Primarily focused on transitional housing programs for a variety of homeless veteran sub-populations Such as female veterans, families, returning veterans and incarcerated veterans The VA has not funded Service Centers since 2001. Purchase of vans is for transporting veterans to services and conducting outreach
VETS programs are all “employment focused” i.e., aimed at increasing employability of veterans through training and education and linking them to available jobs. Both the HVRP and the VWIP are small grant programs (only $36.33 million and $10 million respectively for FY2010). The Department of Labor seeks to maximize those resources by partnering with the VA and with HUD to promote multi-agency funded programs that integrate the various services and housing needed by homeless veterans. The two programs are similar in many respects, but differ most significantly in terms of whether or not they are specifically targeted to homeless veterans. The HVRP program is targeted to homeless veterans while the VWIP program is not necessarily targeted to homeless veterans but can also be used to serve this population. The VWIP program is targeted to several other special veterans populations and homeless veterans may also qualify as a member of one of those target populations.
On July 22, 2010, HUD, in collaboration with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor, announced a three-year $15 million initiative to address the prevention of homelessness among our nation’s veterans. Existing HUD grantees or ‘Continuums of Care’ located near the following military installations will each receive $2 million: MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida ; Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California ; Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas ; Fort Drum in Watertown, New York ; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington . In addition, VA medical centers in the following areas will each receive $1 million: Tampa, San Diego, Dallas, Syracuse, New York; and American Lake in Washington. Similar in design to HPRP and is intended to address the financial and supportive services needs of veterans and their families who may be at-risk of homelessness, or experiencing short-term homelessness. Targeted at veterans from the wars in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and veterans serving in the National Guard and Reserve. DOL programs: Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialists (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) assistance, One Stop Career Centers and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Employment Workshops, and assistance under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
HUD VASH Replicate, partner with and learn from successful local scattered site supportive housing programs Shelter + Care Community Mental Health Replicate what has worked with experienced PSH for homeless Veterans across the country Use VASH vouchers to set aside units in new & existing supportive housing projects Projects in development may need operating subsidies for units to serve homeless Veterans Local funding partnerships integrate capital, operating and services resources to produce supportive housing Partner with affordable housing providers who offer resident services to build healthy communities Integrated housing opportunities for families and people with disabilities Deliver effective supportive housing opportunities for homeless Veterans – invest in quality! CTI - This is a time limited case management model to ensure housing stability through transitional services tiered to be reduced over time as individuals exit from institutional systems of care. - The premise is to strengthen an individual’s long-term ties to services, family, friends and other support networks to assist in reducing the possibility of an individual or family cycling out in to homelessness. -CTI ideally lasts no more than 9 months and is broken down in to 3 phases that each last approximately 3 months. - Consists of 3 phases Transition to Community Try-Out Transfer of Care
Flow chart illustrating how VA will award supportive services grants to eligible entities (who are private nonprofit organization or consumer cooperatives). These eligible entities awarded grants will then provide supportive services to participants (who are very low-income Veteran families “occupying permanent housing”).
VA Support for Homeless Services John Kuhn, LCSW, MPH National Director, Homeless Evaluation and Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS
Non-profit organizations may be eligible to purchase Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) acquired properties at a discount.
VA markets these properties at fair market. Non-profits may purchase these properties at discounts after the properties have been listed for sale. Percentage of discount vary based on length of property listing.
Listings – Bank of America's at http://va.reotrans.com Email: [email_address]
Transitional housing (up to 2 years) with supportive services designed to help homeless Veterans address rehabilitative needs, increase their skill levels and/or income, preparing them for community housing.
Veterans are eligible for GPD housing if they are homeless or at-risk of homelessness and need rehabilitative services to find and maintain themselves in independent housing.
Per diem payments currently up to $38.90 day and based on current state home rate
Veterans may pay fee up to 30% of their monthly adjusted income.
On September 28, 2010, HUD announced the availability of a set-aside of approximately 500 project--based vouchers (PBV) through HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) through a notice of competitive funding.
Only those PHAs that currently administer VASH vouchers are eligible to respond to this Notice of Competitive Funding.
This strategy includes a multi-pronged effort aimed at improving financial opportunities for Veterans, including, at minimum, vocational training and enhanced access to benefits.
VA’s Work programs provide paid work experience and vocational assistance services to approximately 50,000 Veterans each year, including 6,000 OEF/OIF Veterans. These services are integrated into the Veteran’s overall mental health treatment plan.
Veterans in VA’s work programs earned in excess of $50 million during their participation.
VA $5 million for health care assessment and services
DOL will provide education and job training
Announced 5 sites—near military bases
Targets veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Urban and rural
Similar in design to HPRP
VHPD Sites Selected Sites VAMC Selected CoC Camp Pendleton (San Diego, CA) San Diego City of San Diego CoC Fort Hood ( Killeen, TX) Central Texas Austin/Travis CoC Fort Drum (Watertown, NY) Upstate New York Utica /Rome/Oneida County CoC Joint Base Lewis - McChord (Seattle, WA) Puget Sound Tacoma, Lakewood, Pierce County CoC McDill Air Force Base (Tampa, FL) Tampa Bay Tampa, Hillsborough County CoC
Assist participants to obtain and coordinate the provision of other public benefits provided by Federal, State, or local agencies, or any eligible entity in the area or community served by the grantee (provided directly or through referral to partner agencies)
Payments must help participants remain in or obtain permanent housing and can be for the following purposes
Payments are subject to the restrictions including the development of sustainability plan and payments can only be made to third parties
Supportive Services (cont’d)
Rent, penalties, or fees
Security or utility deposits
Purchase of emergency supplies
Requirements for the Use of SSVF Grant Funds (NOFA Section G) Uses of SSVF Grant Funds *Note: Maximum of 30% of supportive services costs may be used for temporary financial assistance paid directly to a third party on behalf of a participant for child care, transportation, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, and emergency supplies in accordance with §§ 62.33 and 62.34 of Final Rule. 60-75% <10% Admin 20-35% (Categ. 1: Residing in Perm. Housing) 60-75% (Categs. 2 & 3: Transitioning from Homelessness to Perm. Housing) <10% Admin
Homeless Veteran in need of help now? Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community.