Veteran Services

vetsVeterans Grant Per Diem

The Grant Per Diem (GPD) program is a service funded through the VA that offers transitional housing and support services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness.  The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and supportive services to veterans experiencing homelessness. Successful participants will achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

Shelter House case managers will work with the VA Grant Per Diem Liaison to identify potential program participants. Together, these staff members help veterans experiencing homelessness to access appropriate healthcare, substance abuse services, and mental health recovery services.

Shelter House has 11 beds designated for the GPD program, and participants can stay in supportive housing for up to 24 months if appropriate.  Meals are provided, and the environment is clean and secure.

The Grant Per Diem Program can help veterans who:

  • Have serious limitations and barriers limiting employment and housing options
  • Require a stable/structured program to maintain mental health and sobriety
  • Require easy access to VA medical, mental health and substance abuse services


  • Must have one day of active duty and anything other than dishonorable discharge
  • Must be willing to attend scheduled appointments at the VA Health Care System
  • Must be abstinent of drugs and alcohol while in the program
  • Must be willing to make a commitment to work towards living in permanent housing
  • Must be willing to address barriers related to physical and mental health

For more information contact:

VA Grant Per Diem Coordinator
601 Hwy 6
Iowa City IA 52240


Supported Services for Veterans Families

VA and Shelter House staff also work with Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) and HUD-VASH housing programs for assistance with finding and maintaining permanent housing.

Benefits Include:

  • Case management
  • Connection to veterans benefits
  • Connections to local benefits
  • Outreach services


  • Must be a veteran or have a veteran in the household
  • Must have had a least 1 day of active duty
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Can serve any discharge status other than dishonorable

For more information contact:

Robert Axeen
SSVF Coordinator
(319)-338-5416 ext. 249