(SSVF) Program Update Friday, July 10th, 2020
From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Date: July 10, 2020 at 1:37:55 PM EDT
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday, July 10th, 2020
1. ATTENTION: SSVF Allocated Additional $400 Million in CARES Act Funding
2. IMPORTANT: SSVF Authority to Continue Expanded Assistance 90 Days Beyond the Stafford Act
3. NEW: LMS Training Opportunities & Coordinating with Local Grantee Learning Managers 4. REGISTER NOW: SSVF National Webinar July 16th, 2020 at 2:00 EST
5. REGISTER NOW: SSVF Office Hours – CARES Funding Close Out Guidance and FY2020 Program Operations Update July 17th, at 12:00pm EST
ATTENTION: SSVF Allocated Additional $400 Million in CARES Act Funding
SSVF anticipates that an additional $400 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to grantees for FY 21 services. This funding will be used to continue SSVF's focused efforts to reduce transmission risks by placement in hotels/motels, support HUD-VASH placements during PHA shortfalls and operational slowdowns and provide enhanced prevention services to prevent inflows into homelessness. Information about the distribution and use of these funds will be discussed on the July 17th Office Hours webinar.
IMPORTANT: SSVF Authority to Continue Expanded Assistance 90 Days Beyond the Stafford Act
In an effort to ensure the need of homeless and at-risk Veterans, the SSVF Program Office has been granted the authority to continue providing expanded services 90 days beyond the end of the Stafford Act. This authority allows Grantees to continue to provide additional rental and utility assistance, along with emergency housing placements in hotels, for a transition time after the end of the incident period (Stafford Act). By having this additional time, Grantees will have the opportunity to transition Veterans served away for temporary financial supports and/or to other long-term supportive resources. This will also allow time for Veterans remaining in EHA hotel placements to successfully transition into permanent housing and prevent a return to homelessness. Please continue to review weekly Program Office updates, Webinars, and Office Hours for ongoing information and updates.
NEW: LMS Training Opportunities & Coordinating with Local Grantee Learning Managers
Each Grantee has been assigned a Grantee Learning Manager. This role is responsible for setting up learner accounts, has access to reporting information on learner accomplishments, and general oversight of their grant's portal in the Housing Skills Practice Center. If there are Grantee staff who are interested in accessing the HSPC, they should first ask internally about who their Grantee Learning Manager is, and that person should be able to create an account for them if they have space available. If they are not able to figure out who their GLM is, they should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and include their grant number. If an assigned GLM has not yet set up their account or has other questions related to their role, they should also reach out to that address.
REGISTER NOW: SSVF National Webinar July 16th, 2020 at 2:00 EST
Webinar Title: Emergency Housing Partnerships: Proactive Approaches for Establishing Community Norms and Expectations
Webinar Description: This webinar will focus on providing practical tools and strategies to promote successful emergency housing placements while building collaborative and sustainable relationships with the hotel community. Topics will include establishing community norms and expectations, problem solving to prevent untimely exits, and relationship building tools for sustainable hotel partnerships. In addition to learning from subject matter experts, attendees will also hear from featured SSVF Grantees about their experiences to date.
REGISTER NOW: SSVF Office Hours – CARES Funding Close Out Guidance and FY2020 Program Operations Update July 17th at 12:00pm EST
The SSVF Program Office Director and Compliance Team will hold an informative session covering several topics related to the close out of CARES funding that will end on July 31, 2020. This webinar's topics will include SSVF priorities, spend down strategies, GIFTS end-of-year close out requirement process to include the Financial Expenditure Report (FER) and Financial Status Report (FSR). Additional topics include next steps for re-activation of FY2020 PMS funds, and a question and answer session. The target audience for this mandatory Office Hours session is grantee staff with operational and leadership roles as well as key fiscal staff.
SSVF Program Office