December 2016 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
December 2016
REMINDER: GPD Providers, Help Us Support You
Provider survey on GPD from The Home Depot Foundation, NCHV, and Community Solutions
Dear GPD Providers, 
This short survey is being conducted jointly by The Home Depot Foundation, Community Solutions, and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. We know the GPD program is undergoing several changes, and we want to make sure you have all of the support you need to best serve veterans in your community with this important resource. We also want to learn more about your interest in and capacity to convert some existing GPD beds to permanent housing.  
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to let us know what you need. You may want to have some of your recent GPD program data (bed counts and general outcomes) with you for this.
This survey is voluntary and should take less than 10 minutes. Any information you share will only be utilized by the partners listed above to inform our work on GPD and for follow-up to support you, so please tell us what you need!
Please complete this survey by 5:00 p.m. EST on January 8, 2017
GPD funding notice published Friday, Dec. 23, 2016
The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) was published Friday, Dec. 23, and you can find it in that day's Federal Register or on the GPD website here. We will be sending additional information to you as it becomes available, so please be on the lookout for messages from NCHV and from the VA GPD Program Office.
To read NCHV's full message on the GPD NOFA from earlier this week, including steps you can take now and resources that are currently available as well as in the pipeline, click here.
Hill Watch: H.R. 6416 and the CR
What Congress’s last week of the year means for homeless veterans
Having finished their planned work two weeks ago, Congress has left town for the year. When they return in January it will be to open the 115th Congress, and with it will come a new blank slate of possibilities for helping homeless veterans. But right before they left town, Congress passed two bills of interest; H.R. 6416 and the continuing resolution (CR).
Very early in the morning on Dec. 10, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 6416, the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016”. This bill contained several provisions related to veteran homelessness, some of the highlights of which included:
  • Permanently authorizing the use of VA homeless programs by veterans with “Other Than Honorable” discharges,
  • Updating VA’s definition of homelessness, to include the McKinney-Vento updates which allow individuals fleeing domestic violence to be considered homeless,
  • Authorizing a higher Per Diem rate to be paid to Transition in Place programs,
  • Creating a program to allow for follow-up case management for veterans who have successfully completed a GPD program,
  • Adding provisions designed to ease the transition for any GPD that wishes shift to units to permanent housing, and
  • Permanently authorizing the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.
NCHV is happy to announce that this bill was signed into law by the President last week. You can read the language of the law here, Title VII contains the homelessness provisions. To see NCHV’s full response to the passage of the bill, click here.
The CR was passed earlier on in the same legislative day as H.R. 6416, and narrowly averted a governmental shutdown that was almost triggered by a procedural fight over miners’ healthcare. The agreement that was reached funds the federal government at the level of the last fiscal year until it expires in April, 2017. The current plan is to have the new Congress and President tackle the funding provisions when they arrive in D.C. beginning in January.
It is important to note that the Department of Veteran’s Affairs is not covered by the CR. Legislation governing the funding levels for this fiscal year at VA was passed several months ago (as part of a previous CR), and therefore negates the need for a continuing resolution in the part of the federal government. You can read NCHV’s message on the VA funding by clicking here.
Guide to Service Funding in Supportive Housing 
From the Corporation for Supportive Housing and National Equity Fund
In November, the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and National Equity Fund released a Guide to Service Funding in Supportive Housing.
Owners, property managers, service providers, and government policy makers all recognize the value and stability that comes from providing services for residents in affordable and supportive housing. However, resources to cover the cost for these services are limited when developers and providers are planning and implementing housing developments.
Over the past year, CSH and National Equity Fund collaborated on exploring innovative resources to fund services in supportive and affordable housing. The Guide is the result of this partnership.
The recently released Guide is targeted for a cross section of stakeholders interested in developing and sustaining quality supportive and affordable housing with services. The Guide features new and updated resources and mechanisms to streamline funding of services linked to affordable and supportive housing.
Funding Opportunities
The Florence Hunt Maxwell Foundation's mission is to support charitable organizations that provide for the underserved and indigent community in the Atlanta metro region. Focus areas for the Foundation's grantmaking include education, health, and human services. The annual deadline for applications is March 1. For more information, click here.

