HUD also has issued two policy notice revisions to HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, which combine housing choice voucher tenant-based rental assistance for homeless veterans with Department of Veterans Affairs’ case management and clinical services.
The first notice, PIH 2011-50 (HA), addresses PHAs that wish to project base HUD-VASH vouchers. The May 6 Federal Register reported that HUD would approve these requests on a case-by-case basis. A significant change is that the number of vouchers that a PHA can project base 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.
Another change 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, PIH 2011-53 (HA), revises operating and reporting requirements when households want to use their HUD-VASH voucher in a different geographic area, also known as “porting.” The revision seeks to ensure that the vouchers remain available to homeless veteran households upon turnover.
The notice also provides guidance for PHAs that experience a funding shortfall and choose to recall or stop issuing vouchers. When the PHA resumes issuing vouchers, yet does not assist the required number of HUD-VASH households, it must issue vouchers first to such households on the waiting list, as well as to non-elderly disabled and Family Unification Program families. If the PHA terminates families from its housing choice voucher program due to funding shortfalls, these special purpose families must be the last ones terminated. Similar guidance was in PIH 2011-32 (see Memo, 6/24) and PIH 2011-52.
To read Notice PIH 2011-50 (HA), go to: http://nlihc.org/doc/HUD_Notice_PIH_2011-50.pdf
To read Notice PIH 2011-53 (HA), go to: http://nlihc.org/doc/HUD_Notice_PIH_2011-53.pdf