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  • Recorded Training Session: HVRP PY22 Incremental Funding Requests

    Watch this recorded training session for an overview of the Incremental Funding (IF) process, intended for current grantees entering their second or third year of funding. This session will equip you with information to reduce the overall Conditions of Award and time invested in completing and reviewing IF requests at all levels. Additionally, the webinar will help establish a foundation of information so those working the IF Requests can develop their plan of action to submit quality, complete, and timely requests. You can access the recording and presentation here:

    Click here to watch the video.

  • Success Story: Registered Apprenticeship Program Changes a Veteran’s Life

    The 7th annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) began on November 15, 2021. Watch the video below for an inspirational story of a veteran who experienced a difficult transition from the military but then discovered success with the support of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

    Click here to watch the video.

    Click here to learn more about the Registered Apprenticeship Program.

  • Partnership Opportunity for HVRP Grantees with Sacramento County Horse Ranch

    A program that works with Sacramento County correction centers offers job training to inmates to reduce their jail time and gain valuable skills for after they are released. This program developed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office involves inmates training and adopting out wild mustangs found along the plains of Northern California and Nevada. The skills inmates learn helps advance their integration back into society and break the cycle of repeat offences.

    Learn more about the program.

  • Register Now! Virtual Learning Class: Strategies to Succeed in HVRP

    NVTAC invites HVRP grantee to join us for a Virtual Learning Class (VLC) on Strategies to Succeed in HVRP. Over the course of four sessions, this VLC will introduce participants to the core elements of implementing a successful HVRP grant. The course was designed for grantee staff who are new to HVRP, but everyone is welcome. The classes will take place from 2:00 – 3:15 pm EST on Mondays and Wednesdays following the schedule below.

    Monday, November 8 – Introduction to HVRP and NVTAC; Veteran Outreach

    Wednesday, November 10 – Assessment, Case Management, and Addressing Barriers

    Monday, November 15 – Partnership and Collaboration

    Wednesday, November 17 – Training, Placement, and Retention

    To register for this series, please use this link to get your free ticket. You will need to register for each date separately. If you have any questions, please send an email to contact@nvtac.org.

  • VA Secretary Promises to Eliminate LA’s ‘Veterans Row’ Homeless Encampment by November 1

    Los Angeles County is home to the most veterans experiencing homelessness in the United States. On October 20, 2021, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough pledged to place all veterans experiencing homeless currently residing in Los Angeles’ “veterans row” into temporary housing by November 1, 2021. The VA designated a social worker and an employee who specializes in homelessness resources to connect with the veterans and help initiate their transition to temporary housing.

    During the last five years, the VA has been developing a plan to construct 1,200 subsidized apartments on the campus of the West Los Angeles VA hospital for veterans experiencing homeless. Only 54 units have been completed as of June. A new draft of the plan that announces 800 units are projected to be under construction at the campus by 2023 was posted to the Federal Register on October 18. Citizens have until December 17 to offer feedback on the new plan. View the complete plan at westladraftmasterplan.org.

     

  • ETA and OCIO Improve How the Public Can Build Labor Skills

    TrainingProviderResults.gov, a project under the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), helps people make educated choices when searching for training by recognizing Eligible Training Providers (ETP). The web site provides data on local programs, completion rates, and post-training employment rates, as well as info on a range of career paths, including health care, computer science, education, manufacturing, business management, and finance.

    The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) collaborated with ETA to upgrade the appearance and user-experience of TrainingProviderResults.gov for those looking for training programs. These enhancements additionally support the Department’s mission to deliver top-notch job training and improved employment opportunities to the American workforce. Many of these upgrades involve the site’s search feature, including:

    1. Uploading updated state data to enhance the site’s comparison feature, letting users compare programs side-by-side.
    2. Defaulting to a zip code search and adding an export feature for search results.
    3. Creating a “Contact Us” form to allow users to submit feedback directly on the site, rather than needing to submit an email.

    Visit TrainingProviderResults.gov if you are in search of training to advance in your career or are looking to find meaningful employment.