The MUFG Union Bank Foundation invests in the communities where MUFG Union Bank and its businesses operate, for the benefit of low- and moderate-income communities. The Foundation focuses on the following areas: affordable housing, community economic development, education, environment, and human services. The Foundation accepts proposals throughout the year. MUFG Union Bank has a presence in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. For more information, click here

SSVF Program Update December 22, 2016

Hi Team,

This is the latest SSVF Program Update. Please review the information in detail. Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
From: SSVF Program Office []
Sent: Thursday, December 22, 2016 12:12 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] SSVF Program Update December 22, 2016


1.      NEW: Critical Incident Reporting Process for Submitting Reports to the SSVF Program Office
2.      NEW: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website
3.      NEW:  SSVF National Webinar Schedule Change for 2017
4.      New Law Addressing Eligibility:  H.R.6416 - Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016
5.      National Guidance for Rights Management Services (RMS) for Non-VA Email Correspondence
6.      FY 17 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  *Deadline Extended to Friday, January 6, 2016*
7.      HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only)
8.      Reminder: SSVF NOFA applications are due February 3, 2017 at 4pm EST!

NEW: Critical Incident Reporting Process for Submitting Reports to the SSVF Program Office

The SSVF Program Office has implemented a new process for submitting Critical Incidents.   All Critical Incidents will be reported to the SSVF Program Office using the SSVF online grants management system (GIFTS).  Grantees will find the Critical Incident Template in their GIFTS account portal as an active Requirement, titled SSVF Critical Incident Form.   Please complete and submit the form, as needed.  The SSVF Program Office will provide a new, blank form for future use.  The SSVF Program Office is requiring Grantees to submit only the most serious Critical Incidents including Veteran Suicides, Veteran involved Homicides, Staff Improprieties, and serious incidents that receive media attention.  Grantees must continue to follow their own internal policies and procedures for all Critical Incidents, including those incidents that do not require submission to the SSVF Program Office.   The Critical Incident user guide has been posted to the SSVF website and can be found using the link below.

NEW: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website

The SSVF Program Office has developed an Events Calendar, now available on the SSVF Website.  The calendar includes key dates for Reporting Deadlines, Data uploading, program changes and webinars.  The Event Calendar may be accessed by the link below

NEW:  SSVF National Webinar Schedule Change for 2017

Beginning January 2017, the SSVF National Webinars will now occur the second Thursday of each month.  Note this is a change from the formerly scheduled third Thursday.  The time of the Webinar will not change.  It will continue to be from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern.

Please Save the Date for the next Webinar on January 12th 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

New Law Addressing Eligibility:  H.R.6416 - Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016

This legislation, signed into law on December 16, 2016, establishes that current eligibility standards used to serve Veterans in SSVF and GPD are codified into law. For SSVF and GPD, this confirms that Veteran eligibility is defined as per 38 CFR 62, "Veteran means a person who served in the active military, naval, or, air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable

National Guidance for Rights Management Services (RMS) for Non-VA Email Correspondence

VA has issued national guidance confirming that Rights Management Services (RMS) is approved email encryption for correspondence between VA and non-VA partners.   RMS is an Outlook security tool that allows for the encryption of sensitive but unclassified information for secure email transmission.  This encryption protects both email content and attachments.  An overview of RMS and the RMS guide are posted on the SSVF Website:

FY 17 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  *Deadline Extended to Friday, January 6, 2016* The new SOAR & Legal Survey aims to provide a more in-depth picture of how SSVF grantees are utilizing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model and legal services to connect Veterans and their families with Social Security disability benefits, when eligible. It builds on the individual SOAR and legal surveys released by the SSVF Program Office in prior fiscal years to document the progress of community collaborations in increasing access to mainstream benefits and can lead to further efforts in establishing technical assistance with specific communities based upon their stated needs.

