Happy April folks! As this month races by, please do not forget these important updates & reminders:
(1) MAY QUARTERLY MEETING
The May Quarterly Meeting agenda and registration are posted at http://www.wiboscoc.org/quarterly-meetings.html. The State per diem rate for hotel rooms ends TOMORROW (4/23). The registration for the BOS meeting ends Friday, May 6th.
Please make sure you register. We have several great speakers lined up for Thursday and more roundtable opportunities. Friday we have a lot of information to share and some voting to do. So please come prepared!
As a reminder, if you receive ETH funds you are required to participate on a Balance of State Committee. In addition to that, if you want to be a part of a project that will ultimately benefit the Balance of State and our efforts to end homelessness, please consider joining a committee. The list of current committees can be found at: http://www.wiboscoc.org/committees.html
I am pleased to announce that we will be adding a committee to our list: Diversion. Chris Lashock from Homeless Connections in the Fox Cities has agreed to chair this important addition to our programming. If you are interested in joining, please contact Chris at: Chris@homelessconnections.net
(3) BOS BOARD SCORING TOOL FOR THE COC COMPETITION
The Board of Directors is seeking comments on the tool, scoring criteria, weight, and process. All of these documents are located on the website. http://www.wiboscoc.org/coc-competition-information.html All comments must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for feedback is April 30, 2016.
(4) COORDINTATED ENTRY
If your community, a particular agency, or particular staff are struggling with Coordinated Entry, please remember that we have someone specific designated to help in your area.
Debbie Bushman – Debbie.email@example.com
Implementation Team contact for: Brown, Fox Cities, Lakeshore, NE, & NWISH, Winnebagoland
Lisa Sanders – firstname.lastname@example.org
Implementation Team contact for: Kenosha, Ozaukee, & Washington
Jeanette Petts – email@example.com
Implementation Team contact for: CAP, Central, Jefferson, Rock Walworth, & Southwest
Corin Tubridy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Implementation Team contact for: Coulee, Dairyland, North Central, Northwest, & West Central/Indianhead
Carrie Poser – email@example.com
Implementation Team contact for: Waukesha
NEW TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES:
Managing the Non-WISP Prioritization List
Wednesday, April 27th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8089125011131742211
This coordinated entry training is specifically for List Holders and DLA (designated lead agency) contacts. The purpose of the training is to answer questions, address common questions, and walk through the "managing part" of the list responsibilities - including follow up, accepting, declining, and the delete function.
This training is required for DLA contacts and List Holders.
A few things to note:
1) I conducted a Transitional Housing Prioritization training last week. The recording and slides are now posted on the website. http://www.wiboscoc.org/coordinated-entry.html
2) The correct paper version of the VI-SPDAT (Version 2) and the link to the OrgCode training are now also posted on the website. If you were using Version 1, please stop. Take the shorter training and start using Version 2. The version in Service Point has already been switched to Version 2.
3) The “Working Together” training was geared for anyone who will be filling openings for their housing project from the prioritization list. This training was done on 4/21. The slides and recording will be posted on the website soon.
(5) NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS (NAEH) – July Conference
Early registration for the 2016 National Conference on Ending Homelessness is now available. The conference will take place at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel from July 26 to 28, 2016.
Sign up at the early registration rate of $550 per person until 3 p.m. ET on Friday, May 6, 2016. After May 6 the rate will increase to $585 per person.
(6) HUD, USICH, NAEH TRAINING (ONLINE) and INFO
NAEH: RRH Know How Series http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/rrh-know-how
NAEH: Closing a Case: Known When to End Rapid Re-Housing Assistance
To register: http://www.endhomelessness.org/news/calendar/closing-a-case-knowing-when-to-end-rapid-re-housing-assistance
NAEH: Transforming Homeless Services in West Virginia (Zach Brown)
To register: http://www.endhomelessness.org/news/calendar/transforming-homeless-services-in-west-virginia
HUD: COC Program Toolkit – Grant Administration (includes recordkeeping and financial)
(7) IN PERSON TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
CSH 2016 Summit: Housing as a Platform
Date: Wednesday, June 8-10, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
(8) GENERAL REMINDERS
If you have any media from your local continua, including newspaper, radio, or TV, please send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to be able to post it to the Facebook page and please visit the new “NEWS” section of the website: http://www.wiboscoc.org/news.html
If you have job openings you would like to share, please send them to email@example.com and we can post them on a “Partner Opportunities” page.
Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook.
I am the COC Coordinator for the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.