Military Family Support Working Group (MFSWG) Grant

Military Family Support Working Group Grant -- Apply Here

Goal 

The objective of this grant is to measurably reduce veteran homelessness. Through this grant MFSWG will support solutions to ensure veterans in San Diego County have one-on-one navigation of the system to more quickly and effectively help them be matched with and given access to housing that matches their needs. Funds will support increasing the number or capacity of case management staff working directly with veterans experiencing homelessness. 

Funding

The Military Family Support Working Group is in the process of determining the total available funding. We anticipate a pool of $200,000 and to make 1 or 2 two-year grants of $50,000-100,000/year. In the event that the full $200,000 is not available, smaller grants or one-year grants may be made. This will be made clear prior to grant awards to ensure you can plan accordingly. Please describe your work as it would take place with the full amount and two-year timeframe. Funding is provided by members of the MFSWG and the Funders Together to End Homelessness San Diego.

Background

The Military Family Support Working Group (MFSWG) is a funder collaboration facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers that focuses on helping military families in San Diego County with the difficult transition from active duty to civilian status. In 2017 MFSWG added a focus on ending homelessness among all veterans.

MFSWG believes that a regional approach to ending homelessness that emphasizes Housing First principles and utilizes the Coordinated Entry System for data management is most effective. There are more than 100 agencies in San Diego working to address issues related to homelessness, and five agencies working with the federal Veterans Administration through Supportive Services for Veteran Families that focus specifically on ending veteran homelessness in San Diego. Based on information shared by national and local experts, MFSWG understands that the system to access services can be complex and difficult to navigate. We also understand that while numerous veterans have requested services and possess housing vouchers, the limited capacity of agencies to support them presents a systemic barrier to their access to housing.

   

Navigators work as part of a team to prioritize Veterans' living in community-based stable housing, by having a strong working knowledge of available resources (VA and non-VA) to link Veterans to needed programs, and by making warm handoffs to needed services/providers whenever possible. Navigators facilitate ‘active’ linkages before, during, and/or after permanent housing has been established, consistent with the Housing First model. Navigators will then work closely with Veterans to help develop the skills required to utilize the necessary resources to support their permanent housing. Navigators have many roles often working as advocates, referral agents, and/or facilitators with VA, other government agencies, and community partners’ systems on behalf of the Veteran. 

VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans: 2016 Housing Navigator Toolkit (http://bit.ly/2ApGGXF, p. 60)

  

Who may apply?

Any agency that works to support veterans and their families or to end homelessness may apply. All applicants must demonstrate why they could reduce homelessness among veterans if they receive this funding in a way that they cannot do with their current funding. This request for proposals (RFP) is being distributed to: 

- SSVF agencies in San Diego County

- Regional Task Force on the Homeless

- Agencies in San Diego County that address homelessness for multiple populations that do or could include veterans

- Agencies in San Diego County that address veteran issues that do or could include homelessness

Reporting requirement

MFSWG expects grantees to utilize the Coordinated Entry System and will accept reports generated by that system – in the form that the system produces them -- that demonstrates the number and characteristics of veterans (and their families) helped through this grant. Reporting will be expected to show not only who was helped into housing, but their status over time (i.e., are they still in housing, the same housing, etc.). We anticipate requiring one report each six months over the two years of the grant.

  

Process/Timeline

September 10: Letters of interest due

October/November: Invitation to those best suited to this grant to submit a full RFP

December/January: Possible site visits, award notification

 

Questions

You are encouraged to contact us with any questions before submitting your LOI. We will do our best to answer all questions – note that the sooner you reach out, the easier that will be!

Contact Megan Thomas at San Diego Grantmakers – [email protected] or 858-875-3332