VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced
the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 
homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 
community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin 

Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, the Department 
of Veterans Affairs (VA) is awarding grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer 
cooperatives that provide services to very low-income Veteran families living in – or 
transitioning to – permanent housing. Those community organizations provide a range of 
services that promote housing stability among eligible very low income Veteran families (those 
making less than 50 percent of the area median income). The grants announced today will fund 
the fourth year of the SSVF program. 

“By working with community non-profit organizations, we have enlisted valuable 
partners in our fight to end homelessness,” said McDonald. “The work of SSVF grantees has 
already helped thousands of homeless Veterans and their families find homes and thousands 
more have been able to stay in their own homes.”

Under the terms of the grants, homeless providers will offer Veterans and their family 
members outreach, case management, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and assistance 
in receiving other public benefits. Community-based groups can offer temporary financial 
assistance on behalf of Veterans for rent payments, utility payments, security deposits and 
moving costs. 

In 2009, President Obama announced the Federal government’s goal to end Veteran 
homelessness by 2015. The grants are intended to help accomplish that goal. According to the 
2013 Point-in-Time Estimates of Homelessness, homelessness among Veterans has declined 24 
percent since 2009. 

“We want to make sure our Veterans receive the care and support that they have earned 
and deserve,” McDonald added. “This is a program that, indeed, makes a difference.”
Through the Eliminating Veteran Homelessness Initiative, VA committed over $1 billion 
in FY 2014 to strengthen programs that prevent and end homelessness among Veterans. VA 
provides a range of services to homeless Veterans, including health care, housing, job training, 
and education. 

More information about VA’s homeless programs is available at 
Details about the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program are online at

2014 SSVF Maryland Awards

Alliance, Inc.
Baltimore, Howard, Harford, Cecil, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Washington, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester.
7701 Wise Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21222

Three Oaks Homeless Shelter, Inc.
St. Mary's, Charles ,and Calvert
46905 Lei Drive, Lexington Park, MD, 20653

Project PLASE, Inc.
Baltimore City and Baltimore County
1814 Maryland Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21229

New Vision House of Hope, Inc.
Baltimore County
200 East Lexington Street, Suite 605, Baltimore, MD, 21201

Diakonia Inc.
Somerset, Wicomico, and Worchester Counties
12747 Old Bridge Road, Ocean City, MD, 21842

St. James A.M.E. Zion Church-Zion House
Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Queen Anne, Kent, Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset Counties
521 Mack Avenue, Salisbury, MD, 21801

SOAR 2014 Outcomes Request

Dear SOAR Providers:

It's that time again! The SOAR TA Center is looking for your outcomes on SSI/SSDI initial applications and appeals completed using the SOAR approach. As always, we are only collecting outcomes of applications on which a decision from SSA has been received; we are not collecting information about "pending" applications (those on which you are still awaiting a decision from SSA).

Your state process may differ from this, so please contact your SOAR State Team Lead about submitting your data.  You can find contact information for your SOAR State lead here:

If you have reported outcomes to us in the past, we're asking for your outcomes from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 ONLY. We will add these to the outcomes you've reported in previous years unless you tell us to do otherwise. If there are new programs in your state that you have never reported to us before, then please report those outcomes from the beginning. Be sure to include the dates the outcomes represent.

Again this year we have created an Excel spreadsheet for you to use. Please click here to access it. It's divided into sections, with the same questions we asked last year about your program.  Again this year: We'd like you to brag about successes you've had or challenges you've overcome. Please complete the spreadsheet and return it to me no later than Friday, August 29th. If you would prefer to share information about your SOAR-related experiences by phone, let me know and I'll set up a convenient time to talk.

We look forward to hearing from you. We will, of course, share the results of what we learn with you as well as our federal partners as we have done in the past. Please let me know if you have questions about this.

Together, we have generated a lot of interest and support for SOAR nationally and having outcomes to report each year is critical to our and your continued success. Thanks for all that you do to keep SOAR going wherever you are!

Margaret Lassiter, MA
Senior Project Associate
SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center
Policy Research Associates, Inc.
345 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
Phone: 518-439-7415 ext. 5230
Fax: 518-439-7612

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Video of Speeches by First Lady, HUD Secretary, Alliance President Available Online

August 18, 2014    

ISSUES  |  POLICY  |  SOLUTIONS  |  NEWS & EVENTS Forward Editor: Emanuel Cavallaro

Spotlight On...
Video of Speeches by First Lady, HUD Secretary, Alliance President Available Online

Videos of the full speeches made by First Lady Michelle Obama, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and Alliance President and CEO Nan Roman at the Alliance's National Conference on Ending Homelessness are now available for viewing on the Alliance website and the Alliance Youtube channel. This month, stay tuned to the Alliance blog for more video from the conference.

The Alliance has posted a recording of a webinar that originally streamed on July 17, which reviewed national data on rapid re-housing for high-barrier households. In this recording, "Rapid Re-Housing for High-Barrier Households," Alliance Technical Assistance Specialist Kay Moshier McDivitt shares strategies from communities that have successfully re-housed high-barrier households, and discusses the core components of rapid re-housing.
A new bill, The Homeless Children and Youth Act (S.2653), proposes to solve the problem of youth and families with children who are homeless or who lack affordable housing by expanding the definition of homelessness. In this post, we look at what the passage of this bill would mean for youth and families with children who are already eligible for HUD homeless assistance.

HOME Monthly Reports Now Posted

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HOME Monthly Reports Now Posted

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The following HOME Program Monthly reports are now posted on the HUD Exchange at the links below. You may also access them from the HOME Program Resource Page under "HOME Reports."

Monthly Reports as of 7/31/14 Now Available: