Newsletter

September 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2018

VA announces upcoming awards of nearly $326M in grants to help at-risk Veterans and family members WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that thousands of low-income Veteran families around the nation will continue to receive benefits under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. These Veterans, who are permanently housed or transitioning to permanent housing, will continue to have access to crucial services with the funding of approximately $326 million in grants. SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance rapidly to re-house Veterans who are homeless — or at risk of becoming homeless — will be awarded to 252 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A list of applicants that will be awarded grants is located at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp. “At VA, we’re dedicated to fulfilling President Lincoln’s promise of taking care of Veterans and their families, and the SSVF program has proven extremely effective in doing just that. It provides low-income Veterans and their families with the services and support they need to secure and maintain stable housing,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Our hope is to see many more Veterans avoid or exit homelessness because of these important grants.”

Grantees will continue to provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management and assistance obtaining VA and other benefits. These may include: Health care Fiduciary payee Financial planning Child care Legal support Transportation Housing counseling, and Other services. SSVF grantees are expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of low-income Veteran families that are occupying permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, SSVF served more than 129,450 participants, including approximately 83,900 Veterans and 27,535 children. Because of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010. The applicants to which grants will be awarded competed under a Nov. 6, 2017, Notice of Fund Availability. Applications were due Jan. 12, 2018. The funding will support SSVF services in FY 2019, which starts Oct. 1, 2018, and ends Sept. 30, 2019. The SSVF program is authorized by 38 U.S.C. 2044. VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR Part 62. Visit http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp to learn more about the SSVF program.

VA announces $200M in funding for Grant and Per Diem Program to support homeless Veterans programs nationwide

WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it plans to provide approximately $200 million in fiscal year 2019 funding to support more than 13,000 transitional housing beds for its Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program. The list of community partners who will work with VA to provide transitional housing for homeless Veterans can be found on the VA’s homeless Veterans website. VA intends to award about $2.7 million to renew 12 Special Need grants for support services for homeless Veterans who have chronic mental illnesses, women Veterans and Veterans who must care for dependents under age 18.

“The Grant and Per Diem program gives our homeless Veterans an important source of support,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We appreciate the U.S. Congress providing this funding because every homeless Veteran deserves the opportunity to move from living on the streets to a safe and supportive environment.” To receive the grants, which were published in the federal register and other public sources, each bidder submitted an application and underwent a performance review.

Through this process, each applicant determined the resources it would need and the housing model for which it qualified to help Veterans transition out of homelessness. Some housing models include: Bridge Housing — short-term stay in transitional housing for homeless Veterans with pre-identified permanent housing destinations, when that housing is not immediately available. Low Demand — to accommodate homeless Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness, who were unsuccessful in traditional housing/residential programs. Hospital to Housing — addresses the housing and recuperative-care needs of homeless Veterans who have been hospitalized and/or evaluated in an emergency room. Clinical Treatment — provides residential substance use and/or mental health treatment in conjunction with services to help homeless Veterans secure permanent housing and increase income through benefits and/or employment. Service-intensive Transitional Housing — residential services that facilitate stabilization and transition to permanent housing. Transition in Place — provides support services in the Veteran’s living unit, phasing out over time, as the Veteran adjusts to permanent housing. Established in 1994, GPD provides needed support and services to a number of programs across the country that care for homeless Veterans to help them achieve residential stability. To learn more about VA’s programs for homeless Veterans, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-homeless.asp.