SSVF Program Updates February 5, 2016

Topics:
1.     Link to January 21, 2016 National SSVF Webinar
2.     Register for the National SSVF Webinar:  HMIS, Data Quality Reports, and the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process (February 11, 2016 at 2pm EST)
3.     SAVE THE DATE!  SSVF National Webinar:  Homeless Prevention (February 25, 2016 at 2pm EST) 

1.     Link to January 21, 2016 National SSVF Webinar
This webinar provided updates to the SSVF procedures for grantees with programs operating during FY 16.  This presentation covered how to request Program Changes using the SSVF grants management database (GIFTS, how to submit updates to the Community Plans using the new survey tool, a preview of the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process and an overview how to request a waiver to the SSVF Rapid Rehousing requirement. 

Rapid Rehousing Waiver Request form is available on the SSVF website at SSVF Developed Tools: http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/official_guide/program_operations

Please view the recording here:
        https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8245186391956913410


2.     Register for the National SSVF Webinar:  HMIS, Data Quality Reports, and the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process (February 11, 2016 at 2pm EST)

Please register for the "HMIS, Data Quality Reports, and the SSVF Quarterly Certification Process" Webinar on Feb 11, 2016 2:00 PM EST:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4208157926831952130

The SSVF Program Office will review the VA Repository Data Quality Reports and the new SSVF Quarterly Certification Requirement.  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. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.
3.     SAVE THE DATE!  SSVF National Webinar:  Homeless Prevention (February 25, 2016 at 2pm EST) 

This webinar will review the Homelessness Prevention Screening Tool, developing and modifying  the Prevention Threshold Score and an overview of the targeting criteria. 
Registration link to follow.

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



NHSDC Spring Conference Registration Now Open!







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Conference Registration is Now Open! 

Registration is now open for the Spring NHSDC conference Advancing a Technology Culture in Human Services occurring in Los Angeles April 12-14, 2016.   A preliminary agenda will be released soon.

Pre-Conference activities will include both an Institute and a Tour option on the 12th.  Applying past feedback, the conference will end at 1:30 on the 14th.  Please take these into consideration when making your travel plans.

Hotel Reservations Now Available
The hotel conference rate is $179.00 (not including tax or service charges). Once our room block is filled we cannot guarantee the rate or room availability. Please make your hotel reservation today.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA, 90071

We look forward to seeing you in April!


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The Value of my Social Security for SOAR Consumers & Partners

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February 4, 2016
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The Value of my Social Security
for SOAR Consumers & Partners

We know that Social Security Retirement, Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are integral sources of income and afford access to health coverage for many people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. It is important for those working in the field to recognize the value of my Social Security for both the consumers we serve as well as ourselves, as workers.

Everett M. Lo from the Social Security Administration's New York Regional Public Affairs Office shared a personal story that many of us can relate to: "My mother was the Executive Director of a small social services agency in New York City's Chinatown from the 1970s through the early 2000s; since she operated on a shoestring budget, she didn't retire with a pension, so Social Security is her primary source of income in retirement." Many of our colleagues are in a similar situation, and my Social Security can help!


my Social Security is a free, online service through which workers age 18 and older with a valid email and U.S. mailing address may manage their Social Security benefit. It is accessible from any computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access and allows registrants to:
  • view their annual Social Security Statement, which shows their earnings and provides an estimate of potential monthly Social Security benefits if they are not yet receiving benefits;
  • view, download and print benefit verification or proof of income letter if they are receiving Social Security and/or Supplemental Security Income;
  • update their benefit address and direct deposit information;
  • obtain a replacement 1099; and,
  • initiate the request for a replacement Medicare card.
The value of my Social Security to people experiencing homelessness who may be transient is that their account follows them wherever they go.  Some may have smart phones, many will have access to libraries with public computers, and others can get support from organizations such as yours. 

Learn more with Social Security Administration's fact sheet, How to Create an Online Account, and use the information to create your own my Social Security account. Once you have created your my Social Security account, you can use your knowledge and experience to help consumers you are working with to set up their own accounts.
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