SSVF Program Update Friday April 21, 2017

Hi Team,

Please find the latest SSVF Program Update. Please register for both webinars. Please also review the information regarding the open request for Vets@Home TA.

Thanks so much!


Adrienne Nash Melendez, MLD
Regional Coordinator
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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1.            Register for the SSVF National Webinar on April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT
2.            Register for the SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30PM EDT
3.            Resource:  HUD Invites CoCs to Request Vets@Home Technical Assistance for Communities to End Veteran Homelessness in 2017

Register for the SSVF National Webinar on April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

The SSVF National Webinar, originally scheduled for April 13, is being held on April 27, 2017.

Topic 1: Increasing Access for Low-Income Vulnerable Homeless Families with Young Children

Early childhood education is a critical component for healthy developing children. Yet, despite what we know about the importance of high quality early childhood opportunities, many children in the United States lack access to quality programs, especially children from low income families and vulnerable young children experiencing homelessness. This webinar profiles the impacts on young children and families experiencing homelessness, highlights relevant laws and federal programs, and identifies strategies that have been effective in supporting the unique needs of young children and families who find themselves homeless.

Topic 2:  SSVF Monitoring Toolkit Overview

Register for the SSVF Educational Series: Landlord Partnerships and Creative Housing Coordination on May 3, 2017 at 2:30 PM EDT

The next SSVF Educational Series will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at 2:30PM EDT. Stable housing is a critical component to ending Veteran homelessness.  This webinar will provide SSVF grantees and community partners with information on landlord partnerships and housing coordination strategies to support their community planning efforts. Presenters will discuss national efforts, system-wide housing coordination, information on leveraging affordable housing resources, and landlord perspectives.

Resource:  HUD Invites CoCs to Request Vets@Home Technical Assistance for Communities to End Veteran Homelessness in 2017

As established in Opening Doors, the country is committed to the goal of ending homelessness among its Veterans. To that end, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched the Vets@Home technical assistance effort in July 2015, to provide technical assistance and additional resources to Continuums of Care (CoCs). Since then, over 130 communities have received technical assistance through Vets@Home.
Today, HUD is continuing its effort by inviting CoCs who are new to Vets@Home to request technical assistance. As of April 2017, some CoCs are continuing their TA engagements, and all CoCs are invited to receive TA through Vets@Home. CoCs new to Vets@Home should submit a TA request through the HUD Exchange's Request Technical Assistance form. HUD will provide all CoCs requesting TA through Vets@Home with remote TA. HUD will provide more intensive and tailored TA to some CoCs based on 2016 Point-in-Time (PIT) count data, as well as information provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

More information may be found at:

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

April 2017 NCHV Newsletter

NCHV eNewsletter
April 2017
Boost Your Expertise, Lead Your Community! Register Today for the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference – Yes, In My Back Yard: Putting Veterans First
May 31-June 2 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 
This year's NCHV Annual Conference will be a defining moment in the future of serving homeless veterans.
Over the past several years, we have seen progress in ending homelessness among veterans that had previously been unimagineable. States, cities, and towns across the country have put systems in place to effectively end veteran homelessness and are vigilantly committed to maintaining, improving, and adapting those services as necessary.
With any change in national leadership there come questions about the path forward. The 2017 NCHV Annual Conference is your chance to discuss those questions, to forge strategies moving forward, and to access knowledge, resources, and information that you can take back to your community to act on the challenges you face in ensuring no veteran goes without a safe and stable home.
We have built a schedule of sessions, forums, and events for you to better lead efforts in your community. Don't miss out on this opportunity!
Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference brochure, featuring Conference schedule, session tracks, and more information on this year's event.
Register today! The 2017 NCHV Annual Conference, Yes, In My Back Yard: Putting Veterans First, will take place May 31-June 2, 2017,  at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. This year's event is on pace to sell out at maximum capacity, register today to make sure you're there! The discounted room block at the Grand Hyatt is now SOLD OUT.
If you are unable to use the online form above, download a registration form to return by fax here.

Have you renewed your NCHV membership? Interested in becoming a member? NCHV members receive discounted rates for the Annual Conference, in addition to other benefits. Click here to renew or become a member today!

