Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are working together to provide the fastest and most complete service possible to those who served our country who now need housing assistance. Housing vouchers known as HUD-VASH are now available that can help veterans resolve their housing situation if they are in danger of becoming homeless.
The first step is to locate the VA center closest to you, register, and explain your circumstances. If you are a low-income veteran, the VA will refer you to the local housing authority nearest you that offers the HUD-VASH vouchers. These housing vouchers are funded by HUD, coordinated by the VA and administered by local housing agencies. They allow veterans to live in the place of their choice.
The basic eligibility requirements are determined initially by the VA, as the veteran must be eligible for VA medical services and his or her economic situation should be classified under the definition of homeless as defined by law. Read all the details here.
The person must participate actively in obtaining services to help stabilize his or her situation. A requirement for participation is to accept the assistance of a social worker to help with handling your case, whether that is related to physical or mental disabilities. The most vulnerable veterans are ideal candidates for this program.
The next step is to contact the housing authority, who determines whether or not the veteran’s income level meets the program requirements. The housing authority also verifies that the veteran and any immediate family member residing with him/her are not known sex offenders, which automatically disqualifies the person.
Once the eligibility process is determined, the veteran receives a list of homes whose owners are interested in renting to people with housing vouchers. The veteran can select the property he or she wants, provided the owner agrees to receive payment for the rent on a contract with the housing authority and the tenant. The property must pass inspection to verify that it is habitable and sanitary housing.
If you need help, do not wait. Call the National Center for Homeless Veterans Assistance at 1-877-424-3838.
- HUD Provides Additional Funding for Homeless Veterans (fox4kc.com)
- Helping homeless vets (buffalonews.com)
- VA Partnership Aims to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans (defense.gov)