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Highway to Housing: Grant and Per Diem Program

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VA Home Front Community Partner Panelists
Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Grant and Per Diem program (GPD) allows community agencies to apply for grants from the VA to provide much needed services to homeless Veterans. GPD programs provide housing and other services (vocational assistance, case management, etc.) to encourage Veterans to learn the skills needed for them to achieve financial stability and independent housing. These partnerships can be an important stepping-stone in creating a path for Veterans to overcome the obstacles that have contributed to their homelessness.  By working together, GLA and our community providers are able to provide a range of services including substance abuse treatment and transitional housing programs for our nation's Veterans. GLA is working to create partnerships that provide services to all Veterans, including female Veterans, Veteran's from the most current conflicts Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), Senior Veterans, and families. Two of these programs are highlighted below:

The Salvation Army, Naomi House

This is a transitional housing program for female Veterans. The program identifies and addresses barriers to independent living including mental health needs, employment barriers, money management, and access to transportation. Veterans are either ready to get back to work or have a fixed income and are willing to participate in school or volunteer activities.  Veterans must have 90 days of sobriety in addition to working on a personal relapse prevention plan. Veterans engage in weekly group therapy and individual therapy is available as needed. 

Volunteers of America, Hollywood Center

This program provides residential recovery services for OEF/OIF Veterans.  This long-term residential program for OEF/OIF Veterans offers substance abuse, mental health treatment and case management services.  All Veterans must commit to a 30-day initial restriction, during which, the Veteran can choose to focus specifically on substance abuse or mental health treatment.  Once the 30 days of initial treatment is completed, the Veteran works with a case manager to begin employment training, attend school, and/or find employment. 

For more information regarding these programs and more, visit:

http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp

http://www.va.gov/homeless/