  • A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    VA’s National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council collaborated to produce A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This guide raises a holistic awareness for the variety of complex needs of people experiencing homelessness, specifically those residing in community care centers which provide 24/7 shelter, urgent care/medical respite level of care, and COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.

    This guide succinctly captures the social and medical complexities that community care center staff may face. The guide first reviews elements needed to create a supportive and inclusive tone, then offers information on basic medical care during COVID-19, and finally reflects on prevalent health conditions.

    Ultimately, the goal of this guide is to support the health and safety of vulnerable individuals while they are receiving care in community care centers, as well as inspire a holistic approach for connecting community care center residents with ongoing health care and social supports that can promote their longer-term stability.

    Explore the guide here: A Clinical Resource Guide for Community Care Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • NASWA Vets Committee Hosts Triage Training Session

    NASWA hosted a webinar on March 4, 2021 to over 203 state workforce agency and federal staff on Veterans Triage – the process where American Job Center customers are assessed for potential eligibility for Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist services. A new triage tool that covers all of the DVOP service eligibility criteria was recently developed by a NASWA Vets Committee work group. The new tool can be customized with each state’s logo, and the content will be maintained by NASWA to maintain accuracy and compliance with DOL-VETS policy. Other presenters on this virtual session were Sam Mitchell (WA), the chair of the NASWA Vets committee, and Lori Adams, NASWA Veterans Policy Director. This session was recorded, and a link provided to everyone who attended along with copies of the tool. For more information, please contact Lori Adams.

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    Customized Employment Works for Veterans

    View the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy’s video premiere featuring businesses successfully meeting the employment needs of veterans though Customized Employment. Leaders from the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs and experts on employing veterans with disabilities will join the discussion on how Customized Employment can meet both the needs of the veteran and the employer.

    Resources related to the event are below.

    Customized Employment Works for Veterans Brief Customized Employment: A Job that I Love | Customized Employment Works for Veterans: A Win-Win Strategy

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    New Eligibility Updates

    On June 29, 2021, the Grant Officer (GO) signed an updated memorandum stating that DOL-VETS will accept either the VA Medical Centers’ Hospital Inquiry (HINQ) or SQUARES as source documents to establish veteran eligibility for HVRP when the DD-214 is not available. GO Memo 01-21 Change 1 includes detailed information about how grantees can access these reports. There is no cost to access either of these VA inquiry systems.  

    GO Memo 01-21 Change 1 specifically addresses an element of Veterans’ Program Letter 01-21 (VPL 01-21), issued in November 2020, which required a DD-214 to document the character of discharge. GO Memo 01-21 Change 1 authorizes use of HINQ or SQUARES in lieu of the DD-214 through June 30, 2022. 

    VPL 01-21: Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program Participant Eligibility outlines participant eligibility requirements for HVRP. It clarifies the definitions of at risk and transitioning from incarceration, including a new definition for veterans recently released from incarceration. The most notable change in VPL 01-21 is the following revised definition of active-duty service: 

    “For purposes of determining status as an eligible “veteran,” VETS considers full-time active duty service (see 38 U.S.C. § 101(21)) to include time spent in basic training regardless of completion, consistent with program guidance from the Department of Veterans Affairs.”  

    For more information, please read both the GO Memo 01-21 Change 1 and VPL 01-21. Links to these documents are included in the text above. In addition, NVTAC hosted a webinar on HVRP Eligibility and Overview of SQUARES and HINQ on February 2nd from 2 to 4 PM ET. 

    To help grantees better understand these changes and their on the ground implications, NVTAC hosted a webinar on the recent HVRP eligibility updates, including: a review of VPL 01-21 and GO Memo 01-21 Change 1 and using the HINQ or SQUARES documentation as alternate source documents to establish veteran eligibility for HVRP in situations where the DD-214 is not readily available. You can find the recording, slides, and other resources below.

    Recording  |  Slides  |  Email Template Getting Started with SQUARES for New Managers  |  Getting Started with SQAURES for Users

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