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FY 2013 Appropriations: Homeless Veteran Programs
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Federal Policy Brief | July 15, 2012
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The fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget proposal by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) includes increases for VA homeless programs that, while modest in amount, will have a powerful impact in reducing the number of veterans living on the street. VA’s proposal is precisely what is needed in the upcoming year to stay on target with VA’s plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015.
The most significant increase is for the Supportive Service for Veterans Families (SSVF) program. The budget proposal also includes case management for an additional 10,000 joint Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, and continued funding of the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program.
The program is targeted toward veterans and their families who are facing imminent eviction, or are currently homeless. Eligible veterans are identified through outreach and referrals. Rapid re-housing and prevention have, for a very low cost, proven effective at ensuring stable housing for individuals and families who do not require the intensive assistance provided by the GPD and HUD-VASH programs. SSVF has already been implemented, although at a lower level, in communities across the country, with excellent results. Bringing the SSVF program to scale will put VA within reach of its goal to eradicate homelessness among those who served our country.