Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 10:12 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday February 9, 2018
1. Save the Date: SSVF National Webinar March 8, 2018 at 2PM Eastern
2. SSVF Program Change Requests: Due March 1, 2018
3. New Resource: VA SSVF Coordinated Entry Fact Sheet
4. Reminder: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website
5. New: AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Information Session March 6, 2018 at 5PM Eastern
6. Resource: The Veteran Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program
Save the Date SSVF National Webinar March 8, 2018 at 2PM Eastern
Topic: To be Determined
SSVF Program Change Requests: Due March 1, 2018
This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting program change requests to the SSVF Program Office is 3/1/2018. The requests must be submitted using the SSVF online grants management system. Grantees can access the Program Change Form on the “Requirements” tab of their grant account. Please note that the form will be inactive after the deadline. Therefore, SSVF is unable to accept submissions after this point.
Remember, avoid the common mistakes! Submit the necessary attachments. Ensure that explanations for budget modifications are sufficient. Verify that the total amount of the grant award equals the awarded amount from the VA, if there are adjustments to the HHS subaccount balances. If Program Change Request does not contain sufficient information, the request will be denied by the Program Office.
New Resource: VA SSVF Coordinated Entry Fact Sheet
The SSVF Program Office is pleased to release the VA SSVF Coordinated Entry Fact Sheet, as a resource for SSVF grantees and partners. The fact sheet provides a basic overview of coordinated entry (CE), how it works, and the primary benefits of each component of coordinated entry systems. Although the general benefits of coordinated entry systems are known, this resource provides specific examples that can be used as grantees and partners interact with system planning and refinement. This document also assists grantees and VA partners with the context of coordinated entry which can support their implementation of the fall 2017 VA and Coordinated Entry Memo published by VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management. As a refresher, the memo provided guidance to VA medical center staff and staff of VA funded homeless assistance programs regarding their roles in supporting local Continuum of Care (CoC) coordinated entry systems (CES), as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The memo from the VA to the VA medical centers is meant to support community planning and CES efforts within CoCs by clearly outlining the expectations of VA medical center involvement. In many ways, this guidance codifies what has already been occurring in local communities. Where new partnerships are needed, it provides the opportunity and framework for engagement. SSVF grantees play a key role in community planning and coordinated entry systems, and they should share this new resource with their SSVF program staff, VA partners, and community partners The VA SSVF Coordinated Entry Fact Sheet is attached to this update and also available on the SSVF Website. https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/VA_Coordinated_Entry_Fact_Sheet_February2018_Final.pdf)
Reminder: Calendar of Events on SSVF Website
The SSVF Program Office has developed an Events Calendar, now available on the SSVF Website. The calendar includes key dates for reporting deadlines, data uploading, program changes and webinars. The Event Calendar may be accessed at the link below:
New: AmeriCorps VISTA Virtual Information Session March 6, 2018 at 5PM Eastern
AmeriCorps VISTA presents a virtual webinar where VISTA members will speak about their experience and provide opportunity to learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA and how to make a difference in the fight against poverty at the local level: Registration link: https://educationnorthwest.webex.com/educationnorthwest/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed4c97ba546fa6773a027e72787c51017
Resource: The Veteran Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program
The Veteran Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program provides free legal assistance for Discharge Upgrade Assistance. For more information please contact (202) 733-3324, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at https://www.vetsprobono.org/
SSVF Program Office
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