Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program
The purpose of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program (VHPD) is to explore ways for the Federal Government to offer early intervention homelessness prevention, primarily to veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The authorizing statutory language for the VHPD acknowledges the increasing number of female veterans, veterans with families especially with a single head of household, as well as those from the National Guard and Reserve who are being discharged from the military and whose unique needs should be more closely examined. It is anticipated that this demonstration program will provide an opportunity to understand the unique needs of this new cohort of veterans, and will support efforts to identify, reach, and assist them to regain and maintain housing stability.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available.
Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
HUD allows grantees signficant discretion in program design and operations while targeting those who are most in need of homelessness prevention housing assistance.
Veterans and veterans with families at risk of homelessness or experiencing short-term (less than 90 days) homelessness.
The CoC selected for the demonstration must accept or decline the invitation to participate. Upon acceptance the CoC must submit a plan which describes the process used to select the grantee to carry out the demonstration project. Selected grantees must be part of the CoC. A HUD form SF-424 signed by the grantee must be submitted with the CoC plan. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Grantees will be collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor representatives on the local level to identify program participants and provide services and financial housing assistance. HUD was authorized by Congress to design the VHPD Program and to select the sites. A competition was not required. The selected CoCs are responsible for identifying grantees that have the requisite VA/DOL experience to carry out the demonstration. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.
The grant will be made by means of a grant agreement executed by HUD Headquarters staff and the selected entity. The selected entity will receive three copies of the grant agreement that must be signed and returned to HUD Headquarters within 15 days of the date postmarked. Within 90 days of the date that the grant agreement is signed for each selected grantee, HUD Headquarters will conduct a series of conference calls to assist grantees in fully developing their plans for carrying out the demonstration, and to discuss the proposed program evaluation design with grantees.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
HUD reviewed and approved the five grantee proposals based on criteria established in the July 27, 2010 Notice of Availability: Notice of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Implementation of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration Program.
How may assistance be used?
Funding may be used for short-term housing assistance, including security deposits, up to 18 months of rent assistance, rental and/or utility arrearages, or related housing assistance. Grantees may also use funding for appropriate services for veterans and their families, including, but not limited to, child care, family services and case management. The grantee may stop the VHPD assistance to a program participant who violates program requirements. Grantees may resume assistance to a program participant whose assistance was previously suspended. In terminating assistance to a program participant, the grantee must provide a formal process that recognizes the rights of individuals receiving assistance to due process.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Grantees are required to report client –level data in a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) or a comparable database. Each grantee must also submit quarterly performance reports – the first of which must cover the period between the grant agreement execution date and 3 months following that date. Finally, grantees must participate in an evaluation of the demonstration and submit reports as requested by HUD. To the extent possible, the evaluation will measure the effectiveness of the prevention assistance delivered through this demonstration program, including outcomes related to housing stability, earnings/employment, and access to needed health services. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Grantees submit quarterly financial reports that show expenditures. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Each grantee must keep any records and make any reports (including those pertaining to race, ethnicity, gender, and disability status data) that HUD may require within the time frame required.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
While most funds should be expended prior to the expiration of the grant, all funds must be drawn down within 90 days of the expiration of the grant term. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Brian Fitzmaurice, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Planning and Development, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 7262, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Brian.P.Fitzmaurice@hud.gov
Phone: 202-708-4300 Fax: 202-401-0053
(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Act allocates $10 million to HUD for the purpose of conducting a demonstration program that addresses and researches homelessness prevention among veterans and their families, and specifies the actions that HUD should take in implementing and administering this demonstration program. HUD is directed to coordinate with VA and DOL to test the effectiveness of strategies to prevent veterans from becoming homeless.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available