HUD announced on June 28 that the Disaster Voucher Program (DVP) will continue to provide housing assistance payments for the more than 100 families remaining in the program through December 2011. DVP provides rent assistance to all pre-disaster HUD clients and previously homeless families displaced by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Public housing agencies (PHAs) throughout Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and Alabama currently administer the program and work with families as they seek other housing assistance. HUD staff have indicated their intent to work with remaining DVP families who want either to port their assistance back to the region from which they were originally displaced, or to remain in their current jurisdiction with continued voucher assistance.
DVP was intended to provide short-term housing opportunities for families and then ensure these families had the right to return to their pre-disaster HUD-assisted units when the units became ready for occupancy. DVP operates independently from the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), which assists displaced families that initially received rental housing assistance from FEMA after a disaster and that live in private rental units. DHAP for hurricanes Katrina and Rita ended on October 31, 2009 but was recently extended for families affected by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
The Notice is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=PIH2011-34.PDF.