VA Announces $343 Million in SSVF Grant Awards


VA Announces $343 Million in SSVF Grant Awards 
Grants awarded to 288 nonprofit organizations around the country
Yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it had awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income veterans and their families.
The grants were awarded under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
“With these important grants, we are able to leverage the expertise of local experts to help our most economically vulnerable veterans avoid or exit homelessness,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This is another VA program that moves at-risk veterans toward housing and independence.”
SSVF funding, which supports outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house veterans who become homeless or to prevent veterans from becoming homeless, was awarded to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
SSVF served more than 148,800 participants, including approximately 95,300 veterans and 31,950 children in fiscal year 2016. As a result of these and other efforts, veteran homelessness is down significantly since 2010.
In addition, approximately 360,000 veterans and their family members have been permanently housed, rapidly re-housed or prevented from falling into homelessness as a result of VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 
The recipients competed successfully for grants under a Dec. 7, 2016, Notice of Fund Availability. The funding will support SSVF services in fiscal 2018.
Information about the SSVF program, including the complete list of grantees, may be found at https://www.va.gov/homeless/SSVF/.
Note that the total value of available funding for SSVF services in FY 2018, when including $34,425,820 (the value of 41 existing grant extensions), plus $343,085,127 will deliver a total of $377,510,947 in SSVF services. 

Register for Today’s Webinar: Viral Hepatitis Updates from the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy

It’s not too late to register for today’s webinar on the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan Priority Populations - September 14th at 3:00-4:30 PM ET.
We are excited about the first in a two-part webinar series highlighting the 11 priority populations that have higher rates of viral hepatitis or are at a higher risk of transmitting viral hepatitis. Today’s webinar will feature perspectives from community and federal partners working to raise awareness and address viral hepatitis health disparities among:
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  • Homeless individuals,
  • People in correctional facilities,
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM),
  • People living with HIV/AIDS, and
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The webinar is open to all, so please share registration information widely within your networks. Register for today’s webinar.
Stay tuned for information on the second webinar on Thursday, September 28, 2017!
         
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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Through December.
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After returning from the August recess, Congress and the White House struck a deal to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through December, along with Harvey disaster relief funding and a debt ceiling raise. This means government programs will continue to receive funding at the same level as Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the first three months of FY 2018. Because FY 2018 funds from HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Programs are not distributed until much later in the fiscal year, this deal will not impact grant funding at this time.

After the continuing resolution expires, Congress will need to either extend another continuing resolution, or pass long-term spending bills through the end of FY 2018. Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved legislation for consideration by each full chamber that would fund the government, with the Senate spending at current sequestration levels, and the House even lower. Those bills include flat funding from 2017 in the House and a $73 million increase in the Senate for McKinney-Vento.

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Written by Guest blogger, Joshua Bamberger, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco; Chief Medical Consultant at Mercy Housing In recent months, the intense healthcare debate has often centered around our individual values: how much autonomy should we have to control our healthcare finances? How do we meet our responsibility to care for people who live […]
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Every day vulnerable people fleeing domestic violence are denied shelter.  It's not because they don't need it or because they are ineligible. It is simply because there is no room. Domestic violence programs are designed to provide safe refuge and support to people escaping violence.  Some require the safety of a crisis housing program for […]
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in July. The Alliance has a lot of resources which you can see here. Sign up for our newsletter to get more of our observations about the Competition. New HUD CoC TH-RRH Joint Component […]
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