SSVF Program Update Feb 11, 2022


REMINDER:SSVF Monthly Repository Upload Notice      

REMINDER:Request for Success Stories for Upcoming SSVF Annual Report(see attachments)   

RESOURCE:National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Connected Health: A Discussion of Virtual ToolsFebruary 16,2022at1:00pmEST 

RESOURCE:VHA Training: The Role of Family Members in PTSD TreatmentFebruary 16,2022at2:00pmEST 



Tool for Staff Support: The ongoing COVID health emergency has placed significant strains on your agencies and staff. We continue to witness the extraordinary efforts you have taken to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable among us, despite these incredible demands. One source of potential support that may again become available are in-person conferences. In addition to their training benefit, conferences are opportunities to interact with colleagues and refuel. Through the end of the fiscal year, as the SSVF program office will not be sponsoring an in-person national conference or spring regional meetings, funding that normally would be used by grantees to support such travel can support other in-person training. This allowable expense would be in addition to the 1% already allowed for staff education. As always, any training supported with SSVF funds must relate directly to the provision of services to homeless Veterans and their families or training that would enhance SSVF staff development as it relates to their position. 


We hope this modest change will give you another tool for staff support. 


REMINDER: SSVF Monthly Repository Upload Notice      

Beginning in March 2022, the SSVF Monthly Upload process will include data quality checks regarding accurate and timely reporting of Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) provided to Veteran households. These checks will include additional email notifications to grantees whoseuploads contain TFA amounts per household that are either too high or too low. To assist with this effort, upload periods will be adjusted as follows. Please make sure these dates are marked on your calendars, and that data entry staff are aware of the extra scrutiny TFA data will receive in the coming calendar year.      

REMINDER:Request for Success Stories forUpcomingSSVFAnnual Report(see attachments)   

The SSVF Program Office is seeking success stories to publish in the upcoming SSVF Annual Report, which is shared with Congress and other stakeholders. Please send your signed consent forms (2 total) and completed questionnaire below     



§     ROI   

§     Match: Services and TFA match the Assistance Type provided   

o        Provide AssistanceType (HP or RRH)   

o        Provide an overview of key services and TFA used   

§     Journey: There's a clear path from:   

o        How the Veteran became homeless or came to need HP or RRH assistance   

o        The homeless/housing situation they were in at entry   

o        The interventionprovided   

o        Theresult of SSVF service, including where they went   

§     Veteran HH Type and Composition Basics:    

o        For HHs w/children, how many children and adults?    

o        For HHs without children, how many adults,    

o        Who is the Veteran?   

§     Grantee ID   

§     Geographical location of Veteran HH   



§     Reason for sustainability at exit   

§     Picture   

§     Diversity   

o        Gender/HH type/Ethnicity/Military Branch   

§     Name of Veteran allowed to be shared   



RESOURCE: National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Connected Health: A Discussion of Virtual Tools February 16,2022at 1:00pm EST 

The mission of the VHA Connected Health Implementation is to test, evaluate and inform the development and adoption of mobile apps that deliver value to Veterans,caregiversand VA health care providers. VA care has undergone transformation in four key areas: access, satisfaction, quality, and cost. This presentation will demonstrate the need for virtual care tools in the care of homeless Veterans and the ways in which these tools can improve access, satisfaction, quality, and cost for this population. 


Registration:  To receive credit forattendingVA employees need toregister in TMS before the training begins.To find a course when logging into TMS:Go toLearning,scroll downto My Learning,type incourse # and TitleVA ItemTMS ID131002158National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans Connected Health: A Discussion of Virtual Tools.Be sure to clickRegister Nowrather thanAssign to Me or Start Course. 


VA staff register here          Non-VA staff register here 


For audio:Please use computer and connect audio through theADOBE Connect speakers 




RESOURCE:VHA Training: The Role of Family Members in PTSD Treatment February 16,2022at 2:00pm EST 

This live, knowledge-based webinar will provide information from the perspectives of Veterans, family members and VA clinicians regarding family-inclusive care. The presentation will include specific advice for health care teams about how and when to discuss family involvement in care with Veterans, as well as outlininga number ofbrief protocols that have been developed specifically for Veterans and their loved ones. 


AccessLinks:Non-VA employees clickhere. VA employees clickhere. 


Please note:If you require assistance, please contact the VHA TRAIN Help Desk by email   





With Regards,    

SSVF Program Office    



National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838     

Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255