VETERAN SERVICES AND THE CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law March 27, 2020 provided $2.2 trillion in economic relief to Americans. Through the CARES Act, an additional $17.2 billion was allocated for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Approximately $700 million of that funding is devoted to expanding services for and addressing the challenges faced by Veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability. As communities across the country continue grappling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Civix is assisting state, local, tribal, territorial governments, and others to leverage federal funding for housing assistance, public services, and other pandemic related needs, including the needs of veterans and their families.
Civix works with government, non-profit partners, affordable housing developers, and community stakeholders to improve the lives of veterans across the country. Civix staff have supported housing, homelessness, and community development needs since 1979. Our multidisciplinary team helps communities employ thoughtful and strategic approaches to addressing the urgent challenges faced by veterans and their families.
We believe that the voice of the veteran is key to improving access to veteran-centered, culturally relevant, competent, sensitive, and effective services. Our team members have extensive experience providing an array of consultation, training, policy, and program development services to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veteran Health Administration (VHA), VA Medical Centers (VAMCs), and non-profit organizations serving our nation’s veterans.
Civix’s program delivery experts are currently assisting in developing comprehensive and coordinated funding strategies and providing targeted technical assistance for a number of projects funded by the CARES Act:
In Louisiana, Civix is assisting Jefferson Parish and the City of Kenner to design HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funded rental assistance programs to support the ongoing housing needs of communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Civix team serves as the regulatory policy advisor to both the parish and the city and has assisted with the development of both CDBG-CV and HOME-CV programs.
Civix subject matter experts, planners, project and grant managers have experience leading and supporting federally funded initiatives in Louisiana, California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations around the United States. Our services include:
· Technical Assistance
· Training on Veterans Programs and Issues
· Military Transition, Veterans Benefits, and Health Care Policy
· Veterans Homelessness, Housing, and Supportive Services
· Program Design, Management, and Compliance
· Program Planning and Evaluation · Research and Needs Assessment
· Process and Performance Improvement
· Community and Veteran Engagement
· CARES Act Guidance
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