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HUD-VASH Operating Requirements Update

The HUD-VASH Operating Requirements establish the policies and procedures for the administration for the administration of tenant-based HCV and PBV rental assistance under the HUD-VASH program. A new update was published September 27, 2021

Federal Register :: Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers: Revised Implementation of the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program

 

2021 HUD-VASH Registration of Interest-CLOSED

HUD is pleased to announce the 2021 HUD-VASH Registration of Interest Notice PIH-2021-21.  This notice announces the availability of $49 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) funding that will support approximately new HUD-VASH vouchers.  These vouchers are administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services.  

 

Overview

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs), community-based outreach clinics (CBOCs), through VA contractors, or through other VA designated entities.

Congress has appropriated additional funding for new HUD-VASH vouchers every year since 2008:

Each year, HUD and VA have collaboratively awarded HUD-VASH vouchers based on current geographic need and public housing agency (PHA) performance. Since 2017, the allocation process for awarding HUD-VASH vouchers has changed to allow PHAs to self-identify their interest in the program. HUD publishes an annual HUD-VASH Registration of Interest Notice containing detailed instructions that PHAs must follow if they are interested in receiving a portion of the available HUD-VASH vouchers. PHAs must have the support of a partnering VA facility and meet any utilization threshold requirements to be eligible for an award. After the registration period has closed, HUD and VA use a formula to determine relative need, and ultimately invite eligible PHAs to apply for a specific number of HUD-VASH vouchers. The associated funding awarded for HUD-VASH vouchers is determined by the actual average per unit cost (PUC) at each PHA.

Total Number of HUD-VASH Vouchers by PHA 2008-2020 (PDF) 

There is at least one PHA currently administering HUD-VASH in each of the 50 states, in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

HUD-VASH vouchers are renewed based on actual PHA leasing along with all other housing choice vouchers (HCV). Details of annual renewal funding and potential set-side fund opportunities can be found in the annual HCV Funding Notice.

Generally, the HUD-VASH program is administered in accordance with regular HCV and PBV program requirements (24 CFR Section 982 and 983 respectively). However, the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 110-161) allows HUD to waive or specify alternative requirements for any provision of any statute or regulation affecting the HCV program in order to effectively deliver and administer HUD-VASH voucher assistance.  The alternative requirements are established in the HUD-VASH Operating Requirements (including the waivers and alternative requirements from HCV program rules), which were published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2008, and updated March 23, 2012,a nd updated again September 27, 2021. PHAs may also seek individual HUD-VASH waivers through the regular Field Office waiver process.

The Operating Requirements, notices related to HUD-VASH, and other helpful tools and resources are provided in the sections below.

PHAs should direct policy questions about HUD-VASH to their local PIH Field Office or to vash@hud.gov.

Individuals seeking assistance through the HUD-VASH program should contact their local PHA or VA facility

Funding Opportunities

Related Notices and Guidance

Webcasts

Tools and Resources

HUD-VASH Contact Information

Helpful Links

The following links to other Federal and community websites may provide additional information on assisting Veterans that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless: