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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Provide Legal Services to Veterans

CFDA or PIN Number:

CFDA Number:

64.056

Funding or PIN Number:

VA-VJP-LSV-H-0922

ELIGIBILITY:

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Legal Services for Homeless Veterans and Veterans At-Risk for Homelessness Grants (LSV-Homeless)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Homeless Programs Office - Veterans Justice Programs (VJP)


Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #206615

Grant Description

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to provide legal services to Veterans. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to benefit programs that provide legal services to Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

The LSV Program's purpose is to provide legal services grants to public or non-profit private entities who will provide legal services to eligible Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. The goal of the LSV Program is to assist homeless and at-risk Veterans who have unaddressed needs for legal services, which may create barriers to housing stability. Services provided to Veterans under this NOFO are designed to help Veterans increase housing stability by providing legal services, including eviction defense, that will help Veterans avoid homelessness or help them return to permanent housing in the community.

Funding Priorities:

This NOFO will provide awards designed to address the needs identified in 38 CFR 79.20(a), including legal services related to housing; family law; protective orders and other matters related to domestic or intimate partner violence; access to health care; requests to upgrade military discharge; consumer law, such as financial services, debt collection, garnishments, usury, fraud and financial exploitation; employment law; and the top 10 unmet legal needs as enumerated on VA's annual Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups (CHALENG) survey for the grant award year. 

Funds provided through this NOFO must not duplicate or replace funds provided from any Federal, State or local government agency or program to assist homeless Veterans.

When serving participants who are at risk for homelessness, the grantee must document that the Veteran does not have sufficient resources or support networks (e.g., friends, faith-based or other social networks) immediately available to prevent them from becoming homeless. The definition of at-risk may be demonstrated by one or more of the following living situations:

  1. Has moved because of economic reasons two or more times during the 60 days immediately preceding the application for homelessness prevention assistance;
  2. Is living in the home of another because of economic hardship;
  3. Has been notified in writing that their right to occupy their current housing or the living situation will be terminated within 21 days after the date of application for assistance;
  4. Is constructively evicted from their current housing because of untenable conditions created by the landlord such as shutting off electricity and water or discriminatory acts;
  5. Lives in a hotel or motel, and the cost of the hotel or motel stay is not paid by charitable organizations or by Federal, State or local government programs for low-income individuals;
  6.  Lives in a single-room occupancy or efficiency apartment unit in which there reside more than two persons or lives in a larger housing unit in which reside more than 1.5 persons reside per room, as defined by the United States Census Bureau;
  7. Is exiting a publicly funded institution or system of care (such as a health-care facility, a mental health facility, foster care or another youth facility, or correction program or institution);
  8. Is fleeing/attempting to escape domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other dangerous or life-threatening conditions that relate to violence against the individual, including a child, that has either taken place within the individual's primary nighttime residence or has made the individual afraid to return to their primary nighttime residence; and
  9. Otherwise lives in housing that has characteristics associated with instability and an increased risk for homelessness.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may not receive funding to replace funds provided by any other Federal, State, or local government agency or program to assist homeless Veterans. VA will not fund projects or activities deemed outside the scope of those enumerated in 38 CFR 79.20 and this NOFO.

For purposes of this NOFO, an eligible applicant is a public or non-profit private entity as defined in 38 CFR 79.10. Applicants must have the necessary technical and administrative abilities and resources to execute the program successfully. Applicants must provide sufficient eligibility information to allow VA to evaluate their application for scoring purposes. Only eligible entities can apply in response to this NOFO.

Applicants with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue status must provide a copy of their status determination letter received from the Internal Revenue Service. Award recipients must maintain their status as 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) non-profit, State or local government or recognized Indian Tribal government as defined by General Services Administration regulations, 41 CFR 105-71.102, for the entire award cycle. Faith-based organizations may apply for the LSV grant program. Faith-based organizations are eligible, on the same basis as any other organization, to participate in the LSV grant program as described in 38 CFR 79.80.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for legal services grants under the LSV Program must be received by LSV Program by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on December 30, 2022. In the interest of fairness to all eligible applicants, as described in this NOFO, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as ineligible for consideration any application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submissions of their materials to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays, computer service outages or other submission- related problems.

Cost Sharing or Matching: Cost-sharing or matching is not required for this funding opportunity.

Other Eligibility Criteria: System for Award Management ( SAM.gov) Registration. Applicants are required to register in SAM.gov before submitting a Federal award application. Federal award recipients must continue to maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information through the life of their Federal award.

Grantees will receive payments electronically through HHS PMS. Grantees will have the ability to request payments as frequently as they choose subject to the following limitations:

1. During the first quarter of the grantee's legal services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for legal services grant funds may not exceed 35% of the total legal services grant award without written approval by the VA.

2. By the end of the second quarter of the grantee's legal services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for legal services grant funds may not exceed 60% of the total legal services grant award without written approval by VA.

3. By the end of the third quarter of the grantee's legal services annualized grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for legal services grant funds may not exceed 80% of the total legal services grant award without written approval by VA.

4. By the end of the fourth quarter of the grantee's annualized legal services grant award period, the grantee's cumulative requests for legal services grant funds may not exceed 100% of the total legal services grant award.

View this Opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344083

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$11,250,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The LSV Program aims to provide grant funding up to a maximum of $150,000 to eligible applicants in an approximately 1-year grant cycle.

Term of Contract:

Grants governed by this NOFO are expected to be awarded on or around June 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:
https://hmlsgrants-va.mod.udpaas.com/s_Login.jsp

Ms. Madolyn Gingell, National Coordinator, Legal Services for Veterans, Madolyn.Gingell@va.gov.

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