Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; Notice of Funding Availability, 36044-36047 [2015-15397]

Download as PDF 36044 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on June 18, 2015. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. 2015–15401 Filed 6–22–15; 08:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. EP 290 (Sub-No. 5) (2015–3)] Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Approval of rail cost adjustment factor. The Board approves the third quarter 2015 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The third quarter 2015 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 0.829. The third quarter 2015 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.354. The third quarter 2015 RCAF–5 is 0.334. DATES: Effective Date: July 1, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pedro Ramirez, (202) 245–0333. Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: (800) 877–8339. 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[FR Doc. 2015–15356 Filed 6–22–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; Notice of Funding Availability VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of 1-year renewal funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the 21 currently operational FY 2014 VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Special Need Grant Recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to make re-applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population as outlined in their current Special Need application. This NOFA contains information concerning the program, application process, and amount of funding available. SUMMARY: An original signed and dated request for re-application letter, on agency letterhead, for assistance under the VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program and associated documents, must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (see application requirements below). Applications may not be sent by facsimile. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and time, and VA will treat any application that is received after the deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility as a result of unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems. DATES: An original signed, dated, completed, and collated grant reapplication letter and all required associated documents must be submitted to the following address: VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Office, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C– 200, Tampa, Florida 33617. Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications must arrive as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package for consideration and may result in the application being rejected or not funded. ADDRESSES: Mr. Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, VA Homeless Providers GPD Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, FL 33617; (toll-free) 1–(877) 332–0334. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Veterans Health Administration, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans Affairs. AGENCY: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). ACTION: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Funding Opportunity Description This NOFA announces the availability of FY 2015 funds to renew assistance provided under VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program for the 21 FY 2014 operational GPD Special Need recipients and their collaborative VA partners (as applicable). Eligible applicants may obtain grant assistance to cover additional operational costs that would not otherwise be incurred but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds and services for the following special needs homeless Veteran populations: (1) Women; (2) Frail elderly; (3) Terminally ill; (4) Chronically mentally ill; or (5) Individuals who have care of minor dependents. Definitions of these populations are contained in 38 CFR 61.1 Definitions. Eligible applicants should review these definitions to ensure their proposed populations meet the specific requirements. VA is pleased to issue this NOFA for the Homeless Providers GPD Program as a part of the effort to end homelessness among our Nation’s Veterans. Funding applied for under this NOFA may be used for the provision of service and operational costs to facilitate the following for each targeted group: Women (1) Ensure transportation for women, especially for health care and educational needs; and (2) Address safety and security issues including segregation from other program participants if deemed appropriate. Frail Elderly (1) Ensure the safety of the residents in the facility, including preventing harm and exploitation; (2) Ensure opportunities to keep residents mentally and physically agile to the fullest extent through the incorporation of structured activities, physical activity, and plans for social engagement within the program and in the community; (3) Provide opportunities for participants to address life transitional issues and separation and/or loss issues; (4) Provide access to assistance devices such as walkers, grippers, or other devices necessary for optimal functioning; (5) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and (6) Provide opportunities for participants either directly or through E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices referral, for other services particularly relevant for the frail elderly, including services or programs addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and generative needs. Terminally Ill (1) Help participants address lifetransition and life-end issues; (2) Ensure that participants are afforded timely access to hospice services; (3) Provide opportunities for participants to engage in ‘‘tasks of dying,’’ activities of ‘‘getting things in order’’ or other therapeutic actions that help resolve end-of-life issues and enable transition and closure; (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or through referral, for other services that are particularly relevant for the terminally ill, such as legal counsel and pain management. Chronically Mentally Ill (1) Help participants join in and engage with the community; (2) Facilitate reintegration with the community and provide services that may optimize reintegration, such as lifeskills education, recreational activities, and follow-up case management; (3) Ensure that participants have opportunities and services for reestablishing relationships with family; (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or through referral, to obtain other services particularly relevant for a chronically mentally ill population, such as vocational development, benefits management, fiduciary or money, management services, medication compliance, and medication education. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Individuals Who Have Care of Minor Dependents (1) Ensure transportation for individuals who have care of minor dependents, and their minor dependents, especially for health care and educational needs; (2) Provide directly or offer referrals for adequate and safe child care; (3) Ensure children’s health care needs are met, especially ageappropriate wellness visits and immunizations; and (4) Address safety and security issues, including segregation from other VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 program participants if deemed appropriate. Award Information Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of one year renewal funding in FY 2015 for the 21 currently operational FY 2014 VA GPD Special Need Grant Recipients in conjunction with their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to make re-applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. Funding Priorities: None Allocation of Funds: Approximately $4 million is available for the current Special Need grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. Funding will be for a period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on September 30, 2016. Special Need payment will be the lesser of: 1. One hundred percent of the daily cost of care estimated by the special need recipient for furnishing services to homeless Veterans with special need that the special need recipient certifies to be correct, minus any other sources of income; or 2. Two times the current VA State Home Program per diem rate for domiciliary care. Special need awards are subject to: Funds availability; the recipient meeting the performance goals as stated in the grant application; statutory and regulatory requirements; and annual inspections. Applicants should ensure their funding requests and operational costs are based on the 12-month period above and should be approximately in line with prior-year expenditures. Requests cannot exceed the amount obligated under the FY 2014 award. Based on GPD funding availability, approximately $2.5 million is expected to be made available over the specified time (internally) for the current VA collaborative partners. The goal is, to the maximum extent possible, to ensure a continuation of Special Need services to homeless Veterans and their VA collaborative partners. Funding Actions: Conditionally selected applicants may be asked to submit additional information under 38 CFR 61.15. Following receipt and confirmation that this information is accurate and in acceptable form, the applicant will execute an agreement with VA in accordance with 38 CFR 61.61. Upon signature by the Secretary or designated representative, final selection will be completed and the grant funds will be obligated. Grant Award Period: Applicants that are selected will have a maximum PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36045 award of one year beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on September 30, 2016, to utilize the special need funding. Funds unexpended after the September 30, 2016, deadline will be de-obligated. Eligibility Information In order to be eligible, an applicant must be a current operational FY 2014 VA GPD Special Need Grant Recipient in conjunction with their collaborative VA Special Need partner, or a currently operational VA GPD Special Need Grant Recipient that does not involve a collaborative effort to make reapplication for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. Note: If the applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, its agency will be ineligible for an award under this NOFA. Cost Sharing or Matching: None. Application and Submission Information: Address To Request Renewal Agreement for Grant Application: Grant Renewal Agreements may be obtained by contacting the National GPD Office at 1 (877) 332–0334. The additional documents that must also be included with the application are listed below in the Content and Form of Application section of this NOFA. Questions should be referred to the GPD Program Office at (toll-free) 1 (877) 332–0334. Content and Form of Application: An application package is not needed for this NOFA. Applicants submitting a letter requesting re-application on their agency’s letterhead agree to VA using their previously awarded FY 2009 Special Need application for scoring purposes. Applicants must contact the National GPD Program Office for a copy of the Grant Renewal Agreement, which must be signed, initialed, and dated by an agency official who is authorized to sign grant agreements on behalf of their organization. The signed Grant Renewal Agreement and the letter of intent must be submitted for reapplication of your Special Needs Grant. Applicants should ensure that they include all required documents in their application and carefully follow the format described below. Submission of an incorrect, incomplete, or incorrectly formatted application package will result in the application being rejected at the beginning of the process. Application Documentation Required: • Letter from Applicant: Letter from the renewal applicant on agency-signed letterhead, stating the applicant agrees, as a condition of funding under this NOFA, that the FY 2009 application E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 36046 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices will be used, that they will provide the services as outlined in that application along with any VA-approved changes in scope, and that the applicant’s FY 2009 required forms and certifications still apply for the period of this award. • Grant Renewal Agreement: Document must be requested from the National GPD Program Office, prior to application, so it can be signed, initialed, and dated by the applicant agency official who is authorized to sign grant agreements for the applicant agency. • Performance Goals: Documentation of the recipient meeting the performance goals as stated in the FY 2009 original grant application as evidenced by their last VA project inspection. • Letter from VA Collaborative Partner (if applicable): If the FY 2009 Special Need grant was a collaborative grant, the renewal request must include an updated letter of commitment or an updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from the VA collaborative partner, stating that VA will continue to meet its objectives or provide its duties as outlined in the original MOA in FY 2009. Note: If the applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no longer wishes to continue then the agency will be ineligible for application under this NOFA. Applicants with questions regarding the funding from previous Special Need awards should contact the GPD Program Office prior to application for renewal funding. Selections will be made based on criteria described in the FY 2009 application and additional information as specified in this NOFA. Applicants who are selected will be notified of any additional information needed to confirm or clarify information provided in the application. Applicants will then be notified of the deadline to submit such information. If an applicant is unable to meet any conditions for grant award within the specified time frame, VA reserves the right to not award funds and to use the funds available for other Special Need applicants. Submission Dates and Times: An original signed and dated request for reapplication letter on agency letterhead and associated required documents for assistance under the VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program must be received by the GPD Program Office, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2015; this includes applications submitted through Grants.gov. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 treat any application that is received after the deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should take this firm deadline into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility as a result of unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems. For applications physically delivered (e.g., in person, or via United States Postal Service, FedEX, United Parcel Service, or any other type of courier), the VA GPD Program Office staff will accept the application and date stamp it immediately at the time of arrival. This is the date and time that will determine if the deadline is met for those types of delivery. DO NOT fax or email the application as it will be treated as ineligible for consideration. Funding Restrictions: No part of a Special Need grant may be used for any purpose that would significantly change the scope of the specific GPD project for which a capital GPD was awarded. As a part of the review process, VA will review the original project and subsequent approved program changes of the previous FY 2009 Special Need applications to ensure significant scope changes have not occurred, displacing other homeless Veteran populations. VA will not allow any changes under this renewal NOFA. Special Need funding may not be used for capital improvements or to purchase vans or real property. However, the leasing of vans or real property may be acceptable. Questions regarding acceptability should be directed to VA’s National GPD Program Office at the number listed in Contact Information. Applicants may not receive Special Need funding to replace funds provided by any Federal, state or local Government agency or program to assist homeless persons. A full copy of the regulations governing the GPD Program is available at the GPD Web site at http:// www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp. Award Notice: Although subject to change, the GPD Program Office expects to announce grant awards during the late fourth quarter of FY 2015 (September). The initial announcement will be made via news release which will be posted on VA’s National GPD Program Web site at www.va.gov/ homeless/gpd.asp. Following the initial announcement, the GPD Office will mail notification letters to the grant recipients. Applicants who are not selected will be mailed a declination letter within two weeks of the initial announcement. Administrative And National Policy: It is important to be aware that VA places great emphasis on responsibility PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and accountability. VA has procedures in place to monitor services provided to homeless Veterans and outcomes associated with the services provided in grant and per diem-funded programs. Applicants should be aware of the following: Awardees will be required to support their request for payments with adequate fiscal documentation as to project income and expenses. All awardees that are selected in response to this NOFA must meet the requirements of the current edition of the Life Safety Code of the National Fire Protection Association as it relates to their specific facility. Applicants should note that all facilities are to be protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system unless a facility is specifically exempted under the Life Safety Code. Applicants should consider this when submitting their grant applications, as no additional funds will be made available for capital improvements under this NOFA. Each program receiving Special Need funding will have a liaison appointed from a nearby VA medical facility to provide oversight and monitor services provided to homeless Veterans in the program. Monitoring will include at a minimum, a quarterly review of each per diem program’s progress toward meeting performance goals, including the applicant’s internal goals and objectives in helping Veterans attain housing stability, adequate income support, and self-sufficiency as identified in each per diem program’s original application. Monitoring will also include a review of the agency’s income and expenses as they relate to this project to ensure payment is accurate. Each funded program will participate in VA’s national program monitoring and evaluation as these monitoring procedures will be used to determine successful accomplishment of these housing outcomes for each per diemfunded program. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C– 200, Tampa, FL 33617; (toll-free) 1 (877) 332–0334. Signing Authority The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 120 / Tuesday, June 23, 2015 / Notices Robert L. Nabors II, Chief of Staff, approved this document on June 17, 2015 for publication. Authority: Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001,’’ Public Law 107–95, § 5, codified as amended by Public Law 112–154, at 38 U.S.C. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2061, and in regulation at 38 CFR 61. Approved: June 18, 2015. William F. Russo, Acting Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2015–15397 Filed 6–22–15; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8320–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:39 Jun 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 36047 PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\23JNN1.SGM 23JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 120 (Tuesday, June 23, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36044-36047]
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program; Notice of Funding 
Availability

