SSVF Program Update Friday July 19, 2019

From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families <>
Date: July 19, 2019 at 11:25:12 AM EDT
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday July 19, 2019

1.    Reminder:  Quarterly Certifications Due July 22, 2019
2.    Register Now:  Rapid Resolution Office Hours July 31, 2019, at 12:00 EST
3.    Save the Date: National Webinar August 8, 2019, at 2:00 EST
4.    New: USICH Documents Describe and Define Terms: Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit
5.    Save the Date: Federal Partners Housing Conferences
6.    Reminder: SSVF Rapid Resolution Training

Reminder: Quarterly Certification Due July 22, 2019

The Quarterly Certifications are now available in GIFTS.  This certification will cover the third quarter period of 04/01/2019 through 6/30/2019.   The certification covers multiple SSVF program requirements, including compliance with the Final Rule, Grant Agreement, Data Quality, Participant Satisfaction Surveys, Trainings/Webinars, and Expenditures. Submissions are due no later than July 22, 2019, via the GIFTS grants management system.

Grantees are reminded that the SSVF Program Office requests information on Veteran households that have received Rapid Resolution conversations and enrollments in SSVF Rapid Resolution services.   Grantees will report these numbers in their Quarterly Certifications under the Rapid Resolution Conversations and Enrollments section the Quarterly Certification requirement in GIFTS.

The updated SSVF Companion Guide to Quarterly Certifications is available on the SSVF Website at:

Register Now: Rapid Resolution Office Hours July 31, 2019, at 12:00 EST

The SSVF Program Office will continue to support grantees in their efforts to implement Rapid Resolution in their communities by holding Office Hours calls. SSVF Program Office staff and Technical Assistance Providers will be available to answer questions and provide guidance during this time. The next SSVF Rapid Resolution Office Hours call will take place on July 31 at 12 pm EST.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Save the Date: SSVF National Webinar August 8, 2019, at 2:00 EST

The VA is dedicated to providing services to all Veterans, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Veterans.  This webinar will describe the essential services available to LGBT Veterans through the VA; the presenters will also explain how Veterans can access these resources.

A registration link will be sent when available.

New: USICH Documents Describe and Define Terms: Prevention, Diversion, and Rapid Exit

US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in collaboration with HUD and the VA have developed two documents that define the terms prevention, diversion, and rapid exit services.  The documents also describe when these interventions should be provided to prevent homelessness or help households exit homelessness quickly.  The SSVF Program Office encourages grantees to review these at the links below:

Save the Date:  Federal Partners Housing Conference

The SSVF Program Office, with the support of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Interagency Council on Homelessness and other federal and national partners, is pleased to announce a Save the Date for the upcoming 2019 Federal Permanent Housing Conferences. The events are targeted to SSVF Grantees, HUD-VASH representatives, and CoC Partners.

While the site locations are still being confirmed, we anticipate the following schedule:
•    East Coast (Charlotte, NC): October 22-23, 2019
•    Mid-Region (Dallas, TX): November 5-6, 2019
•    West Coast (San Diego, CA): November 19-20, 2019

We will continue to provide information as registration and travel logistics come into focus. In the meantime, questions related to these events can be sent to the SSVF program's technical assistance address at

Announcement: SSVF Rapid Resolution Training

The SSVF Program Office will soon release a document intended to help SSVF Grantees identify critical training needs for successful Rapid Resolution interventions. This will include a basic self-assessment of training needs as well as a standard form for requesting to use SSVF grant dollars to pay for local Rapid Resolution training partners. Further, the Program Office intends to provide a series of Rapid Resolution direct practice trainings in the fall and winter of 2019 to grantees who fall below certain grant size threshold and who may not otherwise have the capacity to hire or secure outside training support. Grantees are strongly encouraged to wait until this guidance is released before hiring any new training entities for your organization or community. The Program Office will also release a standard Training Request form that will be submitted through GIFTS for approval before spending additional SSVF grant resources on outside trainers. Grantees will be notified soon as to whether they have been selected to attend once of the VA-sponsored Rapid Resolution direct practice trainings later this year.

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office