Nov. 3, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

The SSVF Program’s purpose is to provide supportive services grants to private nonprofit 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 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. SSVF prioritizes the delivery of rapid re-housing services to homeless veteran households.

The principle goal for this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness among veterans or, in communities that have already met U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Criteria and Benchmarks, sustain the gains made in ending homelessness among veterans. Priority will be given to grantees who can demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices in their application.

Please note applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of support from their local VA Network Homeless Coordinator, their local Tribal Government where applicable, and their local Continuum of Care (CoC,) valuing and describing their contributions toward building Coordinated Entry Systems and participating in community planning efforts.  Maximum awards will be limited to 90 percent of the previous year’s award for any otherwise successful applicants who do not include an appropriate letter from the local CoC.

Applications must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 12, 2018.

To read the full NOFA, click here.