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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WIawBRL5Rc&t=30m30s

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

Have a great weekend!

Adrienne

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

Topics:

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.