VA Homelessness Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a variety of programs targeted toward veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness. This page offers an overview of those programs and their purpose within the VA homelessness system.

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The President’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 Budget Proposal includes good news for the set of dedicated homeless assistance programs within VA that are critical to ending homelessness among veterans, proposing an overall $12.5 percent increase to these combined programs – to $1.6 billion. This $1.6 billion includes $500 million for Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), a $200 million increase over the final FY 2014 level; $75 million for new HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, as well as $321 million for the case management portion of the vouchers, a $43 million increase from the final FY 2014 level; and $252 million for the Grant Per Diem transitional housing program, a $2 million increase from the final FY 2014 level.

Since the Murray-Ryan Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 set the topline spending levels, or 302(a) allocations, for both FY 2014 and FY 2015, Congress will soon work to determine 302(b) funding levels for each of the twelve House and Senate appropriations subcommittees to work within to fund programs under their jurisdictions. Then, the subcommittees, including the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies subcommittees, which set funding levels for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families, HUD-VA Supportive Housing vouchers, and the Grant and Per Diem programs, among others, will begin to draft their FY 2015 appropriations bills.

Overview of VA Homelessness Programs
To meet the Administration's goal of ending veterans' homelessness by the end of 2015, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki has outlined a plan to end veteran homelessness. In order to make this goal a reality, VA works closely with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has a variety of programs specifically targeted toward homeless and at-risk veterans.

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides cost-effective homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services, which have been the missing piece in VA’s range of interventions. The program is targeted toward veterans and their families who are facing imminent eviction, or are currently homeless. SSVF complements more intensive models for veterans with higher needs, including the Grant and Per Diem transitional housing programs and permanent supportive housing through HUD-VASH. VA also provides the case management portion of HUD-VASH through its regional VA Medical Centers.

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Federal Policy Brief | April 30, 2013
In order to continue the progress toward ending homelessness for America's veterans, Congress should continue to fund HUD-VASH vouchers to provide housing, coupled with services, to chronically homeless veterans.