Upcoming: HHS and HUD National Joint Listening Session on the Intersection of Human Trafficking and Housing and Services for Survivors

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Upcoming: HHS and HUD National Joint Listening Session on the Intersection of Human Trafficking and Housing and Services for Survivors - February 24, 2016 - 3 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will host a national joint listening session to address the intersection of trafficking and the need for housing and social services for survivors. In response to the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking, HHS and HUD have been working to coordinate efforts to address the needs of human trafficking survivors, recognizing that housing and supportive services are critical in serving survivors.

The listening session will continue HHS and HUD’s efforts by bringing together social service and housing providers serving adult survivors of human trafficking in order to:
  • Understand the challenges facing housing and social service providers in meeting the needs of adult (18+) survivors of human trafficking and those at risk of trafficking for safe and appropriate housing and support services;
  • Recognize best practices in housing and support services for trafficking survivors; and
  • Help identify potential changes in policy, technical assistance, outreach, or other areas to better assist housing and social service providers effectively meet the needs of this population.
The three main questions HHS and HUD will be discussing are:
  1. What are the major challenges you face in helping survivors access housing and supportive services in your community?
  2. Are you involved in or aware of any promising practices on the ground in this area?
  3. What are the top 3 things you believe HUD and HHS could do to help the work you are doing on the ground?
The national listening session will be conducted through a phone call on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST.
Please save the date and look for more information on registering for the call in the weeks to come.

SSVF Program Updates January 29, 2016

Hi Team,

Please find the latest Program Update. I ask that you review this update in detail. It is filled with critical information.


Also, thanks so much for working so hard on your community plan summary submissions.

Have a great weekend!


From: SSVF
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:20 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Updates January 29, 2016
Importance: High


1.      Reminder: SSVF NOFA Deadline is Friday, February 5th at 4:00 PM Eastern 
2.      Reminder: Community Plan submissions are due January 29, 2016
3.      SAVE THE DATE for the Next National SSVF Webinars!
a.      February 11, 2016 at 2pm EST:  HMIS, Data Quality Reports, and the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process
b.      February 25, 2016 at 2pm EST:  Homelessness Prevention
4.      Resource:  Income and Employment Briefs
5.      U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting:  Remarks by the First Lady on Ending Veteran Homelessness
6.      SAMHSA CABHI Grant Opportunity
7.      SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is Accepting Applications from CoCs for SOAR Technical Assistance

1.     Reminder: SSVF NOFA Deadline is Friday, February 5th at 4:00 PM Eastern
The current Notice of Fund Availability applies to SSVF grantees with existing renewable grants.  Priority 1 grants are not eligible to apply for renewal funding.  Grantees are encouraged to confirm the Project Period detailed within their existing Memorandum of Agreement from the VA.  If the Project Period end date is 09/30/2016, grantees may only be considered for renewal funding if they submit an application and the required materials.  Application forms can be accessed on the SSVF website. 

Grantees with multi-year awards, whose Project Period extends beyond 09/30/2016, have been assigned a Requirement in the SSVF online grants management account (GIFTS).  The Requirement form, Intent to Continue Operations in FY 2017, requires a FY 2017 budget submission using the Excel template provided on the SSVF website and a copy of accreditation certification. 
2.     Community Plan Updates are due January 29, 2016          
Community Plan submissions are due on Friday, January 29th.  Grantees should refer to the Program Update: Special Edition on January 13th for additional guidance, instructions, and the submission link

Instructions may be found on the SSVF website at:

Community Plan submission link is:

3.     SAVE THE DATE for the next National SSVF Webinars!
a.      February 11, 2016 at 2pm EST:  HMIS, Data Quality Reports, and the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process
                                                  i.      The SSVF Program Office received many requests to select a later date to review the VA Repository Data Quality Reports and to review the new SSVF Quarterly Certification Requirement.  This webinar was moved back one week and will be recorded.  Please join us for detailed information on the HMIS data fields for SSVF, how they translate to the VA Repository, and how to assess your grantee's monthly data reports.  Registration link will be provided.
b.      February 25, 2016 at 2pm EST:  Homelessness Prevention

4.     Resource:  Income and Employment Briefs
The SSVF Program Office, in partnership with its technical assistance providers and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), has published a series of seven briefs specifically focused on income and employment for homeless and at-risk Veterans.  There is a particular focus on how SSVF can leverage mainstream and private employment and income markets.  These briefs describe a wide range of income and employment opportunities and programs for Veterans, as well as homeless and at-risk populations (more generally), and help to clarify ways in which SSVF providers can ensure access to income services in their programs.  SSVF grantees are strongly encouraged to review these documents and consider how the resources and guidance could be applied to their program or community.

