In March, NCHV debuted our Quarterly Webinars, made possible by the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation. Each Quarter, we will host an online event for our members and network where they can learn about national best practices in housing. Our first webinar discussed, "Landlord Partnerships & Leaseups". In this webinar, we discussed the basics of forming these relationships, how to maximize housing opportunities for veterans in your community, how to utilize various affordable housing programs to house veterans, and ways to lease clients with multiple barriers to housing. Our Speakers were Kara Green, Housing Specialist from Friendship Place [...]
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Each year, NCHV honors the commitment and service of a few of the many deserving organizations and individuals helping homeless veterans across the nation. We are now accepting nominations for the following awards: Outstanding Member - to an NCHV member organization whose programs, partnerships, and people combine to create extraordinary results. Partnership Award - to an organization or individual whose work building effective partnerships exemplifies creativity and collaboration. Public Policy Award - to an elected official whose record shows strong commitment and action in measures to help homeless veterans. Unsung Hero Award - to an individual whose efforts go above [...]
The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) offers education and training for high-demand jobs to Veterans who are unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. VRRAP covers education and training programs approved under the GI Bill and Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) that lead to high-demand jobs. These include associate degrees, non-college degrees, and certificate programs. The Department of Labor determines what’s considered a high-demand job for VRRAP. Click here to learn more about this program
Affordable housing availability is a crucial part of the solution for veteran homelessness. Most of the funding for affordable housing development comes from federal resources. While there is funding available specifically for veterans exiting homelessness and veterans housing, most of the sources available serve the general population. However, there are ways to target more of the resources available towards housing that veterans in your community need. Read our Affordable Housing Guide that aims to help help developers, existing housing providers, and veteran serving agencies access more resources to support the construction and operation of housing for veterans in a variety [...]
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is conducting a series of focus groups to discuss the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program with both participants, and those who were offered, but declined this intervention. 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. Our focus groups will be conducted throughout May and early June, and we plan to include veterans in all regions of the country, including U.S. territories. We are hoping to create an environment [...]
Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will continue to get the crucial services they need thanks to more than 400m in grants awarded under the VA’s SSVF program. On August 1 the VA announced upcoming awards of more than $400M in grants to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The grants enable thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ SSVF Program. The grants will be awarded [...]
On December 30, 2019, VA's Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program published a Per Diem Only (PDO) NOFA in the Federal Register. This NOFA provides funding opportunities for eligible organizations to provide transitional housing beds and/or service centers for Veterans who are homeless or at risk for becoming homeless. This NOFA is competitive and interested applicants are urged to closely review the NOFA and associated technical assistance materials provided on the GPD website at https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp. Technical assistance products include two pre-recorded webinars that will inform applicants, VA staff, Continuums of Care and other stakeholders about the NOFA, how to apply and [...]
On February 18, 2020, VA's Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program published a Transition in Place (TIP) NOFA in the Federal Register . This NOFA provides funding opportunities for eligible organizations to provide transitional housing beds through the TIP model. This NOFA is competitive and interested applicants are urged to closely review the NOFA and associated technical assistance materials provided on the GPD website at https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp. Technical assistance products includes a pre-recorded webinar that will inform applicants, VA staff, Continuums of Care and other stakeholders about the NOFA, how to apply and the reviews the TIP model.. Awards are for services [...]
Registration is open for the 2020 NCHV Annual Conference, Honoring the Past, Building the Future! We anticipate high demand as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Reserve your spot before we sell out by registering here. We have reserved a block of rooms at the Grand Hyatt for conference attendees at a discounted rate. This block is also expected to sell out. Click here to reserve your discounted room. NCHV Organizational members receive a discount on conference registration. Click here to become an NCHV Member, or to renew your membership. This year we will be hosting a special event on Thursday, May 28 [...]
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity met to conduct a hearing entitled "Making HUD-VASH Work for all Veteran Communities." The hearing continued the work the Committee focused on during field hearings held in Oceanside, CA and New Port Richey, FL during the summer of 2019. NCHV CEO, Kathryn Monet was on the panel that included, Mr. Keith Harris, National Director of Clinical Operations VA Homeless Program Office U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Mr. Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Berg, Vice President for Programs and Policy, National [...]