Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) - Military Housing: Policy Issue

Overview

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program serves as the country's most effective means of providing rental assistance to homeless veterans. The program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides these services for participating veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics. Typically, the program follows the same regulations as those prescribed for the standard HCV program, but HUD is allowed to waive or provide alternative requirements for any stipulation of any statute or regulation affecting the HCV program to effectively administer and remit VASH voucher aid. 

NAA Position

NAA strongly supports the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program.

As an Owner or Operator, How Does this Affect My Business?

The VASH voucher program is one of the nation's largest supported permanent housing initiative that is composed of the HCV program in combination with VA case management services that promote and maintain recovery and housing stability. While many housing providers are interested in participating in the VASH program, burdensome requirements and inefficiencies in the program can be challenging and deter acceptance of the vouchers. However, the wrap-around services provided to VASH recipients and their families helps to ensure issues are addressed in a more expedient manner than the standard HCV program. 

Contact Information

To learn more about this issue, please contact Ben Harrold, Manager of Public Policy at NAA.

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