Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, 66708-66714 [2019-26281]

Download as PDF jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 66708 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before February 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments on the collection of information through Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov or to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M33), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420 or email to nancy.kessinger@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0652’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danny Green at (202) 421–1354. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA of 1995, Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA. With respect to the following collection of information, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA’s functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology. Authority: Public Law 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3501–3521. Title: Request for Nursing Home Information in Connection with Claim for Aid and Attendance (VA Form 21– 0779). OMB Control Number: 2900–0652. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: VA Form 21–0779 is used to gather the necessary information to determine eligibility for pension and aid and attendance benefits based on nursing home status. The form also requests information regarding Medicaid status and nursing home care charges, so VA can determine the proper rate of payment. Affected Public: Individuals and households. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 Estimated Annual Burden: 10,188 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 10 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 61,125. By direction of the Secretary: Danny S. Green, Department Clearance Officer, Office of Quality, Privacy and Risk (OQPR), Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2019–26240 Filed 12–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of fund availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) contains information concerning the SSVF Program, renewal of supportive services grant application processes, and the amount of funding available. Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2020. SUMMARY: Applications for supportive services grants under the SSVF Program must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 31, 2020. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer service outages, or other submission-related problems. DATES: For a Copy of the Application Package: Copies of the application can be downloaded from the SSVF website at www.va.gov/homeless/ ssvf. Questions should be referred to the SSVF Program Office by email at SSVF@ va.gov. For detailed SSVF Program information and requirements, see part 62 of Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (38 CFR part 62). Submission of Application Package: Applicants must submit applications ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 electronically following instructions found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. Applications may not be mailed or sent by facsimile (FAX). Applications must be received in the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date. 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. See Section II.C. of this NOFA for maximum allowable grant amounts. Technical Assistance: Information regarding how to obtain technical assistance with the preparation of a renewal supportive services grant application is available on the SSVF Program website at www.va.gov/ homeless/ssvf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Kuhn, National Director, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, by email at SSVF@va.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Funding Opportunity Title: Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. Announcement Type: Initial. Funding Opportunity Number: VA– SSVF–103119. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 64.033, VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program. I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Purpose: The SSVF Program’s purpose is to provide supportive services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives, who will coordinate or provide supportive services to very lowincome Veteran families who: (i) Are residing in permanent housing and at risk of becoming homeless; (ii) are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified time period; or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to such very low-income Veteran family’s needs and preferences. SSVF prioritizes the delivery of rapid re-housing services to homeless Veteran households. Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals and families quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the community, and avoid homelessness again in the near term. The core components of a rapid re-housing program are housing identification, move-in and rent financial assistance, and rapid rehousing case management and services. These core components represent the E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices minimum that a program must be providing to households to be considered a rapid re-housing program, but do not provide guidance for what constitutes an effective rapid re-housing program. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the Rapid Re-housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards found at https://www.va.gov/ homeless/ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/ fidelity_tool_ssvf_standards. B. Funding Priorities: The principle goal for this NOFA is to provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest capacity to end homelessness among Veterans or, in communities that have already met U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Federal Criteria and Benchmarks, sustain the gains made in ending homelessness among Veterans. Priority will be given to grantees who can demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices in their application. Under Priority 1, VA will provide funding to those grantees with 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Employment and Community Services including: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention standards, a 4-year accreditation from the Council on Accreditation’s (COA) accreditation in Housing Stabilization and Community Living Services standards, or a 3-year accreditation in The Joint Commission’s (JC) Behavioral Health Care: Housing Support Services Standards. Priority 2 includes existing grantees with annual awards, seeking to renew their grants not included in Priority 1. Priority 3 includes existing grantees previously awarded 2-year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA published on December 19, 2018. C. Definitions: Part 62 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations (38 CFR part 62), contains definitions of terms used in the SSVF Program. In addition to the definitions and requirements described in 38 CFR part 62, this NOFA provides further clarification in this paragraph on the use of Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA). EHA may be provided by the SSVF grantee under 38 CFR 62.34(f) to offer transition in place when a permanent housing voucher, such as is offered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 8 program, is available from any source, but access to the permanent housing voucher is pending completion of the housing inspection and administrative processes necessary for leasing. In such circumstances, the EHA payment cannot exceed what would otherwise be paid when the voucher is utilized. EHA may also be used as part of a Rapid VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 Resolution or diversion response that helps Veteran households avoid entry into homelessness through placements with family or friends. D. Approach: Respondents to this NOFA should base their proposals and applications on the current requirements of part 62. Grantees will be expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the housing stability of very low-income Veteran families who are occupying permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources. Therefore, agencies must work through coordinated partnerships built either through formal agreements or the informal working relationships commonly found among successful social service providers. As part of the application, all applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of support from their respective VA Network Homeless Coordinator (or their designee). In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide letters of support from the Continuum of Care (CoC) where they plan to deliver services that reflect the applicant’s engagement in the CoC’s efforts to coordinate services. A CoC is a community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and maximize self-sufficiency. The CoC includes action steps to end homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness. CoC locations and contact information can be found at: https://www.hudexchange.info/ grantees/contacts/?params= %7B%22limit%22%3A20%2C%22sort V%22%3A%22%22%2C%22order %22%3A%22%22%2C%22years %22%3A%5B%5D%2C%22search Term%22%3A%22%22%2C%22 grantees%22%3A%5B%5D%2C%22 state%22%3A%22%22%2C%22 programs%22%3A%5B3%5D%2C %22coc%22%3Atrue%7D ##granteeSearch. The CoC’s letter of support should note if the applicant is providing assistance to the CoC in building local capacity to build Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) and the value and form of that assistance, whether support is direct funding or staffing. CES requires that providers operating within the CoC’s geographic area must also work together to ensure the CoC’s coordinated entry process allows for coordinated screening, assessment, and referrals (HUD Notice: CPD–17–01). The CoC’s letter of support should also describe the applicant’s participation in the CoC’s community planning efforts. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66709 Failure to provide a letter of support from the CoC as described will limit the maximum award to 90 percent of the award made in the previous fiscal year (as described in II.C.7). In addition, any applicant proposing to serve an Indian Tribal area is strongly encouraged to provide a letter of support from the relevant Indian Tribal Government. The aim of the provision of supportive services is to assist very lowincome Veteran families residing in permanent housing to remain stably housed and to rapidly transition those not currently in permanent housing to stable housing. SSVF emphasizes the placement of homeless Veteran families who are described in 38 CFR 62.11(b)– (c) as (i) very low-income Veteran families who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and are scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within 90 days pending the location or development of housing suitable for permanent housing, and (ii) very low-income Veteran families who have exited permanent housing within the previous 90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to their needs and preferences. As a crisis intervention program, the SSVF Program is not intended to provide longterm support for participants, nor will it be able to address all of the financial and supportive services needs of participants that affect housing stability. Rather, when participants require longterm support, grantees should focus on connecting such participants to income supports, such as employment and mainstream Federal and community resources (e.g., HUD–VA Supportive Housing program, HUD Housing Choice Voucher programs, McKinney-Vento Funded Supportive Housing Programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI), etc.) that can provide ongoing support as required. Assistance in obtaining or retaining permanent housing is a fundamental goal of the SSVF Program. Grantees must provide case management services in accordance with 38 CFR 62.31. Such case management should include tenant counseling, mediation with landlords, and outreach to landlords. E. Authority: Funding available under this NOFA is authorized by 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 2044. VA implements the SSVF Program through regulations in 38 CFR part 62. Funds made available under this NOFA are subject to the requirements of these regulations. F. Requirements for the Use of Supportive Services Grant Funds: The applicant’s request for funding must be E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 66710 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices consistent with the limitations and uses of supportive services grant funds set forth in 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA. In accordance with the regulations and this NOFA, the following requirements apply to supportive services grants awarded under this NOFA: 1. Grantees may use a maximum of 10 percent of supportive services grant funds for administrative costs identified in 38 CFR 62.70(e). 2. Grantees must use a minimum of 60 percent of the temporary financial assistance portion of their supportive services grant funds to serve very lowincome Veteran families who qualify under 38 CFR 62.11(b). (Note: Grantees may request a waiver to decrease this minimum, as discussed in section V.B.3.a.) 3. Priority 1 and 2 grantees may use a maximum of 50 percent of supportive services grant funds to provide the supportive service of temporary financial assistance paid directly to a third party on behalf of a participant for child care, emergency housing assistance, transportation, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, and general housing stability assistance (which includes emergency supplies), in accordance with 38 CFR 62.33 and 38 CFR 62.34, unless a waiver is granted by the SSVF program office. 4. Priority 3 grantees must use a minimum of 60 percent (the program office may reduce this requirement after October 1, 2021) of funds to support temporary financial assistance with the expectation that much of these funds will be used for rental assistance in accordance with 38 CFR 62.34(8)(e). Priority 3 awards will extend existing awards made from the NOFA published on December 19, 2018. The total of both of these awards will extend to September 30, 2022. G. Guidance for the Use of Supportive Services Grant Funds: Grantees are expected to demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices most likely to lead to reductions in homelessness or, in communities that have successfully ended homelessness among Veterans as defined by the USICH’s Federal Criteria and Benchmarks or, alternatively, Community Solutions’ Functional Zero (the latter can be found at https:// cmtysolutions.org/sites/default/files/ final_zero_2016_metrics.pdf), a capacity to sustain these gains. As part of their application, the applying organization’s Executive Director must certify on behalf of the agency that they will actively participate in community planning efforts and operate the rapid re-housing component of their SSVF VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 grant in a manner consistent with the Rapid Re-housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards found at: https://www.va.gov/homeless/ ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/fidelity_ tool_ssvf_standards. Housing is not contingent on compliance with mandated therapies or services; instead, participants must comply with a standard lease agreement and are provided with the services and supports that are necessary to help them do so successfully. Grantees must develop plans that will ensure that Veteran participants have the level of income and economic stability needed to remain in permanent housing after the conclusion of the SSVF intervention. Both employment and benefits assistance from VA and non-VA sources represent a significant underutilized source of income stability for homeless Veterans. Income is not a pre-condition for housing. Case management should include income maximization strategies to ensure households have access to benefits, employment, and financial counseling. The complexity of program rules and the stigma some associate with entitlement programs contributes to their lack of use. For this reason, grantees are encouraged to consider strategies that can lead to prompt and successful access to employment and benefits that are essential to retaining housing. 1. Consistent with 38 CFR 62.30– 62.34, grantees are expected to offer the following supportive services: Counseling participants about housing; assisting participants in understanding leases; securing utilities; making moving arrangements; providing representative payee services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and mediation and outreach to property owners related to locating or retaining housing. Grantees may also assist participants by providing rental assistance, security or utility deposits, moving costs, emergency housing, or general housing stability assistance; or using other Federal resources, such as the HUD’s Emergency Solutions Grants Program, or supportive services grant funds subject to the limitations described in this NOFA and 38 CFR 62.34. 2. As SSVF is a short-term crisis intervention, grantees must develop plans that will produce sufficient income to sustain Veteran participants in permanent housing after the conclusion of the SSVF intervention. Grantees must ensure the availability of employment and vocational services either through the direct provision of these services or their availability through formal or informal service PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agreements. Agreements with Homeless Veteran Reintegration Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor are strongly encouraged. For participants unable to work due to disability, income must be established through available benefits programs. 3. Per 38 CFR 62.33, grantees must assist participants in obtaining public benefits. Grantees must screen all participants for eligibility for a broad range of entitlements such as TANF, Social Security, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the LowIncome Home Energy Assistance Program, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and local General Assistance programs. Grantees are expected to access the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program directly by training staff and providing the service or subcontracting services to an organization to provide SOAR services. In addition, where available, grantees should access information technology tools to support case managers in their efforts to link participants to benefits. 4. Grantees are encouraged to provide, or assist participants in obtaining, legal services relevant to issues that interfere with the participants’ ability to obtain or retain permanent housing. (Note: Information regarding legal services provided may be protected from being released to the grantee or VA under attorney-client privilege, although the grantee must provide sufficient information to demonstrate the frequency and type of service delivered.) Support for legal services can include paying for court filing fees to assist a participant with issues that interfere with the participant’s ability to obtain or retain permanent housing or supportive services, including issues that affect the participant’s employability and financial security. Grantees (in addition to employees and members of grantees) may represent participants before VA with respect to a claim for VA benefits, but only if they are recognized for that purpose pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 59. Further, the individual providing such representation must be accredited pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 59. 5. Access to mental health and addiction services are required by SSVF; however, grantees cannot fund these services directly through the SSVF grant. Therefore, applicants must demonstrate, through either formal or informal agreements, their ability to promote rapid access to and engagement with mental health and addiction services for the Veteran and family members. E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices 6. VA recognizes that extremely lowincome Veterans with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income face greater barriers to permanent housing placement. Grantees should consider how they can support these participants. 7. When serving participants who are residing in permanent housing, the defining question to ask is: ‘‘Would this individual or family be homeless but for this assistance?’’ The grantee must use a VA-approved screening tool with criteria that target those most at-risk of homelessness. To qualify for SSVF services, a participant who is served under 38 CFR 62.11(a) (homeless prevention) must not have sufficient resources or support networks (e.g., family, friends, faith-based, or other social networks) immediately available to prevent them from becoming homeless. To further qualify for services under 38 CFR 62.11(a), the grantee must document that the participant meets at least one of the following conditions: (a) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance; (b) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship; (c) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance; (d) Lives in a hotel or motel, and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, state, or local government programs for low-income individuals; (e) Is exiting a publicly funded institution or system of care (such as a health care facility, a mental health facility, or correctional institution) without a stable housing plan; or (f) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified in the recipient’s approved screening tool. 8. SSVF grantees are required to participate in local planning efforts designed to end Veteran homelessness. Grantees may use grant funds to support SSVF involvement in such community planning by sub-contracting with CoCs, when such funding is essential, to create or sustain the development of these data driven plans. 9. When other funds from community resources are not readily available to assist program participants, grantees may choose to utilize supportive services grants, to the extent described in this NOFA and in 38 CFR 62.33 and 62.34, to provide temporary financial VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 assistance. Such assistance may, subject to the limitations in this NOFA and 38 CFR part 62, be paid directly to a third party on behalf of a participant for child care, transportation, family emergency housing assistance, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security or utility deposits, moving costs, and general housing stability assistance as necessary. 10. SSVF requires grantees to offer Rapid Resolution (also known as diversion) services. These services engage Veterans immediately before or after they become homeless and assist them to avoid continued homelessness. These efforts can reduce the trauma and expense associated with extended periods of homelessness and the strain on the crisis response and affordable housing resources in the community. Through Rapid Resolution, the grantee and the Veteran explore safe, alternative housing options immediately before or quickly after they become homeless. Rapid Resolution can identify an immediate safe place to stay within the Veteran’s network of family, friends, or other social networks. All Veterans requesting SSVF services should have a Rapid Resolution screening and if not appropriate for Rapid Resolution grantees should then assess the Veteran for other SSVF services. More information about Rapid Resolution can be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. II. Award Information A. Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of funds for supportive services grants under the SSVF Program and pertains to proposals for renewal of existing supportive services grant programs. B. Funding: The following funding priorities for this NOFA are as follows. 1. Priority 1. Under Priority 1, VA will provide funding to those grantees with 3-year CARF, 4-year COA accreditations, or 3-year JC accreditations. Proof of accreditation must be submitted with the application no later than the application due date. Grantees previously awarded a 3-year grant that is not scheduled to end by October 1, 2020, cannot apply under this NOFA but are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by the NOFA deadline indicating their intention of continuing SSVF services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. All grantees submitting a LOI must include a letter of support from the CoC (see Section II.C.8.) and a proposed budget for FY 2021. Priority 1 grantees submitting a LOI must also submit proof of continued accreditation. 2. Priority 2. Priority 2 includes other existing grantees seeking to renew their annual grant awards. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66711 Both Priority 1 and 2 applicants must apply using the renewal application. To be eligible for renewal of a supportive services grant, the Priority 1 and 2 applicants’ program concept must be substantially the same as the program concept of the grantees’ current grant award. Renewal applications can request funding that is equal to or less than their current annualized award. If sufficient funding is available, VA may provide an increase of up to 2 percent from the previous year’s award. Any percentage increase, if provided, will be awarded uniformly to all grant recipients regardless of their grant award. 3. Priority 3. Under Priority 3, VA will provide funding to current grantees previously awarded 2-year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA published on December 19, 2018. Applicants apply by submitting a LOI by the NOFA deadline indicating their intention of continuing SSVF services with a focus on rental subsidies described in 38 CFR 62.34(a). These Priority 3 awards will be up to 30 percent of previously awarded 2-year grants and are intended to extend the duration of existing awards through September 30, 2022. C. Allocation of Funds: Funding will be awarded under this NOFA to existing grantees for a 1-year to 3-year period beginning October 1, 2020. The following requirements apply to supportive services grants awarded under this NOFA: 1. In response to this NOFA, only existing grantees can apply as Priority 1, 2, or 3 grantees. 2. Priority 1 and 2 renewal grant requests cannot exceed the current award (the current award includes funds that may have been added to the original award through disaster relief support or through the process described in II.C.8.). 3. Priority 3 renewal grant requests cannot exceed 30 percent of the current award and VA may award an amount less than 30 percent of the original award based on available funding. 4. Applicants may request an amount less than their current award (this will not be considered a substantial change to the program concept). 5. If a grantee failed to use all of awarded funds in the previous fiscal year (FY 2019) or had unspent funds returned to VA in FY 2020, VA may elect to limit renewal award to the amount of funds used in the previous fiscal year or in the current fiscal year less the money swept. 6. If, during the course of the grant year, VA determines that Priority 1 and 2 grantee spending is not meeting the E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 66712 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices minimum percentage milestones below, VA may elect to recoup projected unused funds and reprogram such funds to provide supportive services in areas with higher need. Should VA elect to recoup unspent funds, reductions in available grant funds would take place the first business day following the end of the quarter. VA may elect to recoup funds under the following circumstances: (a) By the end of the first quarter (December 31, 2020) of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 15 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During this same period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 35 percent of the total supportive services grant award.) (b) By the end of the second quarter (March 31, 2021) of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 40 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During this same period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 60 percent of the total supportive services grant award.) (c) By the end of the third quarter (June 30, 2021) of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is fewer than 65 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During this same period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 80 percent of the total supportive services grant award.) 7. Applicants should fill out separate applications for each supportive services funding request. 8. Applicants who fail to provide a letter of support from at least one of the CoCs they plan to serve will be eligible for renewal funding at a level no greater than 90 percent of their previous award. Applicants are responsible for determining who in each serviced CoC is authorized to provide such letters of support. This requirement applies to all applicants, including existing multiyear grantees that are only required to submit a LOI in response to this NOFA. In order to meet this requirement and allow the applicant to be eligible for full funding, letters must include: (a) A detailed description of the applicant’s participation in the CoC’s Coordinated Entry process or planning activities and overall community VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 planning efforts (for instance, confirmation of applicant’s active participation in planning coordinated entry, commitment to participating in coordinated entry, hours spent on CoCsponsored committee or workgroup assignments, and names of said committees or workgroups). (b) The applicant’s contribution to the CoC’s coordinated entry process capacity building efforts, detailing the specific nature of this contribution (for instance, the hours of staff time and/or the amount of funding provided), if such SSVF capacity has been requested by the CoC or otherwise has shown to be of value to the CoC. 9. Should additional funding become available over the course of grant term from funds recouped under the Award Information section of this Notice, funds that are voluntarily returned by grantees, funds that become available due to a grant termination, or other funds still available for grant awards, VA may elect to offer these funds to grantees in areas where demand has exceeded available SSVF resources. Additional funds will be provided first to the highest scoring grantee in the selected area who is in compliance with their grant agreement and has the capacity to utilize the additional funds. D. Supportive Services Grant Award Period: Priority 2 grants are made for a 1-year period, although selected grants may be eligible for a 3-year award (see VI.C.6) as Priority 1 awards. All grants are eligible to be renewed subject to the availability of funding. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants: For Priority 1 and 2, only eligible entities that are existing grantees with grants scheduled to end by September 30, 2020, can apply in response to this NOFA. For Priority 3, only eligible entities that are existing grantees previously awarded 2-year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA published on December 19, 2018, can apply in response to this NOFA. B. Cost Sharing or Matching: None. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Obtaining an Application Package: Applications are located at www.va.gov/ homeless/ssvf. Any questions regarding this process should be referred to the SSVF Program Office by email at SSVF@ va.gov. For detailed SSVF Program information and requirements, see 38 CFR part 62. B. Content and Form of Application: Applicants must submit applications electronically following instructions found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 C. Submission Dates and Times: Applications for supportive services grants under the SSVF Program must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 24, 2020. Awards made for supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2020. 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. Additionally, in the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer service outages, or other delivery-related problems. D. Funding Restrictions: Funding will be awarded for existing supportive services grants under this NOFA depending on funding availability. Priority 1 and 2 applicants should fill out separate applications for each supportive services funding request. Priority 3 applicants must submit a separate LOI for each award. Funding will be awarded under this NOFA to existing grantees beginning October 1, 2020. 1. Funding used for staff education and training cannot exceed 1 percent of the overall program grant award. This limitation does not include the cost to attend VA mandated training. All training costs must be directly related to the provision of services to homeless Veterans and their families. 2. Expenses related to maintaining accreditation are allowable. Priority 1 and 2 grantees are allowed to include expenses for seeking initial accreditation only once in a 5-year period. The expenses to renew full accreditation is allowed and is based on the schedule of the accrediting agency: For instance, every 3 years for CARF and every 4 years for COA. Expenses related to the renewal of less than full accreditation are not allowed. E. Other Submission Requirements: 1. Existing applicants applying for Priority 1 or 2 grants may apply only as renewal applicants using the application designed for renewal grants. 2. At the discretion of VA, multiple grant proposals submitted by the same lead agency may be combined into a single grant award if the proposals provide services to contiguous areas. 3. Additional supportive services grant application requirements are E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES specified in the application package. Submission of an incorrect or incomplete application package will result in the application being rejected during threshold review. The application packages must contain all required forms and certifications. Selections will be made based on criteria described in 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA. Applicants and grantees will be notified of any additional information needed to confirm or clarify information provided in the application and the deadline by which to submit such information. Applicants must submit applications electronically. Applications may not be mailed, hand carried, or sent by facsimile. V. Application Review Information A. Criteria: 1. VA will only score applicants that meet the threshold requirements described in 38 CFR 62.21. 2. VA will use the criteria described in 38 CFR 62.24 to score grantees applying for renewal (Priority 1 and 2) of a supportive services grant. 3. Priority 3 submission requirements are described in II.B.3. B. Review and Selection Process: VA will review all supportive services renewal grant applications in response to this NOFA according to the following steps: 1. Score all applications that meet the threshold requirements described in 38 CFR 62.21. 2. Rank those applications who score at least 75 cumulative points and receive at least one point under each of the categories identified for renewal applicants in 38 CFR 62.24. The applications will be ranked in order from highest to lowest scores in accordance with 38 CFR 62.25 for renewal applicants. 3. VA will utilize the ranked scores of applications as the primary basis for selection. However, VA will also utilize the following considerations in 38 CFR 62.23(d) to select applicants for funding: (a) Give preference to applications that provide or coordinate the provision of supportive services for very lowincome Veteran families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Consistent with this preference, where other funds from community resources are not readily available for temporary financial assistance, applicants are required to spend no less than 60 percent of all budgeted temporary financial assistance on participants occupying permanent housing as defined in 38 CFR 62.11(b). Waivers to this 60 percent requirement may be requested when grantees can demonstrate significant local progress VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 towards eliminating homelessness in the target service area. Waiver requests must include data from authoritative sources such as USICH certification, that a community has ended homelessness as defined by Federal Benchmarks and Criteria or has reached Community Solution’s Functional Zero. Waivers for the 60 percent requirement may also be requested for services provided to rural Indian tribal areas and other rural areas where shelter capacity is insufficient to meet local need. Waiver requests must include an endorsement by the impacted CoC explicitly stating that a shift in resources from rapid re-housing to prevention will not result in an increase in homelessness. (b) To the extent practicable, ensure that supportive services grants are equitably distributed across geographic regions, including rural communities and tribal lands. This equitable distribution criteria will be used to ensure that SSVF resources are provided to those communities with the highest need as identified by VA’s assessment of expected demand and available resources to meet that demand. 4. Subject to the considerations noted in paragraph B.3 above, VA will fund the highest-ranked applicants for which funding is available. VI. Award Administration Information A. Award Notices: Although subject to change, the SSVF Program Office expects to announce grant recipients for all applicants in the fourth quarter of FY 2020 with grants beginning October 1, 2020. Prior to executing a funding agreement, VA will contact the applicants, make known the amount of proposed funding, and verify that the applicant would still like the funding. Once VA verifies that the applicant is still seeking funding, VA will execute an agreement and make payments to the grant recipient in accordance with 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: As SSVF grants cannot be used to fund treatment for mental health or substance use disorders, applicants must provide evidence that they can provide access to such services to all program participants through formal and informal agreements with community providers. C. Reporting: VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and accountability of grantees. As described in 38 CFR 62.63 and 62.71, VA has procedures in place to monitor supportive services provided to participants and outcomes associated with the supportive services provided PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66713 under the SSVF Program. Applicants should be aware of the following: 1. Upon execution of a supportive services grant agreement with VA, grantees will have a VA regional coordinator assigned by the SSVF Program Office who will provide oversight and monitor supportive services provided to participants. 2. Grantees will be required to enter data into a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Web-based software application. These data will consist of information on the participants served and types of supportive services provided by grantees. Grantees must treat the data for activities funded by the SSVF Program separate from that of activities funded by other programs. Grantees will be required to work with their HMIS Administrators to export client-level data for activities funded by the SSVF Program to VA on at least a monthly basis. 3. VA will complete annual monitoring evaluations of each grantee. Monitoring will also include the submittal of quarterly and annual financial and performance reports by the grantee. The grantee will be expected to demonstrate adherence to the grantee’s proposed program concept, as described in the grantee’s application. All grantees are subject to audits conducted by the VA or its representative. 4. Grantees will be assessed based on their ability to meet critical performance measures. In addition to meeting program requirements defined by the regulations and applicable NOFA(s), grantees will be assessed on their ability to place participants into housing and the housing retention rates of participants served. Higher placement for homeless participants and higher housing retention rates for at-risk participants are expected for very-low income Veteran families when compared to extremely low-income Veteran families with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income. 5. Grantees’ performance will be assessed based on their consumer satisfaction scores. These scores include the participation rates and results of both the standardized survey offered to all participant households and unannounced visits to assess screening and intake procedures (commonly known as a mystery shopper program). 6. Organizations receiving renewal awards and have had ongoing SSVF program operation for at least 1 year (as measured from the start of initial SSVF services until January 24, 2020) may be eligible for a 3-year award. Grantees meeting outcome goals defined by VA E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1 66714 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 234 / Thursday, December 5, 2019 / Notices and in substantial compliance with their grant agreements (defined by meeting targets and having no outstanding corrective action plans) and who, in addition, receive 3-year accreditation from CARF in Employment and Community Services: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention standards, a 4-year accreditation from COA accreditation in Supported Community Living Services standards, or a 3 year accreditation in The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care: Housing Support Services Standards are eligible for a 3-year grant renewal subject to funding availability. (NOTE: Multi-year awards are contingent on funding availability). If awarded a multiple year renewal, grantees may be eligible for funding increases as defined in NOFAs that correspond to years 2 and 3 of their renewal funding. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES VII. Other Information A. VA Goals and Objectives for Funds Awarded Under this NOFA: In accordance with 38 CFR 62.24(c), VA will evaluate an applicant’s compliance with VA goals and requirements for the SSVF Program. VA goals and requirements include the provision of supportive services designed to enhance the housing stability and independent living skills of very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing across geographic regions and program administration in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines. For purposes of this NOFA, VA goals and requirements also include the provision of supportive services designed to rapidly re-house or prevent homelessness among people in the following target populations who also VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:38 Dec 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 meet all requirements for being part of a very low-income Veteran family occupying permanent housing: 1. Veteran families earning less than 30 percent of area median income as most recently published by HUD for programs under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) (http://www.huduser.org). 2. Veterans with at least one dependent family member. 3. Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn. 4. Veteran families located in a community, as defined by HUD’s CoC, or a county not currently served by a SSVF grantee. 5. Veteran families located in a community, as defined by HUD’s CoC, where current level of SSVF services is not sufficient to meet demand of Category 2 and 3 (currently homeless) Veteran families. 6. Veteran families located in a rural area. 7. Veteran families located on Indian Tribal Property. B. Payments of Supportive Services Grant Funds: Grantees will receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System. Grantees will have the ability to request payments as frequently as they choose subject to the following limitations: 1. During the first quarter of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 35 percent of the total supportive services grant award without written approval by VA. PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 2. By the end of the second quarter of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 60 percent of the total supportive services grant award without written approval by VA. 3. By the end of the third quarter of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 80 percent of the total supportive services grant award without written approval by VA. 4. By the end of the fourth quarter of the grantee’s supportive services annualized grant award period, the grantee’s cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 100 percent of the total supportive services grant award. 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. Pamela Powers, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this document on December 2, 2019, for publication. Jeffrey M. Martin, Assistant Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2019–26281 Filed 12–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\05DEN1.SGM 05DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Funding Availability Under Supportive Services for Veteran 
Families Program

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of fund availability.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the 
availability of funds for supportive services grants under the 
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This Notice of 
Fund Availability (NOFA) contains information concerning the SSVF 
Program, renewal of supportive services grant application processes, 
and the amount of funding available. Awards made for supportive 
services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 2020.

DATES: Applications for supportive services grants under the SSVF 
Program must be received by the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 p.m. 
Eastern Time on January 31, 2020. In the interest of fairness to all 
competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA 
will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is 
received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into 
account and make early submission of their materials to avoid any risk 
of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer 
service outages, or other submission-related problems.

ADDRESSES: For a Copy of the Application Package: Copies of the 
application can be downloaded from the SSVF website at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. Questions should be referred to the SSVF Program Office 
by email at [email protected]. For detailed SSVF Program information and 
requirements, see part 62 of Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) (38 CFR part 62).
    Submission of Application Package: Applicants must submit 
applications electronically following instructions found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. Applications may not be mailed or sent by facsimile 
(FAX). Applications must be received in the SSVF Program Office by 4:00 
p.m. Eastern Time on the application deadline date. 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. See Section II.C. of this NOFA for 
maximum allowable grant amounts.
    Technical Assistance: Information regarding how to obtain technical 
assistance with the preparation of a renewal supportive services grant 
application is available on the SSVF Program website at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Kuhn, National Director, 
Supportive Services for Veteran Families, by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Funding Opportunity Title: Supportive Services for Veteran Families 
Program.
    Announcement Type: Initial.
    Funding Opportunity Number: VA-SSVF-103119.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 64.033, VA 
Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    A. Purpose: The SSVF Program's purpose is to provide supportive 
services grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer 
cooperatives, who will coordinate or provide supportive services to 
very low-income Veteran families who: (i) Are residing in permanent 
housing and at risk of becoming homeless; (ii) are homeless and 
scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specified 
time period; or (iii) after exiting permanent housing within a 
specified time period, are seeking other housing that is responsive to 
such very low-income Veteran family's needs and preferences. SSVF 
prioritizes the delivery of rapid re-housing services to homeless 
Veteran households.
    Rapid re-housing is an intervention designed to help individuals 
and families quickly exit homelessness, return to housing in the 
community, and avoid homelessness again in the near term. The core 
components of a rapid re-housing program are housing identification, 
move-in and rent financial assistance, and rapid re-housing case 
management and services. These core components represent the

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minimum that a program must be providing to households to be considered 
a rapid re-housing program, but do not provide guidance for what 
constitutes an effective rapid re-housing program. Applicants should 
familiarize themselves with the Rapid Re-housing Performance Benchmarks 
and Program Standards found at https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/fidelity_tool_ssvf_standards.
    B. Funding Priorities: The principle goal for this NOFA is to 
provide support to those applicants who demonstrate the greatest 
capacity to end homelessness among Veterans or, in communities that 
have already met U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) 
Federal Criteria and Benchmarks, sustain the gains made in ending 
homelessness among Veterans. Priority will be given to grantees who can 
demonstrate adoption of evidence-based practices in their application. 
Under Priority 1, VA will provide funding to those grantees with 3-year 
accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation 
Facilities (CARF) in Employment and Community Services including: Rapid 
Rehousing and Homeless Prevention standards, a 4-year accreditation 
from the Council on Accreditation's (COA) accreditation in Housing 
Stabilization and Community Living Services standards, or a 3-year 
accreditation in The Joint Commission's (JC) Behavioral Health Care: 
Housing Support Services Standards. Priority 2 includes existing 
grantees with annual awards, seeking to renew their grants not included 
in Priority 1. Priority 3 includes existing grantees previously awarded 
2-year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA published on December 19, 
2018.
    C. Definitions: Part 62 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations 
(38 CFR part 62), contains definitions of terms used in the SSVF 
Program. In addition to the definitions and requirements described in 
38 CFR part 62, this NOFA provides further clarification in this 
paragraph on the use of Emergency Housing Assistance (EHA). EHA may be 
provided by the SSVF grantee under 38 CFR 62.34(f) to offer transition 
in place when a permanent housing voucher, such as is offered through 
the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Section 8 
program, is available from any source, but access to the permanent 
housing voucher is pending completion of the housing inspection and 
administrative processes necessary for leasing. In such circumstances, 
the EHA payment cannot exceed what would otherwise be paid when the 
voucher is utilized. EHA may also be used as part of a Rapid Resolution 
or diversion response that helps Veteran households avoid entry into 
homelessness through placements with family or friends.
    D. Approach: Respondents to this NOFA should base their proposals 
and applications on the current requirements of part 62. Grantees will 
be expected to leverage supportive services grant funds to enhance the 
housing stability of very low-income Veteran families who are occupying 
permanent housing. In doing so, grantees are required to establish 
relationships with local community resources. Therefore, agencies must 
work through coordinated partnerships built either through formal 
agreements or the informal working relationships commonly found among 
successful social service providers.
    As part of the application, all applicants are strongly encouraged 
to provide letters of support from their respective VA Network Homeless 
Coordinator (or their designee). In addition, applicants are strongly 
encouraged to provide letters of support from the Continuum of Care 
(CoC) where they plan to deliver services that reflect the applicant's 
engagement in the CoC's efforts to coordinate services. A CoC is a 
community plan to organize and deliver housing and services to meet the 
needs of people who are homeless as they move to stable housing and 
maximize self-sufficiency. The CoC includes action steps to end 
homelessness and prevent a return to homelessness. CoC locations and 
contact information can be found at: https://www.hudexchange.info/grantees/contacts/?params= 
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    The CoC's letter of support should note if the applicant is 
providing assistance to the CoC in building local capacity to build 
Coordinated Entry Systems (CES) and the value and form of that 
assistance, whether support is direct funding or staffing. CES requires 
that providers operating within the CoC's geographic area must also 
work together to ensure the CoC's coordinated entry process allows for 
coordinated screening, assessment, and referrals (HUD Notice: CPD-17-
01). The CoC's letter of support should also describe the applicant's 
participation in the CoC's community planning efforts. Failure to 
provide a letter of support from the CoC as described will limit the 
maximum award to 90 percent of the award made in the previous fiscal 
year (as described in II.C.7). In addition, any applicant proposing to 
serve an Indian Tribal area is strongly encouraged to provide a letter 
of support from the relevant Indian Tribal Government.
    The aim of the provision of supportive services is to assist very 
low-income Veteran families residing in permanent housing to remain 
stably housed and to rapidly transition those not currently in 
permanent housing to stable housing. SSVF emphasizes the placement of 
homeless Veteran families who are described in 38 CFR 62.11(b)-(c) as 
(i) very low-income Veteran families who lack a fixed, regular, and 
adequate nighttime residence and are scheduled to become residents of 
permanent housing within 90 days pending the location or development of 
housing suitable for permanent housing, and (ii) very low-income 
Veteran families who have exited permanent housing within the previous 
90 days to seek other housing that is responsive to their needs and 
preferences. As a crisis intervention program, the SSVF Program is not 
intended to provide long-term support for participants, nor will it be 
able to address all of the financial and supportive services needs of 
participants that affect housing stability. Rather, when participants 
require long-term support, grantees should focus on connecting such 
participants to income supports, such as employment and mainstream 
Federal and community resources (e.g., HUD-VA Supportive Housing 
program, HUD Housing Choice Voucher programs, McKinney-Vento Funded 
Supportive Housing Programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
(TANF), and Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance 
(SSI/SSDI), etc.) that can provide ongoing support as required.
    Assistance in obtaining or retaining permanent housing is a 
fundamental goal of the SSVF Program. Grantees must provide case 
management services in accordance with 38 CFR 62.31. Such case 
management should include tenant counseling, mediation with landlords, 
and outreach to landlords.
    E. Authority: Funding available under this NOFA is authorized by 38 
United States Code (U.S.C.) 2044. VA implements the SSVF Program 
through regulations in 38 CFR part 62. Funds made available under this 
NOFA are subject to the requirements of these regulations.
    F. Requirements for the Use of Supportive Services Grant Funds: The 
applicant's request for funding must be

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consistent with the limitations and uses of supportive services grant 
funds set forth in 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA. In accordance with the 
regulations and this NOFA, the following requirements apply to 
supportive services grants awarded under this NOFA:
    1. Grantees may use a maximum of 10 percent of supportive services 
grant funds for administrative costs identified in 38 CFR 62.70(e).
    2. Grantees must use a minimum of 60 percent of the temporary 
financial assistance portion of their supportive services grant funds 
to serve very low-income Veteran families who qualify under 38 CFR 
62.11(b). (Note: Grantees may request a waiver to decrease this 
minimum, as discussed in section V.B.3.a.)
    3. Priority 1 and 2 grantees may use a maximum of 50 percent of 
supportive services grant funds to provide the supportive service of 
temporary financial assistance paid directly to a third party on behalf 
of a participant for child care, emergency housing assistance, 
transportation, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, 
security deposits, utility deposits, moving costs, and general housing 
stability assistance (which includes emergency supplies), in accordance 
with 38 CFR 62.33 and 38 CFR 62.34, unless a waiver is granted by the 
SSVF program office.
    4. Priority 3 grantees must use a minimum of 60 percent (the 
program office may reduce this requirement after October 1, 2021) of 
funds to support temporary financial assistance with the expectation 
that much of these funds will be used for rental assistance in 
accordance with 38 CFR 62.34(8)(e). Priority 3 awards will extend 
existing awards made from the NOFA published on December 19, 2018. The 
total of both of these awards will extend to September 30, 2022.
    G. Guidance for the Use of Supportive Services Grant Funds: 
Grantees are expected to demonstrate adoption of evidence-based 
practices most likely to lead to reductions in homelessness or, in 
communities that have successfully ended homelessness among Veterans as 
defined by the USICH's Federal Criteria and Benchmarks or, 
alternatively, Community Solutions' Functional Zero (the latter can be 
found at https://cmtysolutions.org/sites/default/files/final_zero_2016_metrics.pdf), a capacity to sustain these gains. As 
part of their application, the applying organization's Executive 
Director must certify on behalf of the agency that they will actively 
participate in community planning efforts and operate the rapid re-
housing component of their SSVF grant in a manner consistent with the 
Rapid Re-housing Performance Benchmarks and Program Standards found at: 
https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/?page=/ssvf_university/fidelity_tool_ssvf_standards. Housing is not contingent on compliance 
with mandated therapies or services; instead, participants must comply 
with a standard lease agreement and are provided with the services and 
supports that are necessary to help them do so successfully.
    Grantees must develop plans that will ensure that Veteran 
participants have the level of income and economic stability needed to 
remain in permanent housing after the conclusion of the SSVF 
intervention. Both employment and benefits assistance from VA and non-
VA sources represent a significant underutilized source of income 
stability for homeless Veterans. Income is not a pre-condition for 
housing. Case management should include income maximization strategies 
to ensure households have access to benefits, employment, and financial 
counseling. The complexity of program rules and the stigma some 
associate with entitlement programs contributes to their lack of use. 
For this reason, grantees are encouraged to consider strategies that 
can lead to prompt and successful access to employment and benefits 
that are essential to retaining housing.
    1. Consistent with 38 CFR 62.30-62.34, grantees are expected to 
offer the following supportive services: Counseling participants about 
housing; assisting participants in understanding leases; securing 
utilities; making moving arrangements; providing representative payee 
services concerning rent and utilities when needed; and mediation and 
outreach to property owners related to locating or retaining housing. 
Grantees may also assist participants by providing rental assistance, 
security or utility deposits, moving costs, emergency housing, or 
general housing stability assistance; or using other Federal resources, 
such as the HUD's Emergency Solutions Grants Program, or supportive 
services grant funds subject to the limitations described in this NOFA 
and 38 CFR 62.34.
    2. As SSVF is a short-term crisis intervention, grantees must 
develop plans that will produce sufficient income to sustain Veteran 
participants in permanent housing after the conclusion of the SSVF 
intervention. Grantees must ensure the availability of employment and 
vocational services either through the direct provision of these 
services or their availability through formal or informal service 
agreements. Agreements with Homeless Veteran Reintegration Programs 
funded by the U.S. Department of Labor are strongly encouraged. For 
participants unable to work due to disability, income must be 
established through available benefits programs.
    3. Per 38 CFR 62.33, grantees must assist participants in obtaining 
public benefits. Grantees must screen all participants for eligibility 
for a broad range of entitlements such as TANF, Social Security, the 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Low-Income Home Energy 
Assistance Program, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and local General 
Assistance programs. Grantees are expected to access the Substance 
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's SSI/SSDI Outreach, 
Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program directly by training staff and 
providing the service or subcontracting services to an organization to 
provide SOAR services. In addition, where available, grantees should 
access information technology tools to support case managers in their 
efforts to link participants to benefits.
    4. Grantees are encouraged to provide, or assist participants in 
obtaining, legal services relevant to issues that interfere with the 
participants' ability to obtain or retain permanent housing. (Note: 
Information regarding legal services provided may be protected from 
being released to the grantee or VA under attorney-client privilege, 
although the grantee must provide sufficient information to demonstrate 
the frequency and type of service delivered.) Support for legal 
services can include paying for court filing fees to assist a 
participant with issues that interfere with the participant's ability 
to obtain or retain permanent housing or supportive services, including 
issues that affect the participant's employability and financial 
security. Grantees (in addition to employees and members of grantees) 
may represent participants before VA with respect to a claim for VA 
benefits, but only if they are recognized for that purpose pursuant to 
38 U.S.C. Chapter 59. Further, the individual providing such 
representation must be accredited pursuant to 38 U.S.C. Chapter 59.
    5. Access to mental health and addiction services are required by 
SSVF; however, grantees cannot fund these services directly through the 
SSVF grant. Therefore, applicants must demonstrate, through either 
formal or informal agreements, their ability to promote rapid access to 
and engagement with mental health and addiction services for the 
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    6. VA recognizes that extremely low-income Veterans with incomes 
below 30 percent of the area median income face greater barriers to 
permanent housing placement. Grantees should consider how they can 
support these participants.
    7. When serving participants who are residing in permanent housing, 
the defining question to ask is: ``Would this individual or family be 
homeless but for this assistance?'' The grantee must use a VA-approved 
screening tool with criteria that target those most at-risk of 
homelessness. To qualify for SSVF services, a participant who is served 
under 38 CFR 62.11(a) (homeless prevention) must not have sufficient 
resources or support networks (e.g., family, friends, faith-based, or 
other social networks) immediately available to prevent them from 
becoming homeless. To further qualify for services under 38 CFR 
62.11(a), the grantee must document that the participant meets at least 
one of the following conditions:
    (a) Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during 
the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness 
prevention assistance;
    (b) Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
    (c) Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their 
current housing or living situation will be terminated within 21 days 
after the date of application for assistance;
    (d) Lives in a hotel or motel, and the cost of the hotel or motel 
stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, state, or 
local government programs for low-income individuals;
    (e) Is exiting a publicly funded institution or system of care 
(such as a health care facility, a mental health facility, or 
correctional institution) without a stable housing plan; or
    (f) Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated 
with instability and an increased risk of homelessness, as identified 
in the recipient's approved screening tool.
    8. SSVF grantees are required to participate in local planning 
efforts designed to end Veteran homelessness. Grantees may use grant 
funds to support SSVF involvement in such community planning by sub-
contracting with CoCs, when such funding is essential, to create or 
sustain the development of these data driven plans.
    9. When other funds from community resources are not readily 
available to assist program participants, grantees may choose to 
utilize supportive services grants, to the extent described in this 
NOFA and in 38 CFR 62.33 and 62.34, to provide temporary financial 
assistance. Such assistance may, subject to the limitations in this 
NOFA and 38 CFR part 62, be paid directly to a third party on behalf of 
a participant for child care, transportation, family emergency housing 
assistance, rental assistance, utility-fee payment assistance, security 
or utility deposits, moving costs, and general housing stability 
assistance as necessary.
    10. SSVF requires grantees to offer Rapid Resolution (also known as 
diversion) services. These services engage Veterans immediately before 
or after they become homeless and assist them to avoid continued 
homelessness. These efforts can reduce the trauma and expense 
associated with extended periods of homelessness and the strain on the 
crisis response and affordable housing resources in the community. 
Through Rapid Resolution, the grantee and the Veteran explore safe, 
alternative housing options immediately before or quickly after they 
become homeless. Rapid Resolution can identify an immediate safe place 
to stay within the Veteran's network of family, friends, or other 
social networks. All Veterans requesting SSVF services should have a 
Rapid Resolution screening and if not appropriate for Rapid Resolution 
grantees should then assess the Veteran for other SSVF services. More 
information about Rapid Resolution can be found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.

II. Award Information

    A. Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of funds for 
supportive services grants under the SSVF Program and pertains to 
proposals for renewal of existing supportive services grant programs.
    B. Funding: The following funding priorities for this NOFA are as 
follows.
    1. Priority 1. Under Priority 1, VA will provide funding to those 
grantees with 3-year CARF, 4-year COA accreditations, or 3-year JC 
accreditations. Proof of accreditation must be submitted with the 
application no later than the application due date. Grantees previously 
awarded a 3-year grant that is not scheduled to end by October 1, 2020, 
cannot apply under this NOFA but are required to submit a letter of 
intent (LOI) by the NOFA deadline indicating their intention of 
continuing SSVF services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. All grantees 
submitting a LOI must include a letter of support from the CoC (see 
Section II.C.8.) and a proposed budget for FY 2021. Priority 1 grantees 
submitting a LOI must also submit proof of continued accreditation.
    2. Priority 2. Priority 2 includes other existing grantees seeking 
to renew their annual grant awards.
    Both Priority 1 and 2 applicants must apply using the renewal 
application. To be eligible for renewal of a supportive services grant, 
the Priority 1 and 2 applicants' program concept must be substantially 
the same as the program concept of the grantees' current grant award. 
Renewal applications can request funding that is equal to or less than 
their current annualized award. If sufficient funding is available, VA 
may provide an increase of up to 2 percent from the previous year's 
award. Any percentage increase, if provided, will be awarded uniformly 
to all grant recipients regardless of their grant award.
    3. Priority 3. Under Priority 3, VA will provide funding to current 
grantees previously awarded 2-year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA 
published on December 19, 2018. Applicants apply by submitting a LOI by 
the NOFA deadline indicating their intention of continuing SSVF 
services with a focus on rental subsidies described in 38 CFR 62.34(a). 
These Priority 3 awards will be up to 30 percent of previously awarded 
2-year grants and are intended to extend the duration of existing 
awards through September 30, 2022.
    C. Allocation of Funds: Funding will be awarded under this NOFA to 
existing grantees for a 1-year to 3-year period beginning October 1, 
2020. The following requirements apply to supportive services grants 
awarded under this NOFA:
    1. In response to this NOFA, only existing grantees can apply as 
Priority 1, 2, or 3 grantees.
    2. Priority 1 and 2 renewal grant requests cannot exceed the 
current award (the current award includes funds that may have been 
added to the original award through disaster relief support or through 
the process described in II.C.8.).
    3. Priority 3 renewal grant requests cannot exceed 30 percent of 
the current award and VA may award an amount less than 30 percent of 
the original award based on available funding.
    4. Applicants may request an amount less than their current award 
(this will not be considered a substantial change to the program 
concept).
    5. If a grantee failed to use all of awarded funds in the previous 
fiscal year (FY 2019) or had unspent funds returned to VA in FY 2020, 
VA may elect to limit renewal award to the amount of funds used in the 
previous fiscal year or in the current fiscal year less the money 
swept.
    6. If, during the course of the grant year, VA determines that 
Priority 1 and 2 grantee spending is not meeting the

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minimum percentage milestones below, VA may elect to recoup projected 
unused funds and reprogram such funds to provide supportive services in 
areas with higher need. Should VA elect to recoup unspent funds, 
reductions in available grant funds would take place the first business 
day following the end of the quarter. VA may elect to recoup funds 
under the following circumstances:
    (a) By the end of the first quarter (December 31, 2020) of the 
grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the 
grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is 
fewer than 15 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During 
this same period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive 
services grant funds may not exceed 35 percent of the total supportive 
services grant award.)
    (b) By the end of the second quarter (March 31, 2021) of the 
grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the 
grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is 
fewer than 40 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During 
this same period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive 
services grant funds may not exceed 60 percent of the total supportive 
services grant award.)
    (c) By the end of the third quarter (June 30, 2021) of the 
grantee's supportive services annualized grant award period, the 
grantee's cumulative requests for supportive services grant funds is 
fewer than 65 percent of total supportive services grant award. (During 
this same period, the grantee's cumulative requests for supportive 
services grant funds may not exceed 80 percent of the total supportive 
services grant award.)
    7. Applicants should fill out separate applications for each 
supportive services funding request.
    8. Applicants who fail to provide a letter of support from at least 
one of the CoCs they plan to serve will be eligible for renewal funding 
at a level no greater than 90 percent of their previous award. 
Applicants are responsible for determining who in each serviced CoC is 
authorized to provide such letters of support. This requirement applies 
to all applicants, including existing multi-year grantees that are only 
required to submit a LOI in response to this NOFA. In order to meet 
this requirement and allow the applicant to be eligible for full 
funding, letters must include:
    (a) A detailed description of the applicant's participation in the 
CoC's Coordinated Entry process or planning activities and overall 
community planning efforts (for instance, confirmation of applicant's 
active participation in planning coordinated entry, commitment to 
participating in coordinated entry, hours spent on CoC-sponsored 
committee or workgroup assignments, and names of said committees or 
workgroups).
    (b) The applicant's contribution to the CoC's coordinated entry 
process capacity building efforts, detailing the specific nature of 
this contribution (for instance, the hours of staff time and/or the 
amount of funding provided), if such SSVF capacity has been requested 
by the CoC or otherwise has shown to be of value to the CoC.
    9. Should additional funding become available over the course of 
grant term from funds recouped under the Award Information section of 
this Notice, funds that are voluntarily returned by grantees, funds 
that become available due to a grant termination, or other funds still 
available for grant awards, VA may elect to offer these funds to 
grantees in areas where demand has exceeded available SSVF resources. 
Additional funds will be provided first to the highest scoring grantee 
in the selected area who is in compliance with their grant agreement 
and has the capacity to utilize the additional funds.
    D. Supportive Services Grant Award Period: Priority 2 grants are 
made for a 1-year period, although selected grants may be eligible for 
a 3-year award (see VI.C.6) as Priority 1 awards. All grants are 
eligible to be renewed subject to the availability of funding.

III. Eligibility Information

    A. Eligible Applicants: For Priority 1 and 2, only eligible 
entities that are existing grantees with grants scheduled to end by 
September 30, 2020, can apply in response to this NOFA. For Priority 3, 
only eligible entities that are existing grantees previously awarded 2-
year grants stemming from the SSVF NOFA published on December 19, 2018, 
can apply in response to this NOFA.
    B. Cost Sharing or Matching: None.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    A. Obtaining an Application Package: Applications are located at 
www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf. Any questions regarding this process should 
be referred to the SSVF Program Office by email at [email protected]. For 
detailed SSVF Program information and requirements, see 38 CFR part 62.
    B. Content and Form of Application: Applicants must submit 
applications electronically following instructions found at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.
    C. Submission Dates and Times: Applications for supportive services 
grants under the SSVF Program must be received by the SSVF Program 
Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 24, 2020. Awards made for 
supportive services grants will fund operations beginning October 1, 
2020. 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. 
Additionally, in the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, 
this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as 
ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the 
deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make 
early submission of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of 
eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer service 
outages, or other delivery-related problems.
    D. Funding Restrictions: Funding will be awarded for existing 
supportive services grants under this NOFA depending on funding 
availability. Priority 1 and 2 applicants should fill out separate 
applications for each supportive services funding request. Priority 3 
applicants must submit a separate LOI for each award. Funding will be 
awarded under this NOFA to existing grantees beginning October 1, 2020.
    1. Funding used for staff education and training cannot exceed 1 
percent of the overall program grant award. This limitation does not 
include the cost to attend VA mandated training. All training costs 
must be directly related to the provision of services to homeless 
Veterans and their families.
    2. Expenses related to maintaining accreditation are allowable. 
Priority 1 and 2 grantees are allowed to include expenses for seeking 
initial accreditation only once in a 5-year period. The expenses to 
renew full accreditation is allowed and is based on the schedule of the 
accrediting agency: For instance, every 3 years for CARF and every 4 
years for COA. Expenses related to the renewal of less than full 
accreditation are not allowed.
    E. Other Submission Requirements:
    1. Existing applicants applying for Priority 1 or 2 grants may 
apply only as renewal applicants using the application designed for 
renewal grants.
    2. At the discretion of VA, multiple grant proposals submitted by 
the same lead agency may be combined into a single grant award if the 
proposals provide services to contiguous areas.
    3. Additional supportive services grant application requirements 
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specified in the application package. Submission of an incorrect or 
incomplete application package will result in the application being 
rejected during threshold review. The application packages must contain 
all required forms and certifications. Selections will be made based on 
criteria described in 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA. Applicants and 
grantees will be notified of any additional information needed to 
confirm or clarify information provided in the application and the 
deadline by which to submit such information. Applicants must submit 
applications electronically. Applications may not be mailed, hand 
carried, or sent by facsimile.

