The Continuum of Care’s Role in the New SSVF NOFA

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Federal Policy Brief | February 12, 2014

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The Continuum of Care’s Role in the New SSVF NOFA

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) released a NOFA for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program a few weeks ago. This NOFA included $300 million in funding to both renew existing grants (Priority 2) and for new grantees (priority 3). There is also new, one time “surge” funding (priority 1) that will provide an additional $300 million over the next three years to 78 communities that have the highest need based on number of homeless veterans, veteran population, economic levels, and unmet needs. The 78 communities that are receiving these “surge” grants, and the grant amounts, are listed in the table below.

All applications for funding must include a letter from the VA’s Network Homeless Coordinator and be endorsed by the CoC representing the community targeted. Each CoC can endorse a maximum of two applications. All applications must be received by 4pm ET on March 14, 2014 and will fund operations starting October 1, 2014. The NOFA can be found here. The main SSVF page with more information about the grant, current awardees, and more is located here.

By carefully assessing the organizations they endorse, CoCs can ensure that the most qualified organizations receive funding and that the community makes progress toward their goal of ending veteran homelessness.

  • Does the organization have a good working knowledge of Rapid Re-Housing?
  • Are they capable of implementing this program at the necessary scale?
  • Do they have a cooperative relationship with the CoC and other community organizations?
  • Do they work well with the local VA and other veteran organizations?
  • Are they committed to re-housing vets with high barriers to housing?
  • Does the organization use Housing First principles?
  • Are They fully committed to the goal of ending veteran homelessness?

CoCs and other community leaders can also begin planning to ensure that these grants are well coordinated with other community resources and are part of a coherent strategy to end veteran homelessness. Following are some examples:

  • As the CoC establishes a coordinated assessment process, SSVF funding should be taken into account. Given the large amount of funding available, the coordinated assessment process should be able to identify all veterans experiencing homelessness in the community and ensure that they quickly receive rapid re-housing services. Furthermore, as the eligibility criteria for SSVF programs are established, they should include as many veterans experiencing homelessness as possible and screen out veterans only when absolutely necessary.
  • As SSVF will be the centerpiece of the effort to end veteran homelessness, CoC planning should ensure that organizations providing services to veterans experiencing homelessness provide assistance that is consistent with and supportive of rapid re-housing approaches.
  • HUD-VASH planning should be coordinated with SSVF to ensure that HUD-VASH serves veterans with the most challenging and long-term needs, while SSVF serves nearly everybody else. Where there are long waiting lists to receive HUD-VASH assistance, HUD-VASH providers, SSVF providers, the CoC, and other community leaders should work together to prioritize who will receive HUD-VASH assistance and refer other veterans for SSVF assistance.

The funding in this NOFA could drastically reduce veteran homelessness in many communities across the nation. CoC leaders can greatly affect the success of this effort by ensuring that the community plans well and that the right organizations receive assistance.

Table: Communities eligible for additional SSVF funding (Priority 1, “surge” funding)

CoC Number

CoC Name

Grant Amount 

 AR–500

 Little Rock/central Arkansas CoC (AR–500)

 3,000,000 

 AZ–501

 Tucson/Pima County CoC

 3,000,000 

 AZ–502

 Phoenix/Mesa/Maricopa County Regional CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–500

 San Jose/Santa Clara City & County CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–501

 San Francisco CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–502

 Oakland/Alameda County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–503

 Sacramento City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–504

 Santa Rosa/Petaluma/Sonoma County CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–506

 Salinas/Monterey, San Benito Counties CoC (CA–506)

 3,000,000 

 CA–508

 Watsonville/Santa Cruz City & County CoC (CA–508)

 3,000,000 

 CA–514

 Fresno/Madera County CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–516

 Redding/Shasta CoC (CA–516)

 3,000,000 

 CA–522

 Humboldt County CoC (CA–522)

 3,000,000 

 CA–600

 Los Angeles City & County CoC

 24,000,000 

 CA–601

 San Diego City and County CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–602

 Santa Ana/Anaheim/Orange County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–604

 Bakersfield/Kern County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–606

 Long Beach CoC

 6,000,000 

 CA–608

 Riverside City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–609

 San Bernardino City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 CA–614

 San Luis Obispo County CoC (CA–614)

