Veterans Affairs Supported Housing Program (VASH)
NYS Housing Authority
Total Annual Award
Congress appropriated $60 million in 2016 to serve approximately 8,000 families nationwide. New York State was allocated 317 new VASH vouchers in FY 2016.
Tenant Eligibility Criteria
All veterans (singles and families) who meet the federal definition of homelessness, were honorably discharged and are determined by the local VA Medical Center (VAMC) to need case management services in order to obtain and sustain their housing. This includes veterans that meet the federal definition of chronically homeless, homeless veterans with children, Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF-OIF) homeless veterans, women homeless veterans and homeless veterans with a disability. Veterans currently participating in VA residential programs such as Domiciliary or Grant & Per Diem may also be considered for admission.
Funding Award Details
New York State received 317 new vouchers in FY 2016, bringing the statewide total up to 5,358. For a more detailed breakdown, visit the HUD VASH website and click on HUD VASH Sites 2008-2016.
The VASH subsidy operates in accordance with Section 8 regulations (24 CFR 982.201). Tenants pay 30% of their income in rent and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides housing assistance payments directly to the landlord for the difference between the tenant's share of the rent and the fair market rent (FMR) for that locality.
All tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, including HUD VASH, must be annually recertified to ensure that they meet income eligibility. Voucher holders maintain their voucher as long as they remain income eligible, receive ongoing case management from the local VAMC (or contracted provider) and do not violate Section 8 restrictions. HUD VASH vouchers are tenant based and portable so the voucher follows the tenant if they move out of the building.
Currently, VASH recipients must receive ongoing case management services from the VAMC.
VASH vouchers may be project-based on a case-by-case basis. Public housing authorities (PHAs) are technically allowed to project-base up to 50% of their VASH allocation (but remain within the 20% maximum project-base allowable for their entire Housing Choice Voucher allocation). This has been difficult to implement because PHAs have had to use their annual allocation in the year the vouchers are allocated and therefore cannot reserve vouchers for projects in construction for longer than one year. For more information on project-basing, visit here.
VASH does not include funding for housing location services. Rather, the VAMC case managers, with a mandated 25:1 case management ratio, are charged with finding housing for the veterans. This has contributed to an extremely low utilization rate across the country but particularly in low-vacancy areas such as New York City. HUD has indicated that it would like to issue an additional 30,000 vouchers over the next three years.
For More Information
To learn more, visit HUD's website.
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Last updated: 02/02/2018
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