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Legal Services for Veterans Program

Overview

Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness often face legal issues that make it difficult for them to obtain or maintain stable housing. The Legal Services for Veterans (LSV) program aims to increase access to legal services to eligible Veterans through the award of grant funds and by promoting Medical Legal Partnerships and VA-affiliated legal clinics throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). LSV is a component of the Veterans Justice Programs (VJP) within the VHA Homeless Programs Office.

The new Legal Services for Homeless Veterans and Veterans At-Risk for Homelessness Grants (LSV-Homeless) will enable VA to deliver legal services to these Veterans. Legal services – particularly civil legal services that support accessing government benefits, navigating family law, ensuring access to safe housing, and assisting with debt – can all be critical to resolving or preventing homelessness. View the LSV-Homeless Interim Final Rule

In alignment with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’s goal to End Veteran Homelessness, this grant program will assist in furthering access to legal services for Veterans. LSV-Homeless is authorized under section 4202 of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D., Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-315), signed into law on January 5, 2021. LSV-Homeless is further codified in 38 U.S.C. 2022A.

The grant application period is not currently open. Certain regulatory, financial, and administrative tasks must be completed before grants are awarded. Once the Final Rule for the grant program is complete, VA will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) with instructions on how to apply. VA anticipates organizations will be able to apply for grants worth up to $150,000 and may apply to renew awards from year-to-year throughout the length of the program. Grants may be awarded to public or nonprofit private entities with the capacity to effectively administer the grant and provide qualifying legal services to Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness.

Some legal services that may be provided under these grants are: 

  • Legal services related to housing
  • Legal services related to family law
  • Legal services related to income support
  • Legal services related to criminal defense in matters symptomatic of homelessness
  • Legal services to request an upgrade to the character of discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Legal services related to access to health care
  • Legal services related to employment law

VA may prioritize grant awards to organizations serving rural communities, trust lands, Native Americans, and tribal organizations. In any fiscal year, not less than 10% of grant funds shall be used to provide legal services to women Veterans.

For more information about the Legal Services for Veterans Grant Program, contact LSV@va.gov.

Additional Legal Services

If you are a service member or Veteran in need of legal assistance now, there are several resources available to assist you.

Please see the VA Office of General Counsel’s legal services page and listing of pro-bono legal clinics partnered with VA Medical Centers. The VA Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at your nearest VA Medical Center may be able to tell you more about available clinics and other community legal assistance resources.

You may also visit StatesideLegal, ABA Federal Free Legal Answers, VetLex or ABA Pro Bono Resources for Veterans.

Please note: VA assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the legal service providers that appear on this list. VA does not endorse or recommend any of these organizations.

FAQs

What organizations are eligible for the Legal Services for Homeless Veterans and Veterans At-Risk for Homelessness Grants Program (LSV-Homeless)?

Organizations that will be able to qualify include public or nonprofit private entities with the capacity to effectively administer the grant under section 4202 of P.L. 116-315 and as codified in 38 U.S.C. 2022A. Public entities include local governments, state governments, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.

Will the grant program prioritize award distribution to special populations?

VA may prioritize grant awards to organizations serving rural communities, trust lands, Native Americans, and tribal organizations. In any fiscal year, not less than 10% of grant funds shall be used to provide legal services to women Veterans.

What services will the grant program provide?

Grants will be awarded to organizations that provide legal services for homeless and at risk for homeless Veterans who are eligible, including primarily legal services related to housing, family law, income support, requested upgrade to the character of discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, access to health care, and employment law.

Who are “eligible individuals?”

Eligible individuals include Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness who have a need for legal services authorized under the grant program.

When will the LSV-Homeless grant be implemented?

Certain regulatory, financial, and administrative tasks must be completed before the Notice of Funding Opportunioty (NOFO) is published and grants are awarded.

Is LSV-Homeless the same as the Supportive Services for Veteran Families national grant program?

No, LSV-Homeless is not part of SSVF and is not tied to nor led by SSVF. LSV-Homeless is a standalone VA grant program specifically created pursuant to Section 4202 of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D., Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, P.L. 116-315.

When and how can I apply for the grant program?

Once the Final Rule for the grant program is complete, VA will publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) with instructions on how to apply. Applications will be available on the website: www.va.gov/HOMELESS/LSV.asp.

How can I find more information on LSV?

For more information, contact us as lsv@va.gov

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