VA Per Diem NOFA Released
The U.S. Department of Veterans has announced the availability of funding for the Per Diem Only component of the Grant and Per Diem Program. Please note that capital funds are not available through this NOFA and that this NOFA is very different from previous ones, although the PDO application has not significantly changed.
Through this NOFA, the VA expects to fund about 450 beds over a 3-year period for Funding Priority 1 and about 150 beds under Funding Priorities 2-4. Applicants may only apply for one funding priority and clearly indicate this priority in the cover letter. Funding priorities are:
- Funding Priority 1: This priority uses the “Transition in Place” housing model, where homeless veterans are provided with housing and supportive services. The supportive services transition out of the residence over time, not the resident. This mean that the applicant must own or lease apartments intended as permanent housing for an individual or family. As the veteran assumes the lease or other long-term agreement for the apartment, the VA will no longer provide funding for this unit. It means that the grantee then must identify a new unit in which to place another veteran. Special emphasis is on underserved populations, including homeless women veterans with or without dependent children.
- Funding Priority 2: Your project site(s) must have a Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Code of 10.0 to 10.6 in order to be eligible to apply under this priority. RUCA codes are available on the website by zip code and State. This priority creates transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans not to exceed 20 beds per project.
- Funding Priority 3: Applicants must be Indian Tribal Governments or non-profit agencies that will create transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans on Indian Tribal Property. Each project cannot exceed 20 beds.
- Funding Priority 4: State and local governments, faith-based and community-based organizations, and eligible entities in the District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United States are eligible to apply for this priority. Transitional housing and supportive services for homeless veterans, not to exceed 20 beds per project, must be created.
Applications are due to the National Program Office no later than 4:00 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
Please visit the VA website to download the NOFA and application. More information about the Per Diem program is available on the VA Grant and Per Diem webpage or by calling the National Program Office at their toll-free number, 877-332-0334.