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2017-08-11 / Focus On Veterans

VA extends funding to homeless groups

WASHINGTON — Today, VA Secretary David J. Shulkin announced an extension of funding to organizations that applied for Fiscal Year 2018 grants under VA’s Homeless Providers’ Grant and Per Diem Program, but would be found ineligible due to new program guidelines.

The extension will give those organizations a chance to improve the effectiveness of their programs and an opportunity to apply for funding under an upcoming “notice of funding.”

In a Dec. 23, 2016, Federal Register notice, VA announced it would end per diem payments for all grantees that received awards from VA for fiscal years 1994 to 2016, and that all interested grant programs would have to reapply under updated requirements and acceptance criteria included in the notice. The change allows VA to update its two-decades-old program, which relied on transitional housing for homeless veterans, to one that equips homeless veterans with what they need to find permanent housing.

“Our previous Grant and Per Diem Program offered veterans temporary shelter,” Dr. Shulkin said. “We want our veterans to have a permanent home. To do that, our homeless programs staff is dedicated to making sure the services and grants we provide to prevent veteran homelessness are appropriate and based on current needs and approaches.”

Information about the Grant and Per Diem Program may be found at homeless/GPD.asp.

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