WISP News 9.3.2015

Happy Labor Day!

Institute for Community Alliances will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day. Any emails or phone calls received on the 7th will be responded to when we reopen on September 8th. We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

2016 State Shelter Subsidy Grant Update

The application for the 2016 State Shelter Subsidy Grant program will be available through the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources in mid-September.    In considering awards, shelter nights as recorded in Wisconsin ServicePoint (WISP) during the time period September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015 will be considered.   To ensure the correct calculation of award amounts, please complete all your SSSG funded  WISP shelter data entry through the end of August no later than September 14th.

ESG CAPER Redesign Coming

HUD will release an updated CAPER for the ESG Program in the coming months. This ESG CAPER redesign is an important next step in gathering comprehensive, nationwide data that shows the impact of the ESG Program across the country. For more information, click here

New Users Who Rock

Everyone knows being a New User in ServicePoint can be a bit overwhelming.  ClientPoint, remembering to BackDate, and those sub-assessments leave quite a few of us scratching our heads in the beginning. Here’s a shout out to a couple of New Users who took New User training in July and August and already have access to the live site. Congratulations!

Luke Rosynek-Milwaukee County Special Needs Housing – July New User Training
Amanda Di Palma – Guest House of Milwaukee – July New User Training
Luis Peralta  – Outreach Community Health Center – August New User Training
Noelle Thomas – Outreach Community Health Center – August New User Training
Dani Koehler  – Community Advocates – August New User Training

Milwaukee CoC HMIS Update

Next HMIS Workgroup Meeting for Milwaukee – Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 10AM to 11:30AM. The meeting will be held at United Way of Greater Milwaukee 225 W. Vine St.
Project Homeless Connect will be held on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. The Committee is still in search of service and resource providers as well as volunteers for the event. Please contact mphcvolunteer@gmail.com for more information.  Also, LIKE us on Facebook! 

Tips and Tricks


Try saving your reports in Excel format.  There are a number of benefits to doing this – it makes it easier to delete unnecessary tabs, allows you to sort and filter client detail information, and it (at least anecdotally) results in smaller file sizes for the same information. 
To print files in Excel format, make sure you use the scaling feature under Print > Settings.  This will allow you to either fit the sheet onto one page, fit all columns on one page, or fit all rows on one page – no more pesky columns or rows that are printed on a separate page!