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Contracts & Grant Per Diem Program (GPD) : This program allows the VA to provide grant and per diem payments to assist public and non-profit organizations in establishing and operating transitional supportive housing. Richmond’s Homeless Program offers three different Grant and Per Diem Programs for homeless Veterans. These programs are designed to provide housing assistance, case management, education, crisis intervention, counseling and services targeted towards this special population of Veterans. The goal of the program is to help homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Housing & Urban Development/Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD/VASH): The HUD/VASH program is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing (VASH) program to help homeless Veterans and their immediate families find and maintain affordable, safe and permanent housing in the community. Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): For very low-income Veterans, SSVF provides case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran's housing or identify new housing for the veteran and his or her family. SSVF providers also work to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless and might remain homeless without assistance. Nonprofit agencies and community partners use SSVF funding to rapidly house Veterans and their families and to prevent homelessness. Case management includes help securing VA and other benefits such as educational aid and financial planning. Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative (Jails): The purpose of the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible justice-involved Veterans (JIVs) have timely access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated, and other VA services and benefits as appropriate. The Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist is responsible for direct outreach, assessment, and short-term case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners. Substance Use Disorder Program: This program focuses on working with the clients from the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program who exhibit signs of a Substance Use Disorder(s). The primary focus will be on drug & alcohol abuse recovery however, other issues could, and should, be addressed i.e., gambling, smoking etc. This is done for the sake of preserving the Veteran's health, protecting their family and to prevent the loss of their housing. Healthcare for Re-Entry Veterans Initiative (Prisons): The Health Care for Homeless Re-entry Veterans Initiative is a national program, which offers outreach to incarcerated homeless Veterans in state and federal prisons who are within six months of release. The purpose of the initiative is to educate JIVs about VA services and foster a relationship between the incarcerated Veterans and the VA as well as other agencies in order to ensure support in their transition into life outside of prison.
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