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H.R. 6416 Update from NCHV

Hill Watch: Congress Passes Veterans Bill with Homelessness Provisions
Bill heads to the President's desk for signature 
On Friday the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, H.R. 6416, the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016”. This bill contained several provisions related to veteran homelessness, some of the highlights of which included:
  • Permanently authorizing the use of VA homeless programs by veterans with “Other Than Honorable” discharges,
  • An update to the VA’s definition of homelessness, to include the McKinney-Vento updates which allow individuals fleeing domestic violence to be considered homeless,
  • An authorization of a higher Per Diem rate to be paid to Transition in Place programs,
  • The creation a program to allow for follow-up case management for veterans who have successfully completed a GPD program,
  • Provisions designed to ease the transition for any GPD that wishes shift to units to permanent housing, and
  • Permanently authorizing the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.
“This bill represents the most significant piece of legislation for homeless veterans in more than two years,” said Baylee Crone, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “Permanently protecting access to homeless programs for all veterans without a dishonorable discharge has been an issue since 1996. NCHV is proud to have finally put the issue to rest.”
NCHV is happy to announce that this bill is on its way to the President’s desk for his signature. Its finalization into law is expected, as there have been no signals from the White House that they intend to veto the bill.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our calls for advocacy – both here and on our social media accounts. Your contributions to the effort made the difference; it kept this issue at the top of the agenda, even in the contentious environment confronting the Congress over the past several days.
NCHV would also like to thank our national partner organizations who join us as members of the Homeless Veteran Working Group, and who signed on as supporters of the legislation. These partners include: National Alliance to End Homelessness, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Volunteers of America, National League of Cities, Community Solutions, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust. Their efforts over the 114th Congress made huge impacts on the adoption and passage of this major legislation, and they too deserve accolades and our thanks.

NHSDC Spring 2017 Call for Session Proposals and Save the Date



NHSDC Call for Session Proposals!
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Call For Proposals!



We hope you’ve saved the date for the Spring NHSDC Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, April 26-27, 2017. The theme for the conference is Putting It All Together: Uniting Data, Technology, and People. We are now seeking session proposals for the conference that really demonstrate the continuum from client level interaction to quality data collection, management, and performance measurement. We want to learn how you are using this continuum to drive systems change in your communities to improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Please read the Call for Proposals and submit your proposal by January 11, 2017, for a conference session to the
Online Proposal Link.

NHSDC provides information, assistance, peer education, and lifelong learning to its membership and other interested parties in the articulation, planning, implementation, and continuous operation of technology initiatives to collect, aggregate, analyze, and present information regarding the provision of human services.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

SSVF Program Update December 9, 2016


Hi Team,

This is the latest SSVF Program Update. Please review the information in detail. Thanks so much!

-----Original Message-----
From: SSVF Program Office [mailto:mail@grantapplication.com]
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2016 10:09 PM
To: wiwatson@cssalaska.org
Subject: [EXTERNAL] SSVF Program Update December 9, 2016

Topics:

1.      SSVF NOFA Published in the Federal Register
2.      Important Reminder: FINAL FY16 HHS Account Transfer
3.      Register Now: SSVF National Webinar on December 15, 2016  at 2PM EST
4.      FY 2017 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  Due by December 21, 2016
5.      HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only)
6.      Notice: New URL for Payment Management Services


SSVF NOFA Published in the Federal Register

A new SSVF NOFA has been published in the Federal Register. This NOFA provides funding opportunities for all existing grantees, including those grantees who were awarded 3-year grants that targeted high need communities in FY 2015.  Additionally, 8 CoCs have been targeted in the current NOFA and applicants may apply for new funding to serve those areas.

This NOFA is expected to be highly competitive and applicants are urged to closely review the NOFA and the associated training available on the SSVF website https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.asp

The principal goal of this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness through the adoption of evidence-based practices likely to lead to reductions in homelessness as defined by USICH's Federal Criteria and Benchmarks or, alternatively, Community Solutions Functional Zero.  Awards are for services to begin October 1, 2017.

Applications are due no later than February 3, 2017 at 4pm EST.  Please contact SSVF@va.gov if you have questions.


