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Subject:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SSVF Program Update Friday, November 17, 2017




1.            Reminder: Notification to SSVF Program Office Regarding Completion of FY 17 Grant Extension

2.            Resource: Office of Child Support Enforcement Veteranís Toolkit

3.            Save the Date: SSVF National Webinar December 14, 2017 at 2PM Eastern

4.            Veteran Story:  SSVF Providers in Florida and the Caribbean Help Veterans Impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria


Reminder: Notification to SSVF Program Office Regarding Completion of FY 17 Grant Extension


For grantees with an approved extension beyond 9/30/2017, please be reminded that the SSVF Program Office must be notified via when the extension has been completed.  This notification to the program office must include the specific date the extension ended, if that date is earlier than the extension end date.  For example, a 30-day extension for FY 17 ends on 10/31/17.   Grantees must inform the SSVF program office at if this extension ends prior to this date in order for VA to document the final date for incurring FY 17 expenses.  This will also inform the SSVF Program Office that FY 18 grant funds are ready to be activated in the HHS Payment Management System.  Please refer to the SSVF National Grantee webinar from September 14 with more information on reporting extension completions ( If grantee does not provide notice of extension completion, FY 18 grant funds will not be activated in HHS PMS until all FY 17 funds have been drawn down.  If you have any questions, please contact your Regional Coordinator.


Resource: Office of Child Support Enforcement Veteranís Toolkit The Office of Child Support Enforcement has announced that the Veteranís Toolkit is available on their website. The toolkit highlights Child Support Collaborations to Engage and Assist Veterans with their child support issues.

In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the American Bar Association (ABA) collaborated to address homeless veteransí child support issues to help remove barriers to housing and employment. They established nine pilot sites in cities across the country that offered services through a partnership among the local child support agency, a legal provider, and either the VA or a veteran service provider. Other jurisdictions have also established child support initiatives focused on veterans. Based on their experiences, the toolkit identifies components of an effective outreach program for veterans. It also provides information about services provided through the VA.  

Although the target audience is the child support program, the toolkit includes suggestions for legal providers who want to target services to veterans with child support issues, and for VA partners or partners who are veteran service providers.  The toolkit can be found here:



Save the Date: SSVF National Webinar December 14, 2017 at 2PM Eastern


Topic:  Returning Home Pilot Project


The Returning Home pilot project was conducted by the local VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) and SSVF providers in the San Francisco Bay Area to assist Veterans who are experiencing homelessness in their community with returning to areas where they have identified permanent housing near family or close friends.  Veterans may have been unsuccessful in finding housing in this intensely expensive and tight housing market or have chosen to reunite with supports in a "home of origin".  This is an exciting opportunity to open new doors to Veterans who may have given up hope of finding their own housing by re-introducing them to services in an area where they have positive, supportive connections and more affordable housing options.  A registration link will be provided.


Veteran Story: SSVF Providers in Florida and Caribbean Help Veterans Impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Hurricane Irma struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, leaving thousands without power and water.  Two weeks later, just as the island was beginning to recover, Hurricane Maria made landfall leaving an even more devastating path of destruction across the island.    Roberto Berberena, a 64-year-old Army Veteran from Puerto Rico experienced both Hurricanes.  He described his experience riding out Hurricane Maria and later evacuating from the island in a videotaped interview, "I thought I was going to die" he said.   Mr. Berberena fled the island and went to Miami where he quickly connected with SSVF provider, Purpose Built Families, at a local job fair.   With assistance from Purpose Built Families, Mr. Berberena is beginning to rebuild his life in Florida.  SSVF providers throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands have assisted hundreds of Veterans who have been impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.   A videotaped interview of Mr. Berberenaís story can be found here:




Thank you,


SSVF Program Office


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