Showing posts from December 7, 2016

PSAs Support Community Mental Health

SAMHSA PSAs Support Mental Health in Our Communities One in five people in the United States has a mental health condition, so it's important that we learn the five signs of emotional suffering and how to help individuals in need. SAMHSA, along with its partner Give an Hour, is proud to release a new collection of public service announcements (PSAs) for the Campaign to Change Direction . These PSAs aim to change the culture of mental health in America by raising awareness about the signs of emotional distress and addressing common barriers to understanding these conditions. Watch the PSAs

VA Announces SSVF Funding Availability

VA Announces SSVF Funding Availability Grant funding available for services supporting at-risk and homeless veterans The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) regarding the  Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This NOFA announces the availability of funds  for supportive services grants including renewal of existing SSVF grant programs as well as opportunities  for new grants in targeted communities . The deadline for submissions under this NOFA is Feb. 7, 2017. To read the full NOFA, click here . For the latest news, resources and grant information, visit our website at . National Coalition for Homeless Veterans 1730 M Street NW Suite 705 Washing

Legislative Alert from NCHV

Hill Watch: Congress Considering Passage of Veterans Bill with Homelessness Provisions Call Congress to show your support today!  Last night the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6416, the “Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016”. This package, named after the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, respectively, has been long in the making. As Congress approaches the end of the year, it is making one last try at passing these important provisions. It is likely that the Senate will vote on the bill today or Thursday. The provisions relating to homelessness are contained in Title VII of the bill, available here . They address several issues in the current system that directly impact our work with veterans. We are runn

HUD Publishes Integrity Bulletin: Documenting the Life Cycle of a CPD Grant

Community Planning and Development (CPD) grantees and subrecipients endeavor to meet program requirements as they use grant funds for housing and community development activities. While carrying out program activities should be the main focus, grantees must remember that documentation provides the evidence that grant funds were spent and activities completed appropriately. Grantees and subrecipients are custodians of federal funds and should take special care to document—at every phase of the grant life cycle—how use of these funds complies with applicable federal requirements.  When grantees and subrecipients fail to create, gather, and retain necessary documentation, justifying what was done or how much it cost becomes a significant challenge. As a result, audits and monitoring reviews frequently cite lack of documentation and questioned costs in findings. For fiscal years 2011 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Inspector General

Bowman Systems NewsFlash: Message From VA Regarding SSVF Repository

Having problems viewing this message? Click here to view it in your browser. SUBSCRIBE 12/05/2016 Message From VA Regarding SSVF Repository The VA issued the following communication on 11/30/2016 regarding an issue with the repository that a few of our customers are reporting: " The EmploymentEducation.csv file in your data validation report is not being accepted. No action is needed on your part for this error. This will not cause an upload rejection issue. " We are passing this message along in case it was overlooked in the communication from the VA to SSVF grant recipients. Please contact your CSS if you have any questions. www.bow

SSVF Program Update December, 2, 2016

Topics: 1.      Register Now: SSVF National Webinar on December 15, 2016  at 2PM EST 2.      FY 2017 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  Due by December 21, 2016 3.      Reminder: Final FY16 HHS Account Transfer 4.      Notice: New URL for Payment Management Services Register Now:   SSVF National Webinar on December 15, 2016 at 2PM EST Topic:  SSVF FY 2017 Program Updates This webinar will cover items related to grantee operations including a review of the FY16 SSVF Participant Survey results and new tools for FY 17. The new Critical Incident reporting process that is being converted to the SSVF online grants management system (GIFTS) will also be reviewed. Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar. com/register/ 1043738179781985793 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. FY 2017 SSVF SOAR and Legal Survey:  Due by December 21, 2016 The new SOAR & Legal Survey aims to provide a more in-depth p

Airbnb, Test Your Hosts for Bias

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