U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -Veterans Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)

 

This collaborative program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that combines HUD Housing Choice Vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans who are homeless find and sustain permanent housing. The Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program is permanent supportive housing offered specifically to veterans experiencing homelessness and their families.  

 

HUD-VASH is effective because it pairs a permanent housing subsidy with supportive services that help veterans maintain their housing, and focuses primarily on veterans experiencing long-term or repeated homelessness. This program is considered one of the most important tools in ending homelessness for veterans.

HUD-VASH has the following characteristics:

  • The VA case manager acts as the point of contact for both the household and the housing provider. This allows for positive communication between all the parties when there are questions or concerns.  

  • The program does not have a time limit. Eligible veterans can receive the subsidy and support for as long as they need or want it (as long as they remain eligible). This offers stability to both the program participant and the housing provider.

  • Participants sign their own lease. Through the lease signing process, we make sure that everyone understands their rights and obligations for participation in the program, tenancy, and how rent payments are made.​

  • Veterans receive supportive services as part of their participation in the program. VA case managers connect veterans with supportive services to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Case management services are focused on helping clients to stabilize and connect to resources.

 

  • The difference in cost between the actual rent and the tenant portion is paid directly to the housing provider by the DC Housing Authority (DCHA). Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program pay approximately 30 percent of their income towards rent directly to the housing provider.

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  • Veterans can receive financial assistance to cover move-in costs of the security deposit and the first month’s rent. 

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