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Tools and Trainings for Philly's Homeless Services Community | March 31, 2021

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Building Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines

Roadmap to Homes Vaccine Ambassadors are individuals with lived experience with homelessness who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. In this role they'll meet with participants across the emergency housing system to share why they chose to get vaccinated, information about their vaccination experience, and general vaccine information. Get more details.

Community News and Resources

Landlord Pre-registration For Phase 4 Emergency Rental Assistance Is Now Open
A fourth round of rental assistance is now available for Philadelphia tenants affected by COVID-19. Submit an application.

RFP: Housing Vouchers
Help to increase the availability of affordable, high-quality housing via HUD’s Moving to Work Program. Application deadline is April 30.

Nonprofit Finance Accelerator: Registration Survey Open
Regain your financial footing, strengthen your organizational infrastructure and financial health, and learn how to plan for and respond to changing community needs. Get more details.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Extends the Eviction Moratorium
Effective through June 30, 2021, there is a temporary halt against residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. View the rule issued by the CDC.


Read The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes
There is a shortage of nearly 7 million affordable and available homes for renters with the lowest incomes. Find out more in The Gap, the latest annual report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

New Learning Courses to Implement Best Practices and Effective Strategies
From keeping people and pets together to improving street outreach, the National Alliance to End Homelessness offers learning tools to help frontline service providers, stakeholders, and system leaders. See what's available.

Water: It's a Great Choice
Proper nutrition and hydration are important for children's development and health. Learn how you can promote regularly drinking water at home. Download the activity worksheet.


Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Quick Links

Training for Homeless Service Providers

Housing First Harm Reduction
You have heard of harm reduction, but what does it mean? Offered online via the iSpring Learning Management System (LMS), this course looks at strategies currently being used to engage people who are the most chronically homeless. The more we know, the better we can help people. Take the Housing First Harm Reduction Quiz. 

PhilaHMIS Trainings
Standard housing, provider, and non-funded provider trainings are offered online via the iSpring LMS. Complete online.

CEA-BHRS (“Sea breeze”)
E-learning trainings for providers that utilize Philadelphia’s coordinated entry system to help ensure that the highest-need, most vulnerable households are prioritized for assistance. Complete online.

HMIS Privacy and Security Standards
E-learning training for providers with systems or environments that store clients' personal information. Training will assist in better securing details that are collected daily. This training must be completed once per year for all PhilaHMIS users. Complete online.


Questions? Contact the Training Unit for assistance. 

Community Events

Essentials in Providing Services Series | Mar. 16 - Apr. 13
This five-part series trains supportive housing providers on the essential skills they need to help tenants thrive in supportive housing. Learn about and apply key concepts including housing first, harm reduction, trauma-informed care, and assertive engagement. Sign up.

Audience: Supportive housing providers

Youth Focus Group Session | Apr. 1 & 8
Share feedback on your experience as a teen or young adult navigating Philadelphia’s Continuum of Care. The Office of Homeless Services will use information gathered to complete an annual evaluation of the system and help determine how to better serve youth. Learn how you can participate.
Audience: Youth ages 18 – 24 who have or are currently experiencing homelessness

Vaccine Champion Training | Apr. 5 | 1 p.m.
Be a community leader and share information about the COVID-19 vaccine with friends and neighbors as a trusted messenger. Get more details.

Helping Philadelphians Access Stimulus Payments and Child Tax Credits | Apr. 6 | 2 p.m.
Learn how to help low-income individuals and families get connected to the tax system so that they can receive their stimulus payments. Register.

Audience: Service providers and advocates

ELECT Conference | Apr. 7 -9
Gain insight on trends and issues facing pregnant and parenting teens, review best practices, and obtain resources and strategies that can be incorporated at your program level to promote successful outcomes. Register.
Audience: Staffers who serve young people in social work, education, public health and community education fields

Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in working with federal programs? 
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development seeks an Economic Development Analyst.

Quick links: Homeless Services Resources

2020 Annual Report | Contains facts and figures about operations and progress.

Roadmap to Homes | Contains info about our five-year strategic plan.

OHS on phila.gov | Blogs and press releases about OHS projects and operations.

COVID Summary Report | Homeless services through the pandemic.

Keeping City-Funded, Privately Operated Shelters Safe | Learn how we're keeping residents and staff safe with the Safer Shelter Initiative.

Join the Roadmap to Homes (RtH) Community | Become an official member to contribute feedback to improve the homeless service system in Philly.

Past Newsletters | Here's an archive of our newsletters.

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