Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Availability of $300 million in SSVF Funding
October 26, 2012
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs announced the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program. The Notice of Funding Availability was published in today’s Federal Register. The 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: a.) are residing in permanent housing, b.) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period, or c.) 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.
Grantees will be expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of very low-income Veteran families who are occupying permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources. The aim of the provision of supportive services is to assist very low-income Veteran families residing in permanent housing to remain stably housed and to rapidly transition to stable housing. Accordingly, VA encourages eligible entities skilled in facilitating housing stability and currently operating rapid re-housing programs (i.e., administering the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, HUD’s Emergency Solution Grant (ESG), or other comparable Federal or community resources) to apply for supportive services grants.
Applications for initial and renewal supportive services grants under the SSVF program must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 pm EST on February 1, 2013.