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FY 2015 Appropriations: Veterans Affairs’ Homeless Programs
Federal Policy Brief | March 4, 2014
The fiscal year (FY) 2015 VA funding bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee includes funding levels for homeless assistance programs within VA that will have a powerful impact in reducing the number of veterans living on the street. These funding levels are precisely what are needed in the upcoming year to stay on target with VA’s plan to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.
The most significant component of VA homeless assistance programs is the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program. The request also includes case management for an additional approximately 10,000 joint Department of Housing and Urban Development – VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, as well as continued funding of the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) transitional housing program.
The program is targeted toward veterans and their families who are facing imminent eviction, or who 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 in communities across the country, with excellent results. Continuing to expand the SSVF program to scale will put VA within reach of its goal to eradicate homelessness among those who have served our country.