PORTLAND, Ore. — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it will award eight grants to community organizations in the VA Portland Health Care System area including Southwest Washington and Oregon totaling more than $800,000; 25 grants in total were awarded across Washington and Oregon 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 Secretary Robert Wilkie.“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 two different types of grants in the Pacific Northwest 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.
- Transition in Place grantsprovide funding to community agencies that place Veterans experiencing homelessness in transitional housing while providing them with supportive services. These services are designed to help Veterans become more stable and independent, with the ultimate goal of Veterans assuming full responsibility for the lease or other housing agreement. When that goal has been achieved, the transitional residence becomes the Veteran’s permanent residence and supportive services come to an end.
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.
The VAPORHCS Community Resource and Referral Center located at 308 Southwest 1st Avenue in downtown Portland provides an array of services for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.