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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

TAC has provided technical assistance (TA) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for two grant programs serving homeless and at-risk Veteran households. In partnership with Abt Associates, TAC provides TA to grantees funded under the VA's new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program

TAC's SSVF TA activities include training and individual assistance to support the development of new grant program policies and procedures; outreach, targeting, assessment, and service delivery strategies; and partnerships to ensure effective SSVF programs that strengthen local community responses to homelessness among Veteran families. TAC also assisted the VA to launch the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) University - a resource for SSVF grantees seeking to develop, implement, and/or improve their programs. The University includes a collection of program information, guidance, and training resources for grantees, including a series of SSVF Practice Standards for delivering effective and efficient homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance for Veterans and their families.

Through the VA's Homeless Providers Grant & Per Diem (GPD) Program, TAC also assisted community-based nonprofit organizations to obtain funding to expand housing and support services to homeless Veterans, and to incorporate best practices into the design of these programs. TAC's TA approach included interactive seminars and hands-on distance learning to nearly 400 community-based organizations as well as individual customized support to nonprofits seeking  partnerships with local Public Housing Agencies through the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) program.