- Granting Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
- Appropriation Amount: $75,000,000
- Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $4,500,000, No match
- Announcement Date: September 3, 2021
- Closing Date: December 6, 2021
Purpose: During the National Emergency due to COVID–19, VA announces the availability of approximately $75 million in capital grants to increase safety and reduce the risk to Veterans in GPD transitional housing who otherwise would be experiencing homelessness. Funding for grants awarded under this Notice of Funding Opportunity
(NOFO) is made available through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP)
(P.L. 117-2). This NOFO responds to the mounting need for equity in communities where evidence suggests that the existing supply of transitional housing is inadequate to meet the demand of unsheltered Veterans. As shown in the 2020 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in January 2021, although the increase in the number of Veterans experiencing homelessness between 2019 and 2020 was small (i.e. less than 1%), the increase was entirely among Veterans staying in unsheltered places.
The funding offered under this NOFO will allow current GPD grantees to improve the transitional housing they offer to Veterans, potentially making transitional housing more attractive than unsheltered places for Veterans who previously were difficult to outreach. By increasing the availability of private accommodations, this funding will provide for the safety of Veterans experiencing homelessness and reduce or avoid the risk associated with shared or congregate accommodations. Eligible activities include acquiring, constructing or rehabilitating real property for the purpose of increasing individual unit style housing, decreasing congregate living spaces and improving the safety and health for Veterans served at an existing GPD facility. A net increase to GPD transitional housing beds nationwide is not expected. Rather applicants are expected to explain in the applications how the overall bed numbers under their GPD grants will be maintained or will decrease (but will not increase) as a result of the capital projects. Reviewers will take into consideration how the proposal benefits the community in terms of overall capacity relative to need.
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Special district governments
City or township governments
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jeffery Quarles, Director, GPD Program VA National Grant and Per Diem Program Office, by phone at 1-877-332-0334 (this is a toll-free number) or by email at GPDGrants@va.gov.