(SSVF) Program Update Friday, July 31st, 2020

From: Supportive Services for Veteran Families
Date: July 31, 2020 at 1:27:37 PM EDT
Subject: SSVF Program Update Friday, July 31st, 2020

1.    SAVE THE DATE:  SSVF National Webinar: August 13, 2020 2:00 PM EST – Health Care Navigators
2.    ATTENTION:  SSVF Grantee COVID-19 Resources
3.    IMPORTANT:  SSVF & HUD-VASH Program Collaborations

SAVE THE DATE:  SSVF National Webinar: August 13, 2:00 PM ET – Health Care Navigators

On July 16, 2020, VA announced an additional $400M in additional CARES supplemental funding for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. A portion of these funds will support each grantee in employing designated Health Care Navigators to work with VA Medical Center staff, to ensure appropriate care coordination for Veterans in need of appointments at local VAMC. These navigators will work with designated VA points of contact and VA primary care teams when indicated to establish regular case conferences to review ongoing care coordination. The SSVF Program Office will present a webinar describing the role of the SSVF Health Care Navigator and tips for recruitment and hiring. SSVF Program Office staff will also discuss plans for supporting grantees in developing and training new Health Care Navigator staff.

A registration link to the webinar will be provided in the next SSVF weekly update.

ATTENTION: SSVF Grantee COVID-19 Resources

As the SSVF Program Office continues to support Grantees serving Veterans during COVID-19, we want to ensure we are sharing the newest and best information possible. With our TA providers' efforts, the SSVF Program Office will continue to share information learned from Grantees in a collection of documents intended to create a Grantee Resource Toolkit to support services provisions during this time.  TA has developed two additional documents for Grantees to review.  

•    SSVF COVID-19 Guidance - Health & Symptom Check
•    SSVF COVID-19 Expenditure Timeline

While our TA providers will continue to develop information for Grantees to review and utilize, these documents can be found on the SSVF website, under SSVF Response to COVID-19 Guidance section, at the link below:  


IMPORTANT:  SSVF & HUD-VASH Program Collaborations

As part of the SSVF Program's ongoing commitment to homeless Veterans during COVID-19, SSVF grantees are encouraged to work with local HUD-VASH teams to strengthen collaboration efforts to ensure that Veterans are moved into safe and affordable permanent housing quickly. In May of this year, the SSVF Program Office announced the grantees' ability to provide supports to HUD-VASH Programs for housing search, placement, and rental assistance. In July 2020, SSVF was awarded an additional $400M in CARES Act funding; this significantly increased SSVF and HUD-VASH's opportunity to collaborate in their collective effort to move vulnerable Veterans into permanent housing. The Program Office Regional Coordinators will work with grantees, HUD-VASH leadership, and local HUD-VASH staff to support coordination. Please reach out to your SSVF Regional Coordinator for any additional questions or concerns.

Thank you,

SSVF Program Office