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Position Statements

NCHV's position statements provide justification for the nation's most critical homeless veteran programs. Each paper, downloadable in PDF format, provides an overview of the program's purpose and function, explains its importance to the veteran service provider community, and recommends a congressional course of action.



 

Grant and Per Diem Program

The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has been the foundation of community-based homeless veterans assistance since 1992. With nearly 15,000 beds nationwide serving up to 30,000 men and women each year, the GPD Program is often the first and most significant step toward recovery for veterans experiencing homelessness. By helping homeless veterans obtain stable housing, health services and employment and other income supports, the GPD Program has helped hold the line against increases in veteran homelessness despite continued economic stagnation, the housing crisis, high veteran unemployment, and the complete withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq.

The effects of combat exposure typically do not manifest themselves right away. By maintaining the infrastructure of the homeless veteran response system – with the Grant and Per Diem Program at its core – and ramping up VA’s ability to prevent veteran homelessness from ever happening (see NCHV’s SSVF Program policy statement), America can ensure that returning veterans will always have the support they need in times of crisis.

To download this full paper, click here.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is the only national, veteran-specific program available to help at-risk men and women veterans from ever becoming homeless. The program is also the most suitable resource for homeless veterans who are able to quickly transition out of homelessness into permanent housing.

SSVF grantees are nonprofit, community-based organizations that provide very low-income veterans and their families with services in the following areas: health, legal, child care, transportation, fiduciary and payee, daily living, obtaining benefits, and housing counseling. The program also allows for time-limited payments to third parties – e.g. landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child-care providers – to ensure housing stability for veteran families. SSVF funds are leveraged with local Continuums of Care and other community partners at no extra cost to the federal government.

To download this full paper, click here.

HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program is the only federal program designed to end chronic homelessness for veterans and their families. The men and women who enroll in the program achieve independent living by way of veteran-specific HUD Section 8 housing vouchers, which are linked to comprehensive VA case management and counseling services.

Case management is an integral part of the permanent supportive housing program. The vast majority of veterans who receive HUD-VASH vouchers have serious mental illness, substance use disorder histories, physical disabilities, or co-occurring disorders. Veterans create individualized “Housing Recovery Plans” with their case managers, focusing on long-term recovery and full integration into their communities. These plans involve health care, resolving legal and financial issues, and addressing employment and income needs.

To download this full paper, click here.

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) is the nation’s only employment program wholly dedicated to serving homeless veterans, most of whom have serious and multiple barriers to re-entering the workforce. Administered by U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) for over two decades, HVRP presently serves about 16,000 veterans each year. These men and women find employment at an average wage of $10.48 per hour at an average cost of $3,295 per placement.

In order for HVRP grantees to receive renewed funding, they must guarantee job placement and retention services for homeless veterans. These veterans benefit from wrap-around supports, as most grantees also provide residential stability, health services and counseling. Additionally, successful programs leverage local service networks without incurring extra costs.

To download this full paper, click here.

National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans 

The National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV) is a research organization dedicated to promoting data-driven, evidence-based solutions to end veteran homelessness. As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the NCHAV develops and promotes policies, programs, and best practices with the objective of strengthening the VA’s mission of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

That mission was set with the Administration’s introduction of the Five-Year Plan to End Veteran Homelessness. Working together the Congress and the Administration have bolstered existing programs, and innovated with new programs, and have made tremendous progress towards that goal; veteran homelessness has seen a 24% decline in the past four years, and a 70% decline since 2005. Part of the successful innovation that has taken place in recent years has been the creation of the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans.

To download this full paper, click here


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