Housing Partners

To meet the needs of the veterans they serve, HVRP grantees need to have robust partnership with providers of housing services. The following information will help grantees to navigate the various agencies and organizations that provide these services.

Making Services Work Better: The Connection between the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program and the Local Continuum of Care

In this document, we look at the level of integration and coordination between two specific programs: 1) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) — a Department of Labor (DOL) employment program that provides employment and supportive services to veterans who are homeless, and 2) Continuums of Care (CoCs) — local bodies funded and tasked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to oversee coordination of homeless services in local communities. The purpose of this brief is to serve as a resource that HVRPs and CoCs can use to partner and share what works in helping veterans who are homeless obtain housing, supportive services, and jobs. CoCs play an increasingly important role in their communities as planners and managers of local systems of care for homeless individuals and families as well as those at-risk of homelessness. HVRPs are an important resource to address veteran homelessness and an important program in the CoC. This document describes strategies that foster collaboration between HVRPs and CoCs, offers examples of effective practices, and makes recommendations for how to integrate the needs of homeless veterans into a community’s strategy to end homelessness.

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Veteran Homelessness Continuums of Care: An Introduction

Starting in 1995, the structure of those grant awards changed. New language in the McKinney-Vento Act required HUD to award funding to entire communities that submitted comprehensive plans to address homelessness collectively. These collective entities are called HUD Continuums of Care (CoCs). They are a way for HUD to streamline and manage the more than 7,000 homeless projects that it funds every year at more than $2 billion.

Continuum of Care Contacts

Connections Between the Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Department of Veteran Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

This new report discusses links between Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grant programs. Much of the information is taken from interviews with HVRP grantees who are either dual grant holders or who work closely with SSVF programs in their area. SSVF is primarily a short-term, rapid response housing program that provides Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Although both programs target veterans experiencing homelessness, eligibility for the programs and operating guidelines differ. The programs do, however, seem to be complementary in meeting the needs of homeless veterans.

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2019 SSVF Grantees

2019 grantee list attached on the page

“SSVF University”

Including Program Guides, tools, and webinars

HVRP – SSVF Coordination Plan in High Need Communities

On May 17, 2019 VA published an amended proposed rule that would allow SSVF to offer shallow subsidies in target communities characterized by high rates of homelessness and low availability of affordable housing. The key characteristics of the shallow subsidy were that it offers a fixed rental subsidy of up to 35 percent of the Fair Market Rent (as published by HUD) for 2 years.

Regional VA Homeless Coordinators and VASH Coordinators

2018 GPD Grantees lists

The Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program is an important source of housing service for veterans transitioning out of homelessness. These grantees may be able to provide vital resources to veterans being served by HVRP.

Stand Downs

More than 160 organizations across the country partner with local businesses, government agencies, tribal governments, and community- and faith-based service providers to hold Stand Down events in local communities for homeless veterans and their families, allowing them access to needed services and help to re-enter the labor force.

Tips for Planning a Stand Down

‘‘Stand Down’’ is a military term referring to a chance to achieve a brief respite from combat. Troops assemble in a base camp to receive new clothing, hot food, and a relative degree of safety before returning to the front. Many agencies and organizations that serve veterans experiencing homelessness, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (DOL-VETS), have adopted this approach to serve civilian veterans who are homeless through Stand Down events.

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