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January 21,  2022 – Home for Good Newsletter

January 21, 2022 – Home for Good Newsletter




Register to Volunteer

Sheltered Count 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Unsheltered Count 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 5:30 am – 10:30 am

GA 505 – Muscogee / Russell Continuum of Care Semi-Annual Membership Meeting
 
February 10 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • In person: Home for Good Office – 1100 First Ave, Columbus
  • Online: Zoom Link – Meeting ID: 859 5672 7684 – Passcode: 873499

 
Information Flyer

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Cold Weather Predicted – Temporary Warming Shelter Open Saturday, January 22 through Monday, January 24SafeHouse Ministries2101 Hamilton Road, Columbus No one turned away – No questions askedInformation Flyer

Warming Hearts of GA Ministry, Inc. – Clothing and Food Giveaway

Saturday, January 29 | 11:00 amKingdom Life Ministries2115 Wynnton Road, Columbus Information Flyer

Farming Community Survey The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture (GFA) and Georgia Farm Bureau are distributing a statewide mental well-being survey to collect detailed information and better assist our farmers and farm workers. The statewide survey went LIVE on January 3rd, 2021 and will run until the end of February 2022. This is a follow up to the already conducted pilot survey in partnership with the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine for which we received nearly 550 responses. Click here to view the survey: www.gafarmsurvey.org

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES


Free Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits Beginning Wednesday, January 19th, you can order free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website www.covidtests.gov A total of four test kits can be ordered per household.

Vaccination Information: 


MMWR – January 19, 2022 Covid-19 latest reports, quick stats, and continuing education. Read more

PROVIDERS


GA 505 – Muscogee / Russell Continuum of Care Semi-Annual Membership Meeting February 10 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 Information Flyer

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Newsletter Featuring: Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Service Providers Developed by USICH, CDC, HHS, HUD, and VA Read more here

COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers January 18, 2022 This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners. Read more

PD&R Updates
 
New Cityscape Reflects on the Hispanic Housing Experience in the United States
 
Read more

V4P Advocacy Webinar Wednesday, January 26 | 2:00 pmZoom Meeting LinkMeeting ID: 894 5733 9207Join by Phone: (646) 558 8656 To help prepare for Substance Abuse Prevention Day (SAPD) and Suicide Prevention Advocacy Day (SPAD) V4P will be presenting an Advocacy Webinar.

Register Today: 2022 CARES Act Virtual Conference This is a reminder to register for the 2022 CARES Act Virtual Conference taking place January 24–28, 2022. This conference is intended for all grantees that have applied for and received their allocation of HUD CARES Act funding in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read more here

HOME FOR GOOD | CONTINUUM OF CARE


GA 505 – Muscogee / Russell Continuum of Care Semi-Annual Membership Meeting February 10 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 Information Flyer

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January 7, 2022 – Home for Good Newsletter

January 7, 2022 – Home for Good Newsletter

With a 4 time increase in positive COVID 19 cases in our geographical area and in the interest of protecting public health, the Point In Time Count will now take place in February 2022. 

Sheltered Count 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Unsheltered Count 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 5:30 am – 10:30 am

Join Home for Good and the Continuum of Care in this important event. Register to volunteer today!

Training is required for all new and returning volunteers.  If you have any questions, please email Cathy DeVane.

Register to Volunteer


Home for Good, the Continuum of Care, and our Partner Agencies work from a client By-Name List. This By-Name List is a real-time list of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The list is monitored and updated daily to ensure everyone’s needs are being met and that no one gets lost in the system. The By-Name List has proven to be an effective tool in our mission. During the month of December, 2021, the average number of people on the By-Name List was 363. According to the By-Name List data and client-shared information, we can share the data for living situation and household type. The percentages reflected in the graphs are based on the average number of 363 individuals experiencing homelessness.

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS


Goodwill

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES


Vaccination Information:

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MMWR – January 7, 2022 Covid-19 latest reports, quick stats, and continuing education. Read more

PROVIDERS


Housing Navigation and Covid Response Team Meeting Thank you to all who attended the January Housing Navigation and Covid Response Team Meeting. We all benefit when we work together through partnerships. Thank you! January 4, 2022 Meeting Slides

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Newsletter Featuring:

 Read more

HUD Is Inviting Feedback HUD is inviting feedback on our draft FY22-26 Strategic Plan focus areas. The Strategic Plan is one of the mechanisms we have available to define what transformational progress looks like for HUD’s programs and for the communities we serve.  Read more

