- HUD Guidance
Date Published: March 2016
The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program is offered annually (as funding permits) by the VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs to fund community agencies providing services to homeless veterans. This open letter from the Deputy Secretary of VA provides guidance to grantees on how to utilize GPD beds as bridge housing. The Bridge Housing model is transitional housing used as a short-term stay when a Veteran has been offered and accepted a permanent housing intervention, but access to that permanent housing is still being arranged. VA strongly supports GPD grantees examining the existing local housing resources and needs and, as appropriate, requesting a change of scope to convert a portion of their existing beds to Bridge Housing.