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HUD extends deadline for public housing agencies to submit registrations of interest for veterans’ housing vouchers through the HUD-VASH program.

On September 1, 2017 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a public notice, “Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers (Notice PIH 2017-17 (HA)),” to identify public housing agencies interested in receiving new awards under the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. On October 26, HUD extended the deadline for public housing agencies (PHAs) to submit their registrations of interest from October 31, 2017 to December 1, 2017. All other instructions and details found in the original notice remain unchanged.

The HUD-VASH program combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with wraparound case management services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. Counties are able to use HUD-VASH vouchers to reduce veterans’ homelessness in their communities and provide much-needed care to veterans to address the root causes of homelessness. A total of 5,500 new HUD-VASH vouchers will be available, supported by $40 million in funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 enacted on May 5, 2017.

It is important to note that HUD has changed the allocation process for HUD-VASH vouchers. Whereas in past years HUD has awarded tenant-based vouchers by assessing local need and inviting PHAs to apply, this year HUD will be awarding vouchers to self-identified, interested PHAs based on local need.

This means that all interested PHAs must respond to HUD’s notice to be considered for a HUD-VASH award, even if the PHA has received HUD-VASH vouchers in the past. Responses to the notice are to be submitted via email to VASH2017@hud.gov, along with a Veterans Affairs Letter of Support from the VA facility with which the PHA will be partnering. This will serve as a “Registration of Interest.” 

Registrations of Interest are now due by December 1, 2017. 

Then, based on a need-based formula, selected registered PHAs will receive an invitation via email to apply for a specific number of HUD-VASH vouchers.

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