The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued two policy notice revisions to HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers.
The first notice addresses the number of vouchers that a Public Housing Authority (PHA) can project base. In May, HUD announced that it would approve PHAs that wished to project base their HUD-VASH vouchers on a case-by-case basis. In this updated policy notice, the number is no longer limited to half of the allocation, however the vouchers must be counted with project-based housing choice vouchers when determining that no more than 20% of the PHA’s voucher budget authority is project based. The notice also requires a PHA to document its ability to provide a HUD-VASH voucher to families that occupy project-based units but want to move.
The second notice revised operating and reporting requirements when households want to use their HUD-VASH voucher in a different geographic area, also known as “porting.” The revision ensures that the vouchers remain available to homeless veteran households upon turnover. It also directs PHAs that experience a funding shortfall and choose to recall or stop issuing vouchers to terminate HUD-VASH special purpose vouchers last, and should they resume issuing vouchers, to serve families of homeless veterans first.
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