the PIT Count/Homeless issue and you ensure that those seeking to volunteer are utilized in some capacity throughout the count and/or planning process, even if they are not used on the night of the count. 
  • Ensure that all volunteers in your area have received the Maine Housing PIT Count training and  safety training. Provide follow up/additional support to volunteers throughout the planning and counting process.
  • Respond to requests for volunteers, press releases and/or local media comments on homelessness in your community. The lead is expected to handle the calls in a manner which promotes community participation in the count and increases the public awareness of homelessness in our communities. 
  • Participate in a post-count after action review meeting, scheduled as part of the February monthly Resource Committee meeting that will occur immediately following the PIT count. 

For more information, please contact Janice Lara-Hewey GRO.E1571262887NIAMC1571262887C@yew1571262887ehara1571262887lj1571262887

Revised Scoring and Ranking & MCOC Meeting Reminder

Below please find a REVISED Scoring and Ranking Spreadsheet for the 2019 MCOC New and Renewal Project Applications.

Also, the agenda, minutes, and some other materials for our next Full MCOC meeting this Thursday, September 19, 2019. We will be voting to approve the HMIS documents, so please review them prior to the meeting. We also plan to vote on the DRAFT 2019 MCOC NOFA Application and Project Priority Listing, including the Ranking of Projects. If we are not able to finalize these documents at the meeting, we will need to vote to authorize the MCOC Board to finalize and submit them prior to the Sept 30th Deadline. The DRAFT NOFA Application and Project Priority Listing will be posted here tomorrow – so stay tuned!!!

RFP: Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement (HOUSE) Pilot Project

State of Maine
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

RFP# 201909154
Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement (HOUSE) Pilot Project

The State of Maine is seeking proposals for a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement (HOUSE) pilot project to provide fifty (50) opioid users, who are among the most vulnerable and unstable in the State, with rapid access to low-barrier treatment for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and stable housing to support their recovery.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/bbm/procurementservices/vendors/rfps

A Pre-Bidders’ Conference will be held on September 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. local time at the following location: 109 Capital Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, 1st Floor, Maine A Conference Room.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services to the following e-mail address: vog.e1571262887niam@1571262887slaso1571262887porP1571262887. Proposal submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., local time, on November 27, 2019.  Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine the following business day. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ aforementioned e-mail address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Please see the full RFP announcement for more information: