Grant and Per Diem - Low Demand (GPD-LD) - VA Homeless Programs
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Grant and Per Diem - Low Demand (GPD-LD)


Grant and Per Diem - Low Demand (GPD-LD)


GPD-LD housing programs utilize a harm reduction framework to accommodate chronically homeless Veterans who were either unsuccessful in traditional housing programs, or did not participate in them, due to treatment participation and sobriety requirements for admission to and/or continued stay in the programs. Low Demand programs do not require sobriety or compliance with mental health/substance use treatment as a condition of admission or continued stay, and they are characterized by the following: demands are kept to a minimum; environment of care is non-intrusive as possible to foster trust between staff and residents; rules focus on staff and resident safety; and case management, education, and treatment services are offered and highly encouraged, but not a condition of admission or continued stay.

Technical Assistance

In coordination with the Center’s university affiliate, University of South Florida (USF), ongoing training has been provided through biweekly calls with VA GPD staff and the community providers implementing the programs. Teleconferencing and individual consultation have also been provided as needed, and an annual fidelity assessment process is utilized to help ensure that the model is being implemented as intended.

Grant and Per Diem - Low Demand (GPD-LD) Technical Assistance


GPD-LD model development projects served 207 Veterans in FY 2016. Among those exiting the program, more than 60% were characterized as positive (48.9%) or neutral (13.5%) exits. Upon exit, nearly half (49.7%) were characterized as stably housed. Consistent with the spirit of a Low Demand model, only 2.1% exited due to alcohol or drug use, and only 1.4% exited due to curfew violations. Fidelity data indicate that the Low Demand model is being implementing as intended.

Model Development Summary

Data and routine technical assistance activities suggest that Low Demand GPD programs are meeting local gaps in access and availability by providing services for Veterans who are chronically homeless and have substance use disorders and/or mental health diagnoses. The intended target population is being engaged, outcomes are promising, and fidelity data indicate that the model is being implemented as intended.

Technical Assistance / Contacts:

For more information about the program, please see the following document:
- Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resiliency - Fact Sheet

For more information about the program, specifically regarding Technical Assistance (TA) and training, please use the following link to go to the GPD-LD TA page: GPD-LD Technical Assistance page.


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