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HUD-VASH Operating Requirements:. The complete text of the HUD-VASH Operating Requirements posted on the HUD-VASH webpage: HUD-VASH Operating Requirements:. Outlines waivers and alternative requirements for the HUD-VASH vouchers.

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Hud vash operating requirements
HUD-VASH Operating Requirements:

  • The complete text of the HUD-VASH Operating Requirements posted on the HUD-VASH webpage:

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HUD-VASH Operating Requirements:

  • Outlines waivers and alternative requirements for the HUD-VASH vouchers.

  • Normal HCV requirements of 24 CFR 982 apply if not waived/no alternative requirement specified.

Hud vash eligibility vamc
HUD-VASH Eligibility - VAMC

  • Eligible HUD-VASH families must be homeless veterans as determined by the VAMC.

  • Unlike the earlier HUD-VASH program, veterans are not required to be chronically mentally ill or have chronic substance abuse disorders.

Hud vash eligibility vamc1
HUD-VASH Eligibility - VAMC

  • The participating VAMC screens homeless veterans for eligibility for HUD-VASH

  • All eligibility screening is by the VAMC except income eligibility and sex offender status.

  • Eligible homeless veterans that agree to participate in case management are referred to the VAMC’s partner PHA.

Pha screening
PHA Screening

  • The PHA must maintain written documentation of VAMC referrals in HUD-VASH tenant files.

  • PHAs only screen for income eligibility and for lifetime registration under a state sex offender registration program.

  • PHAs may only deny issuance of a voucher for those reasons.

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PHA Screening

  • This means that:

  • PHAs do not screen veterans for homelessness

  • PHAs may not screen for or deny assistance for money owed to the PHA or for criminal or drug activity.

  • However, PHAs must deny admission if any household member is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program.

Lifetime sex offender registrants
Lifetime Sex Offender Registrants

  • If the homeless veteran is subject to lifetime registration – PHA cannot issue HUD-VASH voucher to the veteran.

  • If another family member is the lifetime registrant – family may be eligible for voucher if the family member subject to the registration requirement is removed from the household.

Income targeting
Income Targeting

  • Income targeting requirements do not apply to HUD-VASH vouchers.

  • However, a PHA may choose to include the admission of extremely low income HUD-VASH families in its income targeting numbers for the fiscal year in which the HUD-VASH families are admitted.

Initial term of the hud vash voucher
Initial Term of the HUD-VASH Voucher

  • Must have an initial term for housing search of at least 120 days.

  • Any extension, suspensions and progress reports will remain under the policies in the PHA’s administrative plan, but will apply only after the initial 120-day term.

Initial lease term
Initial Lease Term

  • Initial leases may be for less than 12 months even if this is not the prevailing market practice.

Eligible housing
Eligible Housing

  • VA-owned unit/units on the grounds of a VAMC are eligible housing for the HUD-VASH program.

Case management requirement
Case Management Requirement

  • A condition of eligibility for a HUD-VASH voucher is that the families receive VA case management services.

  • A family’s HCV assistance must be terminated if the family refuses, without good cause, to participate in required case management as verified by the VAMC.

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Case Management Requirement

  • However, a determination by the VAMC that case management is no longer required is NOT grounds for termination of the HCV assistance.

  • Family may be offered a regular voucher to free up the HUD-VASH voucher for another eligible homeless veteran.

Turnover of hud vash vouchers
Turnover of HUD-VASH Vouchers

  • On turnover, HUD-VASH vouchers must continue to be issued to eligible veteran families referred by the VAMC.


  • Since leasing of HUD-VASH vouchers will be dependent on referrals from the VAMC, the unit months and budget authority associated with the HUD-VASH vouchers will NOT be included in the SEMAP leasing indicator.

  • Utilization of HUD-VASH vouchers will be monitored separately.

Portability mobility

  • Two types of portability/mobility in HUD-VASH based on which VAMC will provide case management.

  • Need to determine whether case management will be provided through the referring VAMC or a VAMC in another part of the country?

When the referring vamc provides case management
When the referring VAMC provides Case Management:

  • Veteran can live in the jurisdiction of another PHA if the referring VAMC can continue to provide case management.

  • The receiving PHA must bill the initial PHA in such cases.

Portability form hud vash attachment
Portability Form HUD-VASH Attachment

  • An attachment to the HUD Portability Form (form HUD-52665) for the HUD-VASH program is posted on the HUD-VASH webpage.

  • It summarizes the requirements that apply to portability moves where the family’s case management is being provided by the initial PHA’s partnering VAMC.

Mobility when a vamc other than the referring vamc will provide case management
“Mobility” - When a VAMC other than the referring VAMC will provide case management

The VAMC that screened the veteran must first confirm that the new VAMC has an available HUD-VASH case management slot and that the new VAMC’s partner PHA has an available HUD-VASH voucher.

Mobility to new vamc pha
“Mobility” to new VAMC/PHA will provide case management

  • After acceptance of the veteran by the new VAMC for case management, the new VAMC will refer the veteran to its partner PHA. That PHA will issue the veteran one of its HUD-VASH vouchers.

Mobility to new vamc pha1
“Mobility” to new VAMC/PHA will provide case management

  • The initial PHA’s voucher stays with the initial PHA.

  • The family must be treated as absorbed by the new PHA, never as a billing arrangement with the old PHA.

Mtw agencies
MTW Agencies will provide case management

  • HUD-VASH vouchers must be administered in accordance with HUD-VASH notices.

  • They are not eligible for fungibility under an agency’s MTW agreement and must be reported separately from MTW vouchers.

Some frequently asked questions
Some Frequently Asked Questions will provide case management

Referrals will provide case management

  • Q. What if a homeless veteran comes directly to the PHA?

  • A. Refer to the VAMC contact for HUD-VASH screening.

Pha screening2
PHA Screening will provide case management

  • Q. Can regular PHA admission screening be used for other family members?

  • A. No. The screening requirements from the HUD-VASH operating requirements will apply.

Income will provide case management

  • Q. Are benefits received under the VA’s Incentive Therapy (IT) or Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) programs included in a family’s annual income?

  • A. Yes.

Death of veteran
Death of Veteran will provide case management

  • Q. What happens to the family’s assistance if the homeless veteran dies?

  • A. The voucher would stay with remaining family members. The PHA could use one of its own vouchers, if available, to continue assisting the family to free up the voucher for another homeless veteran. If no regular voucher is available, the family would retain the HUD-VASH voucher.

Divorce of veteran
Divorce of Veteran will provide case management

  • Q. What happens to the voucher if there is a divorce?

  • A. The voucher must remain with the veteran in the case of a separation or divorce.

Pha documentation
PHA Documentation will provide case management

  • Q. Does the PHA have the right to obtain a copy of a veteran’s Service and Housing Agreement or medical records?

  • A. No.

Informal reviews informal hearings
Informal Reviews/Informal Hearings will provide case management

  • Q. Are families entitled to informal reviews/hearings?

  • A. Yes.

Absence from the unit
Absence from the Unit will provide case management

  • Q. What PHA policies would apply to HUD-VASH participants?

  • A PHA’s regular admin. plan policies would apply. If a PHA’s policy permits absence of less than 180 days, the PHA may have a policy that allows exceptions. However, exceptions must apply to all HCV families, not just to HUD-VASH.

Hud vash webpage address
HUD-VASH Webpage address: will provide case management