 6,000,000 

 CO–503

 Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative

 3,000,000 

 CO–504

 Colorado Springs/El Paso County CoC

 3,000,000 

 DC–500

 District of Columbia CoC

 3,000,000

 FL–501

 Tampa/Hillsborough County CoC

 3,000,000

 IN–503

 Indianapolis CoC

 3,000,000

 FL–502

 St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Largo/Pinellas County CoC

 6,000,000 

 FL–504

 Daytona Beach/Daytona/Volusia, Flagler Counties CoC

 3,000,000 

 FL–507

 Orlando/Orange, Osceola, Seminole Counties CoC

 6,000,000 

 FL–510

 Jacksonville-Duval, Clay Counties CoC

 3,000,000 

 FL–513

 Palm Bay/Melbourne/Brevard County CoC

 3,000,000 

 FL–600

 Miami/Dade County CoC

 3,000,000 

 GA–500*

 Atlanta  CoC

 3,000,000 

 GA-502*

Fulton County/Roswell CoC

1,500,000 

 GA-508*

DeKalb County CoC

1,500,000 

 HI–501

 Honolulu CoC

 3,000,000 

 IL–510

 Chicago CoC

 3,000,000 

 IL–511

 Cook County CoC

 3,000,000 

 KS–501

 Kansas City/Independence/Lee’s Summit/Jackson County CoC

 3,000,000 

 KY–501

 Louisville/Jefferson County CoC

 3,000,000 

 LA–503

 New Orleans/Jefferson Parish CoC

 3,000,000 

 MA–500

 Boston CoC

 3,000,000 

 MA–506

 Worcester County CoC (MA–506)

 3,000,000 

 MA–507

 Pittsfield/Berkshire County CoC (MA–507)

 3,000,000 

 MD–501

 Baltimore City CoC

 3,000,000 

 MI–501

 Detroit CoC

 3,000,000 

 MN–500

 Minneapolis/Hennepin County CoC

 3,000,000 

 MO–604

 Kansas City CoC (MO–604)

 3,000,000 

 MT–500

 Montana Statewide CoC

 3,000,000 

 NC–501

 Asheville/Buncombe County CoC (NC–501)

 3,000,000 

 NC–507

 Raleigh/Wake County CoC

 3,000,000 

 NC–511

 Fayetteville/Cumberland County CoC

 3,000,000 

 NV–500

 Las Vegas/Clark County CoC

 6,000,000 

 NY–600

 New York City CoC

 12,000,000 

 NY–603

 Islip/Babylon/Huntington/Suffolk County CoC

 3,000,000 

 OH–500

 Cincinnati/Hamilton County CoC

 3,000,000 

 OH–502

 Cleveland/Cuyahoga County CoC

 3,000,000 

 OH–505

 Dayton/Kettering/Montgomery County CoC

 3,000,000 

 OR–500

 Eugene/Springfield/Lane County CoC (OR–500)

 3,000,000 

 OR–501

 Portland/Gresham/Multnomah County CoC

 6,000,000 

 OR–502

 Medford/Ashland/Jackson County CoC (OR–502)

 3,000,000 

 PA–500

 Philadelphia CoC

 3,000,000 

 PR–503

 South/Southeast Puerto Rico CoC

 3,000,000 

 RI–500

 Rhode Island Statewide CoC

 3,000,000 

 SC–502

 Columbia/Midlands CoC

 3,000,000 

 SC–503

 Myrtle Beach/Sumter City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TN–501

 Memphis/Shelby County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TX–503

 Austin/Travis County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TN–504

 Nashville/Davidson County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TX–600

 Dallas City & County/Irving CoC

 3,000,000 

 TX–601

 Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TX–603

 El Paso City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 TX–700

 Houston/Harris County CoC

 3,000,000 

 UT–500

 Salt Lake City & County CoC

 6,000,000 

 WA–500

 Seattle/King County CoC

 6,000,000 

 WA–502

 Spokane City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

 WA–503

 Tacoma/Lakewood/Pierce County CoC

 3,000,000 

 WI–501

 Milwaukee City & County CoC

 3,000,000 

*GA-500, GA-502, and GA-508 were previously combined in one CoC in the original SSVF NOFA. A correction was issued on February 3rd that listed the CoCs and the amounts they receive separately.