Survey Goals:
•       Obtain an update on SOAR model and legal service utilization among SSVF grantees
•       Document grantee success in increasing access to SSI/SSDI using SOAR
•       Document success resolving legal cases via direct SSVF provision of legal services
•       Assess future SOAR training needs
•       Determine barriers to SOAR and legal service implementation and technical assistance needs

How to submit:   Similar to the previous survey the SSVF Program Office can only accept one survey submission per grant award.  Do not access the survey link unless you are designated to complete the survey and are ready to submit your answers. The survey link is contained in the November 2016 SOAR & Legal Survey Companion Guide, available on the SSVF Website at:

Tools: The SSVF Program Office has prepared several materials to assist with this process: These tools are also available on the SSVF Website.

1.      Companion Guide (pdf)
•       This guide provides an in-depth description of each question, the question format, and response options and should be used as grantees are preparing their responses.
2.      Blank Survey Question Document (Word document)
•       This document includes each question and the responses. It is expected that grantees use this as a worksheet to prepare their answers prior to accessing the Survey Monkey link. This way, grantees will have a copy of what they submitted and it should streamline the process for entering data into the survey, since the survey software does not allow users to save drafts of the survey or to save a copy of the final submission.

Survey Deadline:  All survey responses must be submitted no later than Friday, January 6, 2016 (deadline extended).

HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only)

The HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only) was presented during the SSVF National Webinar October 20, 2016.   The Program Office appreciates the work SSVF grantees and their HUD-VASH partners have done to have discussions about how the toolkit will be used in their communities. This is a joint initiative between the SSVF and HUD-VASH National Program Offices. The packet is required effective December 1, 2016.
Please note that the referral packet was updated to include a supplemental HMIS data section to assist with collecting the required HMIS data elements for SSVF grantees. The latest HUD-VASH Referral Packet and HUD-VASH Referral Packet FAQ document can be found at:

Reminder: SSVF NOFA applications are due February 3, 2017 at 4pm EST!

Finally, we would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office

NOTE:  If you are receiving this email in error, please disregard.  We request your patience as the SSVF Program Office continues to address system issues with the grants management database.


GPD funding notice published Friday, December 23, 2016
Good morning NCHV friends and partners,
We've been talking about the GPD "reboot" for some time now, and it is here! The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published Friday morning, and you can find it in the Federal Register or on the GPD website here. We will be sending additional information to you as it becomes available, so please be on the lookout for messages from NCHV and from the VA GPD Program Office.
Here's what you can start doing now:
  1. Read the NOFA (available now): Note that only current GPDs are eligible to apply!!
  2. Read the Notice of Termination (available now): This basically says that awards will be terminated on September 30, 2017 and that organizations with GPD need to respond to the NOFA
  3. Read the Frequently Asked Questions (available now): You can read this here.
  4. Participate in the NOFA webinars (registration information not yet available): The GPD program office will be providing a 2-hour webinar about the NOFA on January 17.  This webinar will be from 9:30 a.m. EST – 11:30 a.m. EST, with a repeat from 2:00 p.m. EST – 4:00 p.m. EST. A recording of the webinar will be available shortly after these presentations. If you are a current GPD grantee, you will be receiving a Save The Date with additional instructions from the VA GPD Program Office.
  5. Participate in the NOFA Question Webinars (registration information not yet available): The GPD program office will be providing additional follow-up webinars to answer current grantees' questions about the NOFA.
GPD is an incredibly important community resource. Your service through GPD helps tens of thousands of veterans each year. We know that, as with any new funding notice or significant change in a program, the application process can seem be stressful and overwhelming. This is a unique opportunity to reset and rethink models, quantify the incredible change you facilitate for veterans, and dig in deeper with local partners to build the best systems serving the veterans who need your programs. 
This weekend, we were planning to send you all a note wishing you happy holidays and a restful end to the year. Many of you are already feeling swamped: working on your SSVF application, driving community partners to surge housing placements for as many veterans as possible through the end of the year, sorting out data to build a framework for this application, and pushing local partners to fill in the gaps during these cold winter months so no veteran has to go without care. Now, you have more work on your plate. One thing we know is that none of us shy away from a challenge, so let's dig in and keep going strong. We are here to help you, so don't hesitate to reach out to Josh or me. 
On behalf of NCHV, I want to thank you for your service to veterans every day, including over the holidays and into 2017. Your work is transformative and humbling. We hope you will dig into this NOFA, but also take some time to embrace family, friends, and the recharge time you've earned this holiday season. Happy holidays and happy new year.
Best wish, 
Baylee Crone
Chief Executive Officer
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)