5.     U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting:  Remarks by the First Lady on Ending Veteran Homelessness
On Thursday, January 21st, First Lady, Michelle Obama, spoke at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter meeting.   We encourage grantees and their staff to watch this inspirational message. We are so thankful for your work!  The video of her remarks can be found at https://youtu.be/5WIawBRL5Rc .

6.     SAMHSA CABHI Grant Opportunity
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), are accepting applications for FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grants.  The purpose of this jointly funded program is to enhance and/or expand the infrastructure and mental health and substance use treatment services of states and territories, local governments, and other domestic public and private nonprofit entities, federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, public or private universities and colleges, and community- and faith-based organizations.

CABHI grants will increase capacity to provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated, integrated, and evidence-based treatment services; permanent supportive housing; peer supports; and other critical services for:

·         Individuals who experience chronic homelessness and have substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED), or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (CODs); and/or
·         Veterans who experience homelessness or chronic homelessness and have SUD, SMI, or COD; and/or
·         Families who experience homelessness with one or more family members that have SUD, SMI, or COD; and/or
·         Youth who experience homelessness and have SUD, SMI, SED, or COD.

Applications are due March 15, 2016.  For additional information, visit the CABHI Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information page on SAMHSA's website.

7.      SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is Accepting Applications from CoCs for SOAR Technical Assistance
The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is accepting applications from Continua of Care (CoCs) that have not yet participated in the federally sponsored SOAR Technical Assistance Program.

CoCs are invited to submit a brief, three to five-page application to participate in the SOAR TA Project by February 5, 2016.  Only one application per CoC will be accepted and the application must be submitted by the CoC or someone designated by the CoC.  It is expected that up to five CoCs will be selected.  Review the RFA attachments here:  https://list.prainc.com/t/33315/113899/883/17/

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. 

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office

HUD Updates the Entitlement and State CDBG IDIS Manuals for Grant Based Accounting

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HUD Updates the Entitlement and State CDBG IDIS Manuals for Grant Based Accounting

HUD has updated the Entitlement and State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) Manuals to incorporate grant based accounting changes. Edits include:
  • Activity Funding and Drawdowns - the addition of instructions to specify the year of the CDBG grant from which funds are to be committed for grant years 2015 and later
  • Program Income - instructions for associating program income with the grant
  • Repayments - new instructions for repayment of grant funds to a local account
These training manuals explain how to set up, fund, draw funds, and report accomplishments and performance measures for CDBG activities in IDIS.

View the IDIS for CDBG Entitlement Communities Training Manual.

View the IDIS for State CDBG Manual Training Manual.

Note: The training slides and handouts have not been updated to include grant based accounting changes. The grant based accounting page contains guidance on the requirement and training material from previously held webinars.

January 2016 NCHV eNewsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
January 2016
Save the Date: 2016 NCHV Annual Conference
June 1-3, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 

Save the date! Mark your calendars for June 1-3, 2016 when the 2016 NCHV Annual Conference will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

You will want to be in attendance for three days of training sessions, plenary sessions featuring distinguished speakers, policy updates from Federal agencies and Congress, the Annual NCHV Awards, and more!
Have you renewed your NCHV membership? Interested in becoming a member? NCHV members receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference. Click here to renew or become a member today! For more information about NCHV membership, email Anna Kaminski at akaminski@nchv.org.

Stay tuned to www.nchv.org for updates as they become available.
The Home Depot Foundation Seeks Applications for Veteran Housing Grants Program
Next deadline for proposals is Feb. 24, 2016

The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) is seeking opportunities to support veteran housing projects around the country to further its mission to provide and preserve housing for veterans. The Veteran Housing Grants Program provides grants to nonprofits to fund the development and repair of housing for veterans. Projects may be new construction or rehab and must be either in progress or about to commence within the next 12 months. Awards typically range from $100,000 to $500,000.
The Foundation will only fund 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that are in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service. Only proposals submitted through the online application process will be considered for funding. Proposals submitted by mail, phone, or e-mail will not receive funding and will be directed to the online application process.
2016 Proposal Deadlines are listed below:
Grant Proposal Due Date
Final Determinations
August 2016
December 2016
Service Provider Survey on Food Insecurity
Responses requested by Feb. 12
Service providers working with homeless veterans know that access to food is essential for stability. Veteran food insecurity within the homeless population is unfortunately under-reported and under-researched. Responses to these surveys from providers and homeless veterans will assist in developing an understanding on the issues from both perspectives. 
Hill Watch: Appropriations Down to the Wire
Veteran homelessness provisions have only a few months to become law
Following the mad dash of productivity at the end of the last year, Congress is back in Washington and turning to a laundry list of unfinished projects. This calendar year marks the second session of the 114th Congress; at the end of this year, every bill that has been introduced but not passed into law will be wiped away, and would need to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress to be considered. Among these bills-in-process are several which would directly, positively, and substantially impact homeless veterans and providers across the country. NCHV is working hard to advocate for their passage into law by the end of the current year.
Some of these bills you will have read about in Hill Watch before: namely, the bill which would ensure "Other Than Honorable" discharged veterans' access to the GPD and SSVF programs (S. 1731), and the bills which would ensure that veterans leased up in the HUD-VASH program can enroll in employment services through HVRP (H.R. 474, or S. 425). Some of the other bills, however, have only been profiled in the Policy and Legislative Updates in our print newsletter, or at presentations at the NCHV Annual Conference.
Two of the most relevant of these are the "Homeless Veteran Prevention Act" (S. 684), and the "Veteran Housing Stability Act" (S. 1885). The former bill, S. 684, would expand dental care for homeless veterans, create a greatly expanded legal services program for homeless veterans, raise the authorization cap for the SSVF program, and allow per diem reimbursements for services to the dependents of homeless veterans. The latter, S. 1885, permanently authorizes the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans, waives penalties for programs transforming their GPD's to permanent housing, and establishes a grant fund for follow-up case management for GPD graduates.
These two bills remain unpassed on the floor of the Senate, but NCHV believes strongly that they merit passage this year through both houses of Congress. Prospects for this are good, as the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has committed to moving a large veterans omnibus bill in the coming months. NCHV will continue advocating, and continue to keep you updated, as this process continues.
First Lady Urges Mayors to Continue Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness
Video and transcript from address before U.S. Conference of Mayors
At last week's U.S. Conference of Mayors, First Lady Michelle Obama commended communities for their progress so far, and reiterated her support -- and that of the entire Obama Administration -- for ending Veteran homelessness everywhere.

Watch Mrs. Obama's full remarks. Read the transcript.
Funding Opportunities
The McGregor Fund emphasizes support for activities in southeastern Michigan addressing emergency needs for housing, food, clothing and other direct aid. In addition, support may be provided for activities that address the root causes of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and help individuals and families achieve personal and financial stability and other life-changing outcomes. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Fund to discuss their program. For more information, click here
Independence Foundation's current Human Services funding agenda focuses on programs that address the following areas:
  • adequate food and food distribution
  • affordable housing and access to shelter by homeless persons
  • services which support independence for people living with disabilities
Independence Foundation supports programs that empower less advantaged residents of the Philadelphia area to achieve self-sufficiency by providing these most basic of needs. Letters of inquiry are reviewed throughout the year. For more information, click here
This eNewsletter is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
For the latest news, resources and grant information, visit our website at www.nchv.org.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
333 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
202-546-1969 or toll-free 1-800-VET-HELP

Need Health Insurance? What You Need To Know


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Fast facts about getting covered through HealthCare.gov:
  • It's not as expensive as you think. Eight out of 10 people who enroll in a health plan receive financial help. In fact, most people can find a health insurance plan for as little as $75 or less per month.
  • It doesn't take as long as you think. During last year's Open Enrollment, it took most people only about 10 minutes to submit an application.
  • It is the law! The January 31 deadline is your last chance to avoid the penalty on your taxes of $695 or more next year.
  • Free help is available! If you have a question about HealthCare.gov, call 1-800-318-2596 for personal assistance, all day and every day. The call is free. Trained enrollment specialists will provide personal help and share other important advice, including how to qualify for financial help, how to start an application, or how to re-enroll.

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[MARHMIS] Any volunteers?


My Region 4 TA colleagues and I have been brainstorming ways to reignite a peer-to-peer group in in the southeast U.S. much like these groups. We plan to have an orientation call with everyone in the region 4 CoCs on 2/29/16 at 11 AM. One of the things we'd like to be able to do is briefly share why participating in something like this over the long term would be beneficial to them. However, in a "you don't have to take our word for it" fashion, we were hoping that one or two of you wouldn't mind hopping on the call to share your perspective. We shouldn't need you for more than 15 minutes during the call, with the possibility of a short prep call a couple weeks beforehand.

