SSVF Program Update August 26, 2016-Please read: Important information about next week included


Hi Team,

This is the latest SSVF Program Update. Please review in detail.

Lastly, I am going to be on vacation next week. I will have an out of office message if you have an absolute emergency. I will also be checking emails periodically. If it isn't urgent, I would ask that you just wait for me to respond. If it is urgent, then please use the out of office contact.

Thanks so much!

Adrienne

From: SSVF
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2016 11:17 AM
Subject: SSVF Program Update August 26, 2016
Importance: High

Topics:

1.     SSI/SSDI Outcomes Request – due 9/2/2016
2.     Clarification on SSVF Regional Meeting Participation
3.     VA Releases SSVF Proposed Rule for Public Comment
4.     Grantee Action Needed Regarding Outstanding FFR Financial Status Reports (FSR)


SSI/SSDI Outcomes Request – due 9/2/2016

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center is requesting data from grantees that assisted with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR model between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. This data is important in telling the story of the great SOAR work that is happening across the US, including the excellent work that grantees are doing with SOAR.

How to Report

1.       If you use the Online Tracking Application (OAT), please update your data by the 9/2 deadline here:

https://soartrack.prainc.com/login.php

2.       If your state/area uses OAT, but you haven't registered or reported data previously, register and enter data by 9/2 here:

https://soartrack.prainc.com/register.php

3.       If your state doesn't use OAT and you haven't entered data (or aren't sure if you have), contact your state team lead to ensure your data is counted by the 9/2 deadline here:

https://soarworks.prainc.com/content/contact-us

Grantees can also be in touch with their SOAR TA Center Liaison, who is working to help collect data from their states with any questions or requests for assistance here:


Clarification on SSVF Regional Meeting Participation
We would like to provide clarification regarding the upcoming set of SSVF Regional Meetings. The Regional Meetings will be held from late August through early October at 10 locations throughout the U.S.  Grantees are assigned to one of these 10 locations and will receive email notification regarding meeting sites and registration details.  Please note that the Regional Meeting is a one-day event that offers SSVF 101 training as well as and practices related to rapid rehousing, Housing First, and homelessness prevention.  Due to space limitations, grantees may register no more than two (2) program staff for this one-day Regional Meeting.  Furthermore, grantee representatives may attend only one of two tracks that will run concurrently at the Regional Meeting: 1) a track targeted for Direct Service staff, or 2) a track targeted for Program Management staff.    
Grantees with more than one SSVF grant award may send up to two (2) representatives per grant award.  Registration for many of the Regional Meetings has opened and assigned grantees have received these notifications.  When you receive the registration email (sent to the primary and secondary contacts within your agency's SSVF grants management account) please be sure to complete registration before it closes.
IMPORTANT:  For those grantees who serve the location (city) in which the regional meeting is being held, VA has added an additional day for grantees and community stakeholders that will focus on community coordination efforts.  These meetings are customized to meet the needs of the local community.  If you have questions, please contact Bobby Thompson at:  robert.thompson2@va.gov.

VA Releases SSVF Proposed Rule for Public Comment

The VA has released proposed changes to the SSVF Final Rule, which is open for public comment until September 26, 2016.  The link to the proposed rule can be found at:


Grantee Action Needed Regarding Outstanding FFR Financial Status Reports (FSR)

This is a reminder to grantees that they must close any outstanding (FY 14 and FY 15) FFR Financial Status Reports in the HHS Payment Management System.  It is a Federal requirement that all SSVF grantees submit the Financial Status Report portion of the Federal Financial Report (SF-425). Grantees must complete this report for all subaccounts within the HHS Payment Management System no later than 45 days after the end of the grant term, or at the end of an approved grant extension.

IMPORTANT:  Effective August 31, 2016, any failure to complete this process will cause a suspension of your HHS SSVF accountYour HHS account will remain frozen until this delinquency is resolved.  Please note that all SSVF grant accounts associated with that grantee's banking will be frozen.

Instructions can be found within the HHS website:


Please note that only the FFR Financial Status Report (FSR) is required and the FFR Cash Transaction Report is NOT required.




Thank you,

SSVF Program Office

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.


August 2016 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
August 2016
NCHV Has Moved Our Office Location
NCHV has moved to a new office. Our updated mailing address is:

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
1730 M Street NW
Suite 705
Washington, DC 20036

We are officially up and running in our new home. Thank you for your patience over the last couple weeks as we had interruptions in phone and email access while making the move!
HUD, VA Announce Second Round of HUD-VASH Funding
Additional funding in seven states to house over 100 veterans
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have announced a second round of funding to help provide permanent homes to an estimated 108 veterans experiencing homelessness in seven states. The rental assistance announced earlier this week is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.

In June, HUD awarded nearly $38 million
to help more than 5,200 homeless veterans find homes. That funding ensured that communities could provide the critically needed housing assistance and case management services to those veterans and their families experiencing homelessness.

To view a list of the awardees from this week's announcement, click here.
Mission Transition: Citi and Military.com Team Up on New Mobile App for Servicemembers and Families
App designed to ease transition, includes veteran employment resources
Military.com launched a free mobile app yesterday that assists military members through their transition out of military service and prepares them for civilian life.

