The Department of Veterans Affairs recently released its FY 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. This presents a great opportunity for Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) grantees to obtain funding to offset the costs of serving veterans and their families. In 2011 alone, over 22,000 veterans received services in the HCH setting.
Under the SSVF program, the VA awards grants to private, nonprofit organizations for providing support services to low-income veteran families. Eligible support services, which are often already provided by HCH grantees, include health care services, daily living services, personal financial planning services, transportation services, fiduciary and payee services, legal services, child care services, and housing counseling services. SSVF also covers time-limited payments to third parties (e.g. landlords, utility companies, etc.) if they help veteran families sustain or acquire permanent housing.
Also, be sure to catch our veteran’s health webinar, Joining Forces: Improving Care for Veterans through HCH-VA Collaborations.
For more information on the National HCH Council’s veterans research initiative or for technical assistance regarding veteran homelessness, please contact Sarah Knopf, Research Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.