U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) will provide funds to organizations within communities that provide case management services to improve the retention of housing by Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing and to Veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless. To ensure that grant funding is used to provide case management services to as many Veterans as possible, grant funds under this program may not be used for Veterans who are receiving case management services from permanent supportive housing programs (e.g., Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs (VA) Supportive Housing (HUD–VASH)) or rapid re-housing/homeless prevention programs (e.g., Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF)).
Examples of case management services that grantees can provide using these grant funds include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. Making home visits by the case manager to monitor housing stability; 2. Providing or coordinating educational activities related to meal planning, tenant responsibilities, the use of public transportation, community resources, financial management, development of natural supports; 3. Making referrals to needed services, such as mental health, substance use disorder, medical, and employment services; and 4. Participating in case conferencing with other service providers who are working with Veterans.
VA has established the following funding priorities:
- Priority 1. VA will place in the first funding priority those applications from operational GPD-funded organizations that have provided a written commitment to give up per diem or special need funding and convert their transitional housing to permanent housing. In order to obtain this priority, organizations must provide documentation showing that their permanent housing meets the housing quality standards. Applicants wishing to be considered under funding Priority 1 must submit with their application a signed letter on agency letterhead noting that, if selected for funding, the agency withdraws from their currently operational GPD project. This letter of commitment must be provided as an attachment to the case management grant application.
- Priority 2. VA will place in the second funding priority those applications from organizations that demonstrate a capability to provide case management services, particularly organizations that are successfully providing transitional housing services using grants provided by VA.
- Priority 3. VA will place in the third funding priority those applications from other organizations without a GPD grant that seek to provide time limited case management to formerly homeless Veterans who have exited VA transitional housing or other VA homeless residential treatment services to permanent housing.
Amount: Approximately $30,000,000 is available to make up to 133 awards ranging up to $675,000 for a project period of two years.
Eligibility: An applicant must be a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) non-profit organization, state or local government agency, or recognized Indian Tribal Government. Additionally, as this grant is primarily intended to serve Veterans discharging from GPD and HCHV CRS programs, the VA medical facility catchment area must have occupied beds serving Veterans that would be appropriate for case management services once they exit their transitional housing program.
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