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10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory submission of their material to avoid the final rule codified at 38 CFR part 61. The
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (1988) any risk of loss of eligibility brought final rule was published in the Federal
that an open meeting of the Area 7 about by unanticipated delays or other Register on September 26, 2003. The
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will be held delivery-related problems. regulations can be found in their entirety in
38 CFR 61.0 through 61.82. Funds made
Thursday, April 28, 2005 from 12:30 For a Copy of the Application available under this Notice are subject to the
p.m. pacific time to 1:30 p.m. pacific Package: Download directly from VA’s requirements of those regulations.
time via a telephone conference call. Grant and Per Diem Program Web page
The public is invited to make oral at http://www.va.gov/homeless/ Allocation: Approximately $1 million
comments. Individual comments will be page.cfm?pg=3 or call the Grant and Per is available for the Life Safety Code
limited to 5 minutes. If you would like Diem Program (toll-free) 1–877–332– grant component of this program.
to have the TAP consider a written 0334. For a document relating to the VA Funding Priorities: None.
Application Requirements: The
statement, please call 1–888–912–1227 Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem
specific grant application requirements
or 206–220–6096, or write to Mary Program, see the final rule published in
will be specified in the application
Peterson O’Brien, TAP Office, 915 2nd the Federal Register (68 FR 55467) on
package. The package includes all
Avenue, MS W–406, Seattle, WA 98174 September 26, 2003.
required forms and certifications.
or you can contact us at http:// Submission of Application: An
Selections will be made based on
www.improveirs.org. Due to limited original completed and collated grant
criteria described in the application.
conference lines, notification of intent application (plus two copies) must be
Applicants who are selected will be
to participate in the telephone submitted to the following address: VA
notified of any additional information
conference call meeting must be made Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem
needed to confirm or clarify information
with Mary Peterson O’Brien. Ms. Field Office, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite
provided in the application. Applicants
O’Brien can be reached at 1–888–912– C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617.
will then be notified of the deadline to
1227 or 206–220–6096. Applications must be received in the
submit such information. If an applicant
The agenda will include the Grant and Per Diem Field Office by the
is unable to meet any conditions for
following: Various IRS issues. application deadline. Applications must
grant award within the specified
Dated: March 25, 2005. arrive as a complete package. Materials
timeframe, VA reserves the right to not
Martha Curry, arriving separately will not be included
award funds and to use the funds
in the application package for
Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. available for other grant and per diem
consideration and may result in the
[FR Doc. E5–1473 Filed 3–31–05; 8:45 am] applicants.
application being rejected or not
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funded. Dated: March 23, 2005.
Gordon H. Mansfield,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.
Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS Guy Liedke, VA Homeless Providers
Grant and Per Diem Program Field [FR Doc. E5–1436 Filed 3–31–05; 8:45 am]
AFFAIRS
Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, BILLING CODE 8320–01–P

Fund Availability Under the VA 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite C–200,