'16's Top 16 Articles

Also: Job Listings ● Last Chance to Beat the Print Subscription Price Increase ● Call to Action
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Call to Action

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding are developing a report to show members of Congress how federal housing programs have helped low-income families living in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The deadline to submit a success story is Jan. 6.

Subscribe to
It's free! Click here! 

Help support the voice of community development 

Donate Button
Your Voice!

Shelterforce's 16 Most Popular Articles of 2016 

2016 was a difficult year in many ways, and we are all buckling down and resting up to prepare for what is to come. But our writers were, as always, a bright spot, continually helping us understand our work in new ways and challenging us to think about that work and our world differently.

We're taking a few days off from the Weekly, but wanted to share with you some of the most-read posts of 2016. They'll be familiar to some of you and new to others, and we hope you enjoy them.

For now, we wish you a happy, healthy, productive New Year! Shelterforce will be with you every step of the way.

--Miriam, Keli, Lillian, Terri, and Harold

16. Give Housing Vouchers Their Full Power
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
HUD has finally come through with a major rule change that advocates have wanted for years. Here's what it will mean for voucher holders . . . More

15. Getting Beyond the Developer Fee
Jake Blumgart, journalist, and Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
In tough financial times, community developers are hanging on to their developer fees despite competition, but many are also diversifying their programs and revenue streams. Here's how . . .

14. Is a Meritocracy Really What We Want?
David Imbroscio, University of Louisville
Much of liberal urban policy focuses on what liberals see as a kind of "unholy trinity" of barriers that stem from inadequate schooling, troubled families, and poverty-impacted neighborhoods. Yet there is a great body of evidence showing that efforts to break down these barriers yield only marginal results in promoting meritocratic social mobility for the urban poor, while at the same time imposing significant costs on the most vulnerable. There is another way . . . More

13. Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again.
Karen Black, May 8 Consulting Inc.
We tend to assume it's much simpler, and more cost-effective, to construct and manage a new multifamily building than to try to rehab and manage single-family homes spread over a wide area. But what if that's just not true? More

12. The "Supply-Side" Arguments, and Why Geography, Scale, and Migration Matter
Peter Cohen, San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations
A supply-side approach will never work in the Mission. Here's why . . . More

Subscribe now and save 25% 

After many years of holding our print subscription price steady, we now have to raise our rates. Starting Jan.1 a one-year individual subscription will go up from $18 to $24.  

But you still have a chance to get Shelterforce in print at the old price of only $18 a year and you'll get 25% off of the new rate. You'll save even more with a 2-year subscription. 

You can even get gift subscriptions at the current rate--but only until December 31st!

11. The REAL Rental Housing Issue
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Millions of people are evicted each year, and millions more move involuntarily without waiting for a formal eviction proceeding. The response from the community development field, for the most part, tends to be to try to build tax credit housing, but . . . More

10. Let's Get Rid of the Words "Property" and "Manager"
Frankie Blackburn, Trusted Space Partners
The one universal ingredient that I repeatedly encounter in each new housing context is the lack of attention to how to recruit, hire, train, support, and manage the property manager. By and large, these hardworking people are underpaid, underappreciated, over stressed. If we, however, reposition the role of property management to be as important as the property's design and financing, we can make significant progress in . . . More

