Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Youth Needs Survey - EXTENDED

The Fox Cities Housing Coalition is conducting a Youth Needs Survey.

This survey will gather data on rental barriers to youth and young adults who experience housing insecurity.

Please share this with any and all youth and young people that you know or that you think would have good insight to this information being gathered.

https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5A2mPlA6Xjw9seG

The survey collection has been extended.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Training Opportunity

Ryan Dowd is back! We have asked him to return with a variety of new topics.  We have scheduled 2 different full-day workshops with Ryan Dowd.   To register, please visit our new page on our website for trainings:  https://www.wiboscoc.org/trainings.html

 

September 30, 2021        9am – noon, 1-4 pm

  • While the first session is directed for supervisors, everyone is welcome to attend.  Registration will be done through Eventbrite and can be found at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryan-dowd-september-2021-tickets-168987535267
  • Cost: BOS members $75/person. If register 4+ then it is $50/person (plus Eventbrite fees). Non-member is $100/person.
  • As a reminder, the sessions are not recorded. Sign up will be first come, first served. Participants should have access to a camera, speaker, and microphone.  Approximately 1 week before the training, you will be sent a ZOOM link.  Make sure the email address for the person registering is typed in correctly as that will be the email address used to send the link.

 

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Supervisor training – Tips for managing frontline staff who work directly with individuals experiencing homelessness.  There is a special focus on how to coach them to deescalate conflict.

 

  • Burnout – The science behind what burnout does to the brain and the research behind how organizations can prevent and reverse burnout with their staff.

 

  • Service animals – Do you know the legal definition between a service animal vs. an emotional support animal vs. a pet?  Do you know what you can legally ask and what you can’t?  This training explains the two major laws that apply to most nonprofit organizations.

 

  • Getting hit on by customers – How can you effectively stop the individuals you serve from sexually harassing you and your staff?  This training offers a very practical step-by-step framework for addressing sexual harassment from clients.

 

  • Prejudice comments – This training addresses how to handle prejudicial comments (sexist, racist, homophobic, etc.) from the clients of your organization.  These situations are wildly complicated, so this training provides a myriad of strategies for people to choose from rather than a clunky one-size-fits all approach.

 


 

December 16, 2021         9am – noon, 1-4 pm

  • We have asked him to conduct his core training and a few new add on sessions. Registration will be done through Eventbrite and can be found at:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryan-dowd-december-2021-tickets-169140524863
  • Cost: BOS members $75/person. If register 4+ then it is $50/person (plus Eventbrite fees). Non-member is $100/person.
  • As a reminder, the sessions are not recorded. Sign up will be first come, first served. Participants should have access to a camera, speaker, and microphone.  Approximately 1 week before the training, you will be sent a ZOOM link.  Make sure the email address for the person registering is typed in correctly as that will be the email address used to send the link.

 

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Enforcing the rules with compassion and empathy – This is Ryan’s core training.  It focuses on practical tools for deescalating and preventing conflict.  It does so, though, within a framework of helping individuals to understand the psychology behind why this approach works best with individuals experiencing homelessness.

 

  • Police – When should you call the police?  When should you not?  How should you call the police?  What do you do when they arrive?  What do you do if the officer is a jerk or won’t assist?

 

  • Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI is very common in homeless populations (> 50%).  It can have very specific (bad) effects on a person’s behavior.  This training explains the neuroscience behind the problematic behavior as well as specific strategies for working with individuals suffering from TBI.

 

For more information about Ryan Dowd, please visit:  http://www.homelesstraining.com/ and http://www.homelesslibrary.com/

Monday, August 16, 2021

Advance Child Tax Credit

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension has created a Spanish version of our fact sheet on the ACTC. The fact sheet contains important information on the ACTC, how to opt out of the payments, how to prepare for the impacts of the payments at tax time, and more. Please share this with your clientele and share with staff and partner agencies that work with Spanish-speaking individuals. We want to ensure everyone has access to this important financial information.

I have attached both the English version and the new Spanish version.

ACTC English version ACTC English
https://finances.extension.wisc.edu/2021/08/13/advance-child-tax-credit/

ACTC Spanish version ACTC Spanish
https://finances.extension.wisc.edu/2021/08/13/credito-fiscal-por-hijos-por-adelantado/

Todd Wenzel
​Human Development & Relationships Educator
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension
Winnebago County & Brown County

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES (DHS) HOMELESSNESS FORUM

Monday, August 23, 2021

Homelessness Forum will be held online using Zoom meeting technology.

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to join. https://dhswi.zoom.us/j/88662464610

Or One tap mobile:

+13017158592,,88662464610# US (Washington DC)

+13126266799,,88662464610# US (Chicago)


General Session

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

General Forum Information

9:00 a.m. Welcome/Announcements – Alfred C. Johnson, DHS

9:05 a.m. COVID-19 updates

      o Karen Boegler, Epidemiologist, DHS

      o Elise Balzer, CDC Public Health Advisor

      o Nick Tomaro, Public Health Emergency Response Planning Coordinator, City of Milwaukee Health Department

9:20 a.m. Care for the Wounded Helper: Understanding Secondary Traumatic Stress, Self-

Care and Creating Healthy Boundaries

      o Scott Webb, Trauma Informed Care Coordinator, DHS

10:15 a.m. Question/Answer period

10:30 a.m. Adjourn

Thursday, July 29, 2021

The CDC’s moratorium on residential evictions is ending on Saturday, July 31, 2021 and many renters who have missed payments may be worried about keeping their housing. University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Financial Educators Amanda Kostman and Todd Wenzel have created the included fact sheets—one for renters and the other suggesting eviction alternatives to landlords—to help provide resources that will allow tenants to stay in their homes. Please share these fact sheets in your communities and reach out with any questions. 

Resources for tenants

Eviction alternatives for landlords


Todd Wenzel  

​Human Development & Relationships Educator
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension  

Winnebago County & Brown County 

todd.wenzel@wisc.edu

  

UW-Madison Extension Winnebago County                                    

625 E. County Road Y, Suite 600                                                    

Oshkosh, WI 54901                                                                          

Phone: (920) 232-1982                                                                     

Extension Winnebago County Website 


Friday, July 16, 2021

July 2021 Point in Time


The summer Point in Time event will take place on July 28th, 2021 and go into the early morning of July 29th, 2021.

On this day, volunteers will depart from the Salvation Army at 10:30pm and work through the community searching for people affected by homelessness who are staying on the streets or in another place not intended for sleeping or habitation. 

If you are interested in participating, please click the link below for more information and to sign-up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080548a5a823a5fd0-july3

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Landlord Survey Link

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT58QJS

Youth Needs Survey - EXTENDED