Homeless Providers Grant and Per Tampa, FL 33617 or phone (toll-free) 1–
877–332–0334. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
Diem Program AFFAIRS
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This
AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.
Notice announces the availability of Fund Availability Under the VA
ACTION: Notice. funds for assistance under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per
SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Diem Program
Affairs (VA) is announcing the Program for eligible capital grantees
who received a previous grant under AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.
availability of funds for applications for
assistance under the Life Safety Code section 3 of the Homeless Veterans ACTION: Notice.
grant component of VA’s Homeless Comprehensive Service Act of 1992
SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans
Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. (Pub. L. 102–590; 38 U.S.C. 7721 note)
for construction, renovation, or Affairs (VA) is announcing the
This Notice contains information availability of funds for applications for
concerning the program, application acquisition of a facility and may seek a
Life Safety Code grant solely for assistance under the Capital Grant
process and amount of funding component of VA’s Homeless Providers
available. renovations to such facility to comply
with the Life Safety Code of the Grant and Per Diem Program. This
DATES: An original completed and National Fire Protection Association. Notice contains information concerning
collated grant application (plus two Public Law 107–95, the Homeless the program, funding priorities,
completed collated copies) for Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act application process, and amount of
assistance under the VA’s Homeless of 2001, authorizes this program. funding available.
Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Funding applied for under this Notice DATES: An original completed and
must be received in the Grant and Per may be used solely for renovations to collated grant application (plus three
Diem Field Office by 4 p.m. Eastern such facility to comply with the Life completed collated copies) for
Time on June 22, 2005. Applications Safety Code of the National Fire assistance under the VA’s Homeless
may not be sent by facsimile (FAX). In Protection Association. Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
the interest of fairness to all competing must be received in the Grant and Per
applicants, this deadline is firm as to Authority: VA’s Homeless Providers Grant Diem Field Office, by 4 p.m. Eastern
and Per Diem Program is authorized by
date and hour, and VA will treat as Public Law 107–95, sec. 5(a)(1), the Homeless
Time on June 8, 2005. Applications may
ineligible for consideration any Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of not be sent by facsimile (FAX). In the
application that is received after the 2001 codified at 38 U.S.C. 2011, 2012, 2061, interest of fairness to all competing
deadline. Applicants should take this 2064, and has been extended through Fiscal applicants, this deadline is firm as to
practice into account and make early Year 2005. The program is implemented by date and hour, and VA will treat as

