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HUD-VASH Vouchers

Overview

 The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Every year since 2008, HUD and VA have awarded HUD-VASH vouchers based on geographic need and public housing agency (PHA) administrative performance.  The allocation process for HUD-VASH vouchers is a collaborative approach that relies on three sets of data: HUD’s point-in-time data submitted by Continuums of Care (CoCs), VAMC data on the number of contacts with homeless Veterans, and performance data from PHAs and VAMCs.  After determining which areas of the country have the highest number of homeless Veterans, the VA Central Office identifies VA facilities in the corresponding communities.  HUD then selects PHAs near to the identified VA facilities, taking into consideration the PHAs’ administrative performance, and sends the PHAs invitations to apply for the vouchers. There is at least one site in each of the 50 states, in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

HUD has awarded funding for approximately 10,000 HUD-VASH vouchers each year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014.  In 2011, $50 million was appropriated to serve approximately 7,000 voucher families.  In addition, HUD held two competitions, one in 2010 and one in 2014, set-aside to competitively award a total of over 2200 project-based HUD-VASH vouchers.  Since 2008, a total of 68,020 vouchers have been awarded.

Generally, the HUD-VASH program is administered in accordance with regular HCV program requirements (24 CFR Section 982). However, the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 110-161) allows HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of any statute or regulation affecting the HCV program in order to effectively deliver and administer HUD-VASH voucher assistance.  The alternative requirements are established in the HUD-VASH Operating Requirements (including the waivers and alternative requirements from HCV program rules), which were published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2008.  The operating requirements, notices related to HUD-VASH, and other helpful tools and resources are provided in the sections below.

Related Notices and Guidance

Webcasts

Tools and Resources

HUD-VASH Contact Information

Helpful Links

The following links to other Federal and community websites may provide additional information on assisting Veterans that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless:

Helpful Tools