If you wouldn't mind helping out, please let either myself or Irene Peragallo (Irene.Peragallo@csh.org) know sometime within the next week.

Thanks a bunch!

Dan Fox
Analyst, Housing and Community Development
Solutions for Health | Housing | Land
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Repository Upload Period Changes


During the 1/21/16 SSVF National Call, SSVF Program Office staff notified attendees of a change in the Repository period, effective February 1st. Previous to this change, the Repository has remained open for the first five business days of each month to accept data uploads from all grantees.

Effective Feb. 1, 2016, the following schedule and expectations will be implemented:

1) Business Days 1-3: Grantees upload their program(s)' HMIS data to the Repository. Data must be uploaded during this time to be considered on time.

2) Business Day 4: Grantees who have uploaded will receive Data Quality Reports from the Repository by email.

3) Business Days 5-10: The Repository remains open to accept uploads of corrected data.

4) Business Day 10, midnight, your local time: Repository closes for the month. VA pulls SSVF data for national reporting to leadership.

5) Business Day 11: Grantees who uploaded again during business days 5-10 will receive another Data Quality Report by email for their most recent upload.

Please contact ssvfhmis@abtassoc.com should you need assistance with your upload or if you have additional questions about these changes.

Thank you,
SSVF Repository Administrators

Homelessness Update from NAEH

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New Funding Opportunity to Increase Capacity for Supportive Services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is now accepting applications for its Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) Grant.

This grant is specifically designed to assist communities in their efforts to enhance or expand mental health and substance use treatment services for those experiencing homelessness.

Applications are due March 15, 2016.
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Domestic Violence and Homeless Service System Coordination: A Call for Information
Making it easier to access immediate help is a central goal of coordinated entry. Another is to provide quick exits from shelter by matching and referring people to the most appropriate permanent housing interventions.

Does your community have established policies and procedures that have improved coordination between homeless service systems and domestic violence providers? If so, then the Alliance wants to hear from you.

If you have an experience you’d like to share or a successful strategy we should know about, take a few moments to fill out this brief survey and tell us about it. The Alliance will use this information to help shape the development of capacity building resources.   
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Attention Child Welfare Directors and Public Housing Agencies 

FUP-FSS Demonstration to Help At-Risk Young Adults Transition to Adulthood

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is looking for Public Housing Agencies interested in strengthening partnerships with child welfare agencies to participate in a demonstration program with Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. Its aim? To prevent and end homelessness among youth aging out of foster care.

This program is designed to test whether combining stable housing through vouchers and financial capacity and asset building would improve outcomes for this population. It would also extend the time limit around housing and services offered to young people from the current 18-month statutory restriction on FUP for youth, to the length of the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) contract (up to five years).

A webinar will be hosted by HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. EST in order to provide more information on the program and the application process.
Register here»
2016 National Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness 
  • Last Call for Information Tables: If you or your organization would like to exhibit at the 2016 National Conference on Ending Family And Youth Homelessness please contact David Dirks at 202-942-8287 to reserve a table. 
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Webinar Reminders
Transforming Homeless Services in Jacksonville, Florida
Tuesday, March 8, at 1 p.m. EST
The Alliance will host a webinar on the transformation of the Jacksonville, Florida, homeless system. Speakers will discuss how the county reallocated its transitional housing to rapid re-housing and the impact it has had on the community’s homeless population.


Transforming Homeless Services in Pierce County, Washington
Tuesday, February 9, at 1 p.m. EST
The Alliance will host a webinar on the transformation of the Pierce County, Washington homeless system. Speakers will discuss how the county reallocated its transitional housing to rapid re-housing and the impact it has had on housing investments, the number of families served, and in overall implementation of coordinated entry and prioritization.

Check out all upcoming webinars »
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SSVF Grant Funding Brings New Opportunities
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that it will make $300 million in competitive grant funding available for nonprofits renewing their SSVF grants to work with homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Several pieces of the announcement highlight opportunities for providers to improve the services they offer to program participants, and ways to enhance their program's effectiveness and reach.
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New Budget Bill Supports Youth
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The eleventh hour budget bill passed at the end of 2015 does more than increase funding for homeless assistance. It makes specific investments to end youth homelessness. 
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