The documentary "Stand Down" is a poignant and compelling 30-minute film that shines a light on the incredible journey of recovery for our honored veterans. It delves into the heartwarming narrative of thousands of volunteers coming together annually to assist veterans in rediscovering meaning and purpose in their lives. At the center of this moving narrative is the creation of a military camp-like setting designed to encourage each individual to reconnect with their best selves. This film showcases the power of providing a haven for veterans to access a myriad of essential social services, including dental, legal assistance, housing support, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Millions in Transitional Housing Rehab Grants Just Announced March 23, 2022 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it is awarding 36 capital grants, totaling approximately $64.7 million, to community organizations under VA’s Grant and Per Diem program to improve the quality of housing options for Veterans experiencing homelessness. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) applauds VA’s investment in this critical intervention. The Department saw additional need beyond initial rounds of funding awarded and acted proactively to meet the need. The new awards will allow grantee organizations to construct new buildings and renovate existing transitional housing facilities [...]
On March 16th, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs conducted a hearing to consider proposals and draft bills including a few directly impacting Veteran Homelessness. Click HERE to read NCHV's testimony, and HERE to watch the Hearing.
Fall is a busy time at NCHV. With the start of a new federal fiscal year comes a series of online trainings and meetings as well as high demand for technical assistance from service providers and federal grantees. In these busy times, it’s easy to get caught up in the work itself, methodically checking off items on the to-do list as we go. In our rush to house veterans, we may miss the individual veteran sitting right in front of us. Many of those veterans come to service providers with a range of mental health needs. Is the staff at [...]