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The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program is an easier way for Veterans to connect their health records

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Connect your docs with VLER Health
Dear Veteran,
Would you like to "Connect Your Docs?"
The Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) Health program shares important parts of your Veteran health record between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and your community health care providers who participate in this program. This sharing of information allows your health care providers to access important information about your health, so they can provide you the best possible care.
This exchange occurs over a secure and private network known as the eHealth Exchange. This program is free and voluntary for Veterans, but VA needs your consent to share your health records (VA Form 10-0485).
Signing Up for VLER Health may:
  • Reduce the need for you to carry paper records between appointments
  • Give your provider instant access to your health care information, during a trip to the Emergency Room
  • Reduce your chances of having repeat tests done
  • Increase your safety by sharing your health record, which includes your lab results, medications, and allergies with your health care team 
sign up now

If you have technical difficulties, please call 1-800-983-0937 for assistance.
If you have not already joined, go to the eBenefits website and sign up (It's free)! 

For other ways to sign up:

You can choose how to share your health information by completing VA Form 10-0485 and submitting it by fax, mail or hand carry it to your nearest VA Medical Center Release of Information Office (ROI). To see a complete listing of participating Community Care Partners in your area, please click here.
Thank you for agreeing to share your VA health data with your providers and, as always, we thank you for your service!
Sincerely,
The VLER Health National Program Office

HUD Data Center Power Outage


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HUD Data Center Power Outage - June 21, 2016 at 2:35 PM EDT


The HUD Data Center experienced a power outage due to inclement weather at approximately 2:35 PM EDT today, June 21, 2016, which is affecting systems including all CPD Systems. Until this issue is resolved, users will not be able to access IDIS Online, HEROS, DRGR, and e-snaps.
Thank you for your patience while HUD works to restore the Data Center back to full power.


Save the Date(s): Office Hours - Amending Your Plan for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) - July 2016


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Save the Date(s): Office Hours - Amending Your Plan for the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) - July 2016


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is holding a series of Office Hours for State grantees needing to amend their Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan to incorporate the Housing Trust Fund (HTF). These Office Hours will provide an opportunity for grantees to submit questions, see screen demos of the eCon Planning Suite and discuss the amendment process for the HTF.

Office Hour Dates

  • Tuesday, July 12: 1:00-2:30pm EDT
  • Wednesday, July 13: 2:00-3:30pm EDT
  • Thursday, July 14: 1:00-2:30pm EDT
  • Tuesday, July 19: 2:00-3:30pm EDT
  • Wednesday, July 20: 1:00-2:30pm EDT
Please note: Grantees should self-select the session they prefer to attend and may attend multiple sessions.

Who Should Attend?

These office hours are available for all State grantees responsible for completing the HTF amendments to the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.

Training Point of Contact

TJ Winfield | 240-582-3607 | econplan.training@cloudburstgroup.com
To find out more information about upcoming trainings and access materials from previously held trainings, go to HUD Exchange Training and Events.



NSP - Grant Closeout


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NSP - Grant Closeout


This summer, HUD is launching a concerted effort to close out Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) grants for grantees who have met the grant closeout criteria. These guidelines were established in the Notice of NSP Closeout Requirements and Recapture (NSP Closeout Notice, Federal Register November 27, 2012) and the Closeout Instructions for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs Grants (CPD Notice 14-02). The process will be centered on the field offices, with HUD Headquarters and a team of technical assistance providers to make it as easy as possible for both grantees and field staff.
The principal NSP closeout criteria include the following:
  1. Line of credit funds have been spent, to the extent possible (Program Income may remain);
  2. The 25% Set-Aside Requirement is met for line of credit funds;
  3. All activities funded with any line of credit funds are complete and meet a national objective;
  4. Costs to be paid with NSP funds have been incurred; and
  5. Other grant responsibilities and regulations have been carried out.
HUD previously engaged technical assistance providers to conduct nearly 300 NSP Closeout Readiness Checks to identify grantees who met these requirements and completed other preparations to position them for grant closeout. The Readiness Checks helped identify closeout obstacles and established timelines for follow-up for grantees that were not ready to close at that time.
HUD’s closeout effort will move grantees forward with completing their closeout packages, and will initially focus on grantees who have had readiness checks. Grantees will receive support from technical assistance providers to prepare closeout packages and review them for quality and completeness before the packages are formally submitted to the field offices for review and execution of the Closeout Agreement (Closeout Package Assistance).
Technical assistance providers have been assigned to specific field offices, and they will work closely with field office staff to coordinate closeout efforts in the assigned region. Providers will:
  1. Interview grantees to ensure the closeout checklist can be completed with confidence;
  2. Examine DRGR reports to identify any inconsistencies or gaps in reporting; and
  3. Review completed closeout forms.
In the event that additional assistance needs are identified, the TA provider will discuss these needs with the field office and referrals may be made for a range of technical assistance options. Such support might include directing the grantees to the Ask-A-Question resource, customized DRGR help, or submission of requests for higher-level direct technical assistance.
Grantees who have received Readiness Checks in the past should expect to be contacted by a technical assistance provider over the coming months. Field offices who have identified other grantees who may be ready for closeout should contact HUD Headquarters to make a referral for a Readiness Check or Closeout Package Assistance. As the effort progresses, HUD will continue to review grants against the closeout criteria and additional grantees will be provided Closeout Readiness Checks and Closeout Package Assistance as appropriate.
To supplement these efforts, new and updated NSP guidance will be released in the form of webinars, live question & answer sessions, tip sheets, and memoranda to assist grantees in understanding the closeout process and troubleshooting common issues in NSP management and DRGR reconciliation.
For more information or questions related to this effort, please contact Lawrence Reyes at Lawrence.c.reyes@hud.gov or Njeri Santana at Njeri.a.santana@hud.gov in the HUD Office of Block Grant Assistance.


HUD Publishes Notice of Changes to NSP Closeout Requirements Related to Program Income


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HUD Publishes Notice of Changes to NSP Closeout Requirements Related to Program Income


HUD has published a Notice describing changes to closeout requirements applied to and additional regulations waived for grantees receiving grants under the three rounds of funding under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) who are also grantees under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
HUD will soon issue guidance on specific procedures for transferring in DRGR and IDIS. Please direct questions related to transferring NSP Program Income to nsp-questions@hud.gov.
View the Notice of Changes to NSP Closeout Requirements Related to Program Income.


Correction: FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Registration Notice


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Correction: FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Registration Notice


The FY 2016 CoC Program Registration Notice posted on Friday, April 22, 2016 contained an error that stated HUD would continue the Permanent Housing Bonus at 15 percent of the CoC’s Final Pro Rata Need (FPRN). A corrected version of the Notice has been posted on the FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability on the HUD Exchange and on HUD’s website at www.hud.gov.
The revised version of the Notice clarifies that the Permanent Housing Bonus amount available to CoCs is 5 percent of a CoC’s FPRN. The correction is found on page 35 in Section IV.B.6 which states:
“HUD will continue the Permanent Housing Bonus. All CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 5 percent of the CoC’s FPRN for the following types of new projects for those CoCs that meet the criteria provided in V.4. of this Notice and additional criteria provided in the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA:
  1. New permanent supportive housing projects that will serve 100 percent chronically homeless families and individuals including youth experiencing chronic homelessness; and
     
  2. New rapid rehousing projects that will serve homeless individuals and families, including youth, coming directly from the streets or emergency shelters, or fleeing domestic violence situations and other persons meeting the criteria of paragraph (4) of the definition of homeless.”
HUD apologizes for any confusion caused by this error.