FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Deadline Reminder – 2 Days Remaining


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FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Deadline Reminder – 2 Days Remaining


There are 2 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The FY 2016 CoC Consolidated Applications, that includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are due September 14, 2016 by 7:59:59 PM EDT.
The CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing are separate submissions in e-snaps; therefore, Collaborative Applicants must ensure that both the CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing, with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are submitted in e-snaps prior to the application submission deadline of September 14, 2016 by 7:59:59 PM EDT.
Do not wait until the last minute to submit via e-snaps to HUD.
As of 8:30 AM EDT this morning, 144 CoCs have submitted the CoC Consolidated Application out of an anticipated 401 CoCs.

Questions

As of today, September 13, 2016, HUD will only respond to e-snaps technical issues up to the application deadline of 7:59:59 PM EDT on September 14, 2016. Please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.


SSA Invites Comments on Proposed Changes to Medical Evidence Rules

SSA Invites Comments on Proposed Changes to Medical Evidence Rules
SSA Invites Comments on Proposed Changes to Medical Evidence Rules

SSA Invites Comments on Proposed Changes to Medical Evidence Rules

Submit Comments by November 8, 2016

Last Friday, September 9th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published proposed revisions to their medical evidence rules in the Federal Register, including the proposal to expand the list of Acceptable Medical Sources to include Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). SSA invites the public to comment on the proposed changes before November 8th. This is your chance to learn about the proposed changes and have your voice heard!
Why are they proposing these changes?
The proposed revisions reflect changes in national healthcare trends of how people are receiving care and simplifies SSA's rules for evaluating medical evidence. SSA recognizes that low-income individuals and those experiencing homelessness experience delays in disability application processing due to receiving care from practitioners other than physicians and psychologists. As a result, the individuals we serve through SOAR often have to attend costly consultative exams.
What are the key proposals that might affect SOAR programs?
1. SSA proposes to add APRNs and other licensed advanced practice nurses with similar titles to the list of Acceptable Medical Sources, along with licensed audiologists for establishing hearing loss.
  • This changes the current practice of requiring the applicant's diagnoses to be made by a physician or psychologist
2. SSA is particularly interested in public comments about also adding Physician Assistants (PAs) and other licensed professionals, such as licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), to the list of Acceptable Medical Sources.
  • Note: PAs and LCSWs are not included as Acceptable Medical Sources in the current proposal, but comments about their inclusion in future changes are encouraged
3. When reviewing and "weighing" medical evidence, SSA proposes that they will no longer give any specific or "controlling weight" to any prior administrative medical finding or medical opinion, including from an individual's own healthcare providers. Instead, they will emphasize supportability and consistency as the most important factors for considering the value and persuasiveness of the evidence, in order to rely more on the content and less on the source of the medical opinion.
Who can comment on this proposal?
Anyone! Have thoughts about these changes? See below on how to have your voice heard!
Submit comments on the proposed policy changes to SSA by November 8th
SSA has three methods by which you can submit comments. For all methods, specify that you are writing in response to Docket No. SSA-2012-0035:

  1. Internet: SSA strongly recommends that you submit your comments via the Internet. Please visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Use the "Search" function to find docket number SSA-2012-0035. The system will issue a tracking number to confirm your submission. You will not be able to view your comment immediately because they must post each comment manually. It may take up to a week for your comment to be viewable.
  2. Fax: Fax comments to (410) 966-2830.
  3. Mail: Mail your comments to the Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration, 3100 West High Rise Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401.
We appreciate the passion and dedication of SOAR providers and wanted to make you aware of your opportunity to participate in this open comment period. If you have questions, please reach out to soar@prainc.com

FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Deadline Reminder – 3 Days Remaining


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FY 2016 CoC Program Competition: Deadline Reminder – 3 Days Remaining


