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VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program

Number: 64.033
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: VA Health Administration Center

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
64.033 VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Federal Agency (030):
VA Health Administration Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Authorization (040):
Veterans’ Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008, Public Law 110-387, 38 U.S.C 2044.
Objectives (050):
To provide supportive services grants to private non-profit 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.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Section 604 of the Veterans Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-387) established VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The SSVF Program provides grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that will coordinate or provide supportive services to Veterans and their families who have less than 50% area median income and (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. Grantees are responsible for providing outreach, case management, linkages to VA benefits, and linkages to other public benefits with the supportive services grant funds. Grantees may choose to provide temporary financial assistance on behalf of the Veteran family for certain costs. Limitations on the use of supportive services grant funds, including time and amount limitations, are described in 38 CFR Part 62.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Applicants eligible for grants must be either a private non-profit organization or a consumer cooperative. The SSVF Program defines a private non-profit organization as: 1. An incorporated private institution or foundation that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; 2. A for-profit limited partnership, the sole general partner of which is an organization that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; 3. A corporation wholly owned and controlled by an organization that (a) has no part of the net earnings that inure to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (b) has a governing board that is responsible for the operation of the supportive services; and (c) is approved by VA as to financial responsibility; or 4. A tribally designated housing entity (as defined in section 4 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (25 U.S.C. 4103)). The SSVF Program defines a consumer cooperative as having the meaning given such term in section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 1701q).
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Veteran families, meaning families in which the head of household or the spouse of the head of household served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable. Eligible Veteran families must be very-low income, meaning their annual income, as determined in accordance with 24 CFR 5.609, does not exceed 50 percent of the median income for an area or community. Eligible Veteran families must also fall within one of the following categories: (i) residing in permanent housing; (ii) homeless and scheduled to become a resident of permanent housing within 90 days pending the location or development of housing suitable for permanent housing; or (iii) exited permanent housing within the previous 90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to the very low-income Veteran family’s needs and preferences.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Proof of private non-profit organization or consumer cooperative status is required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Circular No. A-122 is applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
VA Form 10-0508 is the application. Once per year if funds are available for the program, VA will publish in the Federal Register a notice of fund availability, soliciting applications for the grant program and information on applications for requesting eligibility to receive SSVF grant funds. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. VA Form 10-0508 and any other forms furnished by VA must be used for the program. Applications will only be accepted when received within the timeframe and meeting the requirements described in a notice of fund availability published in the Federal Register. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.
Award Procedure (093):
Formal approval of the award of assistance is made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. Deadlines for program applications are established in the notices of fund availability.
Appeals (096):
If an application would have been selected but for a procedural error committed by VA, VA will select that application for potential funding when sufficient funds become available, if there is no material change in the information that resulted in its selection. A new application will not be required for this purpose.
Renewals (097):
Subject to the availability of funds, grants may be renewed. Grantees would be required to submit a renewal application within the time frame established in a notice of fund availability.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Length of time limitations are established in the notice of fund availability. Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (HHS PMS). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Quarterly and annual financial and performance reports are required. Grantees are required to enter data into a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Web-based software application. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Records must be retained at least 3 years.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 11 Not Available; FY 12 Estimate Not Available; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range and average to be determined – final grant award list awaiting concurrence.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 62 – Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Vince Kane VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, SSVF, 4100 Chester Avenue, Suite 201, Philadelpha, Pennsylvania 19104. Phone: 877-737-0111.
Website Address (153):
http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/SSVF.asp
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
As required by 38 CFR 62.23, applications are reviewed, rated, and ranked in priority order. Selection criteria include: (i) background, qualifications, experience, and past performance; (ii) program concept and supportive services plan; (iii) quality assurance and evaluation plan; (iv) financial capability and plan; and (v) area or community linkages and relations. Ranked scores of applicants are the primary basis for selection. However, in accordance with 38 CFR 62.23(d), VA will utilize the following considerations to select applicants for funding:
i. Preference applicants that provide or coordinate the provision of supportive services for very low-income Veteran families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing; and ii. To the extent practicable, ensure that supportive services grants are equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and Tribal lands.