Transition by Military.com is sponsored by Citi, and is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store (iTunes). The app provides a personalized approach to the transition process with an interactive checklist and notifications to alert the user of upcoming tasks and important military paperwork as far as 18 months before separation from the military. Subject areas featured in the app include: employment, finances, relocation, transition requirements, health benefits, education and veteran benefits. The new app is sponsored by Citi Salutes, Citi's firm-wide commitment to veterans, service members and families, led by Citi Community Development.

The app also includes veteran employment resources such as a job search function from Monster, the parent company of Military.com. The app allows the user to search for upcoming job fairs and leverage tools to translate their military skills to corresponding civilian occupations. The app is designed for all members of the armed forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard) and members of the National Guard and reserve components. 

The app tailors the transition experience to the user, acknowledging that veterans are a diverse group of people with different needs. A senior officer or enlisted person with 20-plus years in the service will have very different transition needs than a junior officer or enlisted member with four to eight years of service.

"At Citi, we are committed to empowering military personnel and veterans with the tools they need to realize their economic and professional ambitions as they transition out of the military," said Mike O'Neill, Chairman, Citigroup Inc. and former Marine Corps Lieutenant. "Whether it is finding employment, purchasing a new home, or learning how to create a budget, it is our duty to help ensure that our nation's transitioning servicemembers get the support they need."

"Through Citi Salutes, our firm-wide commitment to veterans, service members, and families, led by Citi Community Development, we are proud to collaborate with Military.com to harness technology to provide vital resources that will serve those who bravely served our country," said Ruth Christopherson, Senior Vice President of Citi Community Development and Citi Salutes and retired Colonel, South Dakota National Guard.

Citi is a past recipient of numerous awards for veteran and military efforts, including the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, Victory Media's Top 100 Military Friendly Companies, the Financial Institutions Supporting Heroes Award from VeteransPlus, and NCHV's Corporate Partner Award. The firm is also a founding partner of Veterans on Wall Street.
Hill Watch: Congress on August Recess
Get involved and ready for their return!
Congress had its last pro forma sessions in the last week of July, after which they left town for the traditional August recess. They will return Sept. 6, after the Labor Day weekend, when NCHV hopes that they will tackle the Veterans First Act, and finish their work on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.
In the meantime, do you want to share the value of your program with Congress, and help advance the goal of ending veteran homelessness? Do you have the desire, but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, NCHV is here to help! Email jstewart@nchv.org to get involved with the NCHV Advocacy Team.
September is Suicide Prevention Month, Resources from Veterans Crisis Line
Be There campaign information and materials available online
We can all play a role in preventing suicide and it doesn’t require a grand gesture or complicated task. During Suicide Prevention Month this September, help the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) spread the word that preventing suicide starts with this simple act: Be There.
Helping someone feel included and supported can make a big difference during a challenging time. Small actions — calling up an old friend, checking in on a neighbor, or inviting a colleague on a walk — are all thoughtful ways to show someone you care.
Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere to learn more.
If you notice warning signs in yourself or a Veteran loved one, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text 838255 to get confidential support 24/7/365.
Funding Opportunities
Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. serves nonprofits of the greater Memphis region. The areas of interest to the Foundation are health and human services, education and lifelong learning, social justice and ethics, and cultural enrichment and the arts. The next upcoming proposal deadline is Nov. 17. For more information, click here.

Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation invests in organizations focused on improving the lives of those in need in the 13-county Atlanta metro area. The Foundation primarily focuses on organizations focusing on early childhood education, human services, and health. The next application deadline is Sept. 1. For more information, click here.

Register Now: Requirements for HTF Provisions HUD Notice CPD-16-14 Webinar - September 20, 2016 - 1:30 PM EDT


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Register Now: Requirements for HTF Environmental Provisions HUD Notice CPD-16-14 Webinar - September 20, 2016


HUD’s Office of Environment and Energy (OEE), with the Office of Affordable Housing Programs (OAHP), is pleased to announce a webinar on the requirements contained in the CPD-16-14 Requirements for Housing Trust Fund Environmental Provisions.
This webinar will provide Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grantees and subgrantees with guidance on how to meet the Environmental Provisions for new construction and rehabilitation that are required for HTF projects under the Property Standards at 24 CFR § 93.301(f)(1) and (2). The webinar will also explain how Environmental Reviews under 24 CFR Part 50 and Part 58 must meet the HTF Environmental Provisions when combining HTF funds with other HUD funding sources.
Participants will learn the following:
  • The HTF Environmental Provisions for New Construction and Rehabilitation
  • How to determine and document compliance with the HTF Environmental Provisions for New Construction and Rehabilitation
  • How to meet the HTF Environmental Provisions when combined with other HUD Funds under 24 CFR Part 50 and 58

Who Should Attend?

The Requirements for HTF Environmental Provisions HUD Notice CPD-16-14 Webinar is relevant to HTF grantees. This webinar is limited to 300 participants and registration for this training will close 24 hours before the webinar begins.

Schedule of Webinar Delivery:

Webinar Title Date Registration
Requirements for HTF Environmental Provisions HUD Notice CPD-16-14 Webinar September 20, 2016
1:30 PM EDT
Register Now

Registering for the Requirements for HTF Environmental Provisions HUD Notice CPD-16-14 Webinar

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Training Point of Contact

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