Exhibitor space will be available for you to feature your products and services in front of over 700 service providers, housing developers, government officials and employees, and other stakeholders. Download your exhibitor registration to return by fax here.
Stay tuned to for updates as they become available.
Hill Watch: Appropriation Deadline Nears
Congress confronts a time limit on funding for FY 2017
The 2017 Fiscal Year may be more than half over, but Congress has yet to set the final funding levels for most of the government. Running from Oct. 1 of 2016 to Sept. 30 of 2017, FY 2017 so far has seen two continuing resolutions (CR’s) which extend the deadline for Congress to act on finalizing the budget by setting the spending levels for most of the government at flat rates, based on the previous year’s funding level.
As the original deadline approached in September of last year, Congress decided to pass a CR for most of the government in order to make spending decisions after the presidential election. That initial CR continued federal funding until Dec. 9, 2016. When that deadline arrived, Congress again passed a CR to carry the same spending levels through until April 28, 2017 in order to give the new Administration time to weigh in on the budget process. That April 28 deadline is fast approaching now, and Congress must fund the government between when they return from recess on April 24 and the expiration of the CR four days later.
You’ll notice the use of the phrase “most of the government” used several times above; this is because Congress did pass legislation to set the final funding levels for FY 2017 for one area of government – veterans’ affairs. This included many of the programs which are considered the pillars of the federal response to the problem of homelessness among veterans. You can read more about those final funding numbers by clicking here.
So what is likely to happen when Congress returns to confront the funding deadline? What funding levels will programs that bear directly on homelessness among veterans, like HVRP and HUD-VASH, receive through this process?
Congress has been fairly quiet about these questions in public, recently. Not many members are speaking to the press and the bills which govern HVRP and HUD-VASH spending have not yet been made public in the final forms. NCHV can, however, provide a rough idea of the possible scenarios that may play out in the coming weeks.
Because of the short turnaround between when Congress returns and the deadline, the most precious commodity in this process is Senate floor time. This limited amount of floor time may mean that passing each of the separate, remaining appropriations bills is unfeasible. If this is true, Congress may decide to:
  • wrap all of the remaining bills together into an “omnibus” bill that provides new and specific levels of funding for FY 2017, or
  • wrap related bills together into several “minibuses” that also provide new and specific levels of funding for FY 2017, or
  • resort to a short term CR that will last a few days to a few weeks to allow themselves time to do one of the above, or
  • resort to a yearlong CR that continues the flat funding from last year all the way through the rest of FY 2017.
And while any of those scenarios are possible, it is not possible at this time to say which will take place. It is also not possible to say what the funding levels for HVRP or HUD-VASH will be when the process is finished. As always, keep checking Hill Watch for information as it becomes available.
For Our Network: 2017 Annual Conference Opportunity
Showcase your organization in front of 700+ attendees
In 1990, a small group of community-based service providers formed the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Today, our members, partners, stakeholders, and supporters remain the essence of who we are and what we do. As a member of this truly national coalition, your organization is a vital part of the effort to end homelessness among veterans. Your commitment to ending homelessness for each individual veteran in your community is admirable, and your commitment to being involved with NCHV and collaborating with other organizations around the country gives your organization an important place in our movement.
For the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference, taking place May 31-June 2 at the Grand Hyatt Washington, we are offering sponsorship opportunities which will support the Conference as well as providing your organization with a stage to share your work.
We have created a number of sponsorship opportunities (outlined here) that include various possible benefits to your organization including: ad space in the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference program, signage at the event, social media spotlight of your organization during the Conference, an exhibit table, and Conference registrations (if you have already submitted registrations these can be refunded).
The deadline for sponsorships is May 5. Download the 2017 NCHV Annual Conference sponsorship form here. For more information, contact Randy Brown at
Coordinating Your Way Home in Houston
How coordinated entry was implemented, from USICH
Coordinated entry allows a community to work together more efficiently and effectively across organizations and departments to identify and meet the needs of every individual or family experiencing homelessness.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness recently featured an article by Ana Rausch, Senior Research Project Manager for the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County on how Houston implemented coordinated entry. 
Rausch provides detail on the key steps along the way including worries and challenges, choosing the best assessment tool, appropriate staffing, bringing in and convincing community partners, and choosing access points - providing insight and examples for other communities to utilize.
To read the full article, click here.
Homeless Court Program Training
July 21-22, 2017 in San Diego
Key players from San Diego’s Homeless Court Program will provide participants with a review of the history and the development of homeless court at Stand Down, answer questions from observers, and discuss what resources are needed to replicate the program in their communities. Participants will also tour the full Stand Down program which features Child Support Court, civil legal aid services, and dozens of non-legal services.
REGISTRATION: No registration fees. This training event is free, but participants must pre-register. Registration will be limited to the first 15 registrants. All registrations must be made in advance.
The deadline for registrations is July 5, 2017. Registration will be limited to the first 15 registrants, so please register as early as possible.
Participants are required to provide their own travel and hotel arrangements. Participants will not be reimbursed for travel.