There are 3 days remaining until the application submission deadline for the FY 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The FY 2016 CoC Consolidated Applications, that includes the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are due September 14, 2016 by 7:59:59 PM EDT. Please allow ample time to complete your FY 2016 CoC Consolidated Application, and do not wait until the last minute to submit via e-snaps to HUD. HUD strongly recommends that Collaborative Applicants submit their applications at least 24 - 48 hours before the deadline. See Section VI. Application and Submission Information of the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA for application submission and timely receipt requirements for the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition.
The CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing are separate submissions in e-snaps; therefore, Collaborative Applicants must ensure that both the CoC Application and the CoC Priority Listing, with all project applications either approved and ranked or rejected, are submitted in e-snaps prior to the application submission deadline of September 14, 2016 by 7:59:59 PM EDT.

Listserv Communications

All information related to the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders. HUD will communicate via listserv messages:
  • Due date reminders – it is the sole responsibility of Collaborative Applicants and their project applicants to submit the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing containing all project applications by the due date and time.
     
  • Important updates or additional information – the additional information will not change the selection criteria or selection process included in the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA, but may include items such as updates on the status of e-snaps and reminders of impending deadlines.
If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist/, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

Questions

If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2016 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:59:59 PM EDT.
HUD will respond to all CoC Program Competition questions received today, September 12, 2016. After midnight, HUD will only respond to emergency technical support questions (e.g., cannot submit, password lockout).


Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) Initiative: Third Call for Proposals


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Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth (P3) Initiative: Third Call for Proposals


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has joined with its federal partners to announce a third call for proposals to improve education, employment, and other key outcomes for disconnected youth, including youth experiencing homelessness, through the Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) Initiative. No new money is awarded through this initiative; instead, pilots are allowed to pursue this flexibility through their existing federal funds. Pilots selected to participate in the third round will be able to request customized flexibility in using their FY 2016 funds awarded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Programs to overcome barriers and align program and reporting requirements across programs.
HUD encourages states and local governments to work with CoCs and consider the ways in which additional flexibility to CoC and ESG Program requirements could be useful in meeting the needs of youth experiencing homelessness in their communities.
States, local governments, and tribal governments are eligible to submit applications and may join with local nonprofit organizations within their community who receive eligible funding, such as FY 2016 CoC and ESG Program funding, to develop their applications and consider what types of flexibility will be requested. Applicants requesting to include HUD CoC or ESG funds in their applications will be expected to include their local CoC’s input and engagement in preparing the application and in the specific requests for flexibility. Applications are due October 31, 2016.
For more information about the recently released Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) on P3, including application requirements and selection criteria, please review the P3 Round 3 Bidders Conference webinar recording.
For more information on how the existing pilots are using existing funds in flexible ways to meet the needs of disconnected youth, please review the Round 1 Pilot Site Abstracts.
If you have questions, please review the P3 FAQs. Look for additional FAQs regarding using HUD’s CoC and ESG funds to be posted to youth.gov soon. In the meantime, you can review Appendix A of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program NOFA for ideas about the types of flexibility you may request.


SSVF Program Update September 9, 2016


Hi Team,

This is the latest Program Update. Please review it in detail. Please also register for the 9/22 webinar.

Have a great weekend!

Adrienne

From: SSVF
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2016 2:52 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Update September 9, 2016
Importance: High

Topics:

1.     Register for the SSVF National Webinar on September 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT
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)

SSVF National Webinar on September 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT

Topic:  SSVF HMIS: Closing Out FY2016 and Changes for FY2017 on September 22, 2016 2:00 PM EDT

TA staff will provide explicit instructions for the final Repository upload of this fiscal year and highlight all the critical changes in HMIS data for the upcoming fiscal year. The timing and structure of uploads is especially important during the changeover of fiscal years so all SSVF staff involved in data collection, reporting or Repository uploads should attend or make plans to listen to the recorded webinar.

Register here: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Clarification on SSVF Regional Meeting Participation
We would like to provide clarification regarding the SSVF Regional Meetings. The Regional Meetings are currently being held through early October at 10 locations throughout the U.S.  Grantees are assigned to one of these 10 locations and will receive an 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.


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