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NOFA Announced for Case Management through the VA Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program 

Last week the VA released its FY2019 GPD case management grant NOFA.

These grants will provide time-limited case management to improve housing retention among veterans who have been or are at risk of becoming homeless and who are not receiving case management support through the HUD-VASH or SSVF programs.

Priority will be given to GPD programs that have shifted from a transitional to a permanent housing model. Applications are due Monday, May 20 at 4:00pm EDT.

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New HUD Resources Help Preserve Mod Rehab SRO Properties

HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program helps preserve housing for SRO properties serving the homeless. RAD provides property owners with an opportunity to replace old (and financially burdensome) contracts with a new long-term contracts wherein rents are reset.

This allows tenants to stay in place without rent increases, and gives owners an income stream to operate the property and the financial leverage for building upgrades. 

We encourage all CoCs to share these important resources with SRO owners and property managers. Please also feel free to connect property owners with the HUD RAD team at

To learn more check out fact sheets for CoCs and for PHAs and owners.

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How Denver Is Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Jail

new feature and podcast from the Urban Institute highlights how the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond (SIB) helped residents break the homelessness-jail cycle and get stable housing. The Urban research, so far, provides promising results: two and a half years into the SIB, 85 percent of the participants had remained in housing without ever exiting the program.  

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New Deadline: Ask Your Member of Congress to Sign On Their Support for Homeless Assistance Investments

"Sign On letters" are now circulating in both the Senate and the House, asking the subcommittee that drafts spending bills to include $3 billion for Homeless Assistance for fiscal year 2020.

The more members sign on to the letter, the more impact it will have when the subcommittees writes their bills later this year.

Please take a moment this week to to contact your members and ask them to sign on to this "Dear Colleague" letter. The deadline for the House letter has been extended to March 27, and the deadline for the Senate letter is April 1.

Take action here»

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