Bowman Systems NewsFlash: ART Gallery Update - 10/31/2016

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ART Gallery Update 10/31/2016

The ART Gallery has been updated:
0263 - RHY Data Completeness - Data Quality V2: This report has been updated with some fixes. We highly recommend reading the 0263 User Manual before running the report since this report is different from the old 0261/0262 reports. This report will more closely follow the logic that is used in the automatically generated RHYMIS data quality report.

RHYMIS November Submission Window
A reminder that the November RHYMIS submission window is November 2, 2016 - November 22, 2016. The automatically generated RHYMIS data quality report is automatically generated the day after the data is uploaded. So we recommend uploading early, reviewing the report and then, if needed, do another upload of data.

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Bowman Systems NewsFlash: ServicePoint® 5.12.30 is Now Available!

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ServicePoint® 5.12.30 is Now Available!

Most notably, this version contains updates to the SSVF export. Release notes can be found in CollaboranGo's Documents & Downloads area, in the "ServicePoint > Upgrades and Updates > 5.x > Minor Versions" category.
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SSVF Program Update October 31, 2016

Hi Team,

Please review the latest SSVF Program Update.

Thanks so much!


From: Foley, Sandra
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 2:58 PM
To: Foley, Sandra
Subject: SSVF Program Update October 31, 2016


1.     Reminder: SSVF Gap Analysis
2.     Reminder: Grantee Action Required in GIFTS
3.     Reminder: Final HHS Account Transfer
4.     SSVF East Coast Launch Event November 15-16, 2016
5.     Save the Date:  National Webinar November, 17, 2016 at 2:00PM EST

Reminder: SSVF Gap Analysis

As part of the FY 17 Grant Resolution process, the SSVF Program Office has asked grantees to work with their local community planning partners and complete the SSVF Gap Analysis. Instructions can be found within the Resolution Companion Guide and also on the SSVF University Community Coordination and Planning webpage. Please note that grantees are required to submit this SSVF-specific Gap Analysis tool rather than the VA Gap Analysis tool, as the CoC data elements are necessary for our assessments.

The Gaps Analysis Tool is posted on the SSVF University, which is due November 14, 2016:  Please send the Gaps Analysis tool to your SSVF Regional Coordinator.

Reminder: Grantee Action Required in GIFTS:

Grantees are reminded that action is required in the grants management system (GIFTS).  Please refer to the October 14, 2016 SSVF Program Update for complete details.  The requirements are as follows:

FY 2016 Closeout:

Priority 1 Grantees are required to complete the FY 16 4th Quarter Certification requirement. For all other SSVF grantees with renewal grant terms that ended on 9/30/16, including extended grants, the online GIFTS requirement form is now.  Refer to the Companion Guides for assistance with completing the requirement.

FY 2017 Grant Resolution:

Grantees can now access the FY 2017 Resolution Requirement form within their GIFTS user account.  Deadline for submission is close of business on Monday, November 14, 2016.

Access the SSVF GIFTS portal at


Please be reminded that HHS Subaccount Transfers will be processed on the 1st and 15th of October, November and December 2016. Grantees that require a final transfer of funds among the HHS subaccounts in order to complete the grant close must use HHS Subaccount Template to prepare the transfer request.  Submit this form to your Regional Coordinator for review and processing.  Please do not submit to the SSVF general inbox.  To avoid denials of the subaccount transfer requests, please access your HHS grant account within the Payment Management System and carefully review the authorized subaccount balances, as any Program Changes granted throughout the year may have resulted in changes to these authorized balances.  If you have questions about how to complete the template or verify your authorized subaccount balances (prior to submitting your request) please contact your Regional Coordinator.  The template is available at

SSVF East Coast Launch Event November15-16, 2016

Registration is now OPEN for the FY 2017 SSVF Launch Event to be held on November 15th - 16th in Atlanta, GA. Invited Grantees are expected to arrive on November 14th in order to begin promptly on November 15th.  This year's Launch Event will take place at the Sheraton Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta, Georgia. Grantees should first register using the Eventbrite link that was emailed to each agency's GIFT account contacts.  You will receive a Confirmation email once you register. You may book flights once you receive this Registration Confirmation. Then, you will receive a logistics email within one week that includes specific hotel information and a link for reserving space within the Room Block. Please wait to receive this link before booking your hotel. Note: space in the room block is limited. Additional capacity will be made available at a neighboring hotel once the Sheraton room block is full.

