VA San Diego Healthcare System
VA to award six grants of $425,408 to prevent and end Veteran homelessness in San Diego
August 24, 2020
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will award six grants to community organizations totaling approximately $425,408 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.
“The GPD program is one component of VA’s multifaceted continuum of services and resources to help Veterans exit homelessness,” said VA San Diego Healthcare System Director, Robert M. Smith, M.D. “No Veteran should ever have to worry whether they will have stable housing, and these grants put us one step closer to ensuring all Veterans are living in a safe and supportive environment.”The award period begins Oct. 1 to support 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.
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 https://www.va.gov/homeless/gpd.asp.