VA Proposes Rule to Prioritize Assistance for Low Income Veteran Families
The VA proposes to amend its regulations concerning the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The proposed rule was published on Friday, May 9th in the Federal Register, and would clarify that grantees must focus on providing permanent housing to eligible Veteran families who, without SSVF assistance, would likely be homeless. The proposed clarifications are intended to emphasize the intended goals of SSVF. The proposed rule would expand grantees' authority to provide certain services to all very low-income Veteran families, and specifically to those Veteran families with significantly lower economic resources, which VA would identify as extremely low-income Veteran families. The purpose of this expanded authority is to address identified needs based on the administration of SSVF since its inception, and to provide greater incentive to grantees to assist these particularly vulnerable Veteran families. Finally, the proposed rule would clarify that certain services are not permissible uses of SSVF funds. Comments must be received by VA on or before June 23, 2014.