9. Stop Talking About Displacement
Tony Pickett, Urban Land Conservancy
Any veteran community development practitioner must acknowledge the dual responsibility of creating neighborhood improvements while also managing the potential of those improvements to . . . More

8. As Affordability Worsens, State and Local Governments 
Act on their Own
Daniel McCue, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Some state and local governments are no longer waiting for federal funds to help alleviate the affordable housing crisis. Here are some ways they're working to keep and add to their stock, but will it be enough? More

7. Gentrification and Public Schools: It's Complicated
Susan Naimark, Education and Community Development Consultant
The return of white, middle-class families to big-city public schools seemed like a pipedream for many decades. A school that has long been made up of lower income black and Latino students can shift within a few years to a majority of white, middle-class students. The new parents get involved in ways the school hasn't seen for many years, welcomed by many as a breath of fresh air. And yet . . .

6. Canada Is Looking Better and Better (The Regent Park Story)
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Since the 1990s, HUD's Hope VI program has demolished hundreds of public housing projects, usually replacing them with lower-density developments that house far fewer people. But is the issue really about density? More

5. How *Not* To Do Economic Development
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Since late 2013, the state of New Jersey has given out $1.1 billion in tax incentives under the Grow NJ program to 16 companies in the city of Camden. Five account for $900 million of this total, but unfortunately all are . . . More

4. Paul Krugman Gets It Wrong on Housing
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Paul Krugman, usually an astute observer, must have been having an off day at the end of November 2015, when he devoted his op-ed column in the New York Times to gentrification in New York City . . . More

3. The Real Reasons Affordable Housing Isn't Being Built in California
Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC
In San Diego, private developers are building fewer units than the zoning allows, and avoiding building affordable housing altogether, despite a tower of regulatory incentives being offered to them. Why? More

2. Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Along with most Rooflines readers, I believe that having some portion of a community's housing as long-term or permanently affordable is a desirable policy goal. That said, though, I've found myself wondering what might be the best way to actually pursue that goal . . . More

1. Why We Must Build
Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors
In hot markets, displacement is a real problem, and there are many ways to address it, but restricting construction shouldn't be one of them . . . More

Looking for a Job?
Executive Director

The executive director will lead the Affordable Housing, Property Management, Resident Services and Housing Choice Voucher aspects of Charter Oak . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Resource Development Manager

Will have direct experience in community and economic development, writing federal and nonfederal grants, managing relationships with foundations, and . . . Read Full Listing
Managing Editor

A new position at ArtPlace America, the Managing Editor will implement a content and publishing strategy and publish a variety of rich content across multiple . . . Read Full Listing
Portfolio Manager

Will manage, monitor and review the multifamily loan and asset management program for compliance and fiscal stability; assist with structuring, underwriting . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Property Management

CHP seeks a seasoned PM professional with demonstrated experience in best practice operations and compliance who cares deeply about social impact and . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Resource Development

NJCC seeks a creative and dynamic individual for this role, responsible for cultivating relationships with investors, overseeing impact assessment, providing . . . Read Full Listing

More Job Listings

Donate to Shelterforce at no cost to you!

While we discourage being caught up in the consumer culture and encourage everyone to shop locally, we do know that many people buy from Amazon. If you do, each time you make a purchase you can support Shelterforce at no cost to you! Click below to make Shelterforce/the National Housing Institute your selected nonprofit so that every time you purchase something a portion of the sales price goes to us. With your cost-free donation, you'll be helping us bring you more articles and news, and more insights and inspiration.

In This Issue

 Like us on Facebook     Follow us on Twitter     View our profile on LinkedIn 

Shelterforce Weekly 
with your colleagues

Black Stripes

Featured Bloggers
Interfaith Worker Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


San Francisco Community 
Land Trust

Baltimore Community Foundation

Shelterforce Weekly

Senior Editor, Lillian M. Ortiz

Associate Editor, Keli Tianga

Publisher, Harold Simon

Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg