Funding Availability: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, 8098-8101 [2020-02769]

Download as PDF lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 8098 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / Notices 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 April 13, 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 Administrations (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. 2900–0020’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danny S. 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: Designation of Beneficiary Government Life Insurance VA Form 29–336 and Supplemental Designation of Beneficiary Government Life Insurance VA Form 29–336a. OMB Control Number: 2900–0020. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Abstract: These forms are used by the insured to designate beneficiaries and select an optional settlement to be used when the insurance matures by death. The information is required to determine the claimant’s eligibility to receive the proceeds. The information on the form is required by law, 38 U.S.C. Sections 1917, 1949 and 1952. Affected Public: Individuals and households. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Feb 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 Estimated Annual Burden: 13,917 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 10 minutes. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Estimated Number of Respondents: 83,500. By direction of the Secretary. Danny S. Green, VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Quality, Performance and Risk, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–02755 Filed 2–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Rental and Utility Assistance for Certain Low-Income Veteran Families Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program has enabled grantees to augment available housing options for homeless Veterans in high-rent burden communities by increasing the rental assistance for up to 2 years before recertification. This notice establishes locations where the SSVF grantees can place Veterans in housing with this rental subsidy. DATES: SSVF grantees can place Veterans in housing with the rental subsidy described in title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 62.34(a)(8), effective October 1, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Kuhn, Homeless Program Office, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Office, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, (202) 632–8596. (This is not a toll-free number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a document published in the Federal Register on August 28, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a final rule, which revised its regulations that govern the SSVF Program, which are authorized under section 2044 of title 38 United States Code and 84 Federal Register 45074. This rule, which amended 38 CFR 62.34(a)(6) and (8), enables of SSVF grantees to provide rental assistance in certain areas where the limited availability of affordable housing makes it difficult to reduce a community’s population of homeless Veterans. Through the provision of these subsidies, the pool of available housing can be expanded as program participants have access to a broader rental market. Section 62.34(a)(8) states SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00182 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that extremely low-income Veteran families and very low-income Veteran families who meet the criteria of section 62.11 may be eligible to receive a rental subsidy for a 2-year period without recertification. Section 62.34(a)(8) further states that the applicable counties will be published annually in the Federal Register. This notice provides the eligible counties for Fiscal Year 2020. Locations: This rental subsidy will be available in the District of Columbia and the following counties: California: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda, San Diego, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Kern, Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Marin, and San Mateo. Washington: King. Hawaii: Honolulu. Illinois: Cook. New York: New York, Bronx, Queens, Kings, and Richmond. 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 February 6, 2020, for publication. Luvenia Potts, Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–02734 Filed 2–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Funding Availability: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice of funding availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of 1-year renewal funding for the 11 currently operational Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage applicants to continue services to the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / Notices homeless Special Need Veteran population. This NOFA contains information concerning the program, application process, and amount of funding available. DATES: February 12, 2020. An original, signed, dated, and completed renewal application for assistance under VA’s GPD Program and associated documents must be received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 27, 2020. (See application requirements below.) Applications may not be sent by facsimile or email. In the interest of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and time, and VA will treat any application received after the deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should take this firm deadline into account and make early submission of their materials to avoid risk of ineligibility due to unanticipated delays or other deliveryrelated problems. Applications must be physically delivered (e.g., in person, or by U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, United Parcel Service, or any other type of courier). The VA GPD National Program Office staff will accept the application and date stamp it immediately at the time of arrival. This is the date and time that will determine if the deadline is met for these types of deliveries. ADDRESSES: An original signed, dated, completed, and collated grant renewal application and all required associated documents must be submitted to the following address: VA National Grant and Per Diem Program Office, 10770 North 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617. Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications must arrive as a complete package. Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package for consideration and may result in the application being rejected or not funded. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, Grant/Per Diem, (673/GPD), VA National Grant and Per Diem Program Office, 10770 North 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617, 1 (877) 332–0334. (This is a toll-free number.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Funding Opportunity Title: Grant and Per Diem Special Need Grant Program. Announcement Type: Renewal. Funding Opportunity Number: VA– GPD–SN–FY2020. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 64.024, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Feb 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 I. Funding Opportunity Description A. Purpose: This NOFA announces the availability of funds to provide 1year funding assistance under VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program for the 11 operational GPD Special Need recipients and their collaborative VA partners (as applicable). Eligible applicants may obtain grant assistance to cover additional operational costs that would not otherwise be incurred, but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds and services for the following Special Need homeless Veteran populations: (1) Women; (2) Chronically mentally ill; or (3) Individuals who have care of minor dependents. B. Definitions: Section 61.1 of title 38, Code of Federal Regulations contains definitions of terms used in the GPD Program. Eligible applicants should review these definitions to ensure their proposed populations meet the specific requirements. Funding applied for under this NOFA may be used for the provision of service and operational costs to facilitate the following for each targeted group: Women (1) Ensure transportation for women, especially for health care and educational needs; and (2) Address safety and security issues including segregation from other program participants if deemed appropriate. Chronically Mentally Ill (1) Help participants join in, and engage with, the community; (2) Facilitate reintegration with the community and provide services that may optimize reintegration, such as lifeskills education, recreational activities, and follow-up case management; (3) Ensure that participants have opportunities and services for reestablishing relationships with family; (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or through referral, to obtain other services particularly relevant for a chronically mentally ill population, such as vocational development, benefits management, fiduciary or money management services, medication compliance, and medication education. Individuals Who Have Care of Minor Dependents (1) Ensure transportation for individuals who have care of minor dependents, and their minor dependents, especially for health care and educational needs; PO 00000 Frm 00183 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8099 (2) Provide directly or offer referrals for adequate and safe child care; (3) Ensure children’s health care needs are met, especially ageappropriate wellness visits and immunizations; and (4) Address safety and security issues, including segregation from other program participants if deemed appropriate. C. Eligibility Information: To be eligible, an applicant must be a currently operational FY 2020 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipient with or without a collaborative VA Special Need partner, who was awarded this grant based on the NOFA published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2019, 84 FR 16762. Furthermore, if the applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, the applicant will be ineligible for an award under this NOFA. D. Cost Sharing or Matching: None. E. Authority: 38 United States Code §§ 2011, 2012, 2061, as implemented in regulation at 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 61. II. Award Information A. Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of 1-year renewal funding for use in FY 2021 for the 11 currently operational FY 2020 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. B. Funding Priorities: None. C. Allocation of Funds: Approximately $3 million is available for the current Special Need Grant component of VA’s Homeless Providers GPD Program. Funding will be for a period beginning on October 1, 2020 and ending on September 30, 2021. The Special Need per diem payment will be the lesser of: (1) One hundred percent of the daily cost of care estimated by the Special Need Grant recipient for furnishing services to homeless Veterans with special needs that the Special Need Grant recipient certifies to be correct, minus any other sources of income; or (2) Two times the current VA State Home Program per diem rate for domiciliary care. Special Need awards are subject to: FY 2020 funds availability; the recipient meeting the performance goals as stated in the grant application; statutory and regulatory requirements; and annual inspections. E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 8100 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / Notices Applicants should ensure their funding requests and operational costs are based on the 12-month period above and should be in line with expenditures from the prior year. Requests cannot exceed the amount obligated under their FY 2020 award. Applicants should note unexpended funding from FY 2020 awards will be deobligated. D. Funding Actions: Applicants will be notified of any further additional information needed to confirm or clarify information provided in the application. Applicants will then be notified of the deadline to submit such information. If an applicant is unable to meet any of the conditions for grant award within the specified timeframe, VA reserves the right to not award funds to that applicant and to use the funds available for other Special Need applicants. Following receipt and confirmation that this information is accurate and in acceptable form, the applicant will execute an agreement with VA in accordance with 38 CFR 61.61. E. Grant Award Period: Applicants that are selected will have a maximum of 1 year beginning on October 1, 2020, and ending on September 30, 2021, to utilize the Special Need funding. Funds unexpended after the September 30, 2021, deadline will be deobligated. F. Funding Restrictions: No part of a Special Need Grant may be used for any purpose that would significantly change the scope of the specific GPD project for which a capital GPD was awarded. As a part of the review process, VA will review the original project and subsequent approved program changes of the previous FY 2016 original Special Need applications and the FY 2020 renewal grants to ensure significant scope changes have not occurred, displacing other homeless Veteran populations. Note: Changes to the Special Need population the applicant currently serves will not be allowed. Special Need funding may not be used for capital improvements or to purchase vans or real property. However, the leasing of vans or real property may be acceptable. Questions regarding acceptability should be directed to VA’s National GPD Program Office at the number listed in Contact Information. Applicants may not receive Special Need funding to replace funds provided by any Federal, state, or local government agency or program to assist homeless persons. III. Application and Submission Information Content and Form of Application: Applicants should ensure that they include all required documents in their VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Feb 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 application and carefully follow the format described below. Submission of an incorrect, incomplete, or incorrectly formatted application package will result in the application being rejected at the beginning of the process. If an applicant is unable to meet any conditions for grant award within the specified time frame, VA reserves the right to not award funds and to use the funds available for other Special Need applicants. IV. Application Documentation Required A. Letter from Applicant: Applicants must submit a letter on their organization letterhead stating the intent to apply for renewal funding and agreement for VA to evaluate their previously awarded FY 2016 Special Need application and FY 2020 renewal grant for scoring purposes. In addition, the letter must state the model (see listing below) to which that application will be linked and that the applicant agrees, as a condition of funding under this NOFA, that they will provide the services as outlined in that application, along with any VA-approved changes in scope, and that the applicant’s FY 2016 required forms and certifications still apply for the period of this award. B. Models: Bridge Housing; Low Demand; Clinical Treatment; Hospital to Housing; or Service Intensive Transitional Housing. C. Performance Goals: Applicants must submit documentation of the applicant meeting the performance goals as stated in the FY 2016 original grant Special Need application and carried forward to their FY 2020 renewal grant, as evidenced by their last VA project inspection. D. Letter from VA Collaborative Partner (if applicable): If the FY 2016 Special Need Grant was a collaborative grant, the applicant must submit an updated letter of commitment, or an updated Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from the VA collaborative partner stating that VA will continue to meet its objectives, or provide its duties as outlined in the original MOA in FY 2016. Note: If the applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, then the applicant will be ineligible for an award under this NOFA. E. Other Submission Requirements: None. F. Submission Dates and Times: An original, signed, and dated application package, including all required documents, must be received in the GPD Program Office: VA National Grant and Per Diem Program Office, 10770 North PO 00000 Frm 00184 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617, by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application deadline date. Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications must arrive as a complete package, to include VA collaborative partner materials (see Application Requirements). Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application package for consideration and may result in the application being rejected or not funded. V. Application Review Information A. Criteria for Special Need Grants: Rating criteria may be found at 38 CFR 61.40. B. Review and Selection Process: Review and selection process may be found at 38 CFR 61.40. Selections will be made based on criteria described in the FY 2016 application and additional information as specified in this NOFA. C. Award Notice: Although subject to change, the GPD Program Office expects to announce grant awards during the late fourth quarter of FY 2020 (September). The initial announcement will be made by news release which will be posted on VA’s National GPD Program website at www.va.gov/ homeless/gpd.asp. Following the initial announcement, the GPD Program Office will mail notification letters to the grant recipients. Applicants who are not selected will be mailed a declination letter within 2 weeks of the initial announcement. D. Administrative and National Policy: It is important to be aware that VA places great emphasis on responsibility and accountability. VA has procedures in place to monitor services provided to homeless Veterans and outcomes associated with the services provided in grant and per diemfunded programs. Applicants should be aware of the following: (1) Awardees will be required to support their request for payments with adequate fiscal documentation as to income and expenses. (2) All awardees that are selected in response to this NOFA must meet the requirements of the current edition of the Life Safety Code of the National Fire Protection Association as it relates to their specific facility. Applicants should note that all facilities are to be protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system unless a facility is specifically exempted under the Life Safety Code. Applicants should consider this when submitting their grant applications, as no additional E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 29 / Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / Notices funds will be made available for capital improvements under this NOFA. (3) Each program receiving Special Need funding will have a liaison appointed from a nearby VA medical facility to provide oversight and monitor services provided to homeless Veterans in the program. (4) Monitoring will include at a minimum, a quarterly review of each GPD grantee’s progress toward meeting performance goals, including the applicant’s internal goals and objectives in helping Veterans attain housing stability, adequate income support, and self-sufficiency as identified in each GPD grantee’s original application. Monitoring will also include a review of the agency’s income and expenses as they relate to this project to ensure payment is accurate. Each funded program will participate in the VA’s national program monitoring and evaluation as these monitoring procedures will be used to determine successful accomplishment of these housing outcomes for each GPD-funded program. Applicants with questions regarding the funding from previous Special Need awards should contact the VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Office prior to application. A full copy of the regulations governing the GPD Program is available at the GPD website at http:// www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp. 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 February 6, 2020, for publication. Luvenia Potts, Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–02769 Filed 2–11–20; 8:45 am] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 8320–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:03 Feb 11, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [OMB Control No. 2900–0474] Agency Information Collection Activity: Create Payment Request for the VA Funding Fee Payment System Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed 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 April 13, 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. 2900–0474’’ in any correspondence. During the comment period, comments may be viewed online through FDMS. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Danny S. Green, (202) 421–1354 or email Danny.Green2@va.gov. Please refer to ‘‘OMB Control No. 2900–0474’’ in any correspondence. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00185 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 8101 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: Create Payment Request for the VA Funding Fee Payment System (VA Form 26–8986). OMB Control Number: 2900–0474. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Abstract: A funding fee must be paid to VA before a loan can be guaranteed. The funding fee is payable on all VAguaranteed loans, i.e., Assumptions, Manufactured Housing, Refinances, and Real Estate purchase and construction loans. The funding fee is not required from veterans who are eligible purple heart recipients, veterans who are in receipt of compensation for serviceconnected disability, veterans in receipt of compensation for service-connected disability, or veterans who, but for receipt of retirement pay, would be entitled to receive compensation for their service-connected disability. Loans made to the unmarried surviving spouses of veterans (who have died in service or from service-connected disability) are exempted from payment of the funding fee, regardless of whether the spouse has his/her own eligibility, provided that the spouse has used his/ her eligibility to obtain a VA-guaranteed loan. For a loan to be eligible for guaranty, lenders’ must provide a copy of the Funding Fee Receipt or evidence the veteran is exempt from the requirement of paying the funding fee. The receipt is computer generated and mailed to the lender ID number address that was entered into an Automated Clearing House (ACH) service. Affected Public: Business or other for profit. Estimated Annual Burden: 13,334 hours. Estimated Average Burden per Respondent: 2 minutes. Frequency of Response: One time. Estimated Number of Respondents: 400,000. By direction of the Secretary. Danny S. Green, VA PRA Clearance Officer, Office of Quality, Performance and Risk, Department of Veterans Affairs. [FR Doc. 2020–02785 Filed 2–11–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\12FEN1.SGM 12FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


Funding Availability: Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem 
Program

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Notice of funding availability.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the 
availability of 1-year renewal funding for the 11 currently operational 
Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) 
Program Special Need Grant recipients and their collaborative VA 
Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit renewal applications 
for assistance under the Special Need Grant component of VA's Homeless 
Providers GPD Program. The focus of this NOFA is to encourage 
applicants to continue services to the

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homeless Special Need Veteran population. This NOFA contains 
information concerning the program, application process, and amount of 
funding available.

DATES: February 12, 2020.
    An original, signed, dated, and completed renewal application for 
assistance under VA's GPD Program and associated documents must be 
received by the GPD Program Office by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 
27, 2020. (See application requirements below.)
    Applications may not be sent by facsimile or email. In the interest 
of fairness to all competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to 
date and time, and VA will treat any application received after the 
deadline as ineligible for consideration. Applicants should take this 
firm deadline into account and make early submission of their materials 
to avoid risk of ineligibility due to unanticipated delays or other 
delivery-related problems.
    Applications must be physically delivered (e.g., in person, or by 
U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, United Parcel Service, or any other type of 
courier). The VA GPD National Program Office staff will accept the 
application and date stamp it immediately at the time of arrival. This 
is the date and time that will determine if the deadline is met for 
these types of deliveries.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffery L. Quarles, Director, Grant/
Per Diem, (673/GPD), VA National Grant and Per Diem Program Office, 
10770 North 46th Street, Suite C-200, Tampa, Florida 33617, 1 (877) 
332-0334. (This is a toll-free number.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Funding Opportunity Title: Grant and Per Diem Special Need Grant 
Program.
    Announcement Type: Renewal.
    Funding Opportunity Number: VA-GPD-SN-FY2020.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 64.024, VA Homeless 
Providers Grant and Per Diem Program.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    A. Purpose: This NOFA announces the availability of funds to 
provide 1-year funding assistance under VA's Homeless Providers GPD 
Program for the 11 operational GPD Special Need recipients and their 
collaborative VA partners (as applicable). Eligible applicants may 
obtain grant assistance to cover additional operational costs that 
would not otherwise be incurred, but for the fact that the recipient is 
providing supportive housing beds and services for the following 
Special Need homeless Veteran populations:
    (1) Women;
    (2) Chronically mentally ill; or
    (3) Individuals who have care of minor dependents.
    B. Definitions: Section 61.1 of title 38, Code of Federal 
Regulations contains definitions of terms used in the GPD Program. 
Eligible applicants should review these definitions to ensure their 
proposed populations meet the specific requirements.
    Funding applied for under this NOFA may be used for the provision 
of service and operational costs to facilitate the following for each 
targeted group:
    Women
    (1) Ensure transportation for women, especially for health care and 
educational needs; and
    (2) Address safety and security issues including segregation from 
other program participants if deemed appropriate.
    Chronically Mentally Ill
    (1) Help participants join in, and engage with, the community;
    (2) Facilitate reintegration with the community and provide 
services that may optimize reintegration, such as life-skills 
education, recreational activities, and follow-up case management;
    (3) Ensure that participants have opportunities and services for 
re-establishing relationships with family;
    (4) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of 
medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and
    (5) Provide opportunities for participants, either directly or 
through referral, to obtain other services particularly relevant for a 
chronically mentally ill population, such as vocational development, 
benefits management, fiduciary or money management services, medication 
compliance, and medication education.
    Individuals Who Have Care of Minor Dependents
    (1) Ensure transportation for individuals who have care of minor 
dependents, and their minor dependents, especially for health care and 
educational needs;
    (2) Provide directly or offer referrals for adequate and safe child 
care;
    (3) Ensure children's health care needs are met, especially age-
appropriate wellness visits and immunizations; and
    (4) Address safety and security issues, including segregation from 
other program participants if deemed appropriate.
    C. Eligibility Information: To be eligible, an applicant must be a 
currently operational FY 2020 VA Homeless Providers GPD Program Special 
Need Grant recipient with or without a collaborative VA Special Need 
partner, who was awarded this grant based on the NOFA published in the 
Federal Register on April 22, 2019, 84 FR 16762. Furthermore, if the 
applicant currently has a collaborative project and its VA partner no 
longer wishes to continue, the applicant will be ineligible for an 
award under this NOFA.
    D. Cost Sharing or Matching: None.
    E. Authority: 38 United States Code Sec. Sec.  [thinsp]2011, 2012, 
2061, as implemented in regulation at 38 Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR) 61.

II. Award Information

    A. Overview: This NOFA announces the availability of 1-year renewal 
funding for use in FY 2021 for the 11 currently operational FY 2020 VA 
Homeless Providers GPD Program Special Need Grant recipients and their 
collaborative VA Special Need partners (as applicable) to submit 
renewal applications for assistance under the Special Need Grant 
component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD Program.
    B. Funding Priorities: None.
    C. Allocation of Funds: Approximately $3 million is available for 
the current Special Need Grant component of VA's Homeless Providers GPD 
Program. Funding will be for a period beginning on October 1, 2020 and 
ending on September 30, 2021. The Special Need per diem payment will be 
the lesser of:
    (1) One hundred percent of the daily cost of care estimated by the 
Special Need Grant recipient for furnishing services to homeless 
Veterans with special needs that the Special Need Grant recipient 
certifies to be correct, minus any other sources of income; or
    (2) Two times the current VA State Home Program per diem rate for 
domiciliary care.
    Special Need awards are subject to: FY 2020 funds availability; the 
recipient meeting the performance goals as stated in the grant 
application; statutory and regulatory requirements; and annual 
inspections.

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    Applicants should ensure their funding requests and operational 
costs are based on the 12-month period above and should be in line with 
expenditures from the prior year. Requests cannot exceed the amount 
obligated under their FY 2020 award. Applicants should note unexpended 
funding from FY 2020 awards will be deobligated.
    D. Funding Actions: Applicants will be notified of any further 
additional information needed to confirm or clarify information 
provided in the application. Applicants will then be notified of the 
deadline to submit such information. If an applicant is unable to meet 
any of the conditions for grant award within the specified timeframe, 
VA reserves the right to not award funds to that applicant and to use 
the funds available for other Special Need applicants. Following 
receipt and confirmation that this information is accurate and in 
acceptable form, the applicant will execute an agreement with VA in 
accordance with 38 CFR 61.61.
    E. Grant Award Period: Applicants that are selected will have a 
maximum of 1 year beginning on October 1, 2020, and ending on September 
30, 2021, to utilize the Special Need funding. Funds unexpended after 
the September 30, 2021, deadline will be deobligated.
    F. Funding Restrictions: No part of a Special Need Grant may be 
used for any purpose that would significantly change the scope of the 
specific GPD project for which a capital GPD was awarded. As a part of 
the review process, VA will review the original project and subsequent 
approved program changes of the previous FY 2016 original Special Need 
applications and the FY 2020 renewal grants to ensure significant scope 
changes have not occurred, displacing other homeless Veteran 
populations.
    Note: Changes to the Special Need population the applicant 
currently serves will not be allowed.
    Special Need funding may not be used for capital improvements or to 
purchase vans or real property. However, the leasing of vans or real 
property may be acceptable. Questions regarding acceptability should be 
directed to VA's National GPD Program Office at the number listed in 
Contact Information. Applicants may not receive Special Need funding to 
replace funds provided by any Federal, state, or local government 
agency or program to assist homeless persons.

III. Application and Submission Information

    Content and Form of Application: Applicants should ensure that they 
include all required documents in their application and carefully 
follow the format described below. Submission of an incorrect, 
incomplete, or incorrectly formatted application package will result in 
the application being rejected at the beginning of the process. If an 
applicant is unable to meet any conditions for grant award within the 
specified time frame, VA reserves the right to not award funds and to 
use the funds available for other Special Need applicants.

IV. Application Documentation Required

    A. Letter from Applicant: Applicants must submit a letter on their 
organization letterhead stating the intent to apply for renewal funding 
and agreement for VA to evaluate their previously awarded FY 2016 
Special Need application and FY 2020 renewal grant for scoring 
purposes. In addition, the letter must state the model (see listing 
below) to which that application will be linked and that the applicant 
agrees, as a condition of funding under this NOFA, that they will 
provide the services as outlined in that application, along with any 
VA-approved changes in scope, and that the applicant's FY 2016 required 
forms and certifications still apply for the period of this award.
    B. Models: Bridge Housing; Low Demand; Clinical Treatment; Hospital 
to Housing; or Service Intensive Transitional Housing.
    C. Performance Goals: Applicants must submit documentation of the 
applicant meeting the performance goals as stated in the FY 2016 
original grant Special Need application and carried forward to their FY 
2020 renewal grant, as evidenced by their last VA project inspection.
    D. Letter from VA Collaborative Partner (if applicable): If the FY 
2016 Special Need Grant was a collaborative grant, the applicant must 
submit an updated letter of commitment, or an updated Memorandum of 
Agreement (MOA) from the VA collaborative partner stating that VA will 
continue to meet its objectives, or provide its duties as outlined in 
the original MOA in FY 2016.
    Note: If the applicant currently has a collaborative project and 
its VA partner no longer wishes to continue, then the applicant will be 
ineligible for an award under this NOFA.
    E. Other Submission Requirements: None.
    F. Submission Dates and Times: An original, signed, and dated 
application package, including all required documents, must be received 
in the GPD Program Office: VA National Grant and Per Diem Program 
Office, 10770 North 46th Street, Suite C-200, Tampa, Florida 33617, by 
4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application deadline date.
    Applications must be received by the application deadline. 
Applications must arrive as a complete package, to include VA 
collaborative partner materials (see Application Requirements). 
Materials arriving separately will not be included in the application 
package for consideration and may result in the application being 
rejected or not funded.

V. Application Review Information

    A. Criteria for Special Need Grants: Rating criteria may be found 
at 38 CFR 61.40.
    B. Review and Selection Process: Review and selection process may 
be found at 38 CFR 61.40.
    Selections will be made based on criteria described in the FY 2016 
application and additional information as specified in this NOFA.
    C. Award Notice: Although subject to change, the GPD Program Office 
expects to announce grant awards during the late fourth quarter of FY 
2020 (September). The initial announcement will be made by news release 
which will be posted on VA's National GPD Program website at 
www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp. Following the initial announcement, the 
GPD Program Office will mail notification letters to the grant 
recipients. Applicants who are not selected will be mailed a 
declination letter within 2 weeks of the initial announcement.
    D. Administrative and National Policy: It is important to be aware 
that VA places great emphasis on responsibility and accountability. VA 
has procedures in place to monitor services provided to homeless 
Veterans and outcomes associated with the services provided in grant 
and per diem-funded programs. Applicants should be aware of the 
following:
    (1) Awardees will be required to support their request for payments 
with adequate fiscal documentation as to income and expenses.
    (2) All awardees that are selected in response to this NOFA must 
meet the requirements of the current edition of the Life Safety Code of 
the National Fire Protection Association as it relates to their 
specific facility. Applicants should note that all facilities are to be 
protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system unless a 
facility is specifically exempted under the Life Safety Code. 
Applicants should consider this when submitting their grant 
applications, as no additional

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funds will be made available for capital improvements under this NOFA.
    (3) Each program receiving Special Need funding will have a liaison 
appointed from a nearby VA medical facility to provide oversight and 
monitor services provided to homeless Veterans in the program.
    (4) Monitoring will include at a minimum, a quarterly review of 
each GPD grantee's progress toward meeting performance goals, including 
the applicant's internal goals and objectives in helping Veterans 
attain housing stability, adequate income support, and self-sufficiency 
as identified in each GPD grantee's original application. Monitoring 
will also include a review of the agency's income and expenses as they 
relate to this project to ensure payment is accurate.
    Each funded program will participate in the VA's national program 
monitoring and evaluation as these monitoring procedures will be used 
to determine successful accomplishment of these housing outcomes for 
each GPD-funded program.
    Applicants with questions regarding the funding from previous 
Special Need awards should contact the VA Homeless Providers GPD 
Program Office prior to application.
    A full copy of the regulations governing the GPD Program is 
available at the GPD website at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp.

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 February 6, 2020, for publication.

Luvenia Potts,
Regulation Development Coordinator, Office of Regulation Policy & 
Management, Office of the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2020-02769 Filed 2-11-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 8320-01-P