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Homeless Veterans Housing

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Homeless Veterans Housing Program


What is HUD-VASH?

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) partner to provide permanent, supportive housing and treatment services for homeless Veterans.

HUD-VASH provides permanent housing for eligible homeless Veterans who are single or eligible homeless Veterans with families. The program is developed for the homeless Veteran, so eligible Veteran families must include the Veteran.

Because HUD-VASH provides for Veterans with medical, mental health and/or substance use disorders, eligible Veterans must be able to complete activities of daily living and live independently in the community with case management and supportive services.

HUD-VASH Program Eligibility Criteria

Veterans who are appropriate for this program must be VA health care eligible Veterans. VA eligibility makes this determination.

Veterans must meet the McKinney Act definition of homelessness to be eligible for the program.

The McKinney Act definition is as follows:
(1)  An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, or
(2)  An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:
(a)  A supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill;
(b)  An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
(c)  A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Veterans who are appropriate candidates for this program must need case management services in order to obtain and sustain independent community housing. Veterans who need case management services have serious mental illness, substance use disorder history, or physical disability. Veterans with the most vulnerability are excellent candidates for this program.

Eligible candidates for the program are expected to participate in case management and utilize the supportive services, treatment recommendations and assistance needed to successfully maintain recovery and sustain housing in the community. Case Management is the heart of this program and is a requirement for participation in the HUD-VASH voucher program.

VA determines clinical eligibility for the program. The PHA determines if the Veteran participant meets HUD’s regulations for this program. The PHA will determine eligibility based on income limits. Also, the PHA will determine if any member of the household is required to maintain Lifetime Sexual Offender Registry status – those who do are not eligible to participate in this program. For the HUD-VASH website click here.

Applying for HUD-VASH

To apply for HUD-VASH, please contact your local VA Homeless Program. Veterans can contact the HUD-VASH program directly, or obtain a referral from a case manager in another VA program, from a community program, or other referral sources.

Debra Patterson at Debra.Patterson@va.com  (social worker for Greenville area) or (803) 530-1274.