SSVF Program Update Friday February 28th, 2020

From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Date: February 28, 2020 at 2:54:05 PM EST
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday February 28th, 2020


1.    SAVE THE DATE: SSVF National Webinar: Returning Home Overview- March 12, 2:00PM Eastern
2.    REMINDER: SSVF Program Change Request Requirements available in GIFTS
3.    RESOURCE:  SSVF Shared Housing Toolkit

SAVE THE DATE: SSVF National Webinar-March 12, 2:00PM Eastern

Title: Returning Home Overview

Overview: This webinar will describe the use of Returning Home as an approach to support Veterans experiencing homelessness.  Returning Home helps reunite Veterans with family or other social supports by allowing SSVF grantees to use Temporary Financial Assistance to help them return to their community of origin.   SSVF Program Office staff will provide an overview of how to determine when to use Returning Home as well as promising practices from the field.

Registration Link to follow.

REMINDER: SSVF Program Change Request Requirements available in GIFTS

The SSVF Program Change requirements are now available in GIFTS.  All requests for program changes, including budget modifications, must be submitted to the SSVF Program Office through the GIFTS grant management system by March 2, 2020.  

This requirement is OPTIONAL and should only be submitted if your agency is requesting a reportable change to your program or budget.  Please review the Program Change Companion Guide to determine if a Program Change Request is necessary before submitting the requirement through GIFTS.  The Program Change Companion Guide includes descriptions of the various types of program changes and is available on the SSVF website at:

For any questions, please contact your Regional Coordinator.

RESOURCE: 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.

Thank You,

SSVF Program Office