VA Awards SSVF Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Veterans

VA Awards SSVF Grants to Prevent and End Homelessness Among Veterans 
286 grants awarded in all 50 states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands
WASHINGTON – Thousands of very low-income veteran families around the nation, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the renewal of approximately $300 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.

SSVF renewal funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to prevent veteran homelessness or rapidly re-house veterans who become homeless, went to 286 non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. A list of grantees is located at

“SSVF grants empower our local partners to provide short-term-focused interventions that promote housing stability among the most economically vulnerable veterans and their families,” said Department of Veterans Affairs’ Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “Whether they need rental or child care assistance, transportation vouchers or another type of support, SSVF grantees offer veterans the mix of services they need to gain housing and stay housed.”

SSFV grantees typically serve veterans with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. Grantees must follow the housing first approach, which centers on permanently housing homeless veterans quickly without preconditions and providing supportive services as needed. Additional SSVF requirements are that grantees engage in outreach to find and serve veterans in need, provide veterans with case management and assist them in obtaining VA and other public benefits.

SSVF served 127,829 participants in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and is on track to serve 135,000 Veterans and their family members by the end of FY 2015. As a result of these and other efforts, veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010. Since 2010, nearly 230,000 veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly rehoused or prevented from falling into homelessness by VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by HUD. 

This funding announcement is the final award in new SSVF funds made available in fiscal 2014, an allocation that included approximately $300 million to be competed in FY 2014 and $300 million to be competed in FY 2015. The funding announced today will support SSVF services in FY 2016, which starts Oct. 1, 2015, and ends Sept. 30, 2016.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Prospect Place, 10/6/15, 11:30am

​Hi everyone,

I am  very excited to announce that the County Executive will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at Prospect Place, a newly renovated facility for 12 chronically homeless men in Rosedale (site of the former Nehemiah House).  This project is the newest of our permanent housing programs for chronically homeless and the first for men in the County.  Permanent Housing provides those who are disabled, with a long history of homelessness, to live in a community setting and receive intensive case management and support.  This project was made possible through a collaborate effort that included Department of Planning as the Administrator of State and Federal funds which allowed the Episcopal Housing Corporation and United Ministries to purchase the property and renovate it from a shelter to efficiency apartments, common space and office space; the County Housing Department  which set aside 12 Project-based Section 8 vouchers for the project and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and France Merrick Foundation which provided additional renovation assistance.

Date: 10/6/15
Time: 11:30 am
Location: 8720 Philadelphia Road, Rosedale, MD

I hope you will join us for this exciting event! Please feel free to call me with questions at (410) 887-2886

Thank you.

Register now for SAMHSA’s “Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) Service Continuity Pilot” webinar on September 22

Join us for the third webinar in SAMHSA's Behavioral Health IT Summer Webinar Series!
Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) Service Continuity Pilot: Initial Findings, Challenges and Solutions
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

SAMHSA recently supported a pilot for the electronic exchange of health information among Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) through a health information exchange (HIE) in cases of service discontinuity (e.g., due to natural disaster or other unforeseen disruptions).

Join the Michiana Health Information Network, a HIE in South Bend, IN, and VIP Community Services, an OTP in the Bronx, NY, as they demonstrate their technology solution, share the challenges they faced and overcame, and discuss the lessons they learned through the process.

Register for the webinar today to learn the steps your program, HIE, or department of health can take to ensure care continuity for clients through health IT solutions!

Also, remember to share the opportunity with your colleagues and networks!

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Advocacy Update: Call on Congress NEXT Tuesday and Wednesday!

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National Call-In Days NEXT WEEK to Demand that Congress Raise Harmful Spending Caps!
NEXT Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16 are National Call-In Days! Congress returned from its summer recess on September 8 and is preparing to begin negotiations on finalizing fiscal year (FY) 2016 federal funding.

We need to use this time, particularly September 15 and September 16, to call congressional offices about the importance of raising the federal sequester spending caps and providing a $345 million increase for McKinney programs in FY 2016. The Alliance is coordinating these call-in days with Caps Hurt Communities, an advocacy campaign committed to ending the federal sequester spending caps.

