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November is Homelessness Awareness Month!
Check out some of this year's resources. Read More!
CCADV Welcomes New Staff
Meet Shannon!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

This November is...


Homelessness Awareness Month

Everyone needs a safe place to call home....

Domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. A staggering 92 percent of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 percent of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Still other studies suggest that many women experiencing homelessness are survivors of domestic violence, even if it's not the cause of their homelessness. Domestic violence survivors are routinely met with discrimination when finding new housing; a lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits their options. 

In this newsletter, you'll find other resources on the intersecting issues of domestic violence and homelessness. 

Resources and Upcoming Trainings
on Homelessness and Domestic Violence


Resources
CCADV: Housing Program Webpage: offering resources, articles, and other toolkits  on sheltering, housing and homelessness issues as they relate to domestic violence

Domestic Violence Housing First: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Homelessness

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty: Facts on Homelessness, Housing, and Violence Against Women
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Upcoming Trainings and Event
Nov 8: CCADV's Brown Bag: Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Advocates and local programs have an important role to play in reducing barriers to housing and advocating for survivors to maintain or find housing. This Brown Bag will cover Federal and State housing protections for survivors of domestic violence as well as a discussion of resources and options in situations where protections are violated. Come share and discuss with your colleagues success/challenges around housing for survivors and share resources. 
12:00pm MST

Nov 16: Live Twitter Chat on Homelessness
Follow @CCADV1 on Twitter to join us in this interactive discussion with the AG's Office on Community Engagement on homelessness in Colorado. In the second half hour, we'll dive into teen runaways and homelessness.
More info to come! #ClosetoHomeCO #OCEchat
3:00pm-4:00pm MST

HUD Expands Housing Protections for Survivors of Violence


Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finalized a new rule to protect the housing of survivors of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. 

HUD’s rule includes:

  • Continuation of the core protections – The rule codifies the core protection across HUD’s covered programs ensuring survivors are not denied assistance as an applicant, or evicted or have assistance terminated due to having been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or for being affiliated with a victim
  • Emergency transfers – One of the key elements of VAWA’s housing protections are emergency transfers which allows for survivors to move to another safe and available unit if they fear for their life and safety. VAWA required HUD to adopt a model emergency transfer plan for housing providers and to explain how housing providers must address their tenants’ requests for emergency transfers. HUD’s model emergency transfer plan:
    • allows a survivor to self-certify their need for an emergency transfer, ensuring documentation is not a barrier to protecting their immediate safety;
    • allows the survivor to determine what is a safe unit for purposes of the transfer, ensuring that the survivor has control over their own safety planning;
    • requires housing providers to allow for a resident to move immediately if there is another safe and available unit that does not require the survivor to undergo an application process as a new tenant, ensuring quicker access to safe housing;
    • requires housing providers to explain the efforts they will take when there is not a safe and available unit available for an emergency transfer and encourages housing provides to partner with victim services and advocates t and other housing providers to assist a survivor; and,
    • requires housing providers to document requests for emergency transfers, including the outcome of the request, and to report annually to HUD.
  • Protections against the adverse effects of abuse – Domestic violence can often have negative economic and criminal consequences on a survivor. The perpetrator may take out credit cards in a survivor’s name, ruining their credit history, or causing damage to survivor’s property causing eviction and poor rental history. The perpetrator may force a survivor to participate in criminal activity or a survivor may be arrested as part of policies that require arresting of both parties in a domestic disturbance. The final rule ensures that covered housing providers do not deny tenancy or occupancy rights based solely on these adverse factors that are a direct result of being a survivor.
  • Low-barrier certification process – The final rule makes it clear that under most circumstances, a survivor need only to self-certify in order to exercise their rights under VAWA, ensuring third party documentation does not cause a barrier in a survivor expressing their rights and receiving the protections needed to keep themselves safe.
Read HUD's Final Rule
Homelessness Prevention for Victims of DV

Check out this 2012 recording from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
featuring Linda Olsen of WSCADV

There are a lot of simple ways you can help to make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness, either as an individual or as an organization. Get more information at the CLOSE TO HOME website: www.closetohomeco.org
  • Learn More. Increase understanding of staff and partners, friends and family, about causes and solutions to homelessness.
  • With Us. Take the CLOSE TO HOME Pledge. We will communicate your support to decision makers. Your voice makes a difference!
  • Share CLOSE TO HOME information through your business or group’s social media (hashtag #CloseToHomeCO), blog and newsletter.
  • Show It. Put a link to the CLOSE TO HOME website on your website. Add the CLOSE TO HOME logo and/or messages to your materials and paid advertising, co-branding to show your support.
  • Involve Others. Share information about CLOSE TO HOME with staff, partners and others in meetings and at events.
  • You’re It. Tell elected officials it is important to your organization that everyone has a safe place to call home. Here are some tips on how to do this.
  • Kind Words. Use smarter, kinder language. By using expressions such as “people experiencing homelessness” rather than labels, we remind ourselves and others that people who are in such situations are people – people who are going through a difficult period in their lives.
 

