5,500 New HUD-VASH Vouchers Will Help End Veterans Homelessness
HUD-VASH vouchers are critical tools in the effort to end veteran homelessness. Congress has recently extended the deadline to make HUD-VASH vouchers available.
The new deadline to register interest is Friday, December 1, 2017.
- A total of 5,500 new HUD-VASH vouchers will be available,
- Supported by $40 million in funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 enacted on May 5, 2017.
All interested Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) must register their interest in HUD-VASH vouchers. Please note that PHAs must consult with their partnering Veterans Administration (VA) facility to discuss their intentions of submitting a Registration of Interest.
More information on the process of registering can be found in HUD’s original notice.
HUD has changed how it will grant eligibility for local communities to receive HUD-VASH vouchers for homeless veterans. In past years HUD awarded these tenant-based vouchers by assessing local need and inviting Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) to apply. But this year, HUD will be awarding vouchers to self-identified, interested PHAs based on local need.
All PHAs interested in receiving a HUD-VASH award must respond to HUD’s notice to be considered for a HUD-VASH award. This is true even for PHAs that are already administering HUD-VASH vouchers.
In other words, please do not assume that your PHAs will automatically receive new HUD-VASH vouchers simply because they have received them in the past. If your local PHA does not submit a registration of interest before the deadline, they will not receive new HUD-VASH vouchers next year.
Responses to the HUD notice are to be submitted via email, along with a Veterans Affairs Letter of Support from the VA facility with which the PHA will be partnering. This will serve as a “Registration of Interest.”
Eligible Applicants include any Public Housing Agency (PHA) currently administering a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, including PHAs that do not currently administer the HUD-VASH Program.
HUD-VASH combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with wraparound case management services provided by the VA. The services are provided at VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics.mail
Counties can use HUD-VASH vouchers to reduce veterans’ homelessness in their communities and provide much-needed care to veterans to address the root causes of homelessness.
Please direct any direct inquiries via email.