VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program

To assist public and nonprofit private entities in establishing new programs and service centers to furnish supportive services and supportive housing for homeless veterans through grants that may be used to acquire, renovate or alter facilities, and to provide per diem payments, to eligible entities
that provide supportive services and supportive housing for homeless veterans.

Agency - Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran's benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Office - None.

Not applicable.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Vietnam Veterans Of California, Inc. $ 1,482,989   
United States Veterans Initiative $ 1,189,287   
Salvation Army, The $ 791,419   
United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. $ 676,644   
North Charleston Community Interfaith Center $ 660,956   
New Visions Homeless Services $ 556,240   
United States Veterans Initiative $ 533,336   
Camillus House, Inc. $ 436,295   
Fifth Street Renaissance $ 377,771   
American G I Forum, National Veterans Outreach Program Inc $ 2,241,233   



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: Over its 20 plus year history there have been 15,000 transitional housing and service beds created and supported through this program; with 650 projects serving homeless veterans in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In FY2015, VA and its community partners served 43,971 veterans under this program with 15,507 of those veterans exiting the program with permanent housing placements. Fiscal Year 2016: Over its 20 plus year history there have been 15,000 transitional housing and service beds created and supported through this program; with 650 projects serving homeless veterans in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In FY2015, VA and its community partners served 43,971 veterans under this program with 15,507 of those veterans exiting the program with permanent housing placements. Fiscal Year 2017: Over its 20 plus year history there have been 15,000 transitional housing and service beds created and supported through this program; with 650 projects serving homeless veterans in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. In FY2015, VA and its community partners served 43,971 veterans under this program with 15,507 of those veterans exiting the program with permanent housing placements.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-590) established the VA ·Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program with permanent authority being given by Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-461).

The Program allows VA to assist public or non-profit private entities with partial funding for 'bricks and mortar' to create supportive housing or services centers or to purchase vans for outreach and transportation.

In addition VA is also authorized fund operating expenses minus other sources of income for these facilities through per diem payments.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants eligible for grants include public and nonprofit private entities with the capacity to effectively administer a grant; which demonstrate that adequate financial support will be available to carry out the project; and which agree to and demonstrate capacity to meet the applicable criteria and requirements of the grant program.

Applicants eligible for per diem payments include public or nonprofit private entities who are either grant recipients, or who are eligible to receive a grant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Veterans, meaning a person who served in the active military, naval or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs for State and local governments, Indian Tribal governments and nonprofit organizations will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E - Cost Principals. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

As funds are available for the program VA will publish in the Federal Register a notice of fund availability (NOFA) soliciting applications for the grant program.

The NOFA will contain; the content and form of the application with information on obtaining an application; the date, time, and place for submitting completed applications; the estimated amount and type of funding available; any priorities for or exclusions from funding, and provide information on additional documents necessary for the application.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The application content the Federal agency must use is required by 38 CFR 61, 'VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program'. VA will provide information to applicants on how to access a copy of the regulation in the notice of funding availability.

Award Procedures

Formal approval of the award of assistance is made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; the program is administered by Veterans Health Administration, Homeless Programs, National Grant and Per Diem Program Office.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Service Programs Act of 1992; Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. For grant applicants, from 30 to 60 work days after receipt of items in the Second Submission section of the grant application package, including documentation on acquisition, rehabilitation and new construction; match and feasibility; matching funds; supportive services; and operating budget. For recognition by VA as eligible to receive per diem payments, 30 to 60 days after formal recognition is approved, pending availability of funds.

Appeals

If an application would have been selected but for a procedural error committed by VA, VA may reconsider that application in the next funding round. A new application will not be required for this purpose so long as there is no material change in the information.

Renewals

Renewals or options for continuation of payment will be addressed by VA in the grant agreement.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. Refer to 38 CFR 61.16. Federal participation provides up to 65 percent of total allowable costs of the project, with the grant recipient providing the remainder. Once funds are obligated for a grant project, VA will not increase the amount obligated. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

For the grant program, appropriation expires at the end of each fiscal year. Length of time limitations for the per diem programs are not established, however, per diem is contingent on availability of VA program funds. Reimbursement payments are made to the recipient based on the Federal share of costs incurred. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Grantee reports as required in accordance with 38 CFR 61.80.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. Audits are performed in accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200.501 Audit requirements

Records

Three categories of records should be maintained by VA and the contractor: (a) contractor fiscal records; (b) contractor treatment records; and (c) VA record summaries of treatment provided. Contractor fiscal records should be maintained by the contractor as outlined in 2 CFR 200, Subpart D--Post Federal Award Requirements, of Part 200. Contractor treatment records should be maintained by the contractor for a period of three years after the date of last patient activity before being disposed of by the contractor. Contractor summaries and related records will be maintained by the appropriate VA health care facility until three years after the last episode of care, then they will be filed with VA's Consolidated Health Records for each veteran patient. Consolidated Health Records are retained by the VA facility for 75 years from the last episode of care. VA should retain their records as guided by Records Control Schedule 10-1.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0160-0-1-703.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $214,990,000; FY 16 est $171,094,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Capital grants have ranged from $12,610 to $1,000,000 for with an average award of $250,000.00. Per Diem is a based on the operational costs and income of each project per the requirements of 38 CFR 61.33. To receive per diem the bed must be occupied. The maximum per diem is $43.32; the average per diem is $31.45 with the average number of beds per project at 22. With an eighty-five per cent occupancy rate the result is an average per diem of approximately $588.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations 61.0 -61.82, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Jeffery L. Quarles Director, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program VA National GPD Program Office 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C-200 Tampa, FL 33617 , Tampa, Florida 33617 Phone: 1-877-322-0334

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As required by 38 CFR parts 61.13, 61.14, 61.15, 61.18, 61.32, 61.40, and 61.44, applications are reviewed, rated and ranked in priority order. Selection criteria include: (a) Project Plan; (b) Outreach; (c) Ability of the applicant to develop and operate a project; (d) Need; (e) Completion Confidence; and (f) Coordination with other programs.



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