 
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Your Coalition in Action

DVAM 2016


Panelists Mimi Madrid Puga, Janiece Mackey, Tamra Ryan, and Sunny Red Bear at CCADV's DVAM Kickoff Event in Denver.


CCADV's Amy Miller and Stevi Gray stomping grapes at Water2Wine's Annual Grape Stomp in Centennial. Proceeds from this unique event went to CCADV for 2016.

Revelers in purple for DVAM at Deliciously Offensive comedy show and beer tasting, all proceeds of which benefited CCADV.

The McNichols Building in Civic Center Park lit up in DVAM purple. CCADV spent a evening there raising awareness at this year's Deliciously Offensive comedy show and beer tasting.  


CCADV Staff on Purple Thursday.

Latin@ Outreach Project Update


Kristiana Huitrón, Latin@ Outreach Project Director
 
¡Hola a tod@s! This last part of the LOP has been amazing and swiftly moving. Here is an overview of movement within our project. 
 
Leadville
Idali Dominguez, Advocate of Lake County, Leadville, Colorado, was promoted to Safehouse Manager at Advocates of Lake County (AOLC). Congratulations to Idali! With that move we welcome Perla Flores as our new LOP Coordinator in Leadville. As AOLC moves in to full adoption of the position and promotoras, they are well positioned with a deep relationship and a meaningful relationship being built with Latin@ survivors in their county. Which we can see with the DVAM activity hosted by the AOLC Promotoras called: Mujeres Con Poder y Vision (Women with Power and Vision). On October 5, they put out the images in front of the court house with statistics and they spoke about domestic violence. 
 

 
Leadership Development
Five LOP staff and one scholarship recipient attended the Arte Sana Nuestras Voces 2016 in South Padre Island, Texas. Kristiana Huitrón presented the Latin@ Advocates Survival Guide, which one was on of the best attended workshops, and a session on working with Justice Involved Survivors. The sisterhood and tangible benefit of attendance is easily summed up with these words from the LOP guest attendee. 
“This was my first time attending Nuestras Voces Conference and it was an amazing experience. To be at a place where others are there to share their knowledge and experience with you in your language is awesome. I was honored to have had the privilege to attend a bilingual conference and hope for more experiences in the future to benefit not only myself but for our agency and bring better services to our clients. The top three things I feel I benefited from the conference are as follow: that by being connected with other Latinx Advocates makes us more powerful to stay on top of our daily struggles to get ahead and serve our clients to our fullest; let go of the fear we hold inside and take the step to change and better yourself; that with unity we all can make a difference. “ Renee Maria Lopez, Domestic Safety Resource Center, Lamar, Colorado.
 

The Colorado Delegation Left to right: back row – Perla Flores, Idali Dominguez, Karlah Tanory (bilingual advocacy specialist from Washington Coalition Against Sexual Assault) Itzel Olivas, Consuelo Contreras, Renee Lopez, Kristiana Huitrón; front – Agueda Morgan, Patty Maradiegue de Wagner.
 
In the LatinX Leadership Circle, the participants are about finished with the first round and are finding support in building relationships within the Latin@ advocate circle in Colorado. There are bilingual and mono-lingual English speaking advocates, rural and urban, long-time and newbie.  Along with relationships and support, a solid resume, a professional bio, and one-on-one coaching have been the focus of the first round. 

Glenwood Springs/Aspen
Estefania Acosta, Advocate Safehouse Project, Glenwood Springs, Colorado has been busy facilitating the second training for a group of Spanish speaking volunteers this time for working with RESPONSE in Aspen. They graduated on this past Thursday and are now proud owners of a certificate proof of training on the dynamics of sexual assault and domestic violence. Yay and welcome to the work ladies!

Trinidad
Itzel Olivas, Advocates Against Domestic Abuse, Trinidad, Colorado held the Second Annual Ladies Night with great success. Over 20 ladies and 15 children attended. The Promotoras honored the lives of the victims in Trinidad who have been murdered by their abusers, had games with prize winners, a tea cup exchange, and most well received was the skits and activities illustrating the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence in  culturally generated manner. Participant feedback after the evening: “I had so much fun and learned so much too. And it’s true the things that they taught us. I can’t wait for the next one.” – Doña Angelina
 
 
Itzel and Norma (in the mustache) act out culturally relevant ways in which male privilege can look in real life.

 
The Promotoras in Trinidad who have been working with Itzel, are the longest running group we have in the LOP. 
 
As we near the end of the project, we have learned so much and are better because of it. We will be publishing a final report for those who are interested in how the project went, thinking of developing your own promotora program, or who are wondering ways that are relevant and meaningful to communities within your community who you may not understand or with whom you may not have relationship at present. Look for the report in January. 

        Mil Gracias
                    –Kristiana 
 

Training and Technical Assistance Update


Welcome Shannon Day!