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ineligible for consideration any provided by any State or local provided in grant and per diem-funded
application that is received after the government to assist homeless persons. programs. Applicants should be aware
deadline. Applicants should take this A proposal for an existing project that of the following:
practice into account and make early seeks to shift its focus by changing the All awardees that are conditionally
submission of their material to avoid population being served or the precise selected in response to this NOFA must
any risk of loss of eligibility brought mix of services being offered is not meet the Life Safety Code of the
about by unanticipated delays or other eligible for consideration. No more than National Fire and Protection
delivery-related problems. 25 percent of services available in Association as it relates to their specific
For a Copy of the Application projects funded through this grant facility. VA will conduct an inspection
Package: Download directly from VA’s program may be provided to clients who prior to awardees being able to submit
Grant and Per Diem Program Web page are not receiving those services as request for per diem payment to ensure
at: http://www.va.gov/homeless/ veterans. this requirement is met.
page.cfm?pg=3 or call the Grant and Per VA is pleased to issue this Notice of Upon capital grant completion each
Diem Program at (toll-free) 1–877–332– Fund Availability (NOFA) for the program seeking per diem will have a
0334. For a document relating to the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem liaison appointed from a nearby VA
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. The Department expects to medical facility to provide oversight and
Program, see the final rule published in award approximately $15 million under monitor services provided to homeless
the Federal Register (68 FR 55467) on the capital grant component. veterans in the per diem-funded
September 26, 2003. Funding available under this NOFA is program.
Submission of Application: An being offered to help offset the capital Monitoring will include at a
original completed and collated grant expenses of existing state and local minimum an annual review of each per
application (plus three copies) must be governments, Indian Tribal diem program’s progress toward
submitted to the following address: VA governments, faith-based, and meeting internal goals and objectives in
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem community-based organizations that are helping veterans attain housing
Field Office, 10770 N. 46th Street, Suite capable of creating and providing stability, adequate income support, and
C–200, Tampa, FL, 33617. Applications supported housing and/or supportive self sufficiency as identified in each per
must be received in the Grant and Per service center services for homeless diem program’s original application.
Diem Field Office by the application veterans. The District of Columbia, the Monitoring will also include a review of
deadline. Applications must arrive as a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any the agency’s income and expenses as
complete package. Materials arriving territory or possession of the United they relate to this project to ensure per
separately will not be included in the States, may be considered eligible diem payment is accurate.
application package for consideration entities under the definition of ‘‘State’’ Each per diem-funded program will
and may result in the application being in the final rule, § 61.1 Definitions. participate in VA’s national program
Per diem for these programs is
rejected or not funded. monitoring and evaluation system
requested in the grant application and
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. administered by VA’s Northeast
may be paid at the time of grant project
Guy Liedke, VA Homeless Providers Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). It
completion. It should be noted that VA
Grant and Per Diem Program, is the intention of VA to develop
per diem payment is limited to the
Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 specific performance targets with
applicant’s cost of care per eligible
N. 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, FL, respect to housing for homeless
veteran minus other sources of
33617; (toll-free) 1–877–332–0334. veterans. NEPEC’s monitoring
payments to the applicant for furnishing
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This procedures will be used to determine
services to homeless veterans up to the
Notice announces the availability of successful accomplishment of these
per day rate VA pays for State Home
capital funds for assistance under VA’s Domiciliary care. Awardees will be housing outcomes for each per diem-
Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem required to support their request for per funded program.
Program for eligible entities to: (1) VA encourages all eligible and
diem payment with adequate fiscal
Expand existing projects; or (2) develop interested entities to review this NOFA
documentation as to program income
new programs or new components of and consider applying for funds to
and expenses.
existing projects. Funding applied for Interested organizations should know provide service for homeless veterans.
under the capital grant component may that the vast majority of homeless Authority: VA’s Homeless Providers Grant
be used for: (1) Remodeling or alteration veterans in this country suffer from and Per Diem Program is authorized by
of existing buildings; (2) acquisition of mental illness or substance abuse Public Law 107–95, section 5(a)(1), the
buildings, acquisition and rehabilitation disorders or are dually diagnosed with Homeless Veterans Comprehensive
Assistance Act of 2001 codified at 38 U.S.C.
of buildings; (3) new construction; and both mental illness and substance abuse 2011, 2012, 2061, 2064, and has been
(4) acquisition of vans (in connection disorders. In addition, many homeless extended through Fiscal Year 2005. The
with a new or existing Grant and Per veterans have serious medical problems. program is implemented by the final rule
Diem Grant project) for outreach to and/ Collaboration with VA medical centers, codified at 38 CFR part 61. The final rule was
or transportation for homeless veterans. VA community-based outpatient clinics published in the Federal Register on
Public Law 107–95, section 5(a)(1), the or other health care providers is an September 26, 2003, the regulations can be
Homeless Veterans Comprehensive important aspect of assuring that found in their entirety in 38 CFR 61.0
Assistance Act of 2001, codified at 38 homeless veterans have access to through 61.82. Funds made available under
U.S.C. 2011, 2012, 2061, and 2064 appropriate health care services. this Notice are subject to the requirements of
It is important to be aware that VA those regulations.
authorizes this program. The program
has been extended through Fiscal Year places great emphasis on responsibility Allocation: Approximately $15
2005. For eligibility criteria please refer and accountability. VA has procedures million is available for the capital grant
to the Final Rule published in the in place to verify the completion of the component. Capital grant awards will be
Federal Register on September 26, 2003. capital grant as well as monitor services limited to no more than $400,000.00,
Capital grant applicants may not provided to homeless veterans and and not more than one award per tax
receive assistance to replace funds outcomes associated with the services identification number. Vans must be

