SSVF: Program Update Friday January 3rd, 2020
From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Date: January 3, 2020 at 10:41:50 AM EST
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday January 3rd, 2020
1. Reminder: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Published in the Federal Register
2. Register Now: Rapid Resolution Office Hours Call January 8, 2:30 Eastern
3. Register Now: SSVF National Webinar January 9, 2:00 Eastern
4. Save the Date: Shallow Subsidy Office Hours Call January 24, 2:00 Eastern
5. New: Shared Housing Toolkit
6. New: VA Releases SSVF FY 2018 Annual Report
Reminder: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Published in the Federal Register
On December 5, 2019, a new SSVF NOFA has been published in the Federal Register. This NOFA provides funding opportunities to renew existing grants. This NOFA is competitive, and applicants are urged to closely review the NOFA and the associated training available on the SSVF website by using the link below. The principal goal of this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness through the adoption of evidence-based practices likely to lead to reductions in homelessness. Scoring criteria are described in 38 CFR 62.21, 62.23, and 62.24. Awards are for services to begin October 1, 2020. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2020 at 4pm EST. Please contact SSVF@va.gov if you have questions.
Applications can be accessed on the SSVF website using the link below:
The NOFA and training are available on the SSVF website and can be found using the link below:
Register Now: Rapid Resolution Office Hours Call January 8, 2:30 Eastern
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 provide an overview of the updated Rapid Resolution Compliance guide and will take place on January 8, at 2:30 Eastern time.
Register Now: SSVF National Webinar, Screening for Homelessness Prevention January 9, 2:00 Eastern
The SSVF Program Office will present a webinar on effective use of SSVF Homelessness Prevention strategies. The webinar will describe how the Stage 1 section of the SSVF Homelessness Prevention Screening Form has been revised to allow grantees to utilize the tool to determine Rapid Resolution eligibility. Presenters will review the Stage 2 section of the Homelessness Prevention Screening Form to assist grantees in understanding how the tool is used to target assistance to Veterans most in need. The webinar will provide tips for determining the Homelessness Prevention Threshold Score for your SSVF Program and will take place on January 9, at 2:00 Eastern time.
Save the Date: Shallow Subsidy Office Hours Call January 24, 2:00 Eastern
The SSVF Program Office and technical assistance providers will host an "Office Hours" conference call for SSVF Shallow Subsidy grantees and their community partners. SSVF Program Office staff will review the latest compliance updates and provide guidance for successful completion of the required Shallow Subsidy financial reporting spreadsheet. SSVF Program Office staff and technical assistance providers will be available to answer questions and provide support to grantees as they continue to implement Shallow Subsidy services in their communities. SSVF grantees with Shallow Subsidy awards are strongly encouraged to attend this call with their community and VA partners.
New: SSVF Shared Housing Toolkit
Shared housing can be an effective strategy used by SSVF providers to help Veterans gain access to stable, affordable housing. While shared housing can have many financial and social benefits for Veterans, incorporating shared housing practices into SSVF Programs can be challenging for providers. The SSVF Program Office in partnership with Abt Associates has developed a Shared Housing Toolkit to assist SSVF grantees seeking to incorporate shared housing into their SSVF Programs or to improve existing shared housing practices. This toolkit is designed to discuss what shared housing is, why shared housing may meet the needs of the Veterans served, when roommate matching may be appropriate, and how to speak with landlords about shared housing. Resources linked within the document include ideas for promising practices as well as SSVF grantee sample forms.
New: VA Releases SSVF FY 2018 Annual Report
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) FY 2018 Annual Report, providing a summary of results from 308 SSVF grantees funded for FY 2018. The report includes an overview of the program, which has served 502,191 veterans since its inception with rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention services, and information on the assistance and services provided through the program and their impact.
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