HUD Issues CPD Memo: Availability of Additional Waivers for CPD Grant Programs to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Economic Impacts On December 30, 2021, HUD issued a memorandum explaining the availability of waivers of certain regulatory requirements associated with several Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to facilitate assistance to eligible communities and households economically impacted by COVID-19. Read more

COVID-19 Resource Digest for Homeless Providers January 4, 2022 This digest contains recently published resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and its national, state, and local partners. Read more

PD&R Updates Fort Wayne, Indiana: Posterity Scholar House Provides Affordable Housing and Transportation to Single-Parent Student Households Read more

GHA Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter – January 6, 2022 Featuring:

 Read more

HOME FOR GOOD | CONTINUUM OF CARE


Monthly Housing Navigation & COVID Response Meeting Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 3:00 pm

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December 17, 2021 – Home for Good Newsletter

December 17, 2021 – Home for Good Newsletter


Every year, Home for Good, along with many other volunteers and Partner Agencies, conducts a survey to assess the number of people in our community who are experiencing homelessness. This count helps to understand who in our community needs help. 

Home for Good and the Continuum of Care use this information to continue the work to end homelessness in the Chattahoochee Valley.  

Sheltered Count 

Monday, January 24, 2022 
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Unsheltered Count

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
5:30 am – 10:30 am

If you are interested in volunteering in this year’s Point In Time Count, please click here to register. Training is required for all new and returning volunteers.  If you have any questions, please email Cathy DeVane.



Thank you to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for providing goody bags for our neighbors. Partnerships are the cornerstone of this work to make sure everyone has their needs met in safe and affordable housing. Thank you!

COMMUNITY

From Hello to Help – 211 Is Here For You

For rental assistance, housing assistance, or experiencing homelessness, contact 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is here for you from hello to help. Connect with 2-1-1 today: 

    • Dial 2-1-1
    • Text your zip code to 898-211
    • Visit our website

Vaccination Information

PROVIDERS

Semi-Annual HMIS All User Meeting

Wednesday, December 15 | 3:00 pmMeeting Recording Link Thank you to all that attended.

GHA Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter
December 16, 2021

Featuring:

 Read more here

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Webinar Recording of House America

This webinar was about House America, a new federal initiative that’s helping communities make the most of American Rescue Plan funding. The webinar recording and slides are now available here. Read more

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Newsletter

Featuring:

 Read more

HOME FOR GOOD / CONTINUUM OF CARE

Monthly Housing Navigation & COVID Response Meeting

Tuesday, January 4, 2021 | 3:00 pm

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Re-Entry Awareness

Re-Entry Awareness

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Dept of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge issued a letter to Public Housing Authorities, Continuums of Care, Multifamily Owners, and HUD Grantees regarding the importance of access to housing for citizens returning to communities from incarceration.

“The President and I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and a stable home from which to rebuild their lives. No person should exit a prison or jail only to wind up on the streets.”
Marcia L. Fudge
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Just one day earlier at the Columbus City Council meeting, Councilor John House read the Proclamation declaring, June Re-Entry Awareness Month. Members of the Mayor’s Commission on Re-Entry were on hand to receive the Proclamation from Mayor Skip Henderson and update the Council.

Thanks to Mayor Henderson’s foresight, the Commission was established in 2019. Home for Good of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is honored to chair the Housing Subcommittee of the Commission since 2020. Working collaboratively across the community, the Commission has worked diligently to break down barriers to housing, employment, and full reintegration in our community for returning citizens and their families.

As our community continues to meet, head-on, the needs of our community, we look forward to strengthening existing partnerships while establishing new partnerships so that all citizens can enjoy a Home for Good!


Click here for the WTVM report on the Housing Subcommittee Commission, re-entry awareness, and a path to supporting everyone in the community, equally . 


Click here to learn more about Cure Violence, a community-based, data-driven violence prevention program that addresses violence as a public health epidemic.


Click here to learn more about Community Schools, a strategy focused on the whole child by providing academic support, social emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement and a safe and supportive climate.


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Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

On February 19, Gov. Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has received more than $552
million in stimulus funds through the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

From the Georgia Department of Community Affairs: If you’re a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. Click here for more information

Columbus Consolidated Government has partnered with the Georgia DCA to improve access to this funding. They are holding a landlord information session Thursday, March 18 at 9:00 am and at 2:00 pm. To register, email Robert Scott and include your contact information and which time works best for you.

Access 2 Independence Application Assistance Flyer

State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program – FAQ

 

Help for Alabama Renters Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA) will soon begin administering relief for renter households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Alabama Program. They will begin accepting applications from landlords and tenants for ERA Alabama assistance on March 1. Read more

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