Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:33 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday May 4, 2018
1. Register Now: SSVF National Webinar on May 10, 2018 at 2PM Eastern
2. Revised: Community Planning Survey - Anticipated Release is now Early May
3. Call for Articles: Activity Accomplishments / Success Stories
4. SSVF Compliance Corner
SSVF National Webinar May 10, 2018 at 2PM Eastern
Title: Cultivating Sustainable Leadership in Systems
Overview: This webinar will present leadership models and theories, as well as the importance of leaders at all levels of a continuum of care. The webinar will include a virtual panel of local and national leaders discussing the importance of having the right people in the room and empowering them to drive systems change in a community.
Register for the Webinar here:
Community Planning Survey - Anticipated Release is Early May
The Community Planning Survey will be released nationwide in the coming weeks. The purpose of the survey is to help us to better understand community progress related to ending Veteran homelessness and the development of sustainable systems. The information gathered as a part of this survey will help the VA—along with HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)—tailor training and technical assistance so that it more effectively addresses local needs. Open and honest feedback is strongly encouraged. We are asking you to coordinate responses with CoCs, Veteran Work Groups, the local VA Medical Center homeless program leadership, and other Community Partners. Survey submissions (1 per CoC) will be due in June. Additional details will be forthcoming. Please stay tuned.
Call for Articles: Activity Accomplishments / Success Stories
The SSVF Program Office is accepting grantee submissions describing success stories related to the provision of SSVF services in the local community. These submissions provide grantees with the opportunity to chronicle successes and share them with the VA, partner Federal agencies, consumer providers, the general public and, of course, Veterans who may be seeking services. Please review the attached materials for submission instructions. Materials include an overview of the process and two Releases of Information (ROIs). Please note that it is now required that both ROIs be completed and submitted along with the success story. These submissions will be used to help the SSVF Program Office identify potential conference presentations for our Fall Rapid Re-Housing Institute.
Submission instructions are also available at:
Success stories can be viewed at:
SSVF Compliance Corner: Example of a Compliance Finding from the Field
SSVF Compliance Corner- SSVF is governed by many rules and regulations and while as grantees you work very hard at serving Homeless Veterans, compliance can be tough. The Compliance Corner is here to highlight weekly “real life” compliance discoveries from the “field” with the hope to help educate all grantees to help prevent future compliance findings.
We found ineligible expenses being charged to the SSVF program. Expenses were associated with the purchase of bulk food items that were used in the facilities cafeteria.
SSVF Program Guide, Section VIII, Subsection F, Page 85. Ineligible Activities, states, Supportive services grant funds may not be used to pay for food, including food provided at staff and other meetings or training (except as a qualified emergency supply).
Grantee did not have internal controls in place to ensure to provide the oversight necessary to prevent spending on ineligible expenses.
SSVF Program Office
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