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VA awards grants to VAGLAHS to help prevent and end Veteran homelessness

August 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Press Release header. Office of Public Affairs Media Relations (310) 268-3340 VHAGLAPublicAffairs@va.gov

VA to award twelve grants in the amount of five hundred and thirty-nine thousand dollars to help prevent and end Veteran homelessness in the Greater Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will award twelve grants to VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) community organizations totaling approximately five hundred and thirty-nine thousand dollars under the Grant Per Diem (GPD) program.

The GPD Program provides funding to community organizations that provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless Veterans, with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination.

"These additional grants for our Transitional Housing Grant and Per Diem programs give us more resources to augment the already robust Transitional Housing Homeless Veteran programs." said Steven E. Braverman, M.D., Director, VAGLAHS. "We are constantly exploring new and innovative ways to expand our support and services with our community partners who work with homeless Veterans and the GPD programs ensure that we are able to continue to work to prevent homelessness within our Veteran population."

The award period begins Oct. 1 to support three different types of grants to address the unique needs of Veterans who are homeless:

  • Per Diem only grants are used to provide transitional housing beds and operate service centers for Veterans experiencing homelessness. These grants provide funding in the form of per diem payments to reimburse grantees for the cost of care provided to Veterans during the award period.
  • Special Need grants provide funding to organizations that incur additional operational costs to help Veterans with special needs who are experiencing homelessness, including women, individuals with chronic mental illnesses and Veterans who care for minor dependents.
  • Transition in Place grants provide funding to community agencies that place Veterans experiencing homelessness in transitional housing while providing them with supportive services. These services are designed to help Veterans become more stable and independent, with the ultimate goal of Veterans assuming full responsibility for the lease or other housing agreement. When that goal has been achieved, the transitional residence becomes the Veteran’s permanent residence and supportive services come to an end.

The GPD program has provided Veterans who are homeless with community-based transitional housing and supportive services since 1994. The number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in the U.S. has declined by 50% since 2010 — resulting from the GPD program and other VA efforts.

Information about the GPD program and a list of grantees is available at www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp.

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ABOUT VAGLAHS: VAGLAHS is one component of the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN22) offering services to Veterans residing in Southern California. VAGLAHS consists of two ambulatory care centers, a tertiary care facility and 9 community-based outpatient clinics. VAGLAHS serves Veterans residing throughout five counties: Kern, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. There are approximately 1.4 million Veterans in the VAGLAHS service area. For more information, call (310) 268-3340 or visit us at www.losangeles.va.gov. Veterans in need can call the VA hotline toll-free at 877-4-AID-VET.