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Deadline: March 14, 2014

Department of Veterans Affairs: Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program’s purpose is to provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families who: (i) Are residing in permanent housing, (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become
residents of permanent housing within a specified time period, or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family’s needs and preferences.

Required services include outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits, and providing or coordinating efforts to obtain needed entitlements and other
community services. Grantees secure a broad range of other services for participants, including legal assistance; credit counseling; housing counseling; assisting participants in understanding leases, securing utilities, and coordinating moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and serving as an advocate for the Veteran when mediating with property owners on issues related to locating or retaining housing. Grantees also offer temporary financial assistance that provides short-term assistance with rent, moving expenses, security and utility deposits, child care, transportation, utility costs, and emergency expenses.

Priority 1: Priority 1 is for applicants in one of the 76 priority Continuums of Care (CoC) areas listed in the RFP. Note: There are no Priority 1 funding areas in NM.

Priority 2: Priority 2 is for renewal grantees.

Priority 3. Priority 3 is for eligible entities applying for initial supportive services grants.

Amount: Up to $600 million may be available with up to $300 million available through Priority 1 and approximately $300 million available through Priorities 2 and 3 (combined), subject to available appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and FY 2015.

Eligibility: Private non-profit organizations (Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status is required); consumer cooperatives; and tribally-designated housing entities are eligible.

Link: http://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp

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