AGENCY: Veterans Health Administration, VA Homeless Providers Grant and 
Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the 
availability of 1-year renewal funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the 
21 currently operational FY 2014 VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Special 
Need Grant Recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners 
(as applicable) to make re-applications for assistance under the 
Special Need Grant Component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program. 
The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue to 
deliver services to the homeless Special Need Veteran population as 
outlined in their current Special Need application. This NOFA contains 
information concerning the program, application process, and amount of 
funding available.

DATES: An original signed and dated request for re-application letter, 
on agency letterhead, for assistance under the VA's Homeless Providers 
GPD Program and associated documents, must be received by the GPD 
Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (see 
application requirements below).
    Applications may not be sent by facsimile. In the interest of 
fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date 
and time, and VA will treat any application that is received after the 
deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should make early 
submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility 
as a result of unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems.

ADDRESSES: An original signed, dated, completed, and collated grant re-
application letter and all required associated documents must be 
submitted to the following address: VA Homeless Providers GPD Program 
Office, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C-200, Tampa, Florida 33617. 
Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications 
must arrive as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will 
not be included in the application package for consideration and may 
result in the application being rejected or not funded.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, VA 
Homeless Providers GPD Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 
N. 46th Street, Suite C-200, Tampa, FL 33617; (toll-free) 1-(877) 332-
0334.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Funding Opportunity Description

    This NOFA announces the availability of FY 2015 funds to renew 
assistance provided under VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program for the 
21 FY 2014 operational GPD Special Need recipients and their 
collaborative VA partners (as applicable). Eligible applicants may 
obtain grant assistance to cover additional operational costs that 
would not otherwise be incurred but for the fact that the recipient is 
providing supportive housing beds and services for the following 
special needs homeless Veteran populations:
    (1) Women;
    (2) Frail elderly;
    (3) Terminally ill;
    (4) Chronically mentally ill; or
    (5) Individuals who have care of minor dependents.
    Definitions of these populations are contained in 38 CFR 61.1 
Definitions. Eligible applicants should review these definitions to 
ensure their proposed populations meet the specific requirements.
    VA is pleased to issue this NOFA for the Homeless Providers GPD 
Program as a part of the effort to end homelessness among our Nation's 
Veterans. Funding applied for under this NOFA may be used for the 
provision of service and operational costs to facilitate the following 
for each targeted group:

Women

    (1) Ensure transportation for women, especially for health care and 
educational needs; and
    (2) Address safety and security issues including segregation from 
other program participants if deemed appropriate.

Frail Elderly

    (1) Ensure the safety of the residents in the facility, including 
preventing harm and exploitation;
    (2) Ensure opportunities to keep residents mentally and physically 
agile to the fullest extent through the incorporation of structured 
activities, physical activity, and plans for social engagement within 
the program and in the community;
    (3) Provide opportunities for participants to address life 
transitional issues and separation and/or loss issues;
    (4) Provide access to assistance devices such as walkers, grippers, 
or other devices necessary for optimal functioning;
    (5) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of 
medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and
    (6) Provide opportunities for participants either directly or 
through

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referral, for other services particularly relevant for the frail 
elderly, including services or programs addressing emotional, social, 
spiritual, and generative needs.

Terminally Ill

    (1) Help participants address life-transition and life-end issues;
    (2) Ensure that participants are afforded timely access to hospice 
services;
    (3) Provide opportunities for participants to engage in ``tasks of 
dying,'' activities of ``getting things in order'' or other therapeutic 
actions that help resolve end-of-life issues and enable transition and 
closure;
    (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of 
medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and
    (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or 
through referral, for other services that are particularly relevant for 
the terminally ill, such as legal counsel and pain management.

Chronically Mentally Ill

    (1) Help participants join in and engage with the community;
    (2) Facilitate reintegration with the community and provide 
services that may optimize reintegration, such as life-skills 
education, recreational activities, and follow-up case management;
    (3) Ensure that participants have opportunities and services for 
re-establishing relationships with family;
    (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of 
medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and
    (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or 
through referral, to obtain other services particularly relevant for a 
chronically mentally ill population, such as vocational development, 
benefits management, fiduciary or money, management services, 
medication compliance, and medication education.

Individuals Who Have Care of Minor Dependents

    (1) Ensure transportation for individuals who have care of minor 
dependents, and their minor dependents, especially for health care and 
educational needs;
    (2) Provide directly or offer referrals for adequate and safe child 
care;
    (3) Ensure children's health care needs are met, especially age-
appropriate wellness visits and immunizations; and
    (4) Address safety and security issues, including segregation from 
other program participants if deemed appropriate.

