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VA announces $30M for GPD Case Management Grants


The Department of Veterans Affairs announced $30 million in grant funding for Grant and Per Diem (GPD) organizations to help formerly homeless Veterans maintain their independence and housing stability. VA anticipates awarding 100 Case Management Grants for up to $300,000 each to support approximately 150 case manager positions nationwide Awards will fund two years of operations, from Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2025. Grant applications must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 4, 2023. This funding opportunity will give organizations the funding they need to hire case managers, who will [...]

VA announces $30M for GPD Case Management Grants2023-02-02T15:09:30+00:00

VA Surpasses Goal of Housing 38K Veterans


VA Surpasses Goal of Housing 38K Veterans WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced that it has surpassed the goal of placing 38,000 Veterans into permanent housing. In February 2022, Secretary Denis McDonough announced VA’s new goal to place at least 38,000 homeless Veterans into permanent housing by Dec. 31, 2022. The Department reports that 40,401 veterans were housed in response to the Secretary’s challenge. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) commends VA and communities across the country for this achievement. Of note, 110 of 140 VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) achieved their local [...]

VA Surpasses Goal of Housing 38K Veterans2023-01-26T15:04:03+00:00

NCHV Debuts Season 3 of The Road Home Podcast


Season 3 of NCHV’s The Road Home podcast is here! In Seasons 1 and 2 we explored traditional affordable housing development projects, and innovative short-term approaches, respectively, as the means to ending veteran homelessness. In Season 3 our focus will shift to examine housing justice as an integral piece of the effort to end veteran homelessness. Using an equity lens, we will explore how specific demographic characteristics impact an individual veteran’s ability to access affordable housing. According to recently released data, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness declined by 11 percent between 2020 and 2022 and by 55 percent since [...]

NCHV Debuts Season 3 of The Road Home Podcast2023-01-19T19:09:51+00:00

House passes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023


12|23|22 Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2617, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, of 2023. The bill contains many provisions directly impacting veterans experiencing homelessness, and the providers who serve them. Topline funding for veteran-specific programs are as follows: Dollar Amount Funding Item $750,167,000 VA Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program $557,921,000 VA HUD-VASH case management $50,000,000 HUD New HUD-VASH vouchers Up to $7,500,000 HUD Tribal HUD-VASH voucher renewals $276,368,000 VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) programs $65,500,000 Department of Labor Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) Of note, the bill also: Directs VA to work with public [...]

House passes the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 20232022-12-23T20:37:39+00:00

USICH Unveils New Strategic Plan


The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is thankful for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness' (USICH) recent release of the USICH Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, and for the work of the administration on ending veteran homelessness. We are encouraged by the inclusion of most of NCHV's top priorities for preventing and ending veteran homelessness. This strategic plan is key in coordinating not only the homelessness efforts of over twenty Federal agencies but also guides the efforts of state and local communities work to enable them to proactively fill in any gaps [...]

USICH Unveils New Strategic Plan2022-12-22T16:18:09+00:00

NCHV Releases GDP Focus Group Results


The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) conducted a series of focus groups in 2021, to discuss the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program with both participants, and those who were offered but declined. The results of this focus group series was compiled into a report called "The Veterans' Perspective: The Grant and Per Diem Program." With more conversation surrounding GPD participation, the opportunities and challenges, barriers to utilization, and ongoing program modernization, it is critical to understand the perspectives of veterans with lived expertise in housing instability. In recent years, changes to the program, reductions in veteran homelessness, and [...]

NCHV Releases GDP Focus Group Results2022-12-06T19:07:45+00:00

2022 PIT Count Shows Largest Drop in veteran homelessness in 5 years


2022 PIT Count Shows Largest Drop in veteran homelessness in 5 years Nov. 2. 2022 Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) announced preliminary results for veterans of the 2022 Point-in-Time Count (PIT). Results of the report showed an 11% decrease in veteran homelessness since 2020. (The 2022 PIT Count is the first full PIT Count since 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began. In 2021, many communities did not conduct unsheltered counts in order to stop/slow the spread of COVID-19, resulting in an incomplete [...]

2022 PIT Count Shows Largest Drop in veteran homelessness in 5 years2022-11-03T19:31:00+00:00

VA opens health care eligibility for Vietnam, Gulf War, post-9/11 Veterans under PACT Act


On Oct. 1, The Department of Veterans Affairs will expand and extend eligibility for VA health care for certain Veterans of the Vietnam War, Gulf Wars and post-9/11 era under the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. This expansion increases health care eligibility for generations of toxic-exposed Veterans. Beginning on Oct. 1, Post-9/11 Veterans who did not previously enroll in VA health care will have a 1-year window to enroll if they: Served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Persian Gulf War, or Served in combat against [...]

VA opens health care eligibility for Vietnam, Gulf War, post-9/11 Veterans under PACT Act2022-11-04T15:12:12+00:00

Development Associate


Position: Development Associate NCHV is seeking a Development Associate. This hard working, energetic individual will be an active member of the NCHV team, focused in on strategically strengthening financial support to advance the organization and our network’s goals and objectives. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer. The Development Associate will be responsible for the following essential activities: Create and implement a targeted fundraising strategy and development calendar in collaboration with CEO; Manage and audit data within the Donor Perfect database to track all donations, in-kind, and contract revenue; and keep donor email listserv up to date; Database notes [...]

Development Associate2022-08-18T21:07:47+00:00

NCHV Partners with Image Comics


Gary Frank and writer Geoff Johns (the bestselling team behind Geiger, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman: Earth One, Doomsday Clock, and more) – are hard at work on their next event-limited series for Mad Ghost Comics and Image Comics – Junkyard Joe. Proceeds Will Go to National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and Veterans Aid In Memory of Johns and Frank’s Grandparents Who Served in WWII. Bestselling Geiger creative team Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, and Brad Anderson reteam for an all-new series in the upcoming Junkyard Joe, telling the story of a mysterious robot soldier and the cartoonist [...]

NCHV Partners with Image Comics2022-07-15T20:17:06+00:00
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