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April 01, 2021

April 2021 Update on the DELIVER Act

Section 103 of the DELIVER Act, signed into law on January 5, allocates grant funds for entities that provide legal services to veterans that are homeless or on the verge of homelessness. The law requires that VA establish criteria and requirements for grants under the Act, including criteria for eligible entities to receive such grants. As defined in the Act, eligible entities are public or nonprofit private entities that have the capacity to effectively administer a grant under section the Act, demonstrate that adequate financial support will be available to carry out the services for which the grant is sought, agree to meet the applicable criteria and requirements established by VA for this grant program, and have demonstrated the capacity to meet such criteria and requirements. The Act requires that VA consult with organizations that have experience in providing services to homeless veterans. In order to meet this required consultation, VA invited feedback from stakeholder organizations serving homeless Veterans on the criteria and requirements for this new grant program. VA also requested recommendations for any additional legal services that should be authorized as part of the program. The period for providing the requested input ended on March 22. The VA will publish a public comment opportunity in the Federal Register.