Ssvf Legal Services
FVS grants help community organizations provide outreach, case management and access to services such as health care, financial planning, child care, legal assistance and transportation. Section 79.75 specifies the required process that recipients must use if changes are made to the program or budget on printed page 33034 that modify the recipient`s legal services grant program. These requirements allow the MC to ensure that grant funds are used appropriately and to maintain control over the quality of legal services provided by the grantee under this Part. These requirements are set out in paragraphs (a) to (c). VA plans to provide technical assistance to help potential applicants clarify all aspects of the application package. VA defines very low income as a Veteran`s income equal to or less than 50% of the median income of a territory or community. This is consistent with the definition of a very low-income Veteran family used for FVS purposes, but tailored to individuals for FVS purposes. See 38 U.S.C. 2044(f)(6).
VA believes that incorporating the experience of an eligible institution with low-income populations will be useful as an alternative criterion for determining organizations` familiarity with populations similar to those targeted by the grant program, homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Please note that this term is used in Part 79, including § 79.35 with respect to evaluation criteria for legal service applicants and § 79.40 with respect to preferences for the selection of fellows. Please note that a person does not need to be considered to be of very low income to be eligible for legal services under this subsidy program. See § 79.15 for eligibility criteria. Section 79.95 sets out in paragraphs (a) to (f) the reporting requirements for legal services provided through grants under this Part. Under Section 4202 of the Act, VA is required to report to Congress every two years on (1) the number of homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless; (2) a description of the legal services provided; (3) a description of the legal issues addressed; and (4) an analysis of the operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the services provided. See 38 U.S.C. 2022A(g).
In accordance with VA`s congressional reporting requirements, we require all grantees to submit VA reports outlining the legal services provided with approved grant funds. These reporting obligations ensure that grant funds are used appropriately in accordance with section 4202 of the Act and this Part. These reporting requirements also ensure that the VA is a good tax steward of taxpayers` money. Paragraph (c) states that the VA awards points based on the grantee`s achievement of the objectives and requirements of the grant program, as evidenced by the following results: (1) the grantee`s program was administered in accordance with the VA objectives for the grant program, as described in NAFO; (2) the Fellow`s program has been administered in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and guidelines; and (3) the awardee`s program was administered in accordance with the recipient`s legal services grant agreement. Part 200 describes measures such as withholding, suspension, suspension, cessation and recovery of funds. See 2 CFR 200.208, 200.305 and 200.339 through 200.343 and 200.346. Because grants for legal services are subject to the requirements of 2 CFR Part 200, VA specifically refers to 2 CFR Part 200 at § 79.110 to ensure that recipients understand and know where to find these requirements regarding withholding, suspension, suspension, termination, and recovery of funds.