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directly connected to a new or existing approximately $1.8 million is awarded. Of those eligible entities in the third
Grant and Per Diem Grant project and Applicants not funded in this priority funding priority, that are legally
will be limited to one per project. Per will be placed in the fourth funding fundable, the highest scoring applicant
diem payments to capital grant priority. from each MSA will be funded first
recipients are subject to the recipients Funding priority 2. Applicants whose followed by the second highest scoring
maintaining the program for which the projects are physically located in applicant in each MSA until
grant was awarded, the availability of Alaska, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, approximately $3.2 million is awarded.
funds and reauthorization of the Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, Vermont, Applicants not funded in this priority
program past September 30, 2005. Puerto Rico, and any territory or will be placed in the fourth funding
Funding Priorities: VA establishes possession of the United States are the priority.
priority for funding to underserved and second funding priority. Eligible entities Funding priority 4. VA is encouraging
low utilization populations and areas. whose projects are located in these interested, state and local governments,
VA encourages applications from states will be considered in the second faith-based, and community-based
applicants that serve the identified funding priority. Of those eligible organizations to apply for funding under
population or are in the identified entities in the second funding priority, this NOFA. Eligible entities that are
underserved areas listed in the that are legally fundable, the highest state and local governments, Indian
priorities. In this round of capital grant scoring applicant from each state will be Tribal governments, faith-based, and
funding, VA expects to award funding funded first followed by the second community-based organizations, along
to create 1,000 community-based highest scoring applicant from each with those applicants not selected in the
supported housing beds. state until approximately $6 million is other funding priorities will be
Funding priority 1. Applicants whose awarded. Applicants not funded in this considered in the fourth funding
projects are exclusively for homeless priority will be placed in the fourth priority. Of those eligible entities that
Native American veterans will be funding priority. are legally fundable, the highest-ranked
considered in the first funding priority. Funding priority 3. Applicants whose applications for which funding is
Provision of services must occur on projects are physically located in cities available, will be conditionally selected
Indian Tribal property. Of those eligible within the Metropolitan Statistical for eligibility to receive a capital grant
entities in the first funding priority, that Areas (MSA) as defined in the tables in accordance with their ranked order
are legally fundable, the highest scoring below that are eligible entities will be until funding is expended
applicants will be funded first until considered in the third funding priority. (approximately $4 million).

METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS FOR FUNDING PRIORITY 3

NEW YORK—NEWARK—EDISON NY—NJ—PA

COUNTIES IN MSA

Queens NY Kings NY New York NY Nassau NY


Putnam NY Bronx NY Suffolk NY Westchester NY
Rockland NY Bergen NJ Passaic NJ Sussex NJ
Pike PA Morris NJ Essex NJ Hudson NJ
Union NJ Hunterdon NJ Somerset NJ Middlesex NJ
Richmond NJ Monmouth NJ Ocean NJ

WASHINGTON—ARLINGTON—ALEXANDRIA DC—VA—MD

COUNTIES IN MSA

Washington DC Montgomery MD Charles MD Stafford VA


Frederick MD Prince George MD Clarke VA Prince William VA
Jefferson WV Calvert MD Warren VA Spotsylvania VA
Fauquier VA Fairfax VA Loudoun VA

CHICAGO—NAPERVILLE—JOLIET IL—IN—WI

COUNTIES IN MSA

Kenosha WI Lake-Kenosha IL Du Page IL Newton IN


McHenry IL Kendall IL Cook IL Jasper IN
De Kalb IL Grundy IL Lake IN Porter IN
Kane IL Will IL

PHILADELPHIA—CAMDEN—WILMINGTON PA—NJ—DE—MD

COUNTIES IN MSA

Bucks PA Montgomery PA Philadelphia PA Chester PA


Delaware PA Cecil MD New Castle DE Salem NJ
Gloucester NJ Camden NJ Burlington NJ

Methodology: VA will review all to this notice of funding availability as into the funding priorities categories.
capital grants applications in response follows: VA will group the applicants Applicants will then be ranked within

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their respective funding category based priority categories in accordance with additional information needed to
on score and any ranking criteria set the selection method set forth in the confirm or clarify information provided
forth in that funding category only if the final rule § 61.14. in the application. Applicants will then
applicant scores at least 600 cumulative Application Requirements: The be notified of the deadline to submit
points from paragraphs (b), (c), (d), (e), specific grant application requirements such information. If an applicant is
and (i) of § 61.13. will be specified in the application unable to meet any conditions for grant
The highest-ranked application for package. Applicants should be careful to award within the specified timeframe,
which funding is available, within the complete the proper application VA reserves the right to not award funds
highest funding category, will be package. Submission of the incorrect
and to use the funds available for other
conditionally selected in accordance application package will result in the
grant and per diem applicants.
with their ranked order until VA application being rejected at threshold.
reaches the projected amount of funding The packages include all required forms Dated: March 25, 2005.
for each category. If funds are still and certifications. Selections will be R. James Nicholson,
available after selection of those made based on criteria described in the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
applications in the highest priority application, final rule, and NOFA. [FR Doc. E5–1437 Filed 3–31–05; 8:45 am]
group, VA will continue to Applicants who are conditionally
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