The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued a public notice, “Registration of Interest for HUD-VASH Vouchers (Notice PIH 2017-17 (HA)),” to identify public housing agencies (PHAs) interested in receiving new awards under the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. 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.
In the notice, HUD announced a change to the HUD-VASH allocation process. 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 interested PHAs must respond to HUD’s notice to be considered for a HUD-VASH award. Responses 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 due by October 31, 2107. Then, based on a need formula, selected registered PHAs will receive an invitation via email to apply for a specific number of HUD-VASH vouchers.