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CalVet Announces Grants for Veterans Support to Self-Reliance Pilot Program

A San Diego-based nonprofit organization is the recipient of a state grant to increase the level of supportive services for senior and high-acuity veterans who currently live in supportive housing projects.
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A San Diego nonprofit organization is the recipient of a state grant to increase the level of supportive services for senior and high-acuity veterans who currently live in supportive housing projects. 

People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) is among six recipients who received a $20 million grant from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) as a part of its Veterans Support to Self Reliance (VSSR) Pilot Program. The grantees will receive support throughout a three-year observational and reporting period. 

“We’re appreciative of all of the organizations that applied for this grant funding and feel confident that the major veteran population centers will be covered in this grant award,” said CalVet Secretary Vito Imbasciani MD. The goal of the VSSR program is to demonstrate that enhanced supportive services made available to aging or high-acuity veterans in permanent supportive housing are vital to remaining stably housed. These additional services offered through the grant will allow veterans to age in place and enjoy the thriving quality of life that they deserve.”

PATH San Diego’s Connections Housing is a partnership that brings a variety of agencies together under one roof to meet the many needs of the downtown homeless population. PATH is the lead agency providing the services and operations for Connections Housing. 

The VSSR Pilot Program aims to provide a higher level of supportive services for veterans ages 55 and older with high acuity and over whom reside in permanent supportive housing projects throughout the state. The expanded on-site supportive services include but are not limited to skilled nursing care, medication management, peer specialists, and geriatric social workers. 

“The goal of this program is to demonstrate that with these enhanced supportive services, and within the construct of Housing First and evidence-based practices, that aging veterans experiencing Chronic Homelessness will be able to age in place and enjoy the stable and thriving quality of life that they deserve," reads a statement from the Veterans Support Self Reliance Pilot Program.