This week, in lieu of our usual Friday wrap-up, we encourage you to take a look at our newsletter that was released this afternoon. This newsletter is packed with new information from USICH and from our partners in the federal government nonprofit sector.
The big news from USICH is the release of the first ever National Research Agenda. The USICH National Research Agenda outlines priority areas wehre we believe Federal, local, and private investments should be made in additional research. A robust research base enables the furthering of best practices for all those working to end homelessness, and is a key element in changing the way our nation takes action. Setting forth a National Research Agenda, USICH hopes to catalyze researchers, policy professionals, and national, state, and local leaders to improve how we respond to the crisis of homelessness. We encourage you to take a look at the Agenda and think of ways you can improve your research and evaluation efforts.
Other big news today was the announcement of $300 million in funding availability for nonprofit organizations and community collaboratives for supportive services programs under the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program. The SSVF program funding provides community organizations with the finances to provide case management, legal assistance, direct time-limited financial assistance, transportation, child care, rent, utilities, and other services aimed at rapidly re-housing Veterans or preventing homelessness for participating Veterans and family members. A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) along with application materials will be posted on the VA’s SSVF website, www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp. Private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives interested in the grants have until February 1 to submit completed applications. A video available on www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp offers guidance on the NOFA to community organizations interested in applying for funds. Community organizations seeking more information on the SSVF program can also contact VA by email at SSVF@va.gov.
And finally, USICH is seeking three new policy directors to join its team in Washington, DC. We are seeking experienced leaders who have subject matter expertise in homelessness and in the respective portfolios of our federal partners, especially the work of HUD, VA, and HHS, but also critical areas within other federal agencies. In addition to a strong grounding in homelessness policy and best practices, we are seeking candidates who bring specific skills and experience in one of the following areas: data analysis and performance management, project management, and communications.
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