When Congress passed final fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding legislation last week, it had significant increases to homeless assistance programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs, including:
$75 million for approximately 10,000 new joint Department of Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers for chronically homeless veterans;
Including $245 million for case management services from the VA;
$300 million for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program – a $200 million increase over FY 2012 levels; and
$235 million for the Grant and Per Diem transitional housing program, an $11 million increase over FY 2012 levels.
In total, homeless assistance programs within Veterans Affairs received a 33% increase in FY 2013. These programs are exempt from sequestration – the levels included in the FY 2013 funding bill are the final levels.