Award Information

    Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of one year renewal 
funding in FY 2015 for the 21 currently operational FY 2014 VA GPD 
Special Need Grant Recipients in conjunction with their collaborative 
VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to make re-applications for 
assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA's Homeless 
Providers GPD Program.
    Funding Priorities: None
    Allocation of Funds: Approximately $4 million is available for the 
current Special Need grant component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD 
Program. Funding will be for a period beginning on October 1, 2015, and 
ending on September 30, 2016. Special Need payment will be the lesser 
of:
    1. One hundred percent of the daily cost of care estimated by the 
special need recipient for furnishing services to homeless Veterans 
with special need that the special need recipient certifies to be 
correct, minus any other sources of income; or
    2. Two times the current VA State Home Program per diem rate for 
domiciliary care.
    Special need awards are subject to: Funds availability; the 
recipient meeting the performance goals as stated in the grant 
application; statutory and regulatory requirements; and annual 
inspections.
    Applicants should ensure their funding requests and operational 
costs are based on the 12-month period above and should be 
approximately in line with prior-year expenditures. Requests cannot 
exceed the amount obligated under the FY 2014 award.
    Based on GPD funding availability, approximately $2.5 million is 
expected to be made available over the specified time (internally) for 
the current VA collaborative partners. The goal is, to the maximum 
extent possible, to ensure a continuation of Special Need services to 
homeless Veterans and their VA collaborative partners.
    Funding Actions: Conditionally selected applicants may be asked to 
submit additional information under 38 CFR 61.15. Following receipt and 
confirmation that this information is accurate and in acceptable form, 
the applicant will execute an agreement with VA in accordance with 38 
CFR 61.61. Upon signature by the Secretary or designated 
representative, final selection will be completed and the grant funds 
will be obligated.
    Grant Award Period: Applicants that are selected will have a 
maximum award of one year beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on 
September 30, 2016, to utilize the special need funding. Funds 
unexpended after the September 30, 2016, deadline will be de-obligated.

Eligibility Information

    In order to be eligible, an applicant must be a current operational 
FY 2014 VA GPD Special Need Grant Recipient in conjunction with their 
collaborative VA Special Need partner, or a currently operational VA 
GPD Special Need Grant Recipient that does not involve a collaborative 
effort to make re-application for assistance under the Special Need 
Grant Component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program.

    Note: If the applicant currently has a collaborative project and 
its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, its agency will be 
ineligible for an award under this NOFA.

    Cost Sharing or Matching: None.
    Application and Submission Information:
    Address To Request Renewal Agreement for Grant Application: Grant 
Renewal Agreements may be obtained by contacting the National GPD 
Office at 1 (877) 332-0334. The additional documents that must also be 
included with the application are listed below in the Content and Form 
of Application section of this NOFA. Questions should be referred to 
the GPD Program Office at (toll-free) 1 (877) 332-0334.
    Content and Form of Application: An application package is not 
needed for this NOFA. Applicants submitting a letter requesting re-
application on their agency's letterhead agree to VA using their 
previously awarded FY 2009 Special Need application for scoring 
purposes. Applicants must contact the National GPD Program Office for a 
copy of the Grant Renewal Agreement, which must be signed, initialed, 
and dated by an agency official who is authorized to sign grant 
agreements on behalf of their organization. The signed Grant Renewal 
Agreement and the letter of intent must be submitted for reapplication 
of your Special Needs Grant.
    Applicants should ensure that they include all required documents 
in their application and carefully follow the format described below. 
Submission of an incorrect, incomplete, or incorrectly formatted 
application package will result in the application being rejected at 
the beginning of the process.
    Application Documentation Required:
     Letter from Applicant: Letter from the renewal applicant 
on agency-signed letterhead, stating the applicant agrees, as a 
condition of funding under this NOFA, that the FY 2009 application

