WISP News 9.11.2014

Update on the Big Changes Headed Your Way!

We have some dates and updates for you to pay attention to:  

9/25:  We are hosting live webinars to provide you and overview of the changes.  Attending live allows you to participate in the question and answer session, however, a recording of the training will be available later that day if you are unable to attend.

9/26:  We will upgrade to 5.11 the night of 9/25, so when you log in on 9/26 you will see slight changes to the site, but not the Assessment Transition.

9/29:  Assessment Transition begins.  We are prioritizing by Live data entry and funding requirements.
SSVF programs will switch to the new SSVF assessment.  

9/30:  Programs entering LIVE client profile information will be switched over after 5pm.

10/2-3:    Remaining providers will be updated in this order:  CoC, ESG (ETH), SSSG, Other non-HUD funded housing, Other non-Federal service programs, PATH, RHY.

2014 Data Standards Helpful Link

2014 Data Standards Manual
A Guide for HMIS Users, CoCs and System Administrators.

ICA Welcomes Demetri Vincze to the WI HMIS Team!

Demetri Vincze joins the Institute for Community Alliances as a Project Assistant through a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a first-year student at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs interested in social and poverty policy, particularly as they relate to housing issues.  Demetri spent last year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member with the Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine, where he worked with providers to meet CoC Program requirements, complete grant applications, and organize the last two Point in Time counts.  He graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College with a BA in political science in 2013.  Demetri speaks Hungarian, is an adventurous eater, and lives in Waukesha with his wife Alyssa and their two well-fed cats, Zazzy and Sheldon.

At ICA, Demetri will be working with CoCs to evaluate the effectiveness of their shelter diversion programs and coordinated access and assessment systems.  Using a comparative analysis framework, Demetri hopes to construct a program evaluation model that could be used by CoCs across the state.  He will also be partnering with ICA staff to develop a performance measurement system that can be used by CoCs to track their program progress online. He is very excited to be joining ICA and is looking forward to working with everyone this year.  You can reach Demetri at demetri.vincze@icalliances.org.

Milwaukee CoC HMIS News
Project Homeless Connect is October 16, 2014 and will be held at Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union from 10am to 3pm.  We are still in need of volunteers!  Please sign up using the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4fa4a82ca2fe3-milwaukee his annual event is a one-stop shop where guests can receive basic healthcare, dental and other essential services as well as access to resources.

The DSO (Data Services Report) is currently on hold for City ESG recipients.  Once the report has been fixed, agencies will be responsible for sending in their reports dating back to January, in one month increments.  That being said, please make sure to export into PDF format and send WITHOUT client data.  Nancy will announce when the report is ready to go.  State ETH funded agencies: The DSO and the Monthly Services Report is due to the City by the 10th of each month. Please make sure you are submitting each DSO report in PDF format WITHOUT client data. Several webinars specific to the DSO have been conducted for Milwaukee agencies. 

If you are still having issues with this report, please contact Nancy Monarrez (Nancy.monarrez@icalliances.org).   

Interesting News Articles

Daytime Homeless Resource Center Green Bay
The Micah Center, a daytime homeless resource center is schedule to open in October.

Homeless Liaison receives Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year
Pasqualucci was recognized for developing a number of programs and partnerships in the community to help students who are homeless or have a low family income.