Hi! I am Shannon Day and I am excited to join CCADV as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager. Joining the Coalition is truly a privilege, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity of working with and learning from all of you.

Since 2006, I have worked in the domestic violence field as a volunteer, interim Legal Advocate, and Volunteer and Training Program Manager at Crossroads Safehouse in Fort Collins. I volunteered in the legal program, teen dating violence prevention program, fostered pets, and more.  In 2013, I joined the staff at Crossroads as the Volunteer and Training Program Manager. I revamped the entire training process for new staff and volunteers that joined the team, as well as oversaw training done by other staff advocates. I educated fellow non-profit agencies, CSU students and athletes, business and community leaders and others in Northern Colorado regarding domestic violence and the impact it has on our communities and society as a whole.

I have been in Colorado since I was two, so I feel like I can claim being a Colorado native. I enjoy concerts, traveling on my own and with friends and am an avid trail runner. 

I look forward to utilizing these experiences in working with CCADV as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager. I am passionate about supporting you, those that tirelessly serve survivors, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you.

If you need to reach me, please feel free to email me: sday@ccadv.org!
 
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

November 8: CCADV's Brown Bag: Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Advocates and local programs have an important role to play in reducing barriers to housing and advocating for survivors to maintain or find housing. This Brown Bag will cover Federal and State housing protections for survivors of domestic violence as well as a discussion of resources and options in situations where protections are violated. Come share and discuss with your colleagues success/challenges around housing for survivors and share resources. 
12:00pm MST

Nov 10: VAWA 5: Help to Shape the Next 5 Years (ABA)
VAWA Reauthorization launch call, where you will also hear remarks from White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez.
11:00am MST

Nov 10: Positive Youth Development and Sexual Violence Prevention (CCASA)
Positive Youth Development (PYD) is an evidence-based approach that incorporates the development of skills, opportunities and authentic relationships into programs, practices and policies, so that young people reach their full potential. 
1:00pm MST

Nov 16: Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care for Individuals and Organizations (FWV)
This webinar will offer a brief overview of compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma and provide strategies to enhance health, healing, and stress reduction for individuals and organization wide.
10:30am MST 

Nov 17: A Cross-Sector Model for Addressing Gender-Based Violence Impacting the Workplace (FWV)
Learn more about how to collaboratively address the impacts of violence in the workplace and engage other community partners, including employers, other service providers, and workers’ rights organizations.
12:00pm MST

Nov 18: Building an Effective Board of Directors (Vital Project)
Developing an engaged, active, and accountable board of directors is a key challenge for many nonprofits.  Domestic violence organizations, in particular, seek a strong balance of business acumen, awareness, content expertise, commitment and advocacy in the makeup of their boards. This webinar will include information on the purpose, structure, function, and responsibilities of nonprofit boards. Recruitment and development strategies will be discussed, as well as methods for achieving a highly functioning board of directors.
10:00am MST

Nov 30: Shelter Rules Who Needs Them? (NIWRC)
This timely and important webinar asks the question, “What would happen if there were no rules? Please join tribal domestic violence shelter directors and advocates as we explore the multitude of issues and challenges that come into play such as: age/sex of children; chores; medication; alcohol and drug use; confidentiality; food; curfew; support groups and sign-in/sign-out sheets. 
1:00pm MST

Dec 6: Establishing a Dynamic Volunteer Program (Vital Project)
This webinar will introduce and build upon the Vital Project’s recently published toolkit: Building a Successful Volunteer Program. Volunteers can be a key resource in an organization’s efforts to provide consistent and quality services. Representatives from current Colorado nonprofit domestic violence organizations will join this webinar to share their secrets to success in creating and maintaining a strong volunteer program. A range of topics will be discussed to include: creating volunteer opportunities, recruitment; applications, screening, interviewing, orientation, and training. Considerations for managing volunteers, tracking their impact, appreciation and retention, and funding volunteer programs will also be explored. By the close of this webinar, participants will gain critical understanding of the components of volunteer programs that make them successful, efficient, safe, and manageable.
12:30pm MST
 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!

Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

 
Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:

http://ccadv.org/events-calendar/
(Or post your own event on our website calendar: http://ccadv.org/submit-event/)
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Resources
 
*Immi: a new online service that puts immigration law within reach of everyone
from Immigration Advocates Network (IAN)
Immi allows immigrants anywhere in the United States to screen for common benefits, learn about immigration law, and find legal help from free or low-cost nonprofit providers in their area. It is designed to be intuitive, accessible, empowering, and usable on any device. Visit the site at beta.immi.org
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*New Website Promotes Enforcement of Firearms Restrictions in Domestic Violence Cases 
from the BWJP
Visitors to the website will learn about effective interventions in both criminal and civil domestic violence cases that can decrease the risk posed by dangerous domestic-violence offenders with access to firearms. Visit the site at www.preventdvgunviolence.org
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