On September 15 and 16, between 9am-5pm EST, participating advocates from across the country will call their members of Congress by dialing the Congressional switchboard at 877-210-5351, and explain the detrimental impact that flat funding or budget cuts to housing and homeless assistance programs would have on their communities. They should deliver this simple message: raise the federal sequester spending caps to robustly fund affordable housing programs and provide $2.480 billion for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in FY 2016.

$2.480 billion for homeless assistance programs would help us end chronic homelessness by the end of 2017 and make significant reductions among other populations. Even in another difficult budget year, Congress should be working to ensure that we help those who are most in need.

Call your Members of Congress September 15 and 16 as part of National Call-In Days!
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RE: [MARHMIS] anonymous clients on HMIS

What is the procedure if a client pro-actively requests their information not be input into a homeless management data collection system?

Thank you.

Wayne Scallon
HMIS Support Supervisor
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Inc.
600 Albany Avenue, Suite 2
Amityville, NY  11701
p: (631) 464-4314 x115
f: (631) 464-4319

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From: [] On Behalf Of Deborah Ritchey
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 3:20 PM
Subject: RE: [MARHMIS] anonymous clients on HMIS

Thanks so much. - Deb

From: [] On Behalf Of Kelly Blechertas
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 3:05 PM
Subject: RE: [MARHMIS] anonymous clients on HMIS

We do the same as Cinthia – we ask permission to share, not to enter. J

Kelly Blechertas
Program Reporting Specialist

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From: [] On Behalf Of Cinthia Gonzalez
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 2:35 PM
To: 'Mid Atlantic Region HMIS'
Cc: George Payne
Subject: RE: [MARHMIS] anonymous clients on HMIS

Good afternoon Deborah,

We do not ask our consumers if their information can be entered in a HMIS database, we ask if it's ok to share their information with other partner agencies.  If the consumer say no I do not want to share, their information is entered however it will be flagged as no sharing.  With the exception if they received any financial assistance then the information will be shared in order to prevent double dipping. I hope this helps. Our client consent forms can be found on our website

Cinthia Gonzalez
HMIS Project Manager
609-278-7511 W
609-278-4173 F

From: [] On Behalf Of Deborah Ritchey
Sent: Friday, September 11, 2015 2:35 PM
To: 'Mid Atlantic Region HMIS'
Cc: George Payne
Subject: [MARHMIS] anonymous clients on HMIS

What procedure are you using to record clients refusing to have their data in your HMIS?  Is the procedure continuum wide or specific and different for each agency?  What items should we be thinking about when developing policies for this situation?

Thank you for your feedback.  Be well. - Deb

Deborah L. Ritchey, CCIMS Project Manager
Direct: (717) 255-6587


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How does Widening Inequality Change the Work of Fundraising? | September 24

Kim Klein is one of this country's best known trainers on grassroots fundraising and author of several books including the classic Fundraising for Social Change. She will join Ruth McCambridge, editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly in a conversation about the changing landscape of philanthropy in a polarized economy.
Register here.

Conference: Future of Collective Impact | October 1
Asian Americans for Equality will bring together more than 250 policy experts, community development practitioners, funders and civic leaders from across NYC and beyond will gather to develop strategies, share tools and discuss best practices in asset-building, affordable housing, economic development and community organizing. Register here.  

National Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference | September 28-30, 2016

The Center for Community Progress selected Baltimore as the location for next year's conference in order to showcase the work underway among the city's nonprofit and community-based organizations, local government, philanthropic, and other institutions. The RVPC is the sole national conference dedicated to helping communities find new solutions for vacant, abandoned, and other problem properties.
Register here.

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Resident Services in
MIxed-Income Communities
The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities has released its second scan of the field, and provides an initial picture of how mixed-income developments across the U.S. are providing services to improve residents' well-being and self-sufficiency. Read the report here.

MeasureUp: from the  
Build Healthy Places Network

MeasureUp is a tool that combines BHPN's most-used evidence, resources, and stories to help programs measure and communicate the impact of their health-related work to colleagues, funders, and policymakers. Find MeasureUp here.

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