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will be used, that they will provide the services as outlined in that 
application along with any VA-approved changes in scope, and that the 
applicant's FY 2009 required forms and certifications still apply for 
the period of this award.
     Grant Renewal Agreement: Document must be requested from 
the National GPD Program Office, prior to application, so it can be 
signed, initialed, and dated by the applicant agency official who is 
authorized to sign grant agreements for the applicant agency.
     Performance Goals: Documentation of the recipient meeting 
the performance goals as stated in the FY 2009 original grant 
application as evidenced by their last VA project inspection.
     Letter from VA Collaborative Partner (if applicable): If 
the FY 2009 Special Need grant was a collaborative grant, the renewal 
request must include an updated letter of commitment or an updated 
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from the VA collaborative partner, 
stating that VA will continue to meet its objectives or provide its 
duties as outlined in the original MOA in FY 2009. Note: If the 
applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no 
longer wishes to continue then the agency will be ineligible for 
application under this NOFA.
    Applicants with questions regarding the funding from previous 
Special Need awards should contact the GPD Program Office prior to 
application for renewal funding. Selections will be made based on 
criteria described in the FY 2009 application and additional 
information as specified in this NOFA.
    Applicants who are selected will be notified of any additional 
information needed to confirm or clarify information provided in the 
application. Applicants will then be notified of the deadline to submit 
such information. If an applicant is unable to meet any conditions for 
grant award within the specified time frame, VA reserves the right to 
not award funds and to use the funds available for other Special Need 
applicants.
    Submission Dates and Times: An original signed and dated request 
for re-application letter on agency letterhead and associated required 
documents for assistance under the VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program 
must be received by the GPD Program Office, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time on Tuesday, July 28, 2015; this includes applications 
submitted through Grants.gov.
    In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this 
deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat any application 
that is received after the deadline as ineligible for consideration. 
Applicants should take this firm deadline into account and make early 
submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility 
as a result of unanticipated delays or other delivery-related problems.
    For applications physically delivered (e.g., in person, or via 
United States Postal Service, FedEX, United Parcel Service, or any 
other type of courier), the VA GPD Program Office staff will accept the 
application and date stamp it immediately at the time of arrival. This 
is the date and time that will determine if the deadline is met for 
those types of delivery. DO NOT fax or email the application as it will 
be treated as ineligible for consideration.
    Funding Restrictions: No part of a Special Need grant may be used 
for any purpose that would significantly change the scope of the 
specific GPD project for which a capital GPD was awarded. As a part of 
the review process, VA will review the original project and subsequent 
approved program changes of the previous FY 2009 Special Need 
applications to ensure significant scope changes have not occurred, 
displacing other homeless Veteran populations. VA will not allow any 
changes under this renewal NOFA.
    Special Need funding may not be used for capital improvements or to 
purchase vans or real property. However, the leasing of vans or real 
property may be acceptable. Questions regarding acceptability should be 
directed to VA's National GPD Program Office at the number listed in 
Contact Information. Applicants may not receive Special Need funding to 
replace funds provided by any Federal, state or local Government agency 
or program to assist homeless persons.
    A full copy of the regulations governing the GPD Program is 
available at the GPD Web site at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp.
    Award Notice: Although subject to change, the GPD Program Office 
expects to announce grant awards during the late fourth quarter of FY 
2015 (September). The initial announcement will be made via news 
release which will be posted on VA's National GPD Program Web site at 
www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp. Following the initial announcement, the 
GPD Office will mail notification letters to the grant recipients. 
Applicants who are not selected will be mailed a declination letter 
within two weeks of the initial announcement.
    Administrative And National Policy: It is important to be aware 
that VA places great emphasis on responsibility and accountability. VA 
has procedures in place to monitor services provided to homeless 
Veterans and outcomes associated with the services provided in grant 
and per diem-funded programs. Applicants should be aware of the 
following:
    Awardees will be required to support their request for payments 
with adequate fiscal documentation as to project income and expenses.
    All awardees that are selected in response to this NOFA must meet 
the requirements of the current edition of the Life Safety Code of the 
National Fire Protection Association as it relates to their specific 
facility. Applicants should note that all facilities are to be 
protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system unless a 
facility is specifically exempted under the Life Safety Code. 
Applicants should consider this when submitting their grant 
applications, as no additional funds will be made available for capital 
improvements under this NOFA.
    Each program receiving Special Need funding will have a liaison 
appointed from a nearby VA medical facility to provide oversight and 
monitor services provided to homeless Veterans in the program.
    Monitoring will include at a minimum, a quarterly review of each 
per diem program's progress toward meeting performance goals, including 
the applicant's internal goals and objectives in helping Veterans 
attain housing stability, adequate income support, and self-sufficiency 
as identified in each per diem program's original application. 
Monitoring will also include a review of the agency's income and 
expenses as they relate to this project to ensure payment is accurate.
    Each funded program will participate in VA's national program 
monitoring and evaluation as these monitoring procedures will be used 
to determine successful accomplishment of these housing outcomes for 
each per diem-funded program.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, VA 
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans 
Affairs, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C-200, Tampa, FL 33617; (toll-
free) 1 (877) 332-0334.

Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this 
document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document 
to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as 
an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Robert L. Nabors II, Chief of Staff, approved this document on June 17, 
2015 for publication.

    Authority: Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 
2001,'' Public Law 107-95, Sec.  5, codified as amended by Public 
Law 112-154, at 38 U.S.C. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2061, and in regulation 
at 38 CFR 61.

    Approved: June 18, 2015.
William F. Russo,
Acting Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of 
General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2015-15397 Filed 6-22-15; 8:45 am]
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