For more information and to download the registration form, click here.
HOTEL INFORMATION: Hotel rooms have not been secured. Stand Down is held at San Diego High School’s athletic field located on the southeast corner of Park Boulevard and Interstate 5. The nearest hotels are located in downtown San Diego and Balboa Park.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Amy Horton-Newell at (202) 662-1693 or
Funding Opportunities
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Its funding priorities include programs that help students successfully complete high school, prepare students for college and help students successfully complete college, as well as  job training programs that prepare underserved populations for meaningful employment. Take on online survey to determine your organization’s eligibility here.
Roche seeks to fund innovative projects that promote sustainable involvement, engage Roche’s expertise, capabilities and employees, involve Roche at an early stage, and are managed by an accredited charity. Roche affiliates manage their own local donation and scholarship activities, their contact information can be found here.

Upcoming Webinars From Our Partners

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Partner Webinars

Housing Identification, Landlord Engagement, and Fair Housing

SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network
May 4, 2017; 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET 
The shortage of quality, affordable housing makes it very difficult to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Housing Identification, Landlord Engagement, and Fair Housing features effective strategies and best practices to overcome this barrier and successfully access private market housing. Join us and three leaders in the field on Thursday May 4, 2017 and learn how they are helping people find their homes one unit at a time. 
Other topics to be discussed include tips for communicating with property owners and management companies, role of housing specialists, rural and urban strategies, fair housing, outreach plans and housing search strategies.


  • Ann Denton, MEd, Senior Fellow, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
  • Will Connelly, Executive Director, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
  • Rachael Coen, MSW, Project Specialist, West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness

Race and Culture in Behavioral Health and Housing

SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network
April 25, 2017; 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Are you concerned with race and culture and how they impact health, housing, and interactions between people? SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network is pleased to announce the five-part Spotlight Series on Cultural Understanding and Culturally Responsive Services. This series explores the role of culture in health and wellness, approaches and techniques for evaluating and improving cultural competence, and responsive staff and programs. Attendees will increase their knowledge of working effectively with people from diverse cultures.
We invite you to register now for Health Disparities: Race and Culture in Behavioral Health and Housing. The speakers will introduce culture and health disparities and strategies for behavioral health and housing service providers to be more culturally responsive and culturally competent. The webinar also explores legal resources, including the CLAS Standards and Fair Housing Act, for addressing discrimination.


  • Uma Chandrika Millner, PhD, Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Genevieve Herreria, JD, HomeBase, Inc.

Using Public Health Approaches to Promote & Protect the Whole Health of Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness
April 27, 2017; 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
As a public health professional, how can you improve services for your clients with mental illness and addictions? Join SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness on Thursday, April 27 for Using Public Health Approaches to Promote & Protect the Whole Health of Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions to get answers to this question and more.
Attendees will learn how to use evidence-based, innovative public health interventions to improve the overall health of clients with mental and/or substance use disorders, including those experiencing serious mental illness.  Attendees will also learn how to make the case for integrating primary care and behavioral health to improve overall population health and address social determinants of health.
The speakers will provide real-world examples, such as a clinic that integrated primary and behavioral health services to become a one-stop shop to address all their client's health needs.


  • Shelina D. Foderingham, MPH, MSW, Assistant Vice President, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Nick Szubiak, LCSW, Director, Clinical Excellence in Addictions, Integrated Health Consultant, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Jennifer L. Ludwig, MS, Deputy Director, Tri-County Health Department

Understanding and Responding to the Emerging Behavioral Health Needs of Military Drone Operators 

SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center
April 25, 2017; 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Service members who experience combat remotely face unique behavioral health risks.  As weapon strike operations continue to reshape our approach to national defense, we must ask whether we are able to recognize and support the behavioral health needs of individuals directly tied to such mission accomplishment through the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA, more commonly known as drones).
These operators engage in a unique form of warfare that provides critical support to the United State and allied nations around the world.  They face demands and stressors that are similar to those who have deployed to areas of combat.  They also face distinct challenges in that they are participating in combat situations remotely and then transitioning back into civilian settings at the end of their workday.  RPA operators and their families are living in our communities and need our care and support.  There are many strategies that community service providers and peers can use to support the behavioral health needs of these service members and their families.  
SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) TA Center will host a webinar that will provide information about the role of operators supporting RPA missions, the stressors they face, and the behavioral health supports that are available for them.  The webinar will also explore ways to connect SMVF with the specialized supports they need in order to strengthen their resiliency. 


  • A. Kathryn Power, MEd, Regional Administrator, Region I, Senior Lead for the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Population Focus, SAMHSA (Co-moderator)
  • Angela Wright, JD, Assistant Project Director, SAMHSA's SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc. (Co-moderator)
  • Wayne Chappelle, PsyD, ABPP, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Consultant and Team Leader for Aeromedical Operational Clinical Psychology 
  • Lillian R. Prince, MS, Program Manager, Occupational Health Research, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Prince Research and Analytic Solutions, LLC


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