V. Application Review Information

    A. Criteria:
    1. VA will only score applicants that meet the threshold 
requirements described in 38 CFR 62.21.
    2. VA will use the criteria described in 38 CFR 62.24 to score 
grantees applying for renewal (Priority 1 and 2) of a supportive 
services grant.
    3. Priority 3 submission requirements are described in II.B.3.
    B. Review and Selection Process: VA will review all supportive 
services renewal grant applications in response to this NOFA according 
to the following steps:
    1. Score all applications that meet the threshold requirements 
described in 38 CFR 62.21.
    2. Rank those applications who score at least 75 cumulative points 
and receive at least one point under each of the categories identified 
for renewal applicants in 38 CFR 62.24. The applications will be ranked 
in order from highest to lowest scores in accordance with 38 CFR 62.25 
for renewal applicants.
    3. VA will utilize the ranked scores of applications as the primary 
basis for selection. However, VA will also utilize the following 
considerations in 38 CFR 62.23(d) to select applicants for funding:
    (a) Give preference to applications that provide or coordinate the 
provision of supportive services for very low-income Veteran families 
transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Consistent with 
this preference, where other funds from community resources are not 
readily available for temporary financial assistance, applicants are 
required to spend no less than 60 percent of all budgeted temporary 
financial assistance on participants occupying permanent housing as 
defined in 38 CFR 62.11(b). Waivers to this 60 percent requirement may 
be requested when grantees can demonstrate significant local progress 
towards eliminating homelessness in the target service area. Waiver 
requests must include data from authoritative sources such as USICH 
certification, that a community has ended homelessness as defined by 
Federal Benchmarks and Criteria or has reached Community Solution's 
Functional Zero. Waivers for the 60 percent requirement may also be 
requested for services provided to rural Indian tribal areas and other 
rural areas where shelter capacity is insufficient to meet local need. 
Waiver requests must include an endorsement by the impacted CoC 
explicitly stating that a shift in resources from rapid re-housing to 
prevention will not result in an increase in homelessness.
    (b) To the extent practicable, ensure that supportive services 
grants are equitably distributed across geographic regions, including 
rural communities and tribal lands. This equitable distribution 
criteria will be used to ensure that SSVF resources are provided to 
those communities with the highest need as identified by VA's 
assessment of expected demand and available resources to meet that 
demand.
    4. Subject to the considerations noted in paragraph B.3 above, VA 
will fund the highest-ranked applicants for which funding is available.

VI. Award Administration Information

    A. Award Notices: Although subject to change, the SSVF Program 
Office expects to announce grant recipients for all applicants in the 
fourth quarter of FY 2020 with grants beginning October 1, 2020. Prior 
to executing a funding agreement, VA will contact the applicants, make 
known the amount of proposed funding, and verify that the applicant 
would still like the funding. Once VA verifies that the applicant is 
still seeking funding, VA will execute an agreement and make payments 
to the grant recipient in accordance with 38 CFR part 62 and this NOFA.
    B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements:
    As SSVF grants cannot be used to fund treatment for mental health 
or substance use disorders, applicants must provide evidence that they 
can provide access to such services to all program participants through 
formal and informal agreements with community providers.
    C. Reporting: VA places great emphasis on the responsibility and 
accountability of grantees. As described in 38 CFR 62.63 and 62.71, VA 
has procedures in place to monitor supportive services provided to 
participants and outcomes associated with the supportive services 
provided under the SSVF Program. Applicants should be aware of the 
following:
    1. Upon execution of a supportive services grant agreement with VA, 
grantees will have a VA regional coordinator assigned by the SSVF 
Program Office who will provide oversight and monitor supportive 
services provided to participants.
    2. Grantees will be required to enter data into a Homeless 
Management Information System (HMIS) Web-based software application. 
These data will consist of information on the participants served and 
types of supportive services provided by grantees. Grantees must treat 
the data for activities funded by the SSVF Program separate from that 
of activities funded by other programs. Grantees will be required to 
work with their HMIS Administrators to export client-level data for 
activities funded by the SSVF Program to VA on at least a monthly 
basis.
    3. VA will complete annual monitoring evaluations of each grantee. 
Monitoring will also include the submittal of quarterly and annual 
financial and performance reports by the grantee. The grantee will be 
expected to demonstrate adherence to the grantee's proposed program 
concept, as described in the grantee's application. All grantees are 
subject to audits conducted by the VA or its representative.
    4. Grantees will be assessed based on their ability to meet 
critical performance measures. In addition to meeting program 
requirements defined by the regulations and applicable NOFA(s), 
grantees will be assessed on their ability to place participants into 
housing and the housing retention rates of participants served. Higher 
placement for homeless participants and higher housing retention rates 
for at-risk participants are expected for very-low income Veteran 
families when compared to extremely low-income Veteran families with 
incomes below 30 percent of the area median income.
    5. Grantees' performance will be assessed based on their consumer 
satisfaction scores. These scores include the participation rates and 
results of both the standardized survey offered to all participant 
households and unannounced visits to assess screening and intake 
procedures (commonly known as a mystery shopper program).
    6. Organizations receiving renewal awards and have had ongoing SSVF 
program operation for at least 1 year (as measured from the start of 
initial SSVF services until January 24, 2020) may be eligible for a 3-
year award. Grantees meeting outcome goals defined by VA

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and in substantial compliance with their grant agreements (defined by 
meeting targets and having no outstanding corrective action plans) and 
who, in addition, receive 3-year accreditation from CARF in Employment 
and Community Services: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention 
standards, a 4-year accreditation from COA accreditation in Supported 
Community Living Services standards, or a 3 year accreditation in The 
Joint Commission's Behavioral Health Care: Housing Support Services 
Standards are eligible for a 3-year grant renewal subject to funding 
availability. (NOTE: Multi-year awards are contingent on funding 
availability). If awarded a multiple year renewal, grantees may be 
eligible for funding increases as defined in NOFAs that correspond to 
years 2 and 3 of their renewal funding.

VII. Other Information

    A. VA Goals and Objectives for Funds Awarded Under this NOFA: In 
accordance with 38 CFR 62.24(c), VA will evaluate an applicant's 
compliance with VA goals and requirements for the SSVF Program. VA 
goals and requirements include the provision of supportive services 
designed to enhance the housing stability and independent living skills 
of very low-income Veteran families occupying permanent housing across 
geographic regions and program administration in accordance with all 
applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines. For purposes of this 
NOFA, VA goals and requirements also include the provision of 
supportive services designed to rapidly re-house or prevent 
homelessness among people in the following target populations who also 
meet all requirements for being part of a very low-income Veteran 
family occupying permanent housing:
    1. Veteran families earning less than 30 percent of area median 
income as most recently published by HUD for programs under section 8 
of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) (http://www.huduser.org).
    2. Veterans with at least one dependent family member.
    3. Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation 
Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn.
    4. Veteran families located in a community, as defined by HUD's 
CoC, or a county not currently served by a SSVF grantee.
    5. Veteran families located in a community, as defined by HUD's 
CoC, where current level of SSVF services is not sufficient to meet 
demand of Category 2 and 3 (currently homeless) Veteran families.
    6. Veteran families located in a rural area.
    7. Veteran families located on Indian Tribal Property.
    B. Payments of Supportive Services Grant Funds: Grantees will 
receive payments electronically through the U.S. Department of Health 
and Human Services Payment Management System. Grantees will have the 
ability to request payments as frequently as they choose subject to the 
following limitations:
    1. During the first quarter of the grantee's supportive services 
annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for 
supportive services grant funds may not exceed 35 percent of the total 
supportive services grant award without written approval by VA.
    2. By the end of the second quarter of the grantee's supportive 
services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative 
requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 60 percent 
of the total supportive services grant award without written approval 
by VA.
    3. By the end of the third quarter of the grantee's supportive 
services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative 
requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 80 percent 
of the total supportive services grant award without written approval 
by VA.
    4. By the end of the fourth quarter of the grantee's supportive 
services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative 
requests for supportive services grant funds may not exceed 100 percent 
of the total supportive services grant award.

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. Pamela 
Powers, Chief of Staff, Department of Veterans Affairs, approved this 
document on December 2, 2019, for publication.

Jeffrey M. Martin,
Assistant Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of 
the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2019-26281 Filed 12-4-19; 8:45 am]
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