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64.024 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992, Sections 3 and 4, Public Law 102-590; 38 U.S.C. 7721 note; Public Law 104-110.
To assist public and nonprofit private entities in establishing new programs and service centers to furnish supportive services and supportive housing for homeless veterans through grants that may be used to acquire, renovate or alter facilities, and to provide per diem payments, or in-kind assistance in lieu of per diem payments, to eligible entities which established programs after November 10, 1992 that provide supportive services and supportive housing for homeless veterans. (Note: The number of vans was limited to 20 for the life of this grant. This Van Restriction has not been lifted.)
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-590) established the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. The Act authorizes VA to assist public or non-profit private entities with partial funding for "bricks and mortar" to create supportive housing or services centers or to purchase vans for outreach and transportation. The Act also authorizes VA to partially fund operating expenses for these facilities through per diem payments.
Applicant Eligibility: Applicants eligible for grants include public and nonprofit private entities with the capacity to effectively administer a grant; which demonstrate that adequate financial support will be available to carry out the project; and which agree to and demonstrate capacity to meet the applicable criteria and requirements of the grant program. Applicants eligible for per diem payments include public or nonprofit private entities who are either grant recipients, or who are eligible to receive a grant. Programs eligible for coverage under per diem payments must have been established after November 10, 1992.
Pre-application Coordination: Application documents include a Standard Form 424, 424C and 424D, as well as VA Form 10-0361. Once per year if funds are available for the program, VA will publish in the Federal Register a notice of fund availability, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive per diem payments. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Refer to 38 CFR 17.706. Federal participation provides up to 65 percent of total project cost, with the grant recipient providing the remainder. Once funds are obligated for a grant project, VA will not increase the amount obligated.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Required in accordance with 38 CFR 17.700.
Account Identification: 36-0160-0-1-703.
During the first five rounds of funding, more than 400 applications were received, requesting approximately $200 million to acquire, renovate, or construct supportive housing or service center facilities for homeless veterans or to purchase vans for outreach and transportation. Total VA funding for these projects was over $26 million. When these projects are completed, approximately 2,500 new community-based beds will be available for homeless veterans. Additionally, under this funding, 14 homeless veterans service centers will be established; 20 vans have been purchased by entities to conduct outreach or provide transportation for homeless veterans; and five mobile service center units will provide medical care and/or counseling services for homeless veterans with limited access to treatment. Most programs have been awarded grants for acquiring and renovating facilities. A small number of programs have been awarded a grant for new construction of buildings or acquiring already renovated facilities. Twenty programs were awarded grants to purchase vans for outreach and transportation. The majority of grant funding for housing will create transitional housing for homeless veterans. Of this transitional housing or in addition to it, supportive housing beds will be created for special populations including homeless elderly veterans, female veterans, veterans experiencing mental health or substance abuse problems, and homeless terminally ill veterans. In addition to housing, the funding will also create service centers that provide linkages with other community resources, job training, and/or emergency services in an effort to engage the homeless veteran in more longer term support. The projects funded to purchase vans will be using the vehicles for expanding outreach efforts and providing transportation for homeless veterans to VA and community services.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations 17.700 - 17.731, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
As required by 38 CFR 17.700, applications are reviewed, rated and ranked in priority order. Selection criteria include: a. Quality of the project. b. Targeting to persons on street and in shelters. c. Ability of the applicant to develop and operate a project. d. Need for the type of project proposed in the area to be served. e. Innovative quality of the proposal. f. Leveraging. g. Cost effectiveness. h. Coordination with other programs.