WISP News 7.10.2014

Watch for HMIS Agency Agreement – Coming Soon via Email

We are updating the HMIS Agency Agreements, and to this end we are using a new tool to do so. Instead of having each agency download, print off, sign, and upload the agency agreements, we are using an electronic signature tool called Docusign. This tool will allow all agencies, free of charge, to sign the agency agreements and keep a copy for their own records.  No printing or mailing required.

We will be sending this form to each agency (not program) that actively uses HMIS. In most cases it will be sent to a person that is designated as the Agency Administrator. If the Agency
Administrator is not authorized to sign the HMIS Agency Agreement, they will have the ability to forward the form to the appropriate person for signature.

We hope to have each HMIS agency complete these agreements by August 15th. For more information on how Docusign works, see their how-to page:



As a reminder to everyone, the semi-annual Point-in-Time is coming up fast – the overnight between July 30th & July 31st. Please send any media coverage our way – at wisp@icalliances.org. We want to be able to share it with everyone!

Also, I attached the documents that have been distributed thus far to help in the Point-in-Time planning process.  Specific documents for data collection for the July PIT will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Ethics and Boundaries Training Available in Green Bay

The Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition will be hosting a training entitled “Keeping Afloat: Ethics and Boundaries in the Workplace” facilitated by Joan Grossel, MSW, PhD, LCSW. CEUs available for those who attend the seminar.  Only $20 per person.

Date:  July 21st
Time:  9:30am – 1:30pm
Place:  Brown County Central Library, Lower Level Auditorium

For more information and to register: http://bchhcwi.org/coalition%20training.htm

Denver Announces Unique Funding Model for PSH

The City of Denver, along with several partners, recently announced a new $8M permanent supportive housing initiative. This PSH program will use a “social impact bond” model - investors will provide the money up front using a contract that commits taxpayers to repaying them later, but only if the effort saves the city money elsewhere. To read more about the program and new funding model, follow the links below:

“Denver homeless initiative, unveiled at CGI America, uses new model” The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_26033521/denver-homeless-initiative-unveiled-at-cgi-america-uses

“CSH & Denver Innovate to Help Vulnerable People” written by Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-de-santis/csh--denver-innovate-to-h_b_5551323.html

Balance of State Continuum of Care

(1) The next quarterly meeting for the Balance of State is coming up fast, August 14th & 15th, in Wausau. I have attached the registration form and the draft agenda. The block of room are held until July 18th  and the deadline for registering is Friday, August 1st!

(2) Quarterly Annual Performance Report (QAPR) #2 is due July 15th. You must send this document to carrie.poser@icalliances.org by the end of the business day on the 15th in PDF format. The date range is 1/1/14 – 6/30/14.

(3) The Division of Housing has asked that we take some time to complete a survey for the purposes of the Wisconsin 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.  Please see below.

The Department of Administration’s Division of Housing is asking for your input to help us serve Wisconsin’s low to moderate income, homeless and special needs citizens. Your feedback is critical to the success of distributing approximately $45 million each year for programs and new initiatives that help expand economic opportunities and affordable housing for some of our most vulnerable residents. You can help us define our goals and prioritization of state and federal U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds in the years ahead.  The Wisconsin 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan defines how the State will distribute grant funds to local governments, public and private organizations, and businesses. We would appreciate your feedback to help us define our goals and the prioritization of these funds in the years ahead by completing a short survey by August 1, 2014.

Click here for the survey, which will take about 30 minutes to complete. (To complete the survey in Spanish, click here.)  Additionally, this survey can be made available in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities upon request by contacting Matt Beckwith at (608) 266-7531 or Matt.Beckwith@wisconsin.gov. Pass this survey along to others who may be interested in contributing their feedback to help us address Wisconsin’s critical needs including your employees, partners, and volunteers.  Thank you for your participation!

Sincerely,    Division of Housing

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