SSVF Program Update: June 6, 2014

1.    SSVF Webinar Series Updates
2.    Regional Meetings Planned for August and September
3.    National Center for Homelessness among Veterans: Newsletter Mailing List  
4.    Mayors Conference Announcement on Ending Veteran Homelessness

SSVF Webinar Series Updates
  • Register below for a brief June 12, 2014 webinar: Important Policy Update
  • June 19, 2014 webinar is cancelled
  • Save the Date for the next webinar series on July 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM Eastern


SSVF Webinar Series: Important Update on VA Guidelines for SSVF Grantees Collaborating with HUD VASH and GPD
Thursday, June 12, 2014
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:
We appreciate the work that NHCs, VAMCs, and SSVF grantees have done as a result of coordination efforts and the waiver process for collaborating SSVF resources with HUD-VASH and GPD. This successful coordination demonstrates that the existing waiver process is now no longer necessary. Effectively immediately the waiver form requirement described in previous guidance will be discontinued.  Decisions on the provision of SSVF homeless services to Veterans in these VA programs will now rest with the local SSVF provider working in cooperation with local VA staff and no longer requires additional authority or waivers to provide services.  During this webinar, John Kuhn, SSVF Director will provide information regarding this modification to the guidelines.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Regional Meetings Planned for August and September
The Program Office is pleased to offer a third regional meeting for SSVF grantees in late August and September.  We acknowledge that SSVF had indicated that the mandatory training  had been completed for this fiscal year.  We are fortunate to have received approval to provide this additional training before the end of the fiscal year.  For those grantees who may have submitted program changes re-allocating budgeted funds to another area, any variance in costs incurred for participating in this additional regional meeting may be explained in appropriate column on the Quarterly Report.  Additional information will be coming soon.

National Center for Homelessness among Veterans  Mailing list  
The National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans promotes recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness by developing and disseminating evidence-based policies, programs, and best practices.  In order to keep grantees updated on the latest research,  the SSVF Program Office will be adding primary and secondary contacts for grantees to the mailing list for the National Center's newsletter.  The next newsletter will be distributed in August and includes research updates and accomplishments of various VA homeless programs.  

Mayors Conference Announcement on Ending Veteran Homelessness
On June 4th,   First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. SSVF  was identified as one of the key programs in this effort.  Below you will find the links to the speeches.  Keep up the great work!


The SSVF Program Office

Re: [MARHMIS] HMIS Monitoring

Our monitoring checklist is on our website (hover over "Resources" ---> click "Baltimore County" ---> scroll down to the middle blue section labeled "HMIS Policies").  

We're always glad to share, so if you'd like the original to modify, email us.  Thanks!

 Jason Burns, MCSE   
System Administrator   

On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 8:43 AM, Rebecca Landseadel <> wrote:
Hello all,

We are starting to get the ground running on our HMIS monitoring.  Has anyone else started this yet?  I'd love to see your monitoring forms or anything else that has been created in regards to HMIS and CoC monitoring.

Thank you!

Becky Detlef
HMIS Coordinator

Conference Registration Could Close in June

June 3, 2014    

ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro

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Conference Registration Could Close in June

Due to overwhelming response, the Alliance now anticipates that registration for the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness in Washington, DC, will reach capacity at some point this month. If you have not yet registered for the conference, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The regular registration rate of $550 per person is scheduled to run 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 7, but will close early if the event reaches capacity before that date. Register today to ensure your spot and to take advantage of the regular rate.
For the latest information about conference workshops, track options, and the conference schedule, please visit the Conference Agenda page of the conference website.
Reminder: Conference Cancellations
Should you need to cancel your conference registration, please note that the Alliance will charge a $25 cancellation fee for cancellations received in writing on or prior to Monday, June 23, and will charge a $100 processing fee in addition to the $25 cancellation fee for cancellations received after that date. After Monday, July 14, no refunds for cancellations will be granted. To learn more about the cancellation policy, please visit the Cancellations page of the conference website.
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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Marks Up Spending Bill
This morning the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2015 spending bill for programs under its jurisdiction, including the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program and many other low-income housing programs. The proposed legislation includes the following funding provisions:
  • $2.15 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, a $40 million increase from the enacted 2014 level but $261 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $19.6 billion for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program's Tenant Based Rental Assistance account, a $385 million increase over the enacted 2014 level, but $483 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
    • The Section 8 allocation again this year includes $75 million for about 10,000 new joint Departments of HUD and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, meeting the amount requested by the President in his Budget Proposal;
  • 6.38 billion for public housing, a $100 million increase from enacted 2014 levels and $150 million below the President's Budget Proposal;
  • $3.02 billion for the Community Development Block Grants, a $10 million decrease from enacted FY 2014 levels and $220 million above the President's Budget Proposal; and
  • $950 million for HOME, a $50 million decrease from enacted FY 2014 levels and equal to the President's Budget Proposal.
The bill also flat funds the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative and Native American Housing programs. To view the T-HUD subcommittee markup bill summary, please click here. To view the webcast from the hearing, please click here.
The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up this bill this Thursday, June 5, at 10:30 am ET. For further information on the full committee mark up, click here. The full House is expected to consider its version of the T-HUD bill, which would make deep cuts to many HUD programs, next week.
Senate Returns from Recess
The Senate returned from its Memorial Day recess this Monday, June 2. The House is on recess this week and will return to session next Monday, June 9.
In this post, we highlight findings from "The State of Homelessness in America 2014" report, the fourth in a series of reports from the Alliance.

Register Today: Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients Training Module

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Register Today: Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients Training Module

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is pleased to announce a series of two-day Effective Management of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Subrecipients trainings. This training provides timely guidance on critical issues regarding the selection and management of subrecipients. Participants will learn:
  • The types of activities subrecipients should carry out
  • How to develop and enforce strong subrecipient agreements
  • How to improve subrecipient performance through training, technical assistance, and monitoring
  • How to develop reliable systems and procedures for tracking subrecipient performance

Who Should Attend?

Effective Management of CDBG Subrecipients is appropriate for any grantee staff who currently manages the CDBG program, especially staff who is less experienced and is considering strengthening its program. Grantees may register for any course location.
Due to limited space, registrations will be reviewed. Please note that a maximum of two staff members per grantee will be allowed to attend.

Schedule of Training Deliveries
Additional trainings may be offered in the future.

Los Angeles, CA July 9-10, 2014 Register Now
Hartford, CT July 16-17, 2014 Register Now
Minneapolis, MN July 22-23, 2014 Register Now
Atlanta, GA August 6-7, 2014 Save the Date
Oklahoma City, OK August 20-21, 2014 Save the Date
Portland, OR October 8-9, 2014 Save the Date
Houston, TX TBA TBA
Philadelphia, PA TBA TBA
Instructions on how to register are available in the OneCPD Learn User Guide.
Please note that submitting a registration request does not guarantee you a seat at the training and you should not make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation.
You will receive a confirmation email if you are accepted into the training.