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Coordinating Committee Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative MDHI Continuum of Care March 2016 Mile High United Way

March 25, 2016

Coordinating Committee Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative MDHI Continuum of Care March 2016 Mile High United Way

people who are here  Christy,  Isabel McDevitt,  Sanford,  Luehrs, Ms. Mayer,  

y  quien mas.  es viernes,   names and where we are from<  Gary Cameron Mary Jane,  Bryan   Grace  Jess Cathy Mickey Lewis,  Sue Gilman, Rene  Cruz,  Chery;l Hines,  Kippi CLausson,  Denver Foundation  Close to Home  Campaign,   Denver Foundation      Development Team,  providers  also Chamber of Congress,  Mayors, partnership.  

  3  Grass Roots Efforts


listening tours  

commission public opinion poll

who is homeless?   stereotypes of people most of all


why do people become homeless  – bring it on their lives


costs of housing and rent are out of range to care for oneself


personal connection  1:10  people experienced vicariously or directly being without a place to live.

family member or close friend 1,290,000  people

not removed from our lives


can we successfully address  many said that it is possible

7 county a problem where you live only DENVER

disconnect for outlying areas of counties surrounding Denver


people themselves address the issue

up to charitable organizations.


50%  said that they have some role and care deeply  remains staggering issue if they take action will it make a difference

homelessness is ten of 13 issues  affordable housing was more significant.  PEOPLE CANNOT MAKE THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE CONDITIONS and BEING IN PUBLIC PLACES.


world view Weltenschauung BAD CHOICES no HAND OUTS  legitimate reasons for loss  TRAUMA  as an example

pay a living wage  housing that is more affordable  a hand UP


cut back on what we are doing    


Movable middle”   44%  32% middle  against anything


the person brings it on themselves:  entrenched  23%


start with the person  in their shoes and through their eyes.


me focused in mid stream  urban settings  males,  Latinos,  people who live in the central core.  are movable?  women are allies as well as African Americans and others




don’t put out the myth and remove it.  what do you want you to do?            DO ACTIONS THAT IMPLEMENT CHANGES IN VALUES at church in person relations, at work, share  information,  make it easier to speak to policy makers and business leaders.  WE can live in a place where everybody has a safe place to call home.  experienced and moved beyond homelessness  –  Jan Watkins story


personal experiences of being in public places without a safe place to stay


initial funding support:  3 collaboratives   bring on more groups with time  faith service, health care,  sectors missing law enforcement K-12, 

mass media:  money  to buy ads.    people communicating more  –  through existing channels  have web sites e newsletters events which they host.  They wish to grow beyond their existing networks.  host community conversations  intentionally talk about being without a safe place to remain.  a laundry in Aurora lets people do their wash  professional speakers  hearing more and more personal stories.  

huge events stand up giving money  does not effect me  normalize this so it goes away pledge card for public will building campaign  learn more speak up in a conversation  contribute to these matters


bigger actions in this arena  close to home campaign   let others leave the room if it makes sense to you


McDermitt:  clients  stories best way to tell stories,  like the Holocaust Memorial Library or story court  –  how much is paid for this public speaking.  community conversations  Warren Village Listening sessions –  Family Tree,  Coalition Against Domestic Violence  –  speaker training  is essential  will pay for their time a stipend.


support people   dredging feelings of trauma  share stories in diverse media.  next month first speaker bureau training

potential to be good speaker and speaker opportunities  send top MDHI  or Christy.


Luehrs:  single populace losing their sites to rest  –  this is homeless people  – what are you thinking about doing?


focused on families and children  –  trauma begins at earliest years.


Gary is on the leadership team  diversity team  care about the end goal  provide people with information  ask about policies and processes


DU  study on decriminalization of being without a safe place



Sanford  – regional messaging  housing instability  –  Bryan  went to churches in Arapahoe  County.  singles sleeping in their cars  that is a choice.


clinically  let’s focus on housing  but also  TRAUMA and inception of the significant loss of hope and resilience.

Close to Home   Christina


The agenda – Coordinating Committee is posted. We hope to see you there. Please RSVP either via the Outlook invitation or this email.

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee provides a forum for networking and information sharing regarding local and regional homeless initiatives. 

Meeting times: 4th Friday of each month from 9:00-11:30am at MHUW, 711 Park Avenue West, Denver, CO 80205

Co-chairs: Lindi Sinton, Volunteers of America & Isabel McDevitt, Bridge House

2016 Agenda and Minutes


MDHI Coordinating Committee Agenda January 2016

MDHI Coordinating Committee Minutes January 2016

MDHI Coordinating Committee Agenda February 2016

MDHI Coordinating Committee February 2016 Minutes

MDHI Coordinating Committee Agenda March 2016

 2015-16 Severe Weather Shelter Information

Adams County–Cold Weather Care

Agape (Longmont)–Boulder County

Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties–Severe Weather Shelter Network

Boulder–BOHO, Emergency Warming Center (EWC)

Boulder Shelter–Boulder County

Emergency Winter Shelter Information 2015-2016 for Boulder County (provided by LHOT)




Rebecca Mayer

Program Coordinator

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

711 Park Avenue West, Suite 320

Denver, CO 80205

303.295.1772 ext. 102



Assessment  coordinated entry  different for all specific groups of people.  assessment by TRAINED Interviewers


all options will be considered  for whoever needs to be housed


ESG  COC  resources

Preferences for housing options subsidized   older people wait years for housing

attach services for __________,        ________________,          __________________,         _____________________,

agency  updates and announcements


Shilo  house 30,000 ‘   April 7  4 p.m.  emergency services for young.


city officials to make a plan about all of this  not a lot of heads up you are unable to take care of anyone.


people got into housing.   WE HAVE TO GIVE PEOPLE OTHER OPTIONS


Jefferson County doing more training and out reach on VI  study

working with people who have mental illnesses and who have been without a place to live or rest.


Secretary Castro  was here for thirty minutes for conversation with the Secretary of Urban Development  alternatives  congregant living  boarding homes would be faster and simpler

2007 founded (1)  Irving Street congregant for women with permanent mental health issues.  (2) BRANDON SELF-HAVEN was founded  more funding available.


Bringing people from around the region of how to end homelessness regionally.


regional dialog a year from now on planning and implementation of a place and platform to work on these issues


decrease or end homelessness the length and the scope of the matter being reduced and looking for changes in their lives  CAPS  idea












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