2017 Housing Summit Pre-Con Registration is Open

2017 Housing Summit Pre-Con Registration is Open
May 30 at the Grand Hyatt Washington
Registration is now open for the 2017 NCHV Housing Summit, taking place May 30 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Registration is very limited for this intimate event... register today! 

This intimate pre-Conference event allows participants to engage with corporate and philanthropy partners, training and development experts, and federal agencies to discuss strategies to break through barriers standing in the way of housing veterans.
Several interactive workshops and networking events give participants the opportunity to learn, share and create solutions. Take advantage of this opportunity to work directly with the change-makers and experts in housing for homeless and at-risk veterans!

This Pre-Con event occurs on May 30 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with an evening reception until 7:00 p.m. Additional details are forthcoming in the coming weeks on the NCHV website. It concludes prior to the NCHV Annual Conference and requires a separate registration. Attendees are encouraged to register quickly, as space is limited for this event. To register online, click here

Spots are filling up fast! Have you registered?

2017 Mediware Boot Camp Training
Reserve your hotel rooms!
Mediware customers are taking over Austin and we hope you are one of them! We have just a few spots left for the 2017 Mediware Boot Camp, so make sure you get registered ASAP. We've posted the agenda and sessions descriptions -- all available on the conference website. We hope you can join us at the AT&T Conference Center where we'll showcase our powerful new reporting platform and ServicePoint® 6.
Plan to attend three full days of sessions and collaborate with your Mediware peers and team members. Be sure to register ASAP to get the special early bird discount by March 20th. Hotel rooms are quickly filling up, so be sure to reserve your rooms as soon as you can. 
Follow the link to review the agenda, read through the session descriptions, and reserve your room.  We hope you can join us for this specialized training!
bullet An in-depth look at the new reporting platform
bullet An exclusive sneak peek of ServicePoint 6 upgrade
bullet One-on-one time with Mediware team members
We can't wait to see you in Austin!
Date: April 11-13, 2017
Day: Tuesday - Thursday

Venue Details:
AT&T Conference Center
Austin, TX
Conference Rates
 $875 (Early Bird)
Register by March 20, 2017
 $199
Hotel Room Block Closes March 20, 2017

SSVF Program Update February 14, 2017


Hi Team,

I just wanted to make sure that you saw this. My apologies. I did not forward it, last week.

Adrienne Nash Melendez, MLD
Regional Coordinator
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
267-683-2386
Please note new email address: adrienne.nashmelendez@va.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: SSVF Program Office [mailto:mail@grantapplication.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:09 PM
To: ssmithson@cssalaska.org
Subject: [EXTERNAL] SSVF Program Update February 14, 2017

Topics:

1.            UPDATE:  Mandatory Return of SSVF Grant Funds
2.            HUD VASH Eligibility when Rapidly Rehoused with SSVF 
3.            REMINDER Regional Meeting Travel Expense Guidance
4.            REMINDER:  SSVF Participant Telephone Survey Update
5.            RESOURCE:  AmeriCorps VISTA Projects
6.            RESOURCE:  USICH, HUD, and VA Release Updates to Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness 

UPDATE: Mandatory Return of SSVF Grant Funds

During the current grant year, FY 2017, the SSVF Program Office is implementing the mandatory return of unspent grant funds. Per the grant agreement between VA and SSVF grantees, the SSVF Program Office will recoup funds from grantees who are not meeting the minimum expenditure rates.  This is the first year mandatory returns will be implemented.  However, the SSVF Program Office has elected to waive this process for first quarter of FY17.  The grant agreement (MOA) describes that, after each quarter, grantees are required to have a minimum percentage of funds drawn from the HHS Payment Management System; 1st quarter – 15% or more; 2nd quarter – 40% or more; 3rd quarter – 65% or more.  The SSVF Program Office is currently developing the procedures for how this will be completed and will inform grantees as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please review your grant expenditures and your projected spending for the remainder of the grant year. The first mandatory return of funds will take place immediately following the end of the 2nd quarter (April). If you have questions about this new process for FY2017, please contact your Regional Coordinator.

HUD VASH Eligibility when Rapidly Rehoused with SSVF 

Veterans who have been rapidly rehoused with SSVF and, through progressive engagement, has been determined to need long-term case management to maintain housing are eligible for HUD-VASH.  Veterans enrolled in SSVF retain their pre-SSVF placement eligibility for homeless services until exited.  The Veteran should be assessed for SSVF eligibility, like any other applicant, and their homeless status at the time of SSVF admission should be considered for admission to HUD-VASH.

HUD issued a memo in 2013 titled, "Guidance for Determining Eligibility for Permanent Supportive Housing for Persons Participating in Certain Department of Veteran Affairs Programs" and it is attached to this email.  It provides a crosswalk, on the third page, that is helpful to understand homeless status during a program stay.  Please note that this memo indicates that DCHV is emergency shelter but that designation has been changed and are no longer classified as emergency shelter.

The 2013 HUD memo is also available of the SSVF Website at



REMINDER:  SSVF Regional Meeting Travel Expense Guidance

SSVF grantees should not be using grant funds to pay for VA staff travel. In order to attend any SSVF supported training, VA staff must go through the appropriate VA approval process. SSVF grantees can continue to support the travel of key stakeholders, such as CoC leads, when the SSVF program office has indicated that their attendance at a SSVF sponsored event in permitted. If you have any questions, please contact your Regional Coordinator or email SSVF@VA.gov.

REMINDER:  SSVF Participant Telephone Survey Update

As of 1/3/17, if Veterans are unable to take the SSVF Participant Survey via internet or smart phone, they have the opportunity to take the survey over the telephone with a live interviewer.  All Veterans still need to be registered within 30 days of exit using your organization's link.  When you register a Veteran, you will receive a unique registration number for each Veteran.  This number should be given to the Veteran if he/she plans to take the survey by phone.  When the Veteran calls, he/she will be asked for this unique registration number that will allow the survey response to be linked to your organization.  The Veteran ID # on the slide in the webinar was only an example.  DO NOT GIVE THIS NUMBER TO VETERANS.   Again, each Veteran will have a unique registration number created at the time of registration into the survey system.

Question regarding the SSVF Participant Surveys should be sent to vassvf@mdavisco.com (staff will respond within 24 hours) or call 215-790-8900 ext. 132.   If you need to leave a message, someone will return your call by the next business day.


RESOURCE:  AmeriCorps VISTA Projects

At the SSVF Launch event in Denver, the subject arose regarding the ability for communities to utilize AmeriCorps VISTA members, who spend one year in full-time service, to address the needs Veterans.  Projects should focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help the AmeriCorps VISTA members more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. One consistent goal for every AmeriCorps VISTA project should be the sustainability of the project by the SSVF Grantee after AmeriCorps VISTA project sponsorship ends.
Public, private, or faith-based nonprofit organizations, as well as, local, state, or federal agencies can become an AmeriCorps VISTA sponsor. Applications for VISTA projects are handled through the National Corporation State Offices. Project sponsors are not required to provide a financial match but must be able to direct the project, supervise the members, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project. However, by using SSVF funding to help support this initiative, grantees will have a better chance of a VISTA Sponsorship being approved.  The goals and objectives must be clearly defined and directed toward alleviating problems of low-income communities, and meet the regulations of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Grantees interested in using a VISTA service member may review the link provided:

RESOURCE:  USICH, HUD, and VA Release Updates to Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Veteran Homelessness 

After a year of engaging with communities and reviewing their accomplishments, USICH, HUD and VA made some updates to the criteria and benchmarks for ending Veteran homelessness in order to be clearer about expectations and intentions.  For information please follow link below:


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.