Important Reminder: FINAL FY16 HHS Account Transfer

Please be reminded that FINAL HHS Subaccount Transfers for FY16 grants will be processed on the 15th of December 2016. Grantees that require a final transfer of funds among the HHS subaccounts in order to complete the grant close must use the 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 http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.asp?page=/official_guide/fiscal_administration

Register Now:   SSVF National Webinar on December 15, 2016 at 2PM EST


Topic:  SSVF FY 2017 Program Updates

This webinar will cover items related to grantee operations including a review of the FY16 SSVF Participant Survey results. Also, a new telephone option for the FY 17 survey will be described when participants cannot access the online survey. The new Critical Incident reporting process that is being converted to the SSVF online grants management system (GIFTS) will also be reviewed. Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1043738179781985793

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


FY 2017 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  Due by December 21, 2016

The new SOAR & Legal Survey aims to provide a more in-depth picture of how SSVF grantees are utilizing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model and legal services to connect Veterans and their families with Social Security disability benefits, when eligible. It builds on the individual SOAR and legal surveys released by the SSVF Program Office in prior fiscal years to document the progress of community collaborations in increasing access to mainstream benefits and can lead to further efforts in establishing technical assistance with specific communities based upon their stated needs.

Survey Goals:
•       Obtain an update on SOAR model and legal service utilization among SSVF grantees;
•       Document grantee success in increasing access to SSI/SSDI using SOAR;
•       Document success resolving legal cases via direct SSVF provision of legal services;
•       Assess future SOAR training needs;
•       Determine barriers to SOAR  and legal service implementation and technical assistance needs;

How to submit:   Similar to the previous survey the SSVF Program Office can only accept one survey submission per grant award.  Do not access the survey link unless you are designated to complete the survey and are ready to submit your answers. The survey link is contained in the Nov 2016 SOAR & Legal Survey Companion Guide, available on the SSVF Website at

http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.asp?page=/official_guide/reporting_and_monitoring_requirements

Tools: The SSVF Program Office has prepared several materials to assist with this process: These tools are also available on the SSVF Website.

1.)     Companion Guide (pdf)
•       This guide provides an in-depth description of each question, the question format, and response options and should be used as grantees are preparing their responses.
2.)     Blank Survey Question Document (Word document)
•       This document includes each question and the responses. It is expected that grantees use this as a worksheet to prepare their answers prior to accessing the Survey Monkey link. This way, grantees will have a copy of what they submitted and it should streamline the process for entering data into the survey, since the survey software does not allow users to save drafts of the survey or to save a copy of the final submission.
Survey Deadline:  All survey responses must be submitted no later than December 21, 2016


HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only)

The HUD-VASH and SSVF Referral Packet (RRH Only) was presented during the SSVF National Webinar October 20, 2016.   The Program Office appreciates the work SSVF grantees and their HUD-VASH partners have done to have discussions about how the toolkit will be used in their communities. This is a joint initiative between the SSVF and HUD-VASH National Program Offices. The packet is required effective December 1, 2016.
Please note that the referral packet has now been updated to include a supplemental HMIS data section to assist with collecting the required HMIS data elements for SSVF grantees. The revised packet can be found at: https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/HUD_VASH_SSVF_Referral_Packet_Version_2%2011-22-16_Final.idocx


Notice: New URL for Payment Management Services

Starting on December 3, 2016, the URL to access the Payment Management Services' homepage and the Payment Management System will be https://pms.psc.gov. The previous URL www.dpm.psc.gov will still be active and redirect you to the new URL. Please save the new URL to your favorites.  As part of the update, the webpage will have a new and improved layout. The goal with this updated webpage is to provide a website that is interactive and easy to navigate. The functionality and access to the Payment Management System will remain the same. Click the below URL for a preview of the new page https://www.dpm.psc.gov/news_events/newwebpage.aspx


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.



Deadline Today: Confirm 2016 AHAR Data - All Persons and Veterans




Thank you for making the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress reporting cycle a success! Your data contributes to the nation’s understanding of homelessness in America and informs federal policy to prevent and end it.
Please remember that the deadline for confirming your community’s final AHAR data for All Persons and Veterans is today, December 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST.
The community’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Primary should go into the Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) and confirm their data submission by this date. If they do not, the data will be auto-confirmed first thing on December 13, 2016. The Data Liaison is not authorized to assess the usability status of your data unless the data are confirmed.
Confirming your data means that someone from the CoC who has a broad perspective of your community’s homeless population (e.g. CoC Primary) has reviewed and approved your community’s AHAR submission. Clicking the confirmation button in HDX provides a final verification of each community’s data submission. The selected reviewer, such as the CoC Primary, is not required to check each data point in the submission, but rather assess the overall picture of homelessness depicted in the data submission. If the selected reviewer would like to revisit the data submission, they must contact their Data Liaison immediately.
If you have any questions about the AHAR process, or have questions about the data submission requirements, you can reach out to your AHAR Data Liaison or consult the following 2016 AHAR guidance materials:
For more information, visit the AHAR Guides, Tools, and Webinars page.
If additional questions arise that are not addressed by these resources, consult your assigned AHAR Data Liaison, or submit them online through the HDX Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the HDX AAQ portal, select "HDX: Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, and AHAR)" from the "My question is related to" dropdown list on Step 2 of the question submission process.
         
Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info