All SSVF grantees may send two staff members to the event, per grant award. The primary target audience is Program Directors and Organizational Leaders who are responsible for community-level coordination and overall SSVF program operations. Based on feedback from last year's Launch, grantees may also invite one leader or key stakeholder from their Continuum of Care - this individual would count toward the limit of two attendees per award. The costs associated with bringing a CoC leader are eligible costs under the SSVF training/travel budget.

If your agency did not receive an invitation for the EAST COAST event, you are slated to attend the WEST COAST event and will receive a separate invitation to register (and respective confirmation with hotel reservation link) once that information is ready for distribution.

Save the Date National Webinar November 17, 2016 2:00 PM EST

SSVF Monitoring Visits

The SSVF National Grantee Webinar on November 17 will provide an overview of the SSVF Monitoring Process and how grantees can prepare for the Annual Monitoring Visit.  Registration link will be provided.

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.

Television's Antidote to Trump

Also: Letters to the Next President ● Seeing Vacancy as a Canvas ● Ownership Has Its Privileges ● Where Housing Is on the Ballot in California
Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Webinar | Paycheck to Paycheck | Nov. 3, 2 p.m. ET

National Housing Conference will host a demonstration of the online, interactive Paycheck to Paycheck database, which uses data from the first quarter of 2016 to examine the gap between wages and housing costs, both rental and ownership, in 210 metro areas across the country.

The NYU Furman Center | Housing Reforms for the Next President: Optimizing Federal Subsidy | Nov. 17, 8 a.m. ET

Given the dim prospects for a substantial increase in federal funding for housing, this breakfast will explore how funding can be made more responsive to local housing needs.

Webinar | Bringing Clarity to Impact Investing | Nov. 17, 3 p.m. ET

While impact investing continues to grow, it remains difficult to articulate, analyze, and differentiate the impact. In a new report, social investment experts propose ways to optimize the process of matching investors with the right investment opportunities. In this one-hour session of Connecting Communities, sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, report co-authors will share their findings on how to turn this concept into reality.

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Seeing Vacancy as a Canvas
Daniel Kravetz, freelance writer
The bulk of the 1,000-plus attendees to the Center for Community Progress' 2016 Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference came from the inner cities and Rust Belt towns that Trump evoked, their work devoted to the challenges he distorted. Yet if the tenor of the conference could have been bottled and distributed, it would have made for a great antidote to the brand of pessimism he peddles . . . More

Tamara E. Holmes
Ownership Has Its Privileges
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A growing number of municipalities are embracing economic development tactics built upon community ownership, such as worker cooperatives, social enterprises, and community land trusts. Here's some of what's working and how other municipalities can embrace these new forms of wealth creation too.   More

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Television's Antidote to Trump
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It's a tragedy that HBO's Show Me a Hero failed to get even a nomination for an Emmy Award earlier this month. The show has important lessons on how to fight back when public officials try to divide their communities based on race. It goes deep into the heart of a U.S. city in the middle of racial strife to portray how . . . More

Where Housing Is on the Ballot in California
Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC
Though housing is not directly on a statewide ballot, this November's election will see over 40 local ballot measures in cities and counties across California that are related to housing. The following is a scan of local housing-related ballot measures in the state . . . More
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A. Adar Ayira, Associated Black Charities
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Great article on NJ incentives. I'm circulating to all staff here to remind them of the importance of considering opportunity costs. --Christopher Jones, Regional Plan Association, via email

It boggles the mind that the same advocates calling for zero housing at market prices are the same folks who turn around and say the market won't build enough units anyway. That is like . . . --Anthony Lazarus, more

Pointing out the fallacy of believing we can solve our affordability crisis by building luxury units is not the same as saying we need to "shut down" market-rate housing. Rather . . . --Fernando Marti, more

One wonders: does regional identity inspire tax sharing, or does tax sharing inspire regional identity? What would it really take to get . . . --Stephen Gross, more

Thank you Amy and Janet for this courageous and cogent vision for the future of public housing. I would like to add to your list two items: (1) the need for a creative communication strategy to re-introduce . . . --Frankie Blackburn, more

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Interfaith Worker Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

Ana Garcia-Ashley
Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


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Associate Editor, Keli Tianga

Publisher, Harold Simon

Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg