VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

To provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families who: (i) are residing in permanent housing, (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing

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within a specified time period, or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family?s needs and preferences.

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.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Vietnam Veterans Of San Diego $ 1,385,000   2020-04-012021-09-30
H.e.l.p. Social Service Corporation $ 743,985   2020-04-012021-09-30
Goodwill Industries Of The Inland Northwest $ 1,655,164   2020-04-012021-09-30
Vietnam Veterans Of California, Inc. $ 1,198,845   2020-04-012021-09-30
Blue Mountain Action Council $ 760,374   2020-04-012021-09-30
Volunteers Of America Northern Rockies $ 2,914,907   2020-04-012021-09-30
Volunteers Of American Co Br $ 2,702,090   2020-04-012021-09-30
North West Florida Comprehensive Service For Children Inc $ 1,808,153   2020-04-012021-09-30
Hopesource $ 880,337   2020-04-012021-09-30
Catholic Community Services Of Western Washington $ 2,639,540   2020-04-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: Fiscal Year 2014: VA received 697 applications in response to the SSVF Program NOFA. VA awarded 407 grants to 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam for operations during FY 2015. VA awarded 92 of those 407 grants a 3-year non-renewable award. Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2015: VA received 289 applications in response to the SSVF Program NOFA. VA awarded 286 grants to 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam for operations during FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Section 604 of the Veterans Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-387) established VA?s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

The SSVF Program provides grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that will coordinate or provide supportive services to Veterans and their families who have less than 50% area median income and (i) are residing in permanent housing, (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period, or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family?s needs and preferences.

Grantees are responsible for providing outreach, case management, linkages to VA benefits, and linkages to other public benefits with the supportive services grant funds.

Grantees may choose to provide temporary financial assistance on behalf of the Veteran family for certain costs.

Limitations on the use of supportive services grant funds, including time and amount limitations, are described in 38 CFR Part 62.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants eligible for grants must be either a private non-profit organization or a consumer cooperative.

The SSVF Program defines a private non-profit organization as: 1.

An incorporated private institution or foundation that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; 2.

A for-profit limited partnership, the sole general partner of which is an organization that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; 3.

A corporation wholly owned and controlled by an organization that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; or 4.

A tribally designated housing entity (as defined in section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C.

4103)).

The SSVF Program defines a consumer cooperative as having the meaning given such term in section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C.

1701q).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Veteran families, meaning families in which the head of household or the spouse of the head of household served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. Eligible Veteran families must be very-low income, meaning their annual income, as determined in accordance with 24 CFR 5.609, does not exceed 50 percent of the median income for an area or community. Eligible Veteran families must also fall within one of the following categories: (i) residing in permanent housing; (ii) homeless and scheduled to become a resident of permanent housing within 90 days pending the location or development of housing suitable for permanent housing; or (iii) exited permanent housing within the previous 90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to the very low-income Veteran family?s needs and preferences.

Credentials/Documentation

Proof of private non-profit organization or consumer cooperative status is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Circular No. A-122 is applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive SSVF grant funds.

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.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The application content the Federal agency must use is required by 38 CFR 62, 'VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program'. VA will provide information to applicants on how to access a copy of the regulation in the notice of funding availability. Applications will only be accepted when received within the timeframe and meeting the requirements described in the notice of fund availability published in the Federal Register. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

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, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Office.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Veterans? Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008, Public Law 110-387 (as amended), 38 U.S.C 2044., Public Law 110-387, 38 U.S.C 2044.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines for program applications are established in the notices of fund availability.

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

Subject to the availability of funds, grants may be renewed. Grantees would be required to submit a renewal application within the time frame established in a notice of fund availability.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Length of time limitations are established in the notice of fund availability. Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (HHS PMS). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly, at a minimum. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly and annual financial and performance reports are required.

Grantees are required to enter data into a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Web-based software application.

Grantee reports as required in accordance with 38 CFR 62 and the signed grant agreement between VA and grantee.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are performed in accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F, Audit Requirements. Per OMB SuperCircular No. A-133, 'Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,' nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in SuperCircular No. A-133. However, records must be available for review or audit by VA and/or the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Records

Records must be retained at least 3 years. Fiscal records should be maintained by the grantee as outlined in 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D--Post Federal Award Requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification

36-0160-0-1-705.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $297,997,000; FY 16 est $300,000,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Annual range and average of grant awards have varied over funding rounds, ranging from $118,000 to $6,800,000 and averaging $1.1 million per award.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 62 ? Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

John Kuhn VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, SSVF, 4100 Chester Avenue, Suite 201, Philadelpha, Pennsylvania 19104. Phone: 877-737-0111.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As required by 38 CFR 62.23, applications are reviewed, rated, and ranked in priority order. Selection criteria for initial projects include: (i) background, qualifications, experience, and past performance; (ii) program concept and supportive services plan; (iii) quality assurance and evaluation plan; (iv) financial capability and plan; and (v) area or community linkages and relations. Selection criteria for renewal projects include program outcomes; cost-effectiveness; and compliance with final rule and federal requirements. Ranked scores of applicants are the primary basis for selection. However, in accordance with 38 CFR 62.23(d), VA will utilize the following considerations to select applicants for funding: i. Preference applicants that provide or coordinate the provision of supportive services for very low-income Veteran families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing; and ii. To the extent practicable, ensure that supportive services grants are equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and Tribal lands.



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