SSVF Program Updates March 14, 2016


Topics:

1.            Register for the March 17th National SSVF Webinar:  SSVF Updates & New Participant Satisfaction Survey
2.            SSVF Program Updates are now available on our website!
3.            Reminder of VA's Guidance Regarding HMIS

Register for the National SSVF Webinar:  March 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM Eastern

Please register for the "SSVF Updates & New Participant Satisfaction Survey" Webinar on March 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM Eastern:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6085152919057125890

SSVF will be introducing our new software vendor, M Davis and Company, who will support the SSVF Participant Survey process.  They will present the new procedures for the distribution and collection of the SSVF surveys. There will be time for live questions and answers upon the completion of the presentation by M Davis and Company.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

SSVF Program Updates Now available on our Website

The SSVF Program Office is pleased to announce that our Program Updates you receive via email will now be stored on the SSVF website.  Currently, Program Updates from the beginning of FY2016 (October 2015 to present) are posted and available at:

http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/ssvf_programupdates_library

We will update this webpage weekly to ensure grantees and their program staff have a chance to review any weekly updates they may have missed.  Additionally, please note that the VA will soon be launching a new media server, which may result in the inaccessibility of certain videos for a short period of time.  We anticipate there will be no more than 48 hours of down-time during this transition.  VA has informed us that the new media server will go live this month, however, we do not have an exact date/time.  Rest assured that the SSVF Program Office will inform grantees of the date/time as soon as we have that information.   In preparation for this transition, we encourage grantees to download any videos that they would like to continuous access to so as to limit the impact of this process on their program.

Reminder:   VA's Guidance Regarding Read Only and Direct Entry access to HMIS

In September 2015, VA's Homeless Program Office released national guidance regarding VAMC staff seeking read only and/or direct entry access to a CoC's HMIS.  Please review the guidance that was shared with SSVF grantees in the SSVF Program Update from September 3, 2015/ https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/VA_Releases_Guidance_on_HMIS.pdf


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




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In this issue: Desmond's "Evicted" Challenges Field ● NJ "Just Says No" to Payday Lending ● No Pay for Promises in Austin ● Transforming Zip Codes
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What Made NJ Divest from Payday Lending?Shawn Aiken, freelance writer
How advocates in New Jersey mobilized to make a state pension fund put its money where its state regulations are . . . More


Luxury Housing Is Not the Enemy
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


In Austin, Corporations Don't Get Paid for Promises
Amy Evans, writer and educator
Many cities give away the store to corporations to get them to come to town.
Austin is not that city . . . More

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Matthew Desmond's "Evicted" Supports, Challenges Housing Field
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
For the community development field, the publication of Evicted is a very interesting moment. The need for stable, decent-quality, affordable housing is suddenly the unapologetic center of a sensation . . . More


Let's Transform the Zip Codes
Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union
One of America's best writers, William Faulkner, in explaining why he always set his fiction in the South, said: "I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about, and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it." . . . More 


You Said It!

Cities will have to start backing the projects in better areas if they want to attract and retain working income families. Since the middle class is shrinking everywhere, this is the income group for whom we should be building . . . --Maryellen Hess Cameron on Are the Kids All Right? Austin Is Asking

HUD has a terminated mortgage insurance database that shows, since 1940, the buildings it stimulates through insurance and interest right downs -- via the Sections of the first Housing Act. Take a glance at the properties that were built housing for the working class. Seems to me that significant precedent exists to renew, revive, or mimic these financing streams . . . --Rachel Johnston

Nice idea, however the problems are services, like transportation and other appointments that must be traveled to. Additionally, it doesn't take developers long to start selling $200,000 houses to those needing/desiring affordable options in housing, for $300-400,000. We have been seeing this for many decades . . . --Dan Rapson

This option may not work well for all households with low incomes (especially those who would benefit from onsite services or case management), but it may work well for some. At a minimum, it would provide an additional option for creating inclusionary housing in jurisdictions where inclusionary zoning is not enabled or is outright prohibited. More arrows in our quiver sounds good to me . . .
--Andree Tremoulet

San Francisco is expensive, but the city has already embarked on your recommended strategy through its Small Sites Program. The city funds nonprofits and community land trusts to acquire buildings of six units or less whose residents typically include longterm tenants facing Ellis Act evictions. So the strategy stops evictions and adds to the permanently affordable housing supply . . .
--Randy Shaw

This idea makes me want to move to France but it's more or less navel gazing in the USA where the lack of resources for affordable housing is a far bigger problem than the way